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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Spencer Davis Group - Autumn '66 (1966 uk, classic 3rd album, mod beat with soul feeling, 2007 japan bonus tracks edition)

Autumn '66 was the third album from the Spencer Davis Group. It includes the chart-topping Somebody Help Me which had reached number one in the UK charts in the Spring of 1966. At this stage, the group was not writing much original material. However, the seventh single When I Come Home marked the songwriting debut (with Jackie Edwards) of Steve Winwood, the outstanding talent in the band.

Many of the songs on Autumn '66 are covers of standards. Take This Hurt Off Me was also covered by The Small Faces, When a Man Loves a Woman is the Percy Sledge song and is ideally suited to Steve Winwood's soulful voice. Indeed Steve Winwood shows that he ranks alongside Steve Marriott and the Action's Reggie King as England's top soul singers at the time.

Autumn '66 is another transitional album like Revolver, the Small Faces (Immediate) or Aftermath in that it represents a crossroads in the career of the band. In this case, it represents a move away from the band's roots in blues towards a more commercial sound as shown in the single Somebody Help Me. There is also a move away from the blues harmonica towards more tracks featuring Steve Winwood's Organ playing. What is clear though is that the band enjoyed making this record.

Midnight Special is a standard that Spencer Davis used to play on street corners across Europe during his days as a student. On the Green Light is a studio improvisation, the green light being the recording light. Together 'Til The End of Time starts the album on a slow note and it represents an excellent showcase for Winwood's vocals. Dust My Blues is another standard and there is also a Yardbirds version of this.

The album finishes with the single Somebody Help Me. This helps to confirm the fact that the Spencer Davis Group made some excellent singles. It ranks alongside Gimme Some Lovin' and Keep on Running.

1. Together 'Til the End of Time (Wilson) - 2:54
2. Take This Hurt off Me (Covay, Miller) - 2:48
3. Nobody Knows You When You'reDown and Out (Cox) - 3:55
4. Midnight Special (Traditional) - 2:17
5. When a Man Loves a Woman (Lewis, Wright) - 3:11
6. When I Come Home (Edwards, Winwood) - 2:00
7. Mean Woman Blues (Demetrius) - 3:17
8. Dust My Blues (James, Johnson) - 2:39
9. On the Green Light (Winwood) - 3:09
10.Neighbour, Neighbour (Valier) - 3:22
11.High Time Baby (Davis, Winwood, York) - 2:44
12.Somebody Help Me (Edwards) - 2:03
13.Gimme Some Lovin' (Davis, Winwood) - 3:00
14.Blues in F (Winwood) - 3:28
15.I'm a Man (Miller, Winwood) - 2:58
16.I Can't Get Enough of It (Miller, Winwood) - 3:45
17.Waltz for Lumumba (Waltz forCaroline) (Winwood) - 4:21
18.Somebody Help Me (US Version) (Edwards) - 2:00
19.Gimme Some Lovin' (US Version) (Davis, Winwood) - 2:56
20.I'm a Man (Stereo Mix) (Miller, Winwood) - 2:39

The Spencer Davis Group
*Spencer Davis - Guitar, Vocals
*Muff Winwood - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
*Steve Winwood - Guitar, Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Vocals
*Pete York - Drums

Spencer Davis Group
1965  Their First LP 
1966  The Second Album

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The Birds - Collectors' Guide To Rare British Birds (1964-66 uk, splendid mod freak beat with Ron Wood)

The Birds were a popular rhythm and blues band in England during the mid-1960s, although they recorded fewer than a dozen songs and released only four singles during the two years they were active. Starting out with a hard R&B sound, they later began infusing it with Motown-style vocal harmonies.(1) The best-known former member of the Birds is Ronnie Wood, who went on to join The Faces and later The Rolling Stones.

Several members of the Birds grew up in the same neighbourhood in Yiewsley, West London, and began playing together in 1964, while still in their teens. At first calling themselves The Thunderbirds, they started out playing local clubs and a neighbourhood community centre, but they soon expanded to a larger club circuit. When they were hired to play on the same bill as Chris Farlowe, whose back-up band was also called The Thunderbirds, they shortened their name to The Birds – a decision which would have significant ramifications later.

When the young band made their first television appearance, they caught the eye of Decca record company executives. The ensuing recording contract resulted in their first two singles, "You Don't Love Me" and "Leaving Here." The Birds seemed destined for stardom with their loud rhythm-and-blues-based music, receiving equal billing with The Who at some shows.

The Birds recorded their last single for Decca in late 1965 and after which they moved to Reaction Records, whose director, Robert Stigwood, suggested they change their name to "The Birds Birds", to distinguish themselves from the American band. Their planned debut album was postponed due to a contract dispute, and ultimately abandoned.(citation needed) 

In 1966, the band did a cameo appearance in the horror film The Deadly Bees, performing their song "That's All I Need", which would later be seen on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
By 1967 the group had disbanded, Lemmy, who was a great fan of The Birds, also recorded "Leaving Here" with his band Motorhead. He was inspired by their version of the song.

This Collection is an astonishingly lively and exciting collection, coming from a band that scarcely sold any records in their own time and are known today for their name and their lineup, but not their music. 
The stuff here is as crunchy and grinding as the early Who material, and if the band's own songwriting isn't as distinctive, the style of the performing is more appealing. 

The songs range from some hot Ron Wood originals ("You're on My Mind," "Next in Line," "That's All I Need") to covers of obscure Motown songs and Pete Townshend material. Think of the Kinks from "Long Tall Sally," the Yardbirds from "A Certain Girl," or the Who from "The Good's Gone" and that's the dominant sound here -- curiously, their cover of Townshend's "Run Run Run" starts out as though it's going to turn into "My Generation." Ali MacKenzie sounded like a punkier Roger Daltrey, and Ron Wood's playing was a delightful compendium of rhythm fills and angular blues licks that must've been devastating on-stage. 
by Bruce Eder

1. You're on my Mind (Ron Wood) - 2:49
2. You Don't Love Me (E. McDaniel) - 2:06
3. Leaving Here (Dozier, Holland, Holland) - 2:41
4. Next in Line (Ron Wood) - 2:45
5. No Good Without You (Mickey Stevenson) - 2:39
6. How Can It Be? (Ron Wood) - 2:58
7. You're on my Mind (Demo) (Ron Wood) - 2:26
8. You Don't Love Me (Demo) (Ron Wood) - 2:31
9. Say Those Magic Words (Feldman, Goldstein, Gottehrer, Pomus, Shuman) - 3:15
10.Daddy Daddy (Tony Munroe, Ron Wood) - 4:09
11.Run Run Run (Unissued Track) (P. Townshend) - 3:33
12.Good Times  (Unissued Track) (Michel Polnareff) - 3:22
13.Say Those Magic Words (Alternate Version) (Feldman, Goldstein, Gottehrer, Pomus, Shuman) - 3:17
14.Daddy Daddy (Alternate Version) (Tony Munroe, Ron Wood) - 4:07
15.La Poupee Qui Fait Non  (Unissued Track) (Michel Polnareff) - 3:37
16.Run Run Run (Alternate Version) (P. Townshend) - 3:03
17.Daddy Daddy (Backing Track) (Tony Munroe, Ron Wood) - 3:59
18.Granny Rides Agian  (Unissued 1966 Single Track) (Ron Wood) - 4:45

The Birds
*Ali Mckenzie - Lead Vocalist
*Tony Munroe - Guitar, Vocals
*Ronnie Wood - Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
*Kim Gardner - Bass
*Bob Langham - Drums
*Pete Hocking, Aka Pete Mcdaniel - Drums
*Clem Cattini - Drums On "Granny Rides Again"

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