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4.4 out of 5 stars
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The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions
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on 31 August 2014
I imagine if you are reading this you know who Chicken Shack were so I won't go into lengthy explanations of their part in the history of British blues rock of the late 60's. The 4 albums all have some really excellent tracks but they also have tracks which could be considered weak, but don't let this put you off having a listen. The price is very good, the remastering is great, informative booklet included and you have all their A and B side singles which are well worth owning. Stan Webb's guitar playing has been under rated in the past, but I think it's great as he puts so much feeling and expression into both his choppy attack and his more melodic ventures. Good blues vocalist as well, makes a change to the sometimes overly gruffness some blues singers have. On Ok Ken on the original LP there was a whole load of goofy humour at the beginning of about half the tracks, i am pleased to say they have not been included here. I had not heard the 4th album Accept before and was pleasantly surprised to find such a wide range of styles, very good mixture. I should also mention that Christine Perfect is on the 1st 2 albums and her vocals adds a nice contrast, great on Hey Baby (B side)
Now, I don't quite understand why sony/bmg have not given more details on the singles.
It took me a while to work this out especially when they were released where I had to go to other sources. This probably won't bother a lot of people but for those who are interested I have listed the information below.
TRACK TITLE 45 Side Month Yr
WHEN THE TRAIN COMES BACK A DEC 68
HEY BABY B DEC 68
IT’S OK WITH ME BABY A JAN 68
WHEN MY LEFT EYE JUMPS B JAN 68
WORRIED ABOUT MY WOMAN A SEP 68
SIX NIGHTS IN SEVEN B SEP 68
I'D RATHER GO BLIND A APR 69
NIGHT LIFE B APR 69
TEARS IN THE WIND A AUG 69
THE THINGS YOU PUT ME THROUGH B AUG 69
MAUDIE A JAN 70
ANDALUCIAN BLUES B JAN 70
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on 8 February 2015
Chicken Shack were a really good band and here you get the best of their early blues stuff when they were on the Blue Horizon record label. 2 1/2 discs that are great - and and 1/2 disc which is only of historical interest - i.e. the very dated stuff when the Shack ventured into what I think was called then prog rock. The blues stuff on the rest is really good. The line up at one time featured 2 great vocalists. Christine McVie ( nee Perfect) and we get a reminder of what a great singer and competent piano player before she sold out to earn muli millions playing complete pap with Fleetwood Mac 2. Stan the man has been as is the mainstay and happily after the ghastly rock stuff rehabilitated himself as a bluesman. As a singer - very accomplished and several different voices. As a guitarist - well lets remember Eric Clapton warned not to get on the stage with Freddy King as he'd tear you to shreds - that didn't stop Stan and Freddy always acknowledged Stan as a great guitarist - what higher recommendation is there? Stan along with Peter Green were the brits who got the feel right - others played the notes. Andy Silvester's bass playing was rather pedestrian and on a few tracks mixed way too high - but you can live with that - this is a great catalogue of one of the best blues bands that emerged from our shores.
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VINE VOICEon 15 May 2017
Great early British blues albums, very reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, go get this you won't be sad, great sound and Chrissie.
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on 21 January 2013
CHICKEN SHACK along with FLEETWOOD MAC were among the premier British blues groups.
the Blue Horizon recordings are timeless they sound as good today as they did then.
anyone interested in sixties blues groups should have these recordings
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on 1 November 2017
Brilliant, best compilation of their music for a long time, great tracks, good selection , good sound
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on 6 November 2016
I saw them live in the in the early seventies at the Leofric in Coventry they were great then and this compilation proves how brilliant they were.
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on 22 June 2017
Have waited for a long time to have it ! Great cd
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on 13 August 2014
Forgotten how much I enjoyed Chicken Shack when I was a spotty little 'erbert in the 1960's but recognise that their style of british blue sis not to everyone's taste
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on 27 May 2013
Was told about this group by a friend at work , listened to one or two tracks on i - tunes , loved it so just had to buy it , Great Blues sound , - - play - - sit back - - and enjoy .
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on 9 February 2017
Ok
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