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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Savoy Brown - Blue Matter (1969 uk, stunning hard blues rock, 2004 remaster and expanded)

In late 1968, Savoy Brown's schedule was booked solid with never fewer than six gigs a week. Audiences' reactions was always enthusiastic, as Kim explained to Beat Instrumental: "Since we've got the new line-up together, the band has been working much better. Interest in our sort of music is on the upsurge, and we're doing very well now."

In November, the band discharged bassist Jobe and asked former member Brunning (who had recently filled in for some gigs) to join again permanently. Brunning again declined, and so Tone Stevens (b. September 12, 1949) joined instead.

On December 6, 1968, the band performed at the City of Leicester College of Education. The performance was taped with Dave Peverett substituting for Chris Youlden, who was sick and couldn't sing well enough to perform. They recorded the set anyway, and three tracks, "Maybe Wrong," "It Hurts Me Too" and "Louisiana Blues" appeared on their next album. "Louisiana Blues", a largely instrumental song, became a showstopper on their forthcoming U.S. tour. A fourth live track, "Sweet Home Chicago," appears to have been lost in the Decca vaults. All of Peverett's vocals were re-recorded in the studio.

In December, the band returned to the studio to record more two tunes, "She's Got a Ring in His Nose and a Ring on Her Hand" and "Don't Turn Me from Your Door." On January 22, 1969, they recorded "Grits Ain't Groceries (All Around the World)." "Grits" was composed by Titus Turner and under the name "All Around the World" was a Top Ten r&b hit in 1955 as covered by Little Willie John. Little Milton revived the song in 1969 as "Grits Ain't Groceries". The song featured an explosive horn section and was paired with "Ring" for the U.S. market. In spite of the high calibre of both sides of this release, the single nevertheless failed to chart.
by Martin "Jet" Celmins and Jeff Wat 

1. Train To Nowhere (Chris Youlden, Kim Simmonds) - 4:12
2. Tolling Bells (Chris Youlden, Kim Simmonds) - 6:33
3. She's Got A Ring In His Nose And A Ring On Her Hand (Chris Youlden) - 3:07
4. Vickburg Blues (Bob Hall, Chris Youlden) - 4:03
5. Don't Turn Me From Your Door (John Lee Hooker) - 5:04  
6. Grits Ain't Groceries (Titus Turner) - 2:42
7. May Be Wrong (Dave Peverett) - 7:50
8. Lousiana Blues (McKinley Morganfield) - 9:06
9. It Hurts Me Too (Elmore James, , Mel London) - 6:53
10.Raise Some Thunder (Kim Simmonds) - 2:33
11.Since You've Been Gone (Kim Simmonds) - 5:22
12.Medley - 20:45
a.I'm Tired
b.Hard Way To Go
c.Lousiana Blues
d.Street Corner Talkin'
e.Hellbound Train
f.Guitar Solo

Savoy Brown
*Chris Youlden - Guitar, Piano, Vocals
*Lonesome Dave Peverett - Guitar, Vocals
*Kim Simmonds - Guitar, Harmonica, Piano
*Bob Hall - Piano
*Rivers Jobe - Bass
*Tony Stevens - Bass, Percussion
*Roger Earl - Percussion, Drums
*Alan Moore - Trombone
*Terry Flannery - Trombone, Tenor Trombone
*Keith Martin - Trombone, Tenor Trombone
*Brian Perrin - Trombone, Tenor Trombone
*Derek Wadsworth - Trombone, Tenor Trombone
*Mike Vernon - Percussion

1967-68  Savoy Brown - Shake Down / Getting To The Point
1969-70  Savoy Brown - Raw Sienna / Looking In
1974  Savoy Brown - Boogie Brothers
Related Act
1972  Foghat - Foghat (Japan Remaster)
1973  Foghat - Rock And Roll (Japan Remaster)
1974  Foghat - Energized (Japan Remaster)
1974  Foghat - Rock And Roll Outlaws (Japan remaster)
1975  Foghat - Fool For The City (2008 ultradisc MFSL)
1976  Foghat - Night Shift (Japan remaster with extra track)
1973  Chris Youlden - Nowhere Road
1974  Chris Youlden - Citychild

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