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

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Personnel:
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)

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Tracklist:

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)

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Savoy Brown – A Step Further (1969)

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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

 Personnel:
Roger Earl (drums, percussion)
Lonesome Dave Peverett (guitar)
Kim Simmonds (guitar)
Tony Stevens (bass)
Chris Youlden (vocals)
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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)

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Tracklist:

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
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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)

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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.

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Savoy Brown, live in 1969
Personnel:
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)
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Rivers Jobe (bass on 01., 02. + 04.)
Mike Vernon (percussion on 01.)
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Terry Flannery – Keith Martin – Alan Moore – Brian Perrin – Derek Wadsworth

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Tracklist:
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)

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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)

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

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Tracklist:
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
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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

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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.

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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 !

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Personnel:
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”)

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Tracklist:
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

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Savoy Brown – Live At The Bottom Line, New York (1976)

SavoyBrownFrontCover1This is another Savoy Brown bootleg … from a period which was a very good period fpr Savoy Brown, because the musical partnership between Kim Simmonds and Paul Raymond was a very good one.

Paul Raymond  left Chicken Shack and both Andy Silvester and Dave Bidwell followed on shortly afterwards to join him in blues band Savoy Brown filling the gap left by former members Dave Peverett, Tony Stevens and Roger Earl who had deserted guitarist Kim Simmonds to form the band Foghat.  His tenure with Savoy Brown lasted from 1971-1976 encompassing 6 albums, including Street Corner Talking and Hellbound Train. During this period of relentless tour schedules and various line-up changes the band enjoyed major success in the USA, breaking into the Billboard Top 100 and playing prestigious venues such as Madison Square Garden.

This is a show to promote the great Skin & Bone album … and it´s a probably one of the finest Savoy Brown bootlegs ever recorded … an excellent radio show !

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Personnel:
Ian Ellis (bass, background vocals)
Tom Farnell (drums)
Raul Raymond (keyboards, guitar, vocals)
Kim Simmonds (guitar, vocals, harmonica)

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Tracklist:
01. Part Time Lady (Raymond/Simmonds) 08.01
02. Get On Up And Do It (Raymond/Simmonds) 4.03
03. Hero To Zero (Raymond/Simmonds) 9.44
04. Walkin’ And Talkin’ (Raymond/Simmonds) 16.37
05. Memory Pain (Mayfield) 7.55
06. She’s The One  (Ballard) 4.20
07. Hellbound Train (Simmonds/Silvester) 16.48
08. Tell Mama (Raymond/Simmonds) 6.51

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Savoy Brown – Skin N Bone (1976)

FrontCover1With this 1976 release, the follow-up to 1975’s WIRE FIRE, the songwriting team of Kim Simmonds & Paul Raymond (later of UFO) came up with 5 great songs plus a cover of Hank Ballard’s “She’s The One”. The songs hint at a more rocking direction that the band (minus Raymond) would later take to the max on their
next release, 1978’s SAVAGE RETURN. Simmonds,Raymond & drummer
Tom Farnell are joined by newcomer Ian Ellis (replacing WIRE FIRE bassist Andy Rae). Ellis would later take over lead vocals (from the departing Raymond) on the rockin’ SAVAGE RETURN.
All in all, this ranks as one of Savoy Brown’s most accessible albums. Highlights include Erding77Athe almost UFO-like “Get On Up & Do It” & the only non-studio cut “Walkin’ & Talkin'”. This track was recorded live at the Agora Ballroom in Cleveland. Almost 13 minutes long,it features dual vocals from Simmonds & Raymond.
Besides Simmonds’ stunning guitar playing,it also features him on an impressive,extended harmonica solo. (by an amazon customer)

The title track is seven and a half minutes of impassioned mid-tempo rock, with Simmonds and keyboard master Paul Raymond turning in some wonderful soloing, while rhythm section Ian Ellis on bass and Tommy Farnell on drums keep the time impressively. Finally, Savoy Brown has always been a most formidable live act, and “Walkin’ and Talkin'” is more than thirteen minutes of delightful blues strut before a very appreciative audience. Kim and Paul share vocals on this number, proof that in lean times, the band continued to make excellent music live. (by another amazon customer)

Indeed, the titel track is full of magic and “Walkin’ And Talkin'” is one of the best live songs Savoy Brown ever recorded. That´s what I call BLUES POWER !

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Personnel:
Ian Ellis (bass, background vocals)
Tom Farnell (drums)
Raul Raymond (keyboards, guitar, vocals)
Kim Simmonds (guitar, vocals, harmonica)

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Tracklist:
01. Get On Up And Do It (Raymond/Simmonds) 3.13
02. Part Time Lady (Raymond/Simmonds)     5:00
03. This Day Is Gonna Be Our Last (Raymond/Simmonds)     5:21
04. She’s The One (Ballard) 3.36
05. Skin ‘N’ Bone (Raymond/Simmonds) 7.42
06. Walkin’ And Talkin’ (Raymond/Simmonds) 12.14

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