Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown – The Devil To Pay (2015)

FrontCover1Kim Maiden Simmonds (5 December 1947 – 13 December 2022) was a British musician. He was the founder, guitarist, primary songwriter and only consistent member of the blues rock band Savoy Brown. Simmonds led Savoy Brown since its inception in 1965 to its peak and multi-sales. He performed and appeared on every album the band recorded.

When still a young teenager, Simmonds learned to play from listening to his brother’s blues records. Considered one of the architects of British blues, he started the Savoy Brown Blues Band in October 1965, who began playing gigs at the Nags Head in 1966 in London. Early gigs included performing with Cream at Klooks Kleek and accompanying John Lee Hooker.

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Live performances led to Savoy Brown signing with Decca. But it was 1969 before its classic line-up gelled around Simmonds, rhythm guitarist Lonesome Dave Peverett, and the monocle and bowler hat-wearing vocalist Chris Youlden. That year’s Blue Matter and A Step Further albums conjured up at least three classics heard on The Best of Savoy Brown (20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection): “Train To Nowhere”, the live show-stopper “Louisiana Blues” (a Muddy Waters number), and “I’m Tired”.

Since its first US visit, Savoy Brown has criss-crossed the country, and “I’m Tired” became the group’s first hit single across the ocean. The band would find a greater following in America than in its native England throughout its career.

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1970’s Raw Sienna followed, featuring “A Hard Way To Go” and “Stay While The Night Is Still Young”. When Youlden then departed for a solo career, Lonesome Dave took over the lead vocals. Looking In, also in 1970, featured not only “Poor Girl” and “Money Can’t Save Your Soul” but one of the era’s memorable LP covers, a troglodyte-like savage staring into an eye socket of a monstrous skull. Later, Peverett, bassist Tony Stevens and drummer Roger Earl left to form the successful but decidedly rock band Foghat. Simmonds soldiered on, recruiting from blues band Chicken Shack keyboardist Paul Raymond, bassist Andy Silvester and drummer Dave Bidwell, and from the Birmingham club circuit the vocalist Dave Walker.

The new line-up was a hit. On stage in America, the group was supported by Rod Stewart and the Faces. On the album Street Corner Talking (1971) and Hellbound Train (1972) launched favourites “Tell Mama”, “Street Corner Talking”, a cover of the Temptations’ Motown standard “I Can’t Get Next To You” and the nine-minute epic “Hellbound Train” (decades later Love and Rockets (band) adapted it as “Bound For Hell”). Walker then quit to join Fleetwood Mac, pre-Buckingham/Nicks.

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In 1997, Simmonds released his first solo acoustic album, entitled Solitaire. He toured worldwide with various configurations of Savoy Brown. The 2004 live set You Should Have Been There, recorded in early 2003 in Vancouver with Simmonds handling lead vocals – and also as a solo acoustic act. In 2011 he celebrated 45 years of touring with the Savoy Brown album Voodoo Moon.

In 2017, his album with Savoy Brown, Witchy Feeling, reached number one on the Billboard blues charts.

As a soloist and leader of Savoy Brown, Simmonds released over 47 albums through 2016. He was also a painter; the cover of his 2008 solo release, Out of the Blue, featured his original art. In 2008, Simmonds appeared in the Rockumentary “American Music: OFF THE RECORD”, Dir. by Benjamin Meade of Cosmic Cowboy Studio in Fayetteville, Arkansas, alongside Jackson Browne, Noam Chomsky, Douglas Rushkoff, Les Paul, Johnny and Edgar Winter and countless other musicians and musical acts.
On 15 August 2022, Simmonds announced via the Savoy Brown website that he has been receiving chemotherapy for stage four colon cancer. Due to the side effects of his treatment, all scheduled live performances have been cancelled. On 15 December 2022, it was stated via the Savoy Brown fanpage that Simmonds lost his battle with cancer on 13 December. (wikipedia)

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Just in time for the band’s 50th anniversary, “The Devil To Pay” is released. Since Savoy Brown released their first record in 1967 and became one of the most established blues-rock bands, 26 studio albums have been released. Masterpieces like “Blue Matter”, “Raw Sienna” or “Hellbound Train” were among them. Now “The Devil To Pay” (Ruf/in-akustik), the latest album by bandleader Kim Simmonds and his band, is released.

“Normally recordings only take two to three days for me and most of it is already done on the first day, because all the preliminary work is done in the weeks before”, Simmonds describes his approach to recording an album: “But this time the whole thing dragged on for years. We kept making improvements between tours, but then went back into the studio briefly at the end. Then it’s just a matter of capturing that special moment and being there on the dot.” There are now 13 of those special moments on the new album.


From the intricate instrumental “Snakin”, to crashing power blues, to almost classic Chicago blues, the album offers everything that has defined Savoy Brown over five decades and still does. “As a teenager, the classic Chicago stuff and artists definitely influenced me. My heart still leaps for joy when I hear good Chicago blues,” Simmonds confesses. “I still have the same energy I had when I was young. That’s what keeps my dream alive,” the guitarist affirms. One might believe the Londoner, who has lived in the USA for decades, because since the band has been on the Ruf label, they have been recording consistently good albums. Including the live albums, that makes 45 with “The Devil To Pay”. Respect! (press release)

Perhaps there will be another special album to mark Savoy Brown’s fiftieth anniversary. Until then, “The Devil To Pay” is dedicated to the anniversary in 2015. RockTimes congratulates warmly.
Thirteen new songs make up a total playing time of almost an hour and together with bassist Pat DeSalvo as well as Garnet Grimm on drums, trio leader Kim Simmonds takes a damn brave approach, at least as far as the disc’s opener is concerned. Brave because “Ain’t Got Nobody” is far from a warm-up song. A positive mood is created in an almost ballad-like way. The song is characterised by bluesy fervour, strong expression and a certain lasciviousness in Kim Simmonds’ voice. Even the first track on the record is a classic blues listen.
Completely devoid of vocals, the number “Snakin'” sneaks under your skin with a friendly story told by the guitar and the groovy rhythm gets your foot tapping. This kind of Chicago-12 beat is always a pleasure to listen to.

Savoy Brown 2015_01Even if “The Devil To Pay” is thematically about “[…]wrong decisions in the past […]”, the musical atmosphere turns out positively. Kim Simmonds is an expert on the six strings of his instrument. Without a doubt, he came up with great songwriting ideas for this album.
The range is also enormous. The protagonist writes in his digipak lyrics, among other things: “It’s all blues, but I think you’ll find variety; traditional blues, rock blues, swing and jazz blues.” This is how the artist, born in Newbridge, Wales, sums it up. With his fantasies linked in the solos, the Savoy Brown veteran is way out in front.
Bassist Pat DeSalvo is not only the accompanying low-frequency plucker. He presents himself with an extremely melodious-flowing play and together with Garnet Grimm gives the songs even more pressure.

Savoy Brown 2015_02Here and there the frontman uses his harp. It is very useful in its delivery and brings an earthy blues mood to light in the right phases. The Brit serves us the twelve-bar in combination with light jazz influences, for example, in “Stop Throwing Your Love Around” and especially in “Whiskey Headed Baby”. Both songs prove to be quite fine things.
In between these numbers, you can also enjoy a slide boogie à la Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown and think back to the old days of “Savoy Brown Boogie”. With a little dash of rock’n’roll in the tank, the track goes down really well. “Watch My Woman” has a nice swing note in the rhythm.
If the opening track already provided a decelerated surprise, one naturally wonders how this album might end. The song title “Evil Eye” sounds like something really evil. The piece has killer qualities, especially when it gets really furious towards the end. The beginning and the end of “The Devil To Pay” are two contrasts that come together in the great playing of Kim Simmonds. This album is a confirmation that this band is full of energy even after fifty years. (Joachim ‘Joe’ Brookes; Rock Times)


Garnet Grimm (drums)
Pat DeSalvo (bass)
Kim Simmonds (guitar, slide-guitar,  vocals, harmonica)

01. Ain’t Got Nobody 5.29
02. Bad Weather Brewing 4.32
03. Grew Up In The Blues 4.08
04. When Love Goes Wrong 4.05
05. Oh Rosa 3.37
06. The Devil To Pay 4.22
07. Stop Throwing Your Love Around 4.18
08. Snakin’ 3.57
09. Got An Awful Feeling 6.00
10. I’ve Been Drinking 3.50
11. Watch My Woman 4.06
12. Whiskey Headed Baby 4.31
13. Evil Eye 5.11

All songs written by Kim Simmonds



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Savoy Brown – Live From The House Of Blues (2000)

FrontCover1Part of the late-’60s blues-rock movement, Britain’s Savoy Brown never achieved as much success in their homeland as they did in America, where they promoted their albums with nonstop touring. The band was formed and led by guitarist Kim Simmonds, whose dominating personality led to myriad personnel changes; the original lineup included singer Bryce Portius, keyboardist Bob Hall, guitarist Martin Stone, bassist Ray Chappell, and drummer Leo Manning. This lineup appeared on the band’s 1967 debut, Shake Down, a collection of blues covers. Seeking a different approach, Simmonds dissolved the group and brought in guitarist Dave Peverett, bassist Rivers Jobe, drummer Roger Earl, and singer Chris Youlden, who gave them a distinctive frontman with his vocal abilities, bowler hat, and monocle.

With perhaps its strongest lineup, Savoy Brown quickly made a name for itself, recording originals like “Train to Nowhere.” However, Youlden left the band in 1970 following Raw Sienna, and shortly thereafter, Peverett, Earl, and new bassist Tony Stevens departed to form Foghat, continuing the pattern of consistent membership turnover. Simmonds collected yet another lineup and began a hectic tour of America, showcasing the group’s now-refined bluesy boogie rock style, which dominated the rest of their albums. The group briefly broke up in 1973, but re-formed the following year.

Throughout the ’80s and ’90s Simmonds remained undeterred by a revolving-door membership and continued to tour and record. Their first album for the Blind Pig label, Strange Dreams, was released in 2003, followed by Steel in 2007. Subsequent LPs include the compilation Too Much of a Good Thing, Voodoo Moon, Goin’ to the Delta, and 2015’s The Devil to Pay. In 2017, the band returned with the full-length Witchy Feelin’, which hit number one on the Billboard Blues Albums chart. Buoyed by that success, Simmonds and Savoy Brown returned with the group’s 40th career album, City Night, in 2019. /by Steve Huey)


And here´s a pretty good live bootleg (excellent broadcast quality) from The House Of The Blues.

Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown were on tour to promote their “The Blues Keep Holding Me On” from 1999.

20 years after … this show is still another highlight in the history of Savoy Brown bootlegs … old songs, new songs… high class Blues-Rock !


Dave Olson (drums)
Nathaniel Peterson (bass, vocals)
Kim Simmonds (guitar, vocals)

Nathaniel Peterson

01. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Simmonds) 7.37
02. A Hard Way To Go (Youlden) 7.32
03. Little Red Rooster (Dixon) 11.23
04. I’m Tired (Youlden) 6.56
05. Stay While The Night Is Young (Youlden/Simmonds) 10.20
06. Mississippi Steamboat (ubknown) 7.42
07. Headline News (Traditional) 10.53
08. When You’ve Got A Good Friend (Johnson) 8.24
09. Shake For Me (Dixon) 9.50
10. Bad Shape (Simmonds) 7.11
11. Wang Dang Doodle (Doxon) 11.32
12. Little Wheel ( 10:41



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Savoy Brown – Witchy Feelin’ (2017)

FrontCover1.jpgKim Simmonds founded Savoy Brown in October 1965. At 69 he still is Savoy Brown as the band is pretty much Kim Simmonds on guitar and vocals and whoever he has a back-line. Here we have him with Pat DeSalvo on bass and Garnet Grimm on drums doing a great job backing up this 69 year old British master of the blues guitar.

“Why Did You Hoodoo Me” is a nice an above mid-tempo blues rocker where Simmonds demonstrates his prowess on guitar for us. He questions why he’s been cursed by his woman in this slick production. Kim switches things up with ”Livin’ On The Bayou” with a little creole inspired stuff. A Cajun ballad with some pretty and somewhat ethereal guitar. “I Can’t Stop the Blues” has Simmonds growling out the lyrics in a song about loneliness. The guitar work is what this one’s all about- steady handed and cool. The title cut is up next, a cool slow blues with nice guitar picking, and a ghostly bass line and sound. “Guitar Slinger” picks up the tempo a little and gets into what the title says- guitar slinging. “Vintage Man” shuffles and shines nicely as Kin sings about being a vintage sort of guy in Levis, blue suede shoes and listening to his record player as he listens to and plays Jimmy Reed.

The slide comes out for “Standing In A Doorway.” Slow blues with voice and slide in a melancholy repartee, nicely done. “Memphis Blues” gives us a driving beat and some big guitar and some more slide, but this time it’s greasy and slick. “Can’t Find Paradise” is a big, blues rock anthem sort of piece with some more slide work.


Simmonds guitar cries and wails in “Thunder, Lightning and Rain.” It’s a big cut with lots of guitar that goes on for nearly 8 minutes of 6 string soling to a steady bass and drum beat. The CD closes to “Close to Midnight,” a sultry and thoughtful instrumental of Simmonds showing us why he’s highly regard as a guitar man.

If you love Savoy Brown and Kim Simmonds then you’ll be spinning this CD a lot because this is right up your alley. Simmonds shows us he’s still got what it takes. The guitar is not overdone, but it’s big and impressively done. It’s a really enjoyable set of new songs all penned by Kim. (Steve Jones)


Garnet Grimm (drums)
Pat DeSalvo (bass)
Kim Simmonds (guitar, vocals)


01. Why Did You Hoodoo Me 5:15
02. Livin’ On The Bayou 6.01
03. I Can’t Stop The Blues 5.27
04. Witchy Feelin’ 4.38
05. Guitar Slinger 3.53
06. Vintage Man 3.08
07. Standing In A Doorway 5.41
08. Memphis Blues 4.14
09. Can’t Find Paradise 4.30
10. Thunder, Lighting & Rain 7.56
11. Close To Midnight 4.08

All songs written by Kim Simmonds



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Savoy Brown – Raw Sienna (1970)

FrontCover1.jpgRaw Sienna is the fifth album by the band Savoy Brown.

It was recorded and released by Decca in the UK 1970 in both mono and stereo (LK/SKL 5043). For release in USA and Canada, tapes were leased to Parrot Records (London Records)—PAS 71036.

This high-water mark by the band finds them softening their rougher edges and stretching out into jazz territory, yet still retaining a blues foundation. There’s not a bad cut here, with enough variety (bottleneck slide, acoustic guitar, horns, and strings) to warrant frequent late-night listenings. “A Hard Way to Go,” “Needle and Spoon,” and “Stay While the Night Is Young” are especially strong, as are two instrumental numbers. Unfortunately, leader Kim Simmonds lost his greatest asset when vocalist Chris Youlden quit for an ill-fated solo career after this recording. Youlden had one of the most distinctive voices in British blues, and Savoy would never fully recover from his exit. (by Peter Kurtz)

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Here’s an excellent album of heavy piano and bass, some excellent Chicago brass which is for once not overused, and all merged into a good Kim Simmonds lead that can range around from Bike movie stuff to some verdant upper range fingering. It’s all woven around a hard, simple yet very together rhythmic frame — analytical verbiage for sounds which more than occasionally ignite to fuse into a genuinely new kind of sound that arises from its own synthesis. Terry Noonan’s arrangements for bass and string help unite what could have been very conflicting types of sound. Something of Mose Allison’s voice comes through. Remember Mose on “Needle and Spoon,” another anti-drug song? “I rise with the sun and sleep with the moon but I feel alright with my needle and spoon.” Never mind all that. The music is lots of fun by some people who deserve more recognition than they’ve received.(Jonathan Eisen, Circus, 7/70)


Rising from the depths of the underground to the thick of the chart races, Savoy Brown bids for the top of the charts with another hot album and featured single “A Hard Way to Go.” Chris Youlden is a superfine rock/blues singer, and co-writes the group’s subtle, penetrating material. Never better, the outfit scores throughout, especially on “While the Night is Young” and “Needle and Spoon.” (Billboard, 1970)

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Roger Earl (drums, percussion)
“Lonesome” Dave Peverett (guitar, bottleneck guitar on 05.)
Kim Simmonds (guitar, piano on 02. + 03.)
Tone Stevens (bass)
Chris Youlden (vocals, piano on 04., 06. + 09.)
brass + string section


01. A Hard Way To Go (Youlden) 2.25
02. That Same Feelin’ (Simmonds) 3.40
03. Master Hare (Simmonds) 4.54
04. Needle And Spoon (Youlden) 3.21
05. A Little More Wine (Youlden) 4.57
06. I’m Crying (Youlden) 4.21
07. Stay While The Night Is Young (Youlden) 3.11
08. Is That So (Simmonds) 7.44
09. When I Was A Young Boy (Youlden) 3.05





Savoy Brown – Looking In (1970)

FrontCover1.jpgLooking In is the sixth album by the band Savoy Brown.

It was released by Decca in 1970 (SKL 5066). For release in the USA and Canada tapes were leased to Parrot Records (PAS 71042).

The album reached no. 50 in the UK. (by wikipedia)

Savoy Brown’s blues-rock sound takes on a much more defined feel on 1970’s Looking In and is one of this band’s best efforts. Kim Simmonds is utterly bewildering on guitar, while Lonesome Dave Peverett does a fine job taking over lead singing duties from Chris Youlden who left halfway through the year. But it’s the captivating arrangements and alluring ease of the music that makes this a superb listen. The pleading strain transformed through Simmonds’ guitar on “Money Can’t Save Your Soul” is mud-thick with raw blues, and the comfort of “Sunday Night” is extremely smooth and laid back.


“Take It Easy” sounds like it could have been a B.B. King tune as it’s doused with relaxed guitar fingering. The entire album is saturated with a simple, British blues sound but the pace and the marbled strands of bubbly instrumental perkiness fill it with life. Even the Yardbirds-flavored “Leaving Again” is appealing with its naïve hooks, capped off with a heart-stopping guitar solo. This album along with Street Corner Talking best exemplify Savoy Brown’s tranquilizing style. (by Mike DeGagne)


Lonesome Dave (vocals, guitar)
Roger Earl (drums)
Kim Simmond (guitar, piano)
Tony Steven (bass)
Owen Finnegan (percussion)


01. Gypsy (Simmonds) 1.02
02. Poor Girl (Stevens) 4.09
03. Money Can’t Save Your Soul (Peverett/Simmonds) 5.32
04. Sunday Night (Simmonds) 5.25
05. Looking In (Peverett/Simmonds) 5.19
06. Take It Easy (Peverett/Simmonds) 5.44
07. Sitting An’ Thinking (Simmonds) 2.54
08. Leavin’ Again (Peverett/Simmonds) 8.30
09. Romanoff (Simmonds) 1.02



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Savoy Brown – Train To Nowhere (2010)

FrontCover1This is a 2 hour double CD live set from WXXI radio Rochester New York State.

Stunning live set from veteran British Blues man Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown. Featuring Train to Nowhere, Little Red Rooster and a 22 minute version of Louisiana Blues, recorded in 1997 and 1998.

Formed in 1967 and anchored around guitarist Kim Simmonds, Savoy Brown’s U.K. take on boogie blues paved the way for the heavier breakthough of British blues-based bands like Cream and Led Zeppelin, and while Savoy Brown don’t have the same critical reputation as these, they were still a bread-and-butter little rocking band. (by Steve Leggett)

So sit back and enjoy the smooth blues that is Savoy Brown, one of the finest blues bands ever !

Disc 1 Track 1 and Disc 2 Track 2 & 3 Recorded Live 9th March 1998 Tampa, FL, USA
Disc 1 Tracks 2-7 and Disc 2 Tracks 1, 4 & 5 Recorded Live 14th August 1997 Rochester, NY, USA


Al Cash (drums, CD 1 – #2-7; CD 2 – #1, 4, 5)
Nathaniel Peterson (bass, vocals)
Kim Simmonds (guitar, vocals)
‘T’ Xiques (drums, CD 1 -#1; CD 2 -# 2, 3)TracklistCD 1:01)



CD 1:
01. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Simmonds) 6.15
02. Let It Rock (Simmonds/Raymond) 5.33
03. Train To Nowhere (Youlden) 5.12
04. Bad Shape (Simmonds) 9.06
05. Mr. Browns Boogie (Simmonds) 8.46
06. Stay While The Night Is Young (Youlden) 12.18
07. Savoy Brown Medley: 12.16
07.1. She’s Got A Ring In His Nose And A Ring On Her Hand (Youlden)
07.2 Street Corner Talking (Simmonds/Raymond)
07.3. Hellbound Train (Simmonds/Silvester)
07.4. Wang Dang Doodle (Dixon)
07.5. Tell Mama (Simmonds/Raymond)

CD 2:
01. Little Red Rooster (Dixon) 13.06
02. Mississippi Steam Boat (unknown) 8.30
03. Lookin’ In (Simmonds/Peverett) 8:05
04.Louisiana Blues (Morgenfield) 21.27
05. Little Wheel (Bracken/Hooker)



Savoy Brown – A Step Further (1969)


With Kim Simmonds and Chris Youlden combining their talents in Savoy Brown’s strongest configuration, 1969’s A Step Further kept the band in the blues-rock spotlight after the release of their successful Blue Matter album. While A Step Further may not be as strong as the band’s former release, all five tracks do a good job at maintaining their spirited blues shuffle.

Plenty of horn work snuggles up to Simmonds’ guitar playing and Youlden’s singing is especially hearty on “Made up My Mind” and “I’m Tired.” The first four tracks are bona fide Brown movers, but they can’t compete with the 20-plus minutes of “Savoy Brown Boogie,” one of the group’s best examples of their guitar playing prowess and a wonderful finale to the album.

This lineup saw the release of Raw Sienna before Lonesome Dave Peverett stepped up to the microphone for Looking In upon the departure of Youlden, but the new arrangement was short lived, as not long after three other members exited to form Foghat. As part of Savoy Brown’s Chris Youlden days,

A Step Further should be heard alongside Getting to the Point, Blue Matter, and Raw Sienna, as it’s an integral part of the band’s formative boogie blues years. (by Mike DeGange)

Savoy Brown Live 1969

Roger Earl (drums, percussion)
Lonesome Dave Peverett (guitar)
Kim Simmonds (guitar)
Tony Stevens (bass)
Chris Youlden (vocals)
David Bellman (viola)
Eddie Blair (trumpet)
Des Bradley (violin)
Percy Coates (violin)
Raymond Davis (flugelhorn, horn)
John Edwards (trombone)
Bob Efford (saxophone)
Jack Fields (violin)
Bob Hall (piano)
Bobby Haughey (flugelhorn, horn)
Don Honeywell  (saxophone)
Don Honeywill (saxophone
Butch Hudson (trumpet)
Maurice Loban (viola)
Don Lusher (trombone)
John Meek (viola)
Rex Morris (saxophone)
Phil Reid (violin)
John Ronayne (violin)
Louis Rose (viola)
Louis Rosen (viola)
Lionel Ross (cello)
John Shineborne (cello)
John Tonayne (violin)
Mike Vernon (percussion)
Charles Vorzanger (violin)
Kenny Wheeler (trumpet)



Studio Side:
01. Made Up My Mind (Youlden) 2.59
02. Waiting In The Bamboo Grove (Simmonds) 3.38
03. Life’s One Act Play (Youlden) 6.31
04. I’m Tired (Youlden) + Where Am I (Willie/Brown) 5.05

Live Side:
05. Savoy Brown Boogie (Youlden/Simmonds) 22.07
05.a. I Feel So Good (Willis)
06.b. Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On (Williams/David)
06.c. Little Queenie (Berry)
06.d. Purple Haze (Hendrix)
05.e. Hernando’s Hideaway (Ross/Adler)



Savoy Brown – Blue Matter (1969)

FrontCover1Blue Matter is the third album by the band Savoy Brown. Teaming up once again with producer Mike Vernon, it finds them experimenting even more within the blues framework. Several tracks feature piano (played by Bob Hall, guitarist Kim Simmonds, and vocalist Chris Youlden, who even plays guitar here) as well as trombone.
This album featured a mix of live and studio recordings. The live tracks were recorded on December 6, 1968 at the now defunct City of Leicester College of Education because the band was scheduled to tour the USA and needed additional tracks to complete the album in time for the tour. The booking at the college represented their only chance to record the extra tracks in a live venue before embarking on the tour. An offer to perform the concert free of charge was accepted by Chris Green, the college Social Secretary, who had made the original booking, and the concert was duly recorded, a number of the live tracks being added to the album.
Because Chris Youlden was suffering from tonsillitis, Dave Peverett stood in as lead vocalist on the live tracks.
The album track “Vicksburg Blues” had first appeared as the B-side of Decca single F 12797 (released June 1968), fronted by “Walking by Myself”. (by wikipedia)
The third release by Kim Simmonds and company, but the first to feature the most memorable lineup of the group: Simmonds, “Lonesome” Dave Peverett, Tony “Tone” Stevens, Roger Earl, and charismatic singer Chris Youlden. This one serves up a nice mixture of blues covers and originals, with the first side devoted to studio cuts and the second a live club date recording. Certainly the standout track, indeed a signature song by the band, is the tour de force “Train to Nowhere,” with its patient, insistent buildup and pounding train-whistle climax. Additionally, David Anstey’s detailed, imaginative sleeve art further boosts this a notch above most other British blues efforts.(by Peter Kurtz)

Side One is marked “Studio”; Side Two is marked “Live” and was recorded at The City of Leicester College of Education, Friday 6th December 1968.

Savoy Brown, live in 1969
Roger Earl (drums, percussion)
Bob Hall (piano)
“Lonesome” Dave Peverett (guitar, vocals)
Kim Simmonds (guitar, harmonica, piano)
Tone Stevens (bass)
Chris Youlden (vocals, guitar, piano)
Rivers Jobe (bass on 01., 02. + 04.)
Mike Vernon (percussion on 01.)
trombones on 01:
Terry Flannery – Keith Martin – Alan Moore – Brian Perrin – Derek Wadsworth


01. Train To Nowhere (Simmonds/Youlden) 4.12
02. Tolling Bells (Simmonds/Youlden) 6.33
03. She’s Got A Ring In His Nose And A Ring On Her Hand (Youlden) 3.07
04. Vicksburg Blues (Hall/Youlden) 4.00
05. Don’t Turn Me From Your Door (Hooker) 5.4
06. Grits Ain’t Groceries (All Around Te World) (bonus track) (Turner) 2.46
07. May Be Wrong (Peverett) 7.56

08. Louisiana Blues (Morganfield) 9.05
09. It Hurts Me Too (London) 6.51
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Savoy Brown – Getting To The Point (1968)

lpfrontcover1Getting to the Point is the second studio album by the British blues rock band Savoy Brown. It marks the debut of a vastly different lineup, still led by Kim Simmonds but fronted by new vocalist Chris Youlden.

It was released by Decca in 1968 with catalog number SKL 4935 and finds the group taking on more of the songwriting load, as opposed to their debut, which consisted mostly of covers. One of the covers is “You Need Love” by Willie Dixon, which served as a blueprint for “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin. Deram released the CD with three bonus tracks in 1990 with catalog number 820 922-2. (by wikipedia)

1967 saw Savoy Brown tour as backing band for Hooker’s UK tour and also open for Cream’s first London performance.
Extensive touring was followed by personnel changes after a drugs ‘bust’ which saw in new bassist Bob Brunning from Fleetwood Mac and singer Chris Youlden. Youlden was a true find, his rich, often mournful vocal harnessed to Simmond’s fluid guitar lines levered in home grown material from both men that trademarked the Savoy Brown sound, the line-up soon enriched by the arrival of bassist “Lonesome” Dave Peverett and drummer Roger Earle.
Getting to the Point followed in March 1968, the mix now reversed with just two covers and seven originals by Youlden and Simmonds. Initially something of a downer after “Shake Down”, the album picks up half way and begins to rattle along, showcasing an individual style and a growing dynamic within the band.
Winning contemporary media plaudits for the album, this chemistry was to grow to even better purpose with subsequent releases in the last gasps of the decade.(by Greville Rob)


The first single with Chris Youlden (with the wrong line-up on the cover !)

Getting to the Point marks the debut of a vastly different lineup, still led by Simmonds but now fronted by new vocalist Chris Youlden. The pair got off to a good start by writing or co-writing most of the album. The playing is solid blues revival, and though Youlden’s vocals are often overly imitative of B.B. King and Muddy Waters, he has a confident voice and frontman persona. Originals like “Flood in Houston” and “Mr. Downchild” provide the highlights. (by by Keith Farley)


US front+back cover

Roger Earl (drums)
Bob Hall (piano)
Rivers Jobe (bass)
Dave Peverett (guitar)
Kim Simmonds (lead guitar)
Chris Youlden (vocals)
Bob Brunning (bass on 11. + 12.)
Hughie Flint (drums 11. + 12.)


01. Flood In Houston (Simmonds/Youlden) – 4:00
02. Stay With Me Baby (Peverett/Simmonds/Youlden) 2.35
03. Honey Bee (Morganfield) 6.25
04. The Incredible Gnome Meets Jaxman (Simmonds) 3.30
05. Give Me A Penny (Traditional) 4.20
06. Mr. Downchild (Simmonds/Youlden) 5.25
07. Getting To The Point (Simmonds) 4.20
08. Big City Lights (Hall/Youlden) 3.25
09. You Need Love (Dixon) 7.40
10. Walking by Myself (Single A side, 1967) (Rogers) 2.25
11. Taste And Try, Before You Buy (Single A side, 1967) (Youlden) 2-21
12. Someday People (Single B side, 1967) (Simmonds) 4.35



Still alive and well: Kim Simmonds in 2016

Savoy Brown – Shake Down (1967)

frontcover1Savoy Brown, originally known as the Savoy Brown Blues Band, are an English blues rock band formed in Battersea, south west London in 1965. Part of the late 1960s blues rock movement, Savoy Brown primarily achieved success in the United States, where they promoted their albums with non-stop touring.

The band was formed by guitarist Kim Simmonds and harmonica player John O’Leary, following a chance meeting at Transat Imports record shop in Lisle Street, Soho, in 1965. The initial constant line-up adjustments were attributed to the “creative accountancy” employed by the band’s manager, Harry Simmonds, brother of Kim.

The original line-up included singer Bryce Portius, keyboardist Trevor Jeavons, bassist Ray Chappell, drummer Leo Manning and harmonica player John O’Leary (O’Leary appeared on record with the band on its initial recordings for Mike Vernon’s Purdah label). Portius was one of the first black blues musicians to be a part of a British rock band.[citation needed] Jeavons was replaced by Bob Hall shortly after the band’s formation, and this was followed shortly by O’Leary’s departure and the arrival of Martin Stone on guitars. This line-up appeared on the band’s 1967 debut album, Shake Down, a collection of blues covers.


Shake Down is the debut studio album by the British blues rock band Savoy Brown. It was released in 1967 (on Decca SKL 4883) under the name of Savoy Brown Blues Band and is mainly an album of covers, featuring three songs penned by blues singer Willie Dixon. In addition to Dixon, the band covers John Lee Hooker and B.B. King. (by wikipedia)

This is one of the best albuzms from the British blues boom … And “Balck Night is one of the best songs, Savoy Brown ever recorded ..

And listen to “Let Me Love You Baby”, too … another highlight in the history of Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown !


Ray Chappell (bass)
Brice Portius – vocals
Kim Simmonds – lead and rhythm guitar
Martin Stone – lead and rhythm guitar

Leo Mannings – drums, percussion
Bob Hall – piano (on “I Ain’t Superstitious”, “Little Girl”, “Shake ‘Em On Down”)


01. I Ain’t Superstitious (Dixon) 3.25
02. Let Me Love You Baby (Dixon) 3.00
03. Black Night (Robinson) 4.47
04. High Rise (Bridge/Thompson/King) – 2:44
05. Rock Me Baby (King/Josea) 2.56
06. I Smell Trouble (Malone) 4.28
07. Oh! Pretty Woman (King) 2.28
08. Little Girl (Dixon) 1.38
09. The Doormouse Rides The Rails (Stone) 3.32
10. It’s My Own Fault (Hooker) 4.55
11. Shake ‘Em On Down (Traditional) 6.00