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Stone The Crows

Stone The Crows - BBC Radio 1 (1971-72) - 1998 - Strange Fruit

Stone The Crows, the great seventies blues rock band founded by guitarist Leslie Harvey featured the great Glaswegian vocalist Maggie Bell. They played a brilliant brand of raunchy blues-based rock. Maggie Bell was once called "The Scottish Jamis Joplin." This official live album gives a good idea of just how good Stone The Crows was as a live band. Although it is an official recording, sound quality is only fair. It would be great to hear remastered versions of these concerts. Listen to their great "Teenage Licks" album, and check out the band's "Niagara" album @ STC/NA which is a 15 track "unofficial" recording, and seems to be from the same sessions as this album. Check out the great Maggie Bell's ""Midnight Flyer (With Maggie Bell)" album @ MBELL/MF


1 Keep It Rollin' - Harvey, Bell, Allen
2 Don't Think It Twice It's Alright - Dylan
3 Big Jim Salter - Harvey, Bell, Allen
4 Mr. Wizard - Harvey, Bell, Allen
5 Goin' Down - Freddie King
6 On the Highway - Harvey, Leahy
7 Palace of the King - Russell, Nix, Dunn
8 Penicillin Blues - Terry, McGhee
9 Sunset Cowboy - Allen, Leahy
10 Niagra - Leahy
11 Good Time Girl - Allen, Bell, Leahy,Thompson
12 Ionian Highland Lilt - Maggie Bell

Tracks 1 - 5 recorded at Paris Theatre, London on 4.11.71
Tracks 6 -12 recorded at Paris Theatre, London on 12.10.72

Vocals - Maggie Bell
Guitar - Jimmy McCulloch R.I.P, Ronnie Leahy, Les Harvey R.I.P
Bass Guitar - Stevie Thompson
Drums - Colin Allen


Stone the Crows was a tough-luck, working class, progressive soul band that came out of the pubs of Scotland in the early '70s. They had everything going for them at the start: not one, but two gritty singers, a talented guitarist, a rhythm section that had played with John Mayall, and the name recognition of having Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant as their producer. Despite favorable reviews by the critics, however, they never managed to sell their hybridized soul music to a large audience. In addition, they lost two of their key members early on, one of whom was tragically electrocuted, and the group broke up after four albums. Their biggest contribution to rock was the immense vocal talent of one Maggie Bell. Winner of several Top Girl Singer awards in Britain, Bell had a raunchy, gutbucket voice that, although it fell short of the naked emotion and range of Janis Joplin's, came probably closer to her style than any other female singer. She first attracted notice when she jumped up on stage at a show in Glasgow to wail with Alex Harvey of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band. Impressed by her talent (and audacity), Harvey hooked her up with his guitar-playing younger brother Les, then fronting a local band called the Kinning Park Ramblers. After playing army bases in Europe for several years as Power, Bell, Harvey, bassist Jim Dewar, keyboardist Jon McGinnis, and drummer Colin Allen (who had played with future bass player Steve Thompson in John Mayall's band), came to the attention of Peter Grant and they changed their name to Stone the Crows, which supposedly is a Scottish variation of "the hell with it." Both of their first two albums received good reviews upon release, but sold very meagerly. Then bassist/vocalist Jim Dewar quit the band to join Robin Trower's fledgling group, to be replaced by the non-singing Steve Thompson. Shortly after releasing Teenage Licks, guitarist Les Harvey was electrocuted onstage during a gig at Swansea University. This appeared to end the band, but they carried on, recruiting young Jimmy McCulloch from Thunderclap Newman and released "'Ontinuous Performance." Although the rock press lauded the singing of Bell, her group couldn't seem to emerge from the shadows and they broke up after this last album, with McCulloch flying away to join Paul McCartney in Wings. © Peter Kurtz, All Music Guide


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