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Savoy Brown – Boogie Brothers

Review: 027
Date: 4 Jun 01

 


Rating: 5 Stars

Musicians:
Kim Simmonds – lead guitar
Stan Webb – lead guitar and vocals
Miller Anderson – lead guitar and vocals
Jimmy Leverton – bass
Eric Dillon – drums

Tracks Listing:
1. Highway Blues
2. Me And The Preacher
3. My Love’s Lying Down
4. You Don’t Love Me (You Don’t
    Care)
5. Always The Same
6. Everybody Loves A Drinking Man
7. Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
8. Boogie Brothers
9. Threegy Blues1.

 


“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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