Monday, July 25, 2011

TBNV - Blue Matter - Savoy Brown - 1969

I am starting a new segment TBNV specifically for music that is absolutely Terrific But for which No Video exists that I am aware of. There are so many terrific things that were never recorded on video that It Just has the right to be heard!

This is the first of a hopefully long running series.

Blue Matter is the third album by the band Savoy Brown. Teaming up once again with producer Mike Vernon, it finds them experimenting even more within the blues framework. Several tracks feature piano (played by Bob Hall, guitarist Kim Simmonds, and vocalist Chris Youlden, who even plays guitar here) as well as trombone.

This album featured a mix of live and studio recordings. The live tracks were recorded at the now defunct City of Leicester College of Education, because the band was scheduled to tour the USA and needed additional tracks to complete the Album in time for the tour. The college had booked the band to perform a few weeks prior to the tour and the booking represented their only chance to record the extra tracks. An offer to perform the concert free of charge was accepted by the college and the concert was duly recorded, a number of the live tracks being added to the album.

Due to the fact that Chris Youlden was suffering from Tonsillitis, Dave Peverett stood in as lead vocalist.

"Train to Nowhere" (Chris Youlden, Kim Simmonds) 4:12
"Tolling Bells" (Youlden, Simmonds) 6:33
"She's Got a Ring in His Nose and a Ring on Her Hand" (Youlden) 3:07
"Vicksburg Blues" (Youlden, Bob Hall) 4:00
"Don't Turn Me From Your Door" (John Lee Hooker) 5:04
"May Be Wrong" (Dave Peverett) 7:50
"Louisiana Blues" (Muddy Waters) 9:06
"It Hurts Me Too" (Mel London) 6:53

Savoy Brown

Chris Youlden: Lead Vocal, Guitars, Piano
Kim Simmonds: Lead & Rhythm Guitar, Harmonica, Piano
"Lonesome" Dave Peverett: Lead & Rhythm Guitar, Vocal
Bob Hall: Piano
Rivers Jobe: Bass
Roger Earle: Drums, Percussion

Additional Musicians

Terry Flannery, Keith Martin, Alan Moore, Brian Perrin: Trombone
Tony Stevens: Percussion & Additional Bass
This is a recording that every British blues fan in the world should have. I absolutely love this recording.
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