Spencer Davis Group – Live At The BBC (1973)

frontcoverThis is another very rare item from my tape collection … :

Steve Winwood left The Spencer Davis Group to form Traffic in 1967; his brother, Muff, moved into the music industry as A&R man at Island Records. In a joint venture the soundtrack to the film Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush featured both the Spencer Davis Group and Traffic. After the Winwoods’ departures, the Spencer Davis Group regrouped with the addition of guitarist Phil Sawyer (ex-Les Fleur de Lys) and keyboardist/vocalist Eddie Hardin (ex-A Wild Uncertainty). This line-up recorded several tunes for Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush and released the “Time Seller” single in July 1967; the b-side, “Don’t Want You No More,” also received radio airplay.[citation needed]

This was followed by “Mr. Second-Class” in late 1967, which received heavy airplay on Radio Caroline (at that time one of the two remaining pirate radio ships off the British coast), and the album “With Their New Face On” in 1968. At that time Ray Fenwick had replaced Phil Sawyer. The group’s last minor hit, “After Tea”, was released at the same time by the German band The Rattles, providing competition that led finally to a temporary stop to all activities of the band. The song was originally recorded by the Dutch spencer-davis-group-1974group After Tea, which included guitarist/singer Fenwick amongst its members.

After one further single (“Short Change”), at that time Eddie Hardin and Pete York had left to form the duo Hardin & York. They were replaced by future Elton John Band member Dee Murray on bass and Dave Hynes on drums. Nigel Olsson replaced Hynes, and this lineup produced the album “Funky” in 1969 (only released in the USA on DATE, a sub-label of CBS) before splintering.

The group reunited in 1973 with Davis, Fenwick, Hardin and York, and newcomer Charlie McCracken on bass. The group released the albums Gluggo (1973) and Living in a Back Street (1974) before once again disbanding.(by wikipedia)

And this is a very rare live performance by the shortlived reunion of the Spencer Davis Group (featuring Charlie McCracken – ex-Taste), recorded for the BBC In Concert series (Broadcast date: 07/21/73).

And the band was introduced by the one and only Alexis Korner !

Enjoy this rare show …and  on the backside of this album was a very fine Back Door concert … coming soon in this blog !


Pete York

Spencer Davis (vocals, guitar)
Ray Fenwick (guitar, vocals)
Eddie Hardin (keyboardsm vocals)
Charlie McCracken (bass)
Pete York (drums)


Ray Fenwick

01. Introduction by Alexis Korner + Let´s Have A Party (Robinson) 4.08
02. Introduction to the Band + Catch You On the Reebop (Hardin/Davis) 5.35
03. I´m A Man (Winwood/Miller) 11.51
04. Gimme Some Lovin´ (S.Winwood/Davis/M.Winwood/York) 5.42
05.  Live At The BBC (complete show without editing) 27.18