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Some classics on the plate.
Review written by John Fitzgerald (), August 1st, 2004
Like Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack's earliest recordings were more traditionally based before moving into the rock boogie scene. Unlike Peter Green, Stan Webb's hero was Freddie King as evident on the rocking instrumental cover of his "San-ho-zay" which makes a good counter companion to the other instrumental, the echo laden original "Webbed feet" although Stan sounds more like Kim Simmonds here. Webb is a better guitarist than vocalist. "First time I met the blues" must rank as one of his poorest vocal efforts but some are passable like the opener "The letter" and the shuffle of "Lonesome whistle blues". Christine meanwhile, sings lead on two numbers, both of which she wrote, the effective "You ain't no good" and the classic "When the train comes back". This version is slightly preferable to the single version as the vocal track is more heartfelt and is not flooded as is Perfect's distinctive chunky piano chords by the intrusive horn section heard on the single recording. Other tunes work well sometimes too but at it's worst, is still essential for Christine's numbers and Stan's instrumentals.
Raw and played with relish
Review written by Gill Chesney-Green, August 1st, 2004
As an owner of the original LP and who loved to hear the band anyway, this is a good distillation of their earlier work. Contrary to other opinions, however, I love 'First time I met the blues' and Stan's voice...this guy really got me hooked on blues with his voice and guitar playing. Other favourite tracks are 'What you did last night' and 'King of the World'...playing this particular track is akin to taking a trip back in time. It was raw and beautiful!.
Any serious 60's U.K. R&B collector must buy it.
Review written by Rod Williams, August 1st, 2004
I am lucky enough to have seen them live in 69 and have this original album. Christine Perfect was a one off, she 'made' the album what it was and will always be, unique.