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Stan Webb's Chicken Shack - Still Live After All These Years - 2004 - Mystic

This brilliant live album celebrated Stan Webb's 40th anniversary as a professional musician, of which 39 years had been spent keeping his legendary Chicken Shack band together. Recorded at the Capitol Musiktheater, Paderborn, Germany on the 26th and 27th March 2003, this is one of the best Chicken Shack albums ever released, and also one of the the band's best live concert performances. "Stan The Man" and his band, backed by The Shadow Horns display how blues rock should be played. Stan's voice is better than ever. He is really enjoying himself, and his exuberance really comes across. His guitar skills are really special, without him ever being too "flashy" or "going over the top". Magical stuff, and VHR by A.O.O.F.C. Search this blog for more Chicken Shack/Stan Webb's Chicken Shack releases

TRACKS / COMPOSERS

1. So Tell Me Now - Stan Webb
2. The Thrill Is Gone - Bill Foster, Ellington Jordan
3. Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson
4. (You Are) The Sweetest Little Thing - Stan Webb
5. I Know, You Know - Stan Webb
6. Saw Her Standing There - John Lennon, Paul McCartney
7. Night Life - Baskirk, P., Walt Breeland, Willie Nelson
8. The Chicken Shack Opera - Stan Webb
9. (Oh Please) Doctor Brown - Trad.
10. I'd Rather Go Blind - Bill Foster/Ellington Jordan

MUSICIANS

Stan Webb - Guitar, Vocals
Gary Davies - Guitar
Jim Rudge - Bass
Mick Jones - Drums
Rudiger Baldauf - Trumpet (The Shadow Horns)
Frank Kirchner - Saxophones (The Shadow Horns)
Peter Zagona - Baritone Sax (The Shadow Horns)

ABOUT STAN WEBB / CHICKEN SHACK

Formed in 1967, Chicken Shack consisted of Stan Webb on guitar/vocal, Andy Sylvester on bass, Christine Perfect on vocals/keyboards, and Alan Morley on drums. An earlier 1964 incarnation had been called 'Sounds of Blue' and Christine played in this band while a student at art college in Birmingham. Sounds of Blue dispanded after a year when Christine and another member left Birmingham for careers in London. Then, at the beginning of 1967, Andy once Chicken Shack again contacted Chris and suggested that she rejoin her former mates in a new band. (The group got their name from the chicken coup in Kidderminster where the band often rehearsed.) Chris admits that she was not the most accomplished blues pianist when she joined the group, but developed her own style from listening to Freddy King records. Chicken Shack made their public debut at the Great Britain's National Blues & Jazz Festival at Windsor along with Fleetwood Mac on August 13, 1967-- "There were two stages at Windsor, the main one an open-air ramshackle structure, the other inside a marquee. Fleetwood Mac had their initiation on the main stage but much was made of Chicken Shack's tented debut." The group became the second major signing of the Blue Horizon record label (co-founded by Mike Veron), the first being Fleetwood Mac. Chicken Shack's first two albums,Forty Blue Fingers Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve and OK Ken?, were quite successful, with much of the credit due to the fact that they had a beautiful, talented, female keyboardist and vocalist-- something that most definitely added individuality to the group in the male-dominated late 60's music scene. Christine's version of Etta James' 'I'd Rather Go Blind' was a massive hit, and she was voted Best Female Vocalist in the Melody Maker polls two years running. After Christine married John McVie and left the band, Stan Webb did carry on with the band in various incarnations, but Chicken Shack never quite matched their earlier success. The 'irrepressible' Stan Webb still lives in Kidderminster in a house that is filled with twenty-nine years of Chicken Shack memoribilia. The talented, yet relatively unrecognized, guitarist has this to say about the way major success has eluded him: "Some people say, 'You should be on stage at the Albert Hall, not Eric Clapton.' And I think, well, I don't agree with that, but I should certainly be able to go on there as well. But I'm happy with what's happening now. I've done the years and I'm getting more respect than I ever did then. It's worked for me." [ source: The Penguin Biographies ]

CHICKEN SHACK BIO (Wikipedia)

Chicken Shack was a British blues band, primarily of the late 1960s, consisting of Christine Perfect (vocals and keyboards), Stan Webb (guitar and vocals), Andy Sylvester (bass guitar), and Alan Morley (drums). The band was formed in 1967 and reputedly named themselves after the chicken coop in Kidderminster where they rehearsed. Their first concert was at the 1967 National Blues and Jazz Festival at Windsor and they were signed by the Blue Horizon record label in the same year. Chicken Shack enjoyed modest commercial success, with Christine Perfect being voted Best Female Vocalist in the Melody Maker polls, two years running. Christine Perfect left the band in 1969 when she married John McVie of Fleetwood Mac. Pianist Paul Raymond, bassist Andy Sylvester, and drummer Dave Bidwell all left in 1971 to join Savoy Brown. Although the band went through several subsequent incarnations, it never equalled its earlier successes. However, Webb remains as its only constant band member.

MORE ABOUT STAN WEBB

In 1968 Chicken Shack were a major signing to MIKE VERNON’S now legendary BLUE HORIZON label. Led by the mercurial Stan Webb on guitar and vocals, Chicken Shack were a band brimming full of talent, far outweighing the bands, groups and solo performers purveying the BLUES – a musical tradition in many forms, taken from the ‘Folk Roots Of Black America’. Probably the bands most well known member was CHRISTINE PERFECT (later McVie) who went on at a later date to even greater fame and fortune with FLEETWOOD MAC. The late sixties were a prolific time for Chicken Shack with their first two albums “40 Blue Fingers Freshly Packed And Ready To Go” and “O.K. Ken” storming into the U.K. top twenty, whilst the singles “When The Train Comes Back” and “Tears In The Wind” also scored heavily in the charts. Stan’s blistering guitar style matched with a huge stage presence have made Chicken Shack a firm favourite of rock and blues fans everywhere. Since those heady days of the late sixties a further fifteen albums have been released together with numerous compilations proving that Stan, really is “The Man”.Throughout a distinguished career Stan Webb has played and recorded with the very best, including, STEVIE WONDER, HOWLING WOLF, TAJ MAHAL, PETER GREEN and CANNED HEAT, whom he joined on guitar for a U.K, tour following the departure of the bands guitarist. As the ‘60’s have given way to the ‘70’s; ‘80’s and ‘90’s, Stan Webb and Chicken Shack show no sign of slowing down, continually touring the U.K. and Europe to packed houses and rave reviews. In 1997 Stan received the BLUE HEART AWARD for services to blues in Germany, in 1996 that went to BB KING, a glowing testament to Stan Webb and his ongoing love of playing the blues. 2006 saw Stan embarked on an extension UK tour with John Mayall. “Stan The Man” shows no sign of slowing down.

9 comments:

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guinea pig said...

Magic music!
Maybe only Fleet wood mac in their earlier albums have sound close to this.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi, guinea pig. It's really special stuff especially for the year the album was released. It's very much like early Peter Green/Fleetwood Mac. I love musicians like Stan Webb and Tony McPhee. Money never came first with these guys. The play the blues from the heart for real music lovers, and have never changed their music style to suit the commercial music moguls. I'm glad so many people appreciate that. Thanks a million, my friend and TTU soon

Kadek55 said...

Thanks a lot!

A.O.O.F.C said...

How are you, Kadek55? Thanks, & TTU later

Titovenaer said...

Who don't know Stan Webb (Chicken Shack)?

I only miss Christine Perfect in
this line up!
Yep Chicken Shack was like the Early Fleetwood Mac.
One of the bands who brings me the BLUES! :))

Thanx for the memories!

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Titovenaer. CS and Stan W are monumental blues rock artists. Good to know you are a fan. Cheers!

Ernest said...

Hello,

Thanks a million for this great post. I missed when you publish this great artist, but re-discovered him reading your great comments!

Greetings from Switzerland - Nenest

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Ernest! How are you. He's a great artist to rediscover! Thanks, & TTU soon...Paul