Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/penguin/mysql_connect.php on line 14
On Air - Chicken Shack

  - Advanced Search | Latest Updates | 30 Most Viewed

On Air (1991) - Chicken Shack

    Featuring »

Dave Bidwell, Christine McVie, Paul Raymond, Andy Sylvester/Silvester, Stan Webb

    Tracklisting »

Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /home/penguin/public_html/discog/discog.php on line 529

Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /home/penguin/public_html/discog/discog.php on line 529

Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /home/penguin/public_html/discog/discog.php on line 529

Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /home/penguin/public_html/discog/discog.php on line 529

Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /home/penguin/public_html/discog/discog.php on line 529

Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /home/penguin/public_html/discog/discog.php on line 529

Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /home/penguin/public_html/discog/discog.php on line 529

Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /home/penguin/public_html/discog/discog.php on line 529

Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /home/penguin/public_html/discog/discog.php on line 529

Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /home/penguin/public_html/discog/discog.php on line 529

Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /home/penguin/public_html/discog/discog.php on line 529

Deprecated: Function ereg_replace() is deprecated in /home/penguin/public_html/discog/discog.php on line 529
Tired Eyes
  Date Performance: 1970, Running Time: 1:50
I'd Rather Go BlindLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1969, Running Time: 2:57
Tears In The Wind
  Date Performance: 1969, Running Time: 2:44
No Road Is The Right RoadLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1969, Running Time: 2:01
  Comments: Incorrectly billed as "Night Is When It Matters".
Telling Your Fortune
  Date Performance: 1971, Running Time: 4:15
You Knew You Did You Did
  Date Performance: 1970, Running Time: 2:05
  Comments: Billed as "You Knew You Did"
Midnight Hour
  Date Performance: 1969, Running Time: 2:28
Hey BabyLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968, Running Time: 2:14
The Things You Put Me Through
  Date Performance: 1969, Running Time: 3:46
  Comments: Billed as "Things You Put Me Through"
Get Like You Used To BeLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968, Running Time: 2:52
You Done Lost That Good Thing Now
  Running Time: 4:24
  Comments: Sometimes billed as "You've Done Lost Your Good Thing Now".
Look Ma I'm Cryin'
  Date Performance: 1969, Running Time: 5:20
  Comments: Billed as "Look Ma I'm Crying"
    Released »


    Format »

Import Vinyl/CD Album

    Other Appearances »
Clarence (Gatemouth) Brown (Songwriter), Bill Foster (Songwriter), Jerry Harris (Songwriter), Ellington Jordan (Songwriter), Joe (Joseph) Josea (Bihari) (Songwriter), B(lues) B(oy) (Riley) King (Songwriter), Freddie/Freddy King (Songwriter), Christine McVie (Songwriter), Christine McVie (Songwriter), Rudy/Rudolph Toombs (Songwriter), Mike Vernon (Songwriter), Stan Webb (Songwriter), Stan Webb (Songwriter), Neil (The Curmudgeon) Slaven (Liner Notes), Don Walker (Digitally Remastered By), Definition (Artwork By), Definition (Cover By)

    Record Label »
Band Of Joy/Strange Fruit

    Catalogue Number »

BOJCD 002 (Band Of Joy 45 (Strange Fruit)

    Running Time »


    Liner Notes »

Band Of Joy Issue Notes:

Original BBC Recordings

The BBC tradition of inviting artists into BBC studios to perform and record sessions exclusively for broadcast has created a Music archive unique to the world.

Band of Joy is privileged to have been granted the opportunity to present this remarkable series of recording sessions featuring internationally acclaimed artists 'In session'. Informed fans and collectors world wide are indebted to the BBC programme producers, studio producers, engineers and, of course, to the artists who kindly gave permission for their work to appear.

The first time I met Stan Webb we were stepping over sleeping bags and supine bodies at the Windsor Jazz Festival. Chicken Shack had just made a very impressive debut but neither he nor his bass player, Andy Sylvester, had a bed to sleep in that night. That's how the three of us ended up spending a very flatulent night in a friend's car, the frequent evacuation of which resulted in four flat tyres the following morning. Of such epic sagas are friendships made.

Chicken Shack were the second major signing for Mike Vernon's infant Blue Horizon label and totally different from Fleetwood Mac. Stan was a hot-shot guitarist who punctuated lyrical blues lines with percussive chords and fretboard abuse. The band was unique for the time in having Christine Perfect as their pianist and more-than-part-time vocalist. She was as undemonstrative on stage as Stan was extrovert and the contrast lent tension to their performances. Underpinning them were Andy and drummer Dave Bidwell who was almost the first of his kind to perfect the Fred Below backbeat shuffle.

It was Christine that brought the band its biggest chart success, 'I'd Rather Go Blind', a live version of which appears on this compilation. She left to become Mrs McVie and Paul Raymonde took over on keyboards. The band moved into wider musical realms and rather lost its direction. By the time our paths crossed again, I'd become a record producer and Stan had a power blues trio with John Glascock on bass and Paul Hancox on drums. We made two albums for Decca, 'Imagination Lady' and 'Unlucky Boy'. 'Telling Your Fortune' was on the first one and served as a sandwich for a grandstand drum solo; the BBC version was much more compact.

Stan played the wild man for a number of years but eventually the extrovertion wore out its welcome, both for him and us. Since then, he's been getting on with what he knows best and his band is currently one of the better kept secrets around the clubs. Stan thinks he deserves another crack at the big time - and I agree with him.


"Stan would like to add that while he remembers these old days and recordings with fondness, both he and his music have moved on. He suggests you might also check out his new album CHANGES"

(P) 1991 BBC Enterprises Ltd.
(C) 1991 Band Of Joy Music Limited

BBC Radio One 97-99 FM

All rights of the Producer and Owner of the recorded works reserved.

Unauthorised hiring or rental of this recording prohibited.

Released by arrangement with BBC Enterprises Ltd. Manufactured in Great Britain.

WARNING: Copyright subsists in all records issued by Band Of Joy Music Ltd.

Any unauthorised broadcasting, public performance, copying or re-recording of Band Of Joy Records in any manner whatsoever constitutes an infringement of such copyright

Radio 1 is a trademark of the British Broadcasting Corporation and is used under licence.

Made in UK

Comopact Disc Digital Audio

5 017644 9 26

    Reviews »
Add your review here.

Well rounded live Shack recordings
Review written by John Fitzgerald, August 24th, 2004

This is a good collection of BBC live recordings of Chicken Shack not available anywhere else legally (though the recording here of "You done lost that good thing now" also shows up on Indigo Records 1997 live CS comp called "From the vaults" as "You done lost your good thing now", aside from this, these recordings are unique to this release, YDLTGTN is less clean sounding than the other recordings here but it's still a good stroll, featuring organ, probably by Paul Raymond and not Christine though that is just a guess). The bad thing about "On air" is it's vague liner notes as there are no notations on when any of these recordings were done (so we don't really know which songs Christine is on here due to the Shack's revolving door of personnel over the years). Naturally, we know of some present she's definitely on (due to the tracks that feature her lead vocals) like the live run through of "I'd rather go blind". Here, Christine plays the parts that were done on the studio track by the horns with the organ, this version is nice at best, slightly warbly as worst. There's also a track billed on this CD as "Night is when it matters" but it is actually a live Chicken Shack version of a song that Christine ended up recording on her 1970 selftitled solo album called "No road is the right road" (this one is faster than the "Christine Perfect" version, still good though). Other Chris lead vocals are on the reliable shuffle of "Hey baby" and the fast stroll/slow shuffle of "Get like you used to be". Beyond this are uncertainties, just guesses. As Chicken Shack's first recording/release after Christine had left the band was the "Tears in the wind" single (which had "Things you put me through" on the B-side), I'm guessing the live versions of those tracks present here include Paul Raymond on them (just as their studio counterparts did). The former being a strolling pop like ballad (though the piano on this track does sound like it could very well be Perfect's chunky keys chords) and the latter being a fast swinging shuffle featuring thick organ sounds which don't really sound like CP's style at all. Then at the other end of the spectrum, there are some really rocking tracks here that most likely date from early 70's Chicken Shack lineups like the solid "You knew you did" (with it's descending scale parts working best here) and this track abruptly comes in after the more obvious latter day Shack grumbling rolling rocker called "Telling your fortune" heavily featuring a stinging Stan Webb guitar spotlight seeking solo. I'd be very surprised if either of these recordings date from Christine's tenure with the band. This leaves three tracks that are simply too hard to call, the opening stroll of "Tired eyes" which is a good overall CD moment here has a piano part that might be her, the swinging shuffle of "Midnight hour" & the closing slow blues of "Look ma I'm crying" has familiar chunky piano chords that could also be Perfect playing but they'll just have to remain question marks in the meantime. Nevertheless, these are good (though mybe kind of mono sounding) live takes and this CD is perhaps slightly preferable to the "From the vaults" set though both are essential for collecting Christine Perfect/McVie's recorded works.

    Last Modified »
    Tracklisting »
Discography entry submitted by Mary Anne & Anders Linnartsson.