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Savoy Brown The Savoy Brown Collection - Disc 2 of 2 (1993)
The Savoy Brown Collection - Disc 2 of 2\n1993 Deram / Polygram Records, Inc\n\nOriginally Released July 20, 1993\n\nAMG EXPERT REVIEW: With one of the smoothest and most compelling guitarists of the blues-rock style, Savoy Brown and the finger wizardry of Kim Simmonds unleashed some of the smoothest and most mesmerizing rock & roll of the 1970s. Their ingenious blend of contented blues and hard-edged rock resulted in some wholesome yet somewhat bypassed guitar music. The Savoy Brown Collection is a two-disc compilation that takes their best tunes from 14 different albums and presents the listener with a sufficient amount of material that never becomes tiresome. Some of the meatier material comes from 1971's Street Corner Talking, like the ultra-smooth "I Can't Get Next to You" and Willie Dixon's "Wang Dang Doodle." Equally impressive is the haunting "Poor Girl" or the desperate guitar cry of "Leavin' Again," both from the sensational Looking In album. The real treasures are the lone tunes taken from some of their lesser-known albums. "I'm Tired," from A Step Further, emanates pathos through instrumentation, while "Stranger Blues" is a startling example of prime guitar manipulation. Early material from albums like Shake Down and Blue Matter have former lead singer Chris Youlden at the helm, who departed before the Looking In album, replaced by Lonesome Dave Peverett who later formed Foghat. Overshadowed by bands like the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin, Savoy Brown didn't get the acclaim they actually deserved. Rightfully so, the words "Featuring Kim Simmonds" are underneath the title of this two CD set, since his craftsmanship is truly the heart of this talented band. Everything that is even the least bit important from this group is strewn across this compilation. -- Mike DeGagne\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nA Space In Time, November 8, 2005\nReviewer: Mad Dog "maddog6969" (TimbuckThree, Tennessee)\nThese tunes really take me back to the late 60s and early 70s when nearly every aspiring rock band felt they had to learn to play the blues. A few of them, like Savoy Brown, actually became decent blues bands. But rather than thinking of Savoy Brown in the strict blues vein, I see them for where they took their own music. These guys played live with big energy and they had an infectuous boogie groove. In that respect, they did play an important role in rock during their peak. I think that one reason they didn't maintain their popularity is because they didn't change much over time and since the music world was morphing rapidly, they kinda got left behind. But that doesn't take away from the great music they made. \n\nI went a little low on the rating for a couple of reasons. First, if there were half stars available, I wouldn't hesitate to bump this up to 3.5 stars, but can't manage to go to 4. The reason I'm hesitant to go up to 4 is that I feel these tunes hold up better in their original LP than in a compilation. So I'd put 4 stars on Street Corner Talking and Looking In without hesitation. Maybe it's because of all the times we sat around (or danced around) at parties when the whole LP was played. Secondly, I find some of these tunes a bit weak and I reserve 4 and 5 star ratings for albums that are more consistently strong.\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nThe Savoy Brown Collection sans Vicksburg Blues?, June 30, 2004\nReviewer: Brian McRae (Oakland,Calif)\nThis collection is good! Before the group degenerated into Foghat,they pretty much answered the question: "Can white men sing(and play) the blues ?" I believe Chris Youlden's version of "Vicksburg Blues" is the best evidence of this . I consider it a gross oversight to have excluded this song from this collection.Also the live version of their boogie tribute in which the name of the city of Detroit is mentioned is also missing. Yes, I am aware it is hard to please everyone . Perhaps the record company should have polled the listeners and fans of one of the greatest blues groups to come out of the United Kingdom. Now with the current technology it is possible for myself and others to correct this by burning a cd or downloading an ipod. Only for personal use of course. I am happy that "Hellbound Train,Tell Mama,Louisana,Needle and Spoon,Stay While the Night is Young,and Train to Nowhere" are on the collection. I hope one of the instrumental song's whose title I can't recall is on this collection . What i remember about this song are the great guitar solo and a surprise violin string section which added quite a dramatic flair to this song. I strongly suggest that people purchase this collection to see what music was like B.C.C. (before corporate control) and for the pure enjoyment of listening to Savoy Brown.\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nStart Your Collection With This Collection!!!, October 2, 2003\nReviewer: chris meesey (Garland, TX United States)\nSo, a sibling, lover, or real good friend has got you all hot and bothered about Savoy Brown, that they are the greatest thing since sliced bread, etc., and you want to run out and buy some of their unforgettable music! What a great idea! But, just one question: which album to get? Well, how about all of them! And since you don't have a couple hundred extra dollars just lying around to spend on music, get this fabulous compilation instead. Starting at the very beginning with the British-only (and hard to find) CD, Shake Down, and concluding with the Mutt-Lang produced hard rock epic Savage Return from 1978, there is plenty of music to suit your every mood and whim. Whoever put this collection together (wonder if Kim himself had a hand in it) knew what they were doing: Of the 29 tracks in the album, no fewer than a dozen are taken from SB's three greatest albums: Raw Sienna, Looking In, and Street Corner Talking. Also, only one cut apiece was drawn from such "lesser" works as Boogie Brothers, Jack the Toad, Wire Fire, Skin 'N Bone, and Savage Return, and this was probably a wise decision as well. Personally, it's regrettable that only two tracks should be drawn from such an excellent set as Getting to the Point; how about including "Walking By Myself", "Big City Lights", or "Taste and Try Before You Buy?" (Now that we're on the subject: What about a second collection chronicling the years 1981 to the present? True, SB's glory days were in the sixities and early seventies, but there is enough good material on their later releases to warrant a new compilation.) In any case, the listener will be blown away by the range and depth of this material, from traditional blues covers ("I Ain't Superstitious", "Louisiana Blues") to startling new originals ("Mr. Downchild", "Money Cant Save Your Soul"); from rabble-rousing party anthems ("Tell Mama", "I'm Tired") to lengthy but never tedious jams ("Leaving Again", "Hellbound Train"), this band could do it all. Thanks for such a long history of great music must go to the fantastic musicians that helped make it over the years: Lonesome Dave, Chris Youlden, Roger Earl, Tone Stephens, Dave Walker, Paul Raymond, Bob Hall, Andy Pyle, Dave Bidwell, Jackie Lynton, Stan Webb, and Miller Anderson are some of the many talented players that made it happen for SB album after album, concert after concert. Last but not least, the listener should thank Kim Simmonds, SB's founder, leader, and guiding force, for having the courage to reinvent himself and to insist on only the highest standards for himself and his music. Welcome to the World of Savoy Brown! This collection, large as it seems, holds only a small sample of the hours and hours of musical enjoyment you can experience with Kim and Co. on your stereo. GET IT NOW!!!\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nSavoy Brown, June 12, 2003\nReviewer: A music fan\nNothing will ever replaced seeing these guys live in some small club - but this is close. One of the all time great and unique blues groups and I can still see them nailing the drums to the stage before they went on. For those of us lucky enough to see these guys perform - a must album that will be played over and over and over...\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nBritish Blues/Rock Anthology, October 19, 2001\nReviewer: J. E FELL "boogaloojef" (Carterville, Illinois United States) \nThis 2 cd anthology compiles Decca material from the years 1967-1978 (14 lps some of which are not in print at present). Savoy Brown was/is the blues/rock boogie band of Kim Simmonds the lead guitarist/part time singer and only original member still in the band. The band's early work is similar to a number of British blues/rock bands from this era such as Ten Years After, early Fleetwood Mac, and Stan Webb's Chicken Shack among others. The band is often unfairly overlooked due to Simmond's band member turnover and the decline in the later period material. The earlier material (highlighted on the first disk) consisted of blues covers, blues based originals, boogie numbers, and jazzier numbers. Later the band became more commercial and less successful. This period is highlighted rather effectively on the second disk. In my opinion the peak period of the band was during the years 1968-70 when Chris Youlden handled the vocals and part of the songwriting. The bands membership is ever changing and notable ex-members include Lonesome Dave Peveritt, Tone Stevens, and Roger Earle who would quit to form another British boogie/blues band Foghat. Another notable ex-member is keyboard player/guitarist Paul Raymond (formerly of Chicken Shack, Webb's whole backing band joined Simmonds after Foghat was formed)who was later a member of UFO, and the Michael Schenker Group. Bassist Andy Pyle was in Blodwyn Pig and later Wishbone Ash. This compilation is representative of all the band's line-ups through 1978. An emphasis is placed on the stronger material up to 1974. Perhaps the biggest surprise with this collection is the versatility of Kim Simmond's guitar playing. He is equally at home with a boogie rave-up like the cover of Muddy Water's "Louisiana Blues" as he is with the more fluid jazzier runs on the material included from the "Raw Sienna" lp (my favorite). Some of my favorite tunes include "Train To Nowhere", "I'm Tired" (later covered by Little Milton), and later material like Howlin' Wolf's "Wang Dang Doodle" and "Hellbound Train" with Dave Walker on vocals. Walker would subsequently leave to join Fleetwood Mac. I would have included a few cuts like their covers of "Walking By Myself", "You Need Love", "Grits Ain't Groceries", "Howling For My Darling", "I Hate To See You Go" and their own tunes like "A Little More Wine", and "Looking In" among others. However, this is far and away the best sampling of Savoy Brown if you are on a budget and can't afford to pick up all their cds. If you like British blues/rock this is a must. I recommend the "Raw Sienna" and "Looking In" cds to those who want more Savoy Brown after enjoying this fine compilation.\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nKim Simmonds Can Play the Blues, September 2, 2001\nReviewer: Lewis Rose (North Potomac, MD United States)\nI can remember the first time I heard Savoy Brown. A high school friend fired up Tell Mama and I was hooked. But it was not until I heard A Hard Way To Go, Stay While The Night is Young, Street Corner Talking, Hellbound Train, and Wang Dang Doodle that I realized how excellent Savoy Brown was. Those songs still resonate throughout me like great music has a tendency to do. This collection has all the tunes and then some. It is an essential CD for any fan of British blues. And Seth, if you read this, drop me an email. I want to thank you for turning me on to Savoy Brown.\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nNo filler!, April 20, 2000\nReviewer: D. Hartley (Seattle, WA USA)\nThe trouble I have with most "anthology" box sets is that they are either a.)glorified "greatest hits" packages with several of those dreaded "newly recorded" tracks tossed in to pad things out,or b.) comphrehensive to the point of redundancy, with 27 bonus demo versions of songs already in the set. Luckily, this Savoy Brown collection is the rarity- a well selected, smartly sequenced, sonically excellent overview of the band. Of all the great British blues guitarists who started out around the same time (Clapton, Beck, Page & Co.),Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds has quietly remained the most faithful to an authentic blues sound. Considering the revolving door of band personnel who are represented here, what impresses the listener is how consistently Simmonds has kept to his original vision over the years, without ever becoming boring or sounding stale. If you're only budgeted for one purchase for your Savoy Brown collection, you need not take one step further than this anthology.\n\nHalf.com N/A
This rock cd contains 13 tracks and runs 74min 24sec.
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  1. Savoy Brown - Tell Mama (05:18)
  2. Savoy Brown - I Can't Get Next To You (06:32)
  3. Savoy Brown - Street Corner Talking (04:03)
  4. Savoy Brown - All I Can Do (10:53)
  5. Savoy Brown - Wang Dang Doodle (06:56)
  6. Savoy Brown - Hellbound Train (09:12)
  7. Savoy Brown - Shot In The Head (04:46)
  8. Savoy Brown - Second Try (04:18)
  9. Savoy Brown - Coming Down Your Way (04:53)
  10. Savoy Brown - Everybody Loves A Drinking Man (03:06)
  11. Savoy Brown - Stranger Blues (03:32)
  12. Savoy Brown - Walkin' And Talkin' (04:42)
  13. Savoy Brown - Double Lover (06:06)


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