Christine Perfect – Same (1970)

FrontCover1.jpgWith her naturally smoky low alto vocal style and a knack for writing simple, direct, and memorable songs about the joys and pitfalls of love, Christine McVie has had a long and productive musical career while seldom insisting on being center stage. Born Christine Anne Perfect on July 12, 1943, in the small village of Bouth, the daughter of a concert violinist and a faith healer, a combination that just begs for uniqueness, McVie began playing the piano at the age of four and then found herself seriously studying the instrument at the age of 11, continuing her classical training until she was 15. That’s when she discovered rock & roll. While studying sculpture at an arts college near Birmingham for the next five years, she immersed herself in the local music scene, joining the band Sounds of Blue as a bassist. By the time McVie graduated with a teaching degree, Sounds of Blue had broken up, and she moved to London. In 1968 she reunited with two of the band’s former members, Andy Silvester and Stan Webb, in the British blues band Chicken Shack, playing piano and contributing vocals. The band released two albums, 40 Blue Fingers, ChristinePerfect01.jpgFreshly Packed and Ready to Serve in 1968 and O.K. Ken? in 1969, and garnered a Top 20 hit in the U.K. with McVie’s impressive version of Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind.” She left the band in 1969 after meeting Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie, marrying him a year later, just after the release of her first solo album, the self-titled Christine Perfect. (by Steve Leggett)

Christine Perfect is the eponymous debut solo album of former Chicken Shack keyboardist/singer Christine Perfect (later known as Christine McVie).  The album was released just after Perfect had left Chicken Shack, but before she joined Fleetwood Mac. It contained the Etta James song, “I’d Rather Go Blind”, which had earlier been a hit single for Chicken Shack.

Released in 1970, the album was originally meant to be titled “I’m On My Way” as evidenced on copies of the single “I’m Too Far Gone (To Turn Around)”. It was re-released in 1976 as The Legendary Christine Perfect Album. (by wikipedia)

Shortly before joining Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie, assuming the moniker Christine Perfect, recorded and released her first solo album. While its blues- and soul-tinged rock sound isn’t terribly unique, the songs are all quite well written and performed, and regardless, McVie’s melancholic, soulful vocals could elevate to greatness even the most tepid of songs. Highly recommended to any fans of the British Blues or 70s rock in general. (opiumhum.blogspot.com)

ChristinePerfect02John McVie & Christine Perfect

Released amidst a flood of blues-rock material, 1970’s “Christine Perfect” was actually a surprisingly impressive and enjoyable artifact, but did little commercially and was quickly forgotten. (badcatrecords.com)

So it´s time to discover this beautiful album again … Enjoy the early Christine Perfect !!!

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Personnel:
Martin Dunsford (bass)
Chris Harding (drums)
Rick Hayward (guitar)
Christine Perfect (vocals, keyboards)
Top Topham (guitar)
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Dave Bidwell (drums on 06.)
Danny Kirwan (guitar on 07.)
John McVie (bass on 07.)
Andy Silvester (bass on 05. + 06.)
Stan Webb (guitar on 06.)

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Tracklist:
01. Crazy ‘Bout You Baby (Walter) 3.05
02. I’m On My Way (Malone) 3.12
03. Let Me Go (Leave Me Alone) (Perfect) 3.38
04. Wait And See (Perfect) 3.17
05. Close To Me (Perfect/Hayward) 2.43
06. I’d Rather Go Blind (Jordan/Foster) 3.18
07. When You Say (Kirwan) 3.18
08. And That’s Saying A Lot (Jackson/Godfrey) 3.01
09. No Road Is The Right Road (Perfect) 2.53
10. For You (Perfect) 2.49
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11. I’m Too Far Gone (To Turn Around) (Single A side) (Handricks/Otis) 3.30
12. I Want You (White) 2.23

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One of the saddest love songs ever written:

Something told me it was over
When I saw you and her talkin’
Something deep down in my soul said, ‘Cry, girl’
When I saw you and that girl walkin’ around

Whoo, I would rather, I would rather go blind, boy
Then to see you walk away from me, child, no

Whoo, so you see, I love you so much
That I don’t wanna watch you leave me, baby
Most of all, I just don’t, I just don’t wanna be free, no

Whoo, whoo, I was just, I was just, I was just
Sittin here thinkin’, of your kiss and your warm embrace, yeah
When the reflection in the glass that I held to my lips now, baby
Revealed the tears that was on my face, yeah

Whoo and baby, baby, I’d rather, I’d rather be blind, boy
Then to see you walk away, see you walk away from me, yeah
Whoo, baby, baby, baby, I’d rather be blind…

 

 

3 thoughts on “Christine Perfect – Same (1970)

  1. Christine Perfects version of ‘I’d rather go blind’ is simply the best, I still get tears in my eyes, when I hear this wonderful song. One of my All-time-Favourites…

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