The Shortlist (feat. Roger Chapman) – The Riff Burglar Album (The Legendary Funny Cider Sessions – Vol.1) (1982)

FrontCover1Family’s Roger Chapman is somewhat of a workaholic. His departure from Family only saw him tirelessly fronting bands under a number of other names including his own. This package of two albums released in the early 80s finds him visiting some of his favorite blues and R&B numbers. Perhaps it was an unlikely project given the state of popular music in Britain at the time, but considering that very same time saw Chappo nearly dominating the German music scene (including winning album of the year for 1981’s Hyenas Only Laugh for Fun), it isn’t surprising that he could afford to take the odd indulgent detour or two, including originally releasing these discs under assumed names. In keeping with the roots rock concept, the two albums were recorded and mixed with as little production drag as possible. With the aid of a generous selection of well traveled musicians, this would be a breeze. Considering that Chapman is regarded by many (myself included) as one of rock’s great vocalists, one might expect he would have sung all of these songs, but that isn’t the case: Geoff Whitehorn (Procol Harum) sings Cream’s “Strange Brew,” while Tim Hinkley from the classic Jody Grind lends his great voice to Freddie King’s “Big Leg Woman.” An impromptu jam by Hinkley and Whitehorn has the distinct honor of inclusion here, named after Hinkley’s assumed name, “Stovepipe.” In fact, these projects were born from a recording session of Hinkley’s Heroes.

Okay boys & girls: Let´s have some fun !

Boz Burrell (Ramblin’ Ray Rubble) (bass)
Roger Chapman (Sonny Spider) (vocals, harmonica)
Alan Coulter (Slacksin Klauter) (drums)
Tim Hinkley (Reverend Stovepipe) (keyboards, vocals on 06.)
Nick Pentelow (Lips O’Gonnagen) (saxophone)
Steve Simpson (Suede Soupspoon) (guitar, violin, accordion)
Geoff Whitehorn (Big George Heartburn) (guitar, vocals on 04.)
The Burglars (background vocals)

01. Free, Single And Disengaged (Smith/Vincent) 2.29
02. Can’t Stand It (McAllister) 2.57
03. Bring It On Home (Dixon) 2.58
04. Strange Brew (Bruce/Brown) 2.44
05. Slow Down (Williams) 2.17
06. Big Leg Woman ((Blackwell/Russell) 2.32
07. Stovepipe (Whitehorn/Hinkley) 2.10
08. High Blood Pressure (Smith) / 5-10-15-20 (Part 1) (Hill/Berry/Dorsey) 7.17
09. Havanna Moon (Berry) 3.38
10. Wang Dang Doodle (Dixon) 3.49
11. Big Roll Daddy (Chapman/Seals) 3.45
12. Big River (Cash) 2.10
13. Lipstick, Powder And Paint (Turner) 2.31
14. Sing ‘Em The Way I Feel (Lenoir) 2.07
15. Downbound Train (Berry) 3.57
16. 5-10-15-20 (Part 2) (Hill/Berry/Dorsey) 4.15