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A Case For The Blues (1985) - Katmandu


    Featuring »

Vincent Crane, Ray(mond) (Edward) Dorset, Peter Green, Len Surtees, Greg Terry-Short, Jeff Whittaker

    Tracklisting »
Dust My BroomLyrics available
  Running Time: 4:22
One More Night Without YouLyrics available
  Running Time: 5:28
Crane's Train Boogie
  Running Time: 3:19
Boogie All The WayLyrics available
  Running Time: 4:32
Zulu Gone West
  Running Time: 3;12
Blowing All My Troubles AwayLyrics available
  Running Time: 5:23
Stranger BluesLyrics available
  Running Time: 4:56
  Comments: Sometimes writing credit incorrectly listed as "P. Greenbaum" with "Rattlsnake Music." mistakenly listed as publishing co.
Sweet SixteenLyrics available
  Running Time: 3:34
Who's That KnockingLyrics available
  Running Time: 4:22
The CaseLyrics available
  Running Time: 3:40
    Guest Appearances »

Terri Crazel, Sue Marshall

    Released »

1985

    Format »

Import Vinyl/CD Album

    Other Appearances »
Ray(mond) (Edward) Dorset (Producer), Ray(mond) (Edward) Dorset (Producer), Katmandu (Producer), Ken Marshall (Producer), Vincent Crane (Songwriter), Ray(mond) (Edward) Dorset (Songwriter), Peter Green (Songwriter), Elmore James (Songwriter), Joe (Joseph) Josea (Bihari) (Songwriter), Clarence L. Lewis (Songwriter), Bobby Robinson (Songwriter), Marshall E. Sehorn (Songwriter), Jeff Whittaker (Songwriter), Vincent Crane (Remixes), Vincent Crane (Remixes), Ray(mond) (Edward) Dorset (Remixes), Ray(mond) (Edward) Dorset (Remixes)

    Record Label »
Platinum/Pair/Resurgent

    Running Time »

42:48

    Liner Notes »

For Satellite Music (UK) Ltd. Issue:

One night at a hot, steamy gig at the Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, Mungo Jerry frontman Ray Dorset bumped into Chris Holland, who was tour manager for the legendary guitarist Peter Green’s Kolors. With Chris that evening was Nashville Teens bass player Len Surtees who, as fate would have it, used to be in the same school class with Ray years earlier!

Not unexpectedly the subject under discussion inevitably turned to music and while the three chatted Chris mentioned what he had been doing with Kolors and suggested, perhaps, an elaborate jam with Peter Green. Jeff Whittaker, once a member of pre-Floyd band, with Dave Gillmore (sic) and later with Steven (sic) Stills, but now percussionist and leader of Kolors had told Chris that it would be good to play with some different musicians to give air to some new ideas that they had.

Peter Green’s imposing musical pedigree is well known from his early days with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers to perhaps his most famous period with Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and on to a much less well known period in the very early 70’s when he split to America and fronted The Act. Since then he has variously enjoyed working solo, writing and playing the odd gig.....but that’s another story!

Ray Dorset himself has been around awhile! Currently contracted as a recording artist to Polygram, he is best known for his work with Mungo Jerry with an impressive list of hit records to his credit. Before Mungo Jerry he work with Jackie Edwards, Millie Small, Jimmy Cliff and Laurel Aitken amongst many others. Gigging regularly today, he also pens TV theme music in between. However it was in a New York music store that Ray last saw Peter Green at an amazing chance meeting in 1970. The opportunity of a session with Peter after such a long time was immensely interesting musicially so both Ray and Len had no hesitation in saying O.K. Thus the scene was set.

With the nucleus of the band established Chris set to work and a few days later called Ray to say he had met Vincent Crane at a party held on Richard Branson’s floating studio and that Vincent had said he would like to join the session.

Vincent’s own musical background is interesting. He was (with) Arthur Brown with whom he wrote Fire before passing on to the famed Atomic Rooster. Today Dexy’s Midnight Runners have the benefit of his frentic style!

One time Jackie Lynton Band sideman, drummer Greg Terry-Short was invited along to complete the line up for the session, which, it had by now been decided, would ‘happen’ at Ray Dorset’s own Satellite Studio.

Tim Green from Boogie Tunes was visiting Satellite Studio on other business and was so knocked out with what he heard (he) persuaded the guys to record what was clearly going to become an (sic) historic session.

All the tracks you hear on this album were recorded during December 1983 and January 1984 with the overdubs and mixing completed in the February.

The production credit is with Katmandu with Ken Marshall and Ray Dorset flying the desk for the session. Vincent Crane and Ray Dorset jointly attended to the remixes.

Ray Dorset is Mungo Jerry and well known throughout the world for his massive international composition “In The Summertime”, a classic hit that constantly finds itself in demand for television commercials where it has promoted everything from orange juice to a drink-don’t-drive campaign.

Before the launch of Mungo Jerry, Ray had worked with Millie Small, Jackie Edwards, Jimmy Cliff and Laurel Aitken amongst others.

The Mungo Jerry diary is always full. Live shows in Scandinavia, Germany and Sweden help to keep airlines busy.

In between his travels Ray Dorset finds time to write and record new product, hone his stage act to perfection and oversee negotiations regarding his publishing involvements.

It had been an amazing chance meeting in a New York music store in 1970 when Ray had last seen Peter Green.

The opportunity of a session with Peter after such a long time was tremendously interesting from a musical point of view and Ray and Len had no hesitation in agreeing to the plot....thus the scene was set!

    Reviews »
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Len surtees
Review written by JOHN DAVY, August 18th, 2006

GOOD CD. I HAD LEN STAY AT MY HOUSE FOR A FEW DAYS AND WE HAD A GREAT JAM ON HIS LAST NIGHT. MY MUSIC FOLDER HAS ABOUT 100 SONGS PLUS, LEN PLAYED EVERY ONE. GREAT BLOKE AND A FUN MUSICIAN.

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Bass
Review written by Len Surtees, September 3rd, 2005

Yeah I played bass on the album, I was in poor shape having just left The Nashville Teens after about 10 years of heavy gigging on the road. The album was recorded on first meeting which gives it that fresh spontaneous feel. I'd never heard of anyone else doing this, it made it very challenging and put pressure on which was good. I remember Vincent Crane helping me out on several occasions giving me a note without me even asking for tuning purposes, he was brilliant. If I play the album which I do on very infrequent occasions I get a good vibe from Who's That Knockin' and the Boogie track. The Case I remember was us all jamming and Jeff came in saying stop I've lost my case, we carried on playing and he grabbed a mike and started rapping it, if you listen to it I think he's threatening legal action. Peter wanted the group to stay together but everyone went their seperate ways. I could go on and on as I went on to play with Peter for some time after that rehearsing at Ginger Baker's studio in Acton.

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Good music, a happy session work
Review written by Harald Leiste, August 8th, 2004

I become the "oriental-katmandu"-artwork cd from the case of the blues sessions. The cd was pressed in 1991. the music is good, but not great (it's a session). in the summit i say a must have for a peter green fan. Harald Leiste in 03/2001

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    Last Modified »
2014-06-02
    Tracklisting »
Discography entry submitted by John Fitzgerald, Anders Linnartsson, Jeff Kenney, Mario Pirrone, & Johannes Dittler.