The Blues Band is a British blues band formed in 1979 by Paul Jones, former lead vocalist and harmonica player with Manfred Mann, and guitarist Tom McGuinness also of Manfred Mann and The Roosters. The band’s first line-up also included bassist Gary Fletcher, slide-guitarist Dave Kelly who had previously played with The John Dummer Band, Howling Wolf and John Lee Hooker and drummer Hughie Flint, of John Mayall’s Blues Breakers and McGuinness Flint, the band he formed with Tom McGuinness. In 1982 Flint left and was replaced by former Family drummer Rob Townsend
Their first album The Official Blues Band Bootleg Album, a mixture of blues standards and original songs featured the Jones and McGuinness composition “Come On In” and their long-standing stage favourite “Flatfoot Sam”. This album initially attracted no interest from major record companies, so the band pressed a limited run of 3,000, hand-stamped their logo on the cardboard sleeve and signed them all. After unqualified endorsement from BBC Radio 1 presenter Simon Bates and others, media interest resulted in a recording contract with Arista Records, who re-released the album under the same title. After that they released Ready, Itchy Feet and Brand Loyalty albums and regularly toured through Europe.
They briefly disbanded after recording a live album Bye Bye Blues (1983), but reformed soon afterwards. In the new millennium they recorded albums such as Stepping Out (2002) and Thank You Brother Ray (2004), which paid tribute to Ray Charles. Now in their thirty-ninth year as a band, they still perform across Europe with the same line-up. (by wikipedia)
And here´s a rare “limited edition” single from 1982 including two live tracks from 1980.
“Take Me Home” and “So Bad” were more pop orientated songs… but the real Blues Band can be heard on the two live tracks from 1980.
Gary Fletcher (bass)
Hughie Flint (drums, percussion)
Paul Jones (vocals, harmonica)
Dave Kelly (guitar slide-guitar)
Tom McGuinness (guitar, vocals)
01. Take Me Home (McGuiness) 3.19
02. So Bad (Stonebridge/McGuiness) 3.52
03. Hey, Hey Little Girl (live at the Glasgow University, 10-10-80) (Stonebridge/McGuiness) 1.58
04. Sus Blues (live at the Golden Lion, Fulham/London, 09-09-80 (Kelly) 4.18