“Boogie”, what a wonderful
word, I mean it just reeks of debauchery,
late nights, and partying. Boogie: just
try and say it quietly, it just can’t
be done. Boogie is just a loud word, and
normally proceeded by “Lets” it’s been
screamed from every Rock ‘n’ Roll stage
in the world. Well perhaps not the ones
occupied by “West Life” but then we were
talking about Rock ‘n’ Roll anyway.
In 1973 Kim Simmonds once again found
himself in the position of his band Savoy
Brown, being a one man band, him, after
the others had jumped ship after an American
tour promoting last album “Lions Share”.
Fortunately help was near at hand, as
support band for the last line-up tour
had been a hastily put together outfit
called “Hemlock” fronted by Glaswegan
looner Miller Anderson (formerly of Keef
Hartley band) with a rhythm section of
Jimmy Leverton and Eric Dillon (both ex
Noel Redding’s “Fat Mattress”) They were
quickly coerced into Savoy Brown and rehearsals
proceeded at pace.
Twiddling his guitar meanwhile in London
was Stan Webb erstwhile leader of British
Bluesters “Chicken Shack” who had recently
gone the some way as the previous line
up of Savoy Brown, Eyebrows were raised,
thoughts were thought, and an invitation
was issued for Mr. Webb to bring his guitar
to the party, and the ultimate triple
guitar British Super Boogie band was born
under the monitor of Savoy Brown.
Signed to Decca they wasted no time is
getting the contents of their proposed
long player down on tape. The ever prolific
Miller Anderson penning most of the numbers,
with one from Stan, a brace from Kim,
and a marvelous tilt at the old chestnut
“You Don’t Love Me” by Elias McDoniel
– A.K.A. Bo Diddley.
Democratically the guitar playing is shared
out through all the songs, with perhaps
special mention for Kim’s slide playing,
Stan’s pickin, and Miller’s harmony play,
but its when hats are thrown to the wind
and everybody has a dip, that the album
really works, it’s the two extended songs
at the end of the album that especially
cook, the title cut and the aptly titled
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Star”.
But how can anybody possibly dislike a
collection of songs when one is called
“Everybody Loves a Drinking Man”, not
I for sure.
“Threegy Blues” is a live studio take
of three of the biggest British blues
boom guitar player’s all living out their
dreams of being Hank Marvin, tennis rackets
in front of the mirror anybody.
So much talent could not be contained
in one band and in a year they all went
their own way again, leaving Kim Simmonds
to pick up the pieces of Savoy Brown and
carry on with new Savoyians in line up
number 83 or was it 84, who cares, in
the words of Spinal Tap, turn it up to
11 and Lets Booooogie.
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