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White Boy Blues: Volume 2 (1986) - Various Artists

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Dave Brock, Ray Chappell, Chick (Michael George) Churchill, Eric (Patrick) Clapton, Cyril Davies (& The) Blues Allstars, Cyril Davies, Dharma Blues Band, Aynsley Dunbar, Ricky Fensen, Hughie Flint, Luke Francis, Peter Green, Bob (Robert) Hall, John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers, Mike King, Ric(hard) Lee, Albert Lee, Alvin Lee, Carlo Little, Leo (David William) Lyon(e)s, Leo Manning(s), John Mayall, T(ony) S. McPhee, John McVie, John O'Leary, Bryce Portius, Michael Riley, Savoy Brown, Keith Scott, Pete(r) Shelley, Kim Simmonds, Rod Stewart, Martin Stone, Martin Stone, Stone's Masonry, Ten Years After, Keith Tillman, Bernie Watson

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I Tried
  Date Performance: 1966-08-00, Running Time: 3:02
  Comments: by Savoy Brown (billed as "Savoy Brown Blues Band") (P) 1966 Licensed from Interworld
Cold Blooded Woman
  Date Performance: 1966-08-00, Running Time: 3:53
  Comments: by Savoy Brown (billed as "Savoy Brown Blues Band") (P) 1966 Licensed from Interworld
I Can't Quit You Baby
  Date Performance: 1966-08-00, Running Time: 3:36
  Comments: by Savoy Brown (billed as "Savoy Brown Blues Band") Track listed as "Can't Quit You Baby". Mono Version. Recorded at Wessex Sound Studio, Old Compton Street, London. Original Release: Purdah #45-3503 (B-Side). Courtesy of Castle Communications. Source: Original analogue tape. Licensed from Interworld
True BlueInstrumental
  Date Performance: 1966-08-00, Running Time: 4:10
  Comments: by Savoy Brown (sometimes billed as "Savoy Brown Blues Band" for this recording) (featuring Kim Simmonds and Martin Stone) Recorded for Blue Horizon Records subsidiary label, Purdah, in London. "The Nags Head Public House in South London was the unlikely first meeting place for Savoy Brown and yours truly. Their music was rough, raw and at times ragged, but they had a 'jive' lacking in so many others. I talked to Harry Simmonds, their manager, into letting me record the band for a single to be released on my own Purdah label-this was the precedent to Blue Horizon. We did the sessions at Wessex Studios and the results were reasonable enough for Decca to want the band's first album. 'Shake Down' was the result and captured all the rawness of this first line-up. Savoy Brown has over the years made so many personnel changes it's difficult to keep up with them and all I can say for certain is that guitarist and leader Kim Simmonds is the only original member left in the present unit." - Mike Vernon. Sometimes writing credit for this track is given to Memphis Slim (Peter Chatman) and J(immy) Page. Licensed from Interworld.
Ain't Gonna Cry No More
  Date Performance: 1966, Running Time: 3:04
  Comments: by Tony McPhee. Licensed from Interworld.
You Don't Love MeLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1966, Running Time: 2:22
  Comments: by Tony McPhee (P) 1967 Licensed from Interworld.
Someone To Love Me
  Date Performance: 1965-11-23, Running Time: 2:18
  Comments: by Tony McPhee (though sometimes billed on this performance as by T.S. McPhee). Mono Version. Recorded at Decca Studio No. 1, West Hampstead, London. Original Release: Purdah #45-3501 (A-Side). Courtesy of Castle Communications. Source: Original analogue tape. Licensed from Interworld.
Roll 'Em Pete
  Date Performance: 1965, Running Time: 2:07
  Comments: by Dharma Blues Band. Sometimes Pete Johnson is given sole writing credit for this performance of this song. Licensed from Interworld.
The Next Milestone
  Date Performance: 1968, Running Time: 3:52
  Comments: by Albert Lee. Licensed from Interworld.
Water On My Fire
  Date Performance: 1968, Running Time: 3:31
  Comments: by Albert Lee. Licensed from Interworld.
Crosstown Link
  Date Performance: 1968, Running Time: 3:49
  Comments: by Albert Lee. Sometimes Tony Colton is given sole writing credit for this performance of this song. Licensed from Interworld.
  Date Performance: 1966, Running Time: 2:42
  Comments: by Stones Masonry. Licensed from Interworld.
Not Fade AwayLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1963, Running Time: 2:14
  Comments: by Cyril Davies & The All Stars. Licensed from Interworld.
So Much To Say
  Date Performance: 1967, Running Time: 3:16
  Comments: by Rod Stewart. Licensed from Interworld.
On Top Of The World
  Date Performance: 1965, Running Time: 2:46
  Comments: by John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers. Licensed from Interworld.
  Date Performance: 1966, Running Time: 3:14
  Comments: Recorded at Decca West Hempstead Studios, Spring 1966. (P) The Decca Recording Company Ltd.
The Super-NaturalInstrumental
  Date Performance: 1966, Running Time: 2:57
  Comments: Sometimes incorrectly billed as "The Supernatural" or "Supernatural".
Standing At The Crossroads
  Date Performance: 1967, Running Time: 3:58
  Comments: by Ten Years After (P) 1972 Licensed from Decca
I Want To Know
  Date Performance: 1967, Running Time: 2:08
  Comments: by Ten Years After (P) 1967 Licensed from Decca. Sometimes Sheila McLeod is given sole writing credit for this performance of this song.
    Guest Appearances »

Pete(r) Cruickshank, Bob (Robert) Hall, Vaughan Rees, Steve Williamson

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    Format »

Import Vinyl/CD Album

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Edgar William Campbell (Songwriter), Willie Cobbs (Songwriter), Tony (Anthony George) Colton (Chalk) (Songwriter), Michael D'Abo (Songwriter), Larry C. Davis (Songwriter), Willie Dixon (Songwriter), Peter Green (Songwriter), Peter Green (Songwriter), Buddy (Charles Hardin) Holly (Songwriter), Pete James (Songwriter), Pete Johnson (Songwriter), E(a)rnest L. Johnson (Songwriter), Paul Jones (Songwriter), Freddie/Freddy King (Songwriter), Sheila M(a)cLeod (Songwriter), John Mayall (Songwriter), John Mayall (Songwriter), T(ony) S. McPhee (Songwriter), Memphis Slim (Peter Chatman) (Songwriter), Norman Petty (Songwriter), Snooky (James Edward) Pryor (Songwriter), Michael Riley (Songwriter), Michael Riley (Songwriter), Don Robey (Deadric Malone) (Songwriter), Joseph Wade Scott (Songwriter), Pete(r) Shelley (Songwriter), Pete(r) Shelley (Songwriter), Kim Simmonds (Songwriter), Kim Simmonds (Songwriter), Ray Smith (Songwriter), Rod Stewart (Songwriter), Martin Stone (Songwriter), Martin Stone (Songwriter), Sonny (Alfonso) Thompson (Songwriter), Keith Tillman (Songwriter), Keith Tillman (Songwriter), Big Joe Turner(, Jr.) (Joseph Vernon) (Songwriter), Shoot That Tiger! (Design), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Michael Thompson (Engineered By), Cliff Dane (Compilation), Cliff Dane (Sleeve Notes)

    Record Label »
Castle Communications

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    Liner Notes »

The Blues Boom of the sixties produced a tremendous flowering of talent in an idiom which had previously been very much a specialist musical backwater. So, hot on the success of the original "White Boy Blues" album we once again delve into the vaults of the Immediate and Decca catalogues to produce some of the finest and in some cases rarest recordings by the stars of the white blues explosion. For lovers of blues guitar-playing, here in one package we have Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Alvin Lee, Tony McPhee, Albert Lee and Kim Simmonds let alone other great musicians like John Mayall, Martin Stone and even a youthful Rod Stewart.

The first band the Savoy Brown Blues Band were formed in London in late 1965 and comprised originally Kim Simmonds on guitar, John O'Leary on harmonica, Brice Portius (vocals) Ray Chappell (bass) Leo Mannings (bass) and Bob Hall (piano). The tracks here are the band's first recordings produced by Mike Vernon for his Purdah label in 1966 and represent the start of a long and hardworking career including 11 albums for Decca in the period to 1974 and numerous U.S. tours. Savoy Brown never achieved any substantial commercial success in the United Kingdom but had many top 100 albums in the U.S.A. and they were pioneers of the evolution of blues and boogie into mainstream rock in the late 60's.

Tony McPhee also had a long and varied career from the time of his first recordings here, again produced by Mike Vernon, and has a fanatical following led by the "Yelping Hounds" society. McPhee was an early British exponent of bottleneck guitar playing and he evolved subsequently into a real guitar hero with a couple of hugely successful albums with the Groundhogs.

Albert Lee has now been playing professionally for over 25 years, and has always been a real musicians' musician. Starting out as the guitarist in Chris Farlowe's band - The Thunderbirds he then concentrated on session work before coming out front in "Heads, Hands and Feet". The three tracks included here recorded in 1968 show his fluid guitar style with a slight bias towards the country music which led him to Emmylou Harris' Hot Band.

More recently Albert teamed up with Eric Clapton, who is featured himself on two tracks here with John Mayall. John Mayall was at the centre of the blues boom and with Eric Clapton, the Bluesbreakers were at their peak. "On Top of The World" is a rare track originally featured on "Immediate Blues Anytime Compilations (Volume 2)" from which series most of the tracks here are taken, and the instrumental "Hideaway" is from the classic "Bluesbreakers" LP. Peter Green having taken over from Clapton in the Bluesbreakers made one classic album "A Hard Road" with Mayall before forming Fleetwood Mac, and his own composition the atmospheric instrumental "The Super-Natural" is taken from that album.

A guitarist equally popular to Green but playing in a completely different style was Alvin Lee, whose band Ten Years After toured with great success for many years, and Will achieve immortality, apart from anything else, for a spectacular performance at the Woodstock festival. Lee's speciality was speed and energy and this is well illustrated on his version of the classic "Standing at the Crossroads."

Of the other artists featured here Rod Stewart needs no introduction and his 1967 version of "So Much to Say" shows he was a great talent long before his rise to fame. The Dharma Blues Band included Dave Brock who is presumably the same person who went on to Hawkwind, Luke Francis (vocal and guitar) and Mike King (piano). Stones Masonry were Martin Stone (guitar) Pete Shelley (organ) Keith Tillman (bass) and Michael Riley (drums). The main interest here is that it appears to be the first of the many recordings by Martin Stone, who went on to such bands as Savoy Brown, Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers, Ducks Deluxe and the Pink Fairies. Thus we have a link from the blues boom straight into the mini pub-rock boom in the early 70's. Cyril Davis was one man who did more perhaps than any other to bring the electric Chicago blues sound to London, long before its commercial possibilities were realised, but his recordings with the All Stars, were few. "Not Fade Away" here is a rare track about which little is known except that it appears to have never been previously released.

So here is White Boy Blues Volume 2, in preparation for the next blues boom, now sadly more than ten years overdue.

Cliff Dane

"Hideaway" & "The Super-Natural" licensed from Interworld.

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Value of colectable songs is unmistakeable anyways
Review written by John Fitzgerald, July 10th, 2005

An obscure collection of tracks from the Immediate vaults, not great sound quality but their importance to avid collectors like us is unmistakable. Of main interest is a rare John Mayall & the bluesbreakers track, the rather pop orientated "On top of the world" available previously on equally strange Immediate compilations such as "Blues anytime volume 2". It's got John Mcvie thumping away on bass somewhere in there and that's all we need to help us fulfill our collections although they've got the classic Clapton & Green instrumentals from the Mayall days too (respectively) in "Hideaway" & "The supernatural". There's early Rod Stewart gravelings with "So much to say" and four Savoy Brown numbers from their most traditional recording sessions. For completists only.

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"Hideaway" is by John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (with John McVie)
"The Super-Natural" is by John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (with Peter Green & John McVie)

The disc & case spine list the title of the album as "White Boy Blues - Volume II".

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    Tracklisting »
Discography entry submitted by Marty Adelson.