The Blues Band – Official Bootleg Album (1980)

OriginalFrontCover1England’s the Blues Band is led by ex-Manfred Mann vocalist Paul Jones and guitarist/vocalist Dave Kelly, who, before forming the group in 1979, had been a member of the John Dummer Blues Band and issued several solo recordings on his own (Kelly had also received praise for his playing by such blues legends as Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker). After hooking up with friend/bassist Gary Fletcher, the seeds for the Blues Band were sown, resulting in countless albums (by Greg Prato)

The Blues Band is a virtual who’s who of the British blues scene. An ’80s supergroup of sorts, the band consists of Paul Jones, solo artist and former member of Manfred Mann (lead vocals and harmonica ); Dave Kelly, solo artist and former member of the John Dummer Blues band (lead vocals and slide guitar); Tom McGuinness, former member of Manfred Mann and McGuinness Flint (lead guitar and back-up vocals); Hughie Flint, also former McGuinness Flint (drums); and Gary Fletcher, formerly of Sam Apple Pie (bass and backup vocals).

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Taken from the inlets of this album

Although formed in 1979, the band released its debut album, The Bootleg Album, in 1980 as supposedly a one-time live project. The album was originally a private pressing, recorded live and released by the band themselves, but it sold so well it was re-released intact by Arista after signing the band to a contract. The Blues Band became so popular that they got together as a permanent unit.

A must for any fan of British blues music. (by by Keith Pettipas)

The Blues Band in their own words:

BluesBand01The individual members of The Blues Band were already held in admiration by generations of rhythm & blues fans when they formed back in 1979. Almost two and a half decades and over 16 albums later they continue to add to their growing army of followers, and it’s not unheard of to find three generations from the same family at a gig.

The band are today acknowledged throughout Europe and beyond as being amongst the very finest purveyors of rhythm & blues. They have inspired numerous other blues bands, many of which have come and gone …The Blues Band have remained a constant, increasingly popular fixture, however, and all with only a modicum of help from the record business – as Gary’s oft quoted comment states “the music industry doesn’t bother us and we don’t bother them.”

This independent streak goes right back to their early days when in an unusual move the band “bootlegged” their own first album – certain copies of which are now collector’s items. The ‘bootlegging’ came about because, having recorded their first album, the so called ‘major label’ which was to release it changed their minds and the band didn’t have the cash to pay the studio bill. So they got 1000 copies pressed up, mastered from a copy tape that they had, signed the plain white numbered sleeves and sold them at gigs & via mail order etc. Only then did another ‘major label’ pick up the album and release it widely. (taken from the website of The Blus Band)

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Personnel:
Gary Fletcher (bass)
Hughie Flint (drums)
Paul Jones (vocals, guitar)
Dave Kelly (guitar, slide-guitar, vocals)
Tom McGuinness (guitar, background vocals)
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Bob Hall (piano)

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Tracklist:
01. Talk To Me Baby ((James) 3.55
02. Flatfoot Sam (Willis/Lewis) 2.57
03. Two Bones And A Pick (Walker) 3.09
04. Someday Baby (Estes) 3.21
05. Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights) (Jacobs) 3.33
06. Come On In (Stonebridge/Jones/McGuinness) 2-03
07. Death Letter (House) 3.03
08. Going Home (Kelly) 3.54
09. I Don’t Know (Mabon) 4.55
10. Diddy Wah Diddy (Blake) 2.44

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And here you´ll find The Blues Band Songbook (click on the pic):

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The Blues Band – Songbook (early 80´s)

FrontCoverThe Blues Band is a British blues band formed in 1979 by Paul Jones, former lead vocalist and harmonica player with Manfred Mann, and vocalist/slide guitarist Dave Kelly, who had previously played with the John Dummer Blues Band, Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker. The band’s first line-up also included bassist Gary Fletcher, guitarist Tom McGuinness (also of Manfred Mann) and drummer Hughie Flint, (the two had previously formed McGuinness Flint). 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. (by wikipedia)

And this is their first and last (so I guess) songbook, including many popular tunes from their early days.

The songbook included Dylan´s “Maggies Farm”:

The Blues Band recorded a version as a commentary on Margaret Thatcher’s government . The line, “The National Guard stands around the door” being replaced with a line about the Special Patrol Group (SPG), the controversial unit of the London Metropolitan Police then being used to quell protests. (by wikipedia)

So, this songbook is a nice addition for every serious Blues Band collector.

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