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Downtown Flyers [CD]

Streetwalkers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: BGO
  • ASIN: B00005YUAP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,616 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Downtown flyers
2. Toenail draggin'
3. Raingame
4. Miller
5. Crawfish
6. Walking on waters
7. Gypsy moon
8. Burn it down
9. Ace o' spades

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The resurrection of Chappo & Charlie 27 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
After the illustrious Family had folded, Roger Chapman & Charlie Whitney recorded a duo album called Streetwalkers. ( It's been the missing link for ages, so can someone release it on CD please ? ).

The band that was formed to back-up this endavour took the album's name but subsequently took on a life of its own. Together with ex-Jeff Beck Group singer Bobby Tench and the amazing rhythm section of Jonathan Plotel on bass and Nicko McBrain on drums they turned into a hard-hitting white funk band on their first album Downtown Flyers.

Bobby Tench appeared to be the ideal partner for both Chappo and Charlie. His voice powerful enough to give Chappo a run for his money in their alternate lead vocals and his guitarplaying the perfect compliment to Charlie's. The songs on the album range from the wild funk of the title track to the delta blues of "Ace Of Spades" with a Family-like ballad like "Miller" in between for good measure.

This album has been sadly overlooked on any and all of "The Best Of The 70s" lists I have ever came across. To me it ranks among the best albums Chappo and Charlie recorded with Family and I don't say that lightly ........... Check this one out for yourself and don't forget to crank up the volume !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wanna hear something different? 18 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've always been a fan of Roger Chapman's voice, ever since I first heard him sing on a Mike Oldfield track " Shadow on the Wall " Wow ! This is an old band of his and has plenty of rock and rolling clout. Got this for my husband as its an album long since relegated to the vinyl abyss that is our loft ( one day guys soon you will be liberated to the living room I promise !) and was much appreciated. Well worth a listen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Streetwalkers had great songs. 7 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great to get the album in CD format. Really enjoyed hearing the songs again and remembered every note. Great to hear a band experiment without getting too weird. Not surprisingly the production sounds a bit dated and this is the only downside. Well worth getting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars boom bang what a scorcher 11 Feb 2013
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from the opening bars this album cooks with an almost ferrel attack mixed with soft moving moments like miller bring back faint hints of family crawfish has chapman on fire great vocal.dont wait just grab this album its fantastic rock n roll played by people who love to play and it shows..9 tracks in all
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Repeated, Obsessive Listening May Occur 16 April 2002
By loce_the_wizard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Finally one of the best-kept secrets of mid-70's rock---not punk mind you---but good old rock is available on CD. Since getting this just-released and remastered Downtown Flyers, I can't stop listening to the CD. Streetwalkers set sail right after Family threw in the towel, but long-time bandmates and songsmiths Roger Chapman and Charlie Whitney decided to team up for a new venture. Along with Bob Tench, a superb guitarist and vocalist who was banished from the Jeff Beck group for being more talented than the band leader, and Nicko McBain (who would later gain more fame as the drummer for Iron Maiden) and bassist Jon Plotel, Chapman and Whitney crafted two gems, Red Card and Downtown Flyers, plus several other very good recordings.
The band sparkles throughout this session. The title track will quickly transport you back to the mid-70s, with its somewhat cheesy voice box that harkens to Peter Frampton. I think, however, it may be the weakest track. Toenail Draggin', Raingame, Crawfish, and Walking on Waters all showcase the power of the band, and show that it was more than just power but the work of an ensemble. Chapman is in fine form throughout, growling and rumbling at times, but never out of control. The twin guitars of Whitney and Tench meld seamlessly. Both deliver the goods without getting into any sort of musical melee; moreover, each plays to his own strengths with Tench torching the session with some great bluesy rifts and Whitney showcasing a touch on the slide guitar that will surprise many. Tench also provides some great, soulful second vocals that mesh surprisingly well with Chappo's unique delivery. The quite cuts such as Miller and Gypsy Moon recall the gentleness of Family classics such as My Friend the Sun and Children.
But the tour de force here is the nine-minute epic Burn It Down, as fine a song as any to emerge from the last half of the `70s. The crisp, clean guitar work, solid rhythm section, sparkling keyboards, and stellar vocals meld into a smoldering anthem depicting the frustration and rage of the working poor, tapping into the same primal energy that ironically fueled the rise of punk, which drove the final stake through the heart of Streetwalkers.
Updated liner notes are a bonus, especially because Charlie Whitney is showcased. His views about Streetwalkers rise and fall are candid and insightful. I would recommend this CD for those new to Streetwalkers; I'm sure die-hard fans of Streetwalkers, Family, Roger Chapman, and Charlie Whitney do not need my recommendation because getting the CD is a no-brainer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well what can I say? 1 Oct 2005
By El Teye - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After seeing the Streetwalkers live for only half a song on Dutch TV in 1976, I became a big fan. Bought their vinyl as it became available, and went to see them in Paradiso (Amsterdam) (I designed the poster, and thus got in free...).

All my vinyl got lost when I emigrated.

So I bought the vinyl to Downtown Flyers again on eBay, bought a record player, and transferred it to cd.

Well you don't have to do all that: here's the cd ready to play.

This is of all the 70's rock one of the very best bands, and to my ears, Downtown Flyers is their best album. The sound of the twin guitars running through MXR phasers and big amps (yes the big Marshalls of course, but in Paradiso Bob Tench used Ampeg solid state slaves to "amplify" his dual Marshall full stacks (?!?!?) is so unapologetically DATED, it makes you want to break out the bell bottom jeans and big boots.

You can hear the sweat: all cuts on this studio album have more energy than the same songs on their live album!

And yet, with Gypsy Moon and Miller, the Streetwalkers on this album recorded two of the best ballads of the decade.

Snap this (and Red Card) up before it goes out of print!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars solid blues-rock 16 Jun 2002
By allismile0 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In my view Downtown Flyers is not up to par with other albums that I have heard from the Chapman/ Whitney colaboration. I have heard all of their Family albums which I think are all great in their own way as well as the follow up to this album, Red Card, which I think is more energetic as well as imaginitive- harking back to their final album as The Family- It's only a Movie.
That certainly isn't to say that there aren't some fine moments throughout the album. Gypsy Moon stands out as a lovely ballad and Burn it Down and Toenail Draggin' have a great deal of raw energy to them. The opening track has a crunchy blues riff with that wierd vocal box sound and hand claps to a funky rythm somewhat reminiscent of Miles Davis's On The Corner. But a lot of the time I find the instrumentation and playing just a little predictable and not up to par with what I have heard them do.
Chapman has one of the most unique voices in rock history and I believe the reason why they formed the Streetwalkers was to focus more on the bluesy expression of his voice and to move away from the more experimental side that was The Family- but the end result is a more "traditional" blues-rock album that doesnt't push the bounderies much (which robs them of some of their unique sound. Of course with all that said he still proves on this album that he has one of the most expressive and powerful voices around.
I gave Downtown Flyers only three stars because I prefer their more experimental edge and I don't think that the song writing was as strong as other things they have done. Overall, I think this is a really good album but there are some amazing albums that they did that I would recommend before this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars First Streetwalkers album 17 Feb 2008
By Robert C. Charley - Published on Amazon.com
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As Chappo said at the start of the Cardiff gig "Look at the legs on this!" Brilliant post-Family CHapman-Whitney collaboration at its peak.
5.0 out of 5 stars A-1 7 Mar 2006
By M. R. Sheffield - Published on Amazon.com
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This is, hands down, the best Streetwalkers record. "Downtown Flyers" is classic, "Toenail Draggin" just as good, "Walking on Waters" and "Crawfish" are A-1. Some of the best hard-edged R&B you are ever likely to hear. I can only imagine what they were like live back in rock's golden age, the 1970's.
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