Saturday, June 26, 2010

Savoy Brown: Blue Matter

Back in 1973, I took advantage of Pittsburgh record store Heads Together’s two-for special and purchased my first Savoy Brown album along with another LP. Interested in getting a Savoy Brown album, I asked my brother Chuck for a recommendation and wisely he suggested their third LP.

The opening track of the LP, “Train to Nowhere,” is probably their best known song from the LP. The song was released as the single from the LP. While it never charted in the US, the LP released in US on Parrot charted at #182.

The lineup of the band included the only member that has stayed with the band from its inception, lead guitarist Kim Simmonds who formed the band with Bob Hall and several others in 1967. The 1968 “Blue Matter” lineup included Simmonds, Hall, lead vocalist Chris Youlden, guitarist Lonesome Dave Preverett, drummer Roger Earle, and bassist Tone Stevens. Preverett, Earle, and Stevens later left the band and formed Foghat.

The LP also included a live recording of “May be Wrong” with Lonesome Dave on vocals.

The song “Louisiana Blues” has a strange resemblance to “Rollin’ and Tumblin’.”

Unfortunately, these are the only three songs available on You Tube. It is one of their better albums and rates with "Boogie Brothers" from 1974 as my two favorites from this classic blues band from England.

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