- Audio CD (10 July 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Extra tracks
- Label: Castle
- ASIN: B000FIGZCE
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 591,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Top Customer Reviews
Cyril Davies handles most of the vocals in a confident and very authentic way and his harp playing was miles ahead of any other British players at the time. A very young Long John Baldry also guests on vocals for "Rain is Such a Lonesome Sound", "How Long, How Long, Blues" and "I Thought I heard That Train Whistle Blow" and while his voice is already developed he doesn't have the relaxed authority of Davies. The ensemble playing is fine throughout but only Davies on harp or Dick Heckstall-Smith on tenor really contribute telling solos.
This record may sound a bit strange now but I still like its slightly eccentric line up and for many British people this would have been their introduction to blues and especially the songs of Muddy Waters like "I Got My Mojo Working" and "Hoochie Coochie Man" which are both featured. Many of the songs swing like mad and their raw enthusiasm makes up for the basic live sound and the unsophisticated approach. The overall sound mixes the Chicago blues that they aspired to with their roots in jazz and folk to produce a very individual sound that is uniquely British and of its time.
Make no mistake though this record was an underground classic and was the spark that started the British blues boom of the early 60s.Read more ›
I can only add that anyone who wants to hear more Cyril Davies on harp should listen to his track Country Line Special - I am sure you can download it from many sites so I won't mention any particular site. Turn the sound up high and be prepared for lift off!
I don't think there is one bad track on this album. Cyril Davis really drives the band and was a great loss to music in the UK.
Buy it if you like early Stones and all the other early 60's UK bands, you won't regret it.
Very pleased to be able to buy on CD at a very reasonable price
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although I enjoyed it did seem a little dated but not in a good way.Published 3 months ago by niklas