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Roger Chapman & The Shortlist

Roger Chapman &The Shortlist - Rollin' & Tumblin' - 2001 - Mystic

“After a career spanning 30 years, Roger Chapman’s fiery stage presence remains undimmed. He still struts and frets, wringing every syllable from a multicoloured repertoire of rock, soul and ballads. His astounding voice rips through the lyrics, devastating the unsuspecting listener with raw emotion. The sheer power and commitment of his delivery is a revelation to audiences brought up on a diet of blandness and mediocrity. Chappo is both a legend of rock past and a pioneer of rock present, and the story is still very much unfolding…” [From Roger’s Public Relations Dept.]

Roger Chapman is a British rock legend, best known for for his spectacular stage presence and amazing powerful vibrato vocals, who played with the hugely talented and original British band, Family, (who called it a day in the early 70’s). During their seven year lifespan, Family had achieved an almost unequalled standard of musical output and musicianship. Arguably, at least four of their eight albums can be regarded as rock classics. Family were regarded by critics, and by the public in general, as one of Britain's finest rock bands. John Peel, the late, great BBC Radio 1 DJ, once said that he'd travel any distance to see Chapman perform. Sadly, by the late seventies, Roger had practically disappeared from the music scene.The mechanics of the music business, e.g, glam rock, the dawn of punk, new wave, and romanticism, dictated the demise of many great rock and progressive rock bands, who had dominated the music scene, (especially in Britain), for so long. That is not to say that these new genres did not produce some great bands. However, the musical scene at this time did not suit Roger Chapman's style of music, and never one to bow to commercialism, Chapman went to Germany in the early eighties where he still spends most of his time, and is regarded as a cult figure there. He has also received well deserved Artist of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the German people. "Rollin' & Tumblin'" was recorded live by Roger and his band the Shortlist at The Borderline, London & Hell, Norway in August 2000. The album includes three previously unreleased tracks: "18 Wheels...& a Crowbar", "Downtown Train", and "Big River". A couple of old Family favourites, "No Mules Fool", and "Burlesque" are covered as well as Lomax & Leadbelly's old country standard "Goodnight Irene". Roger was never one for convention, and has always done his own thing in music with complete disregard for commercialism. Buy his brilliant 1979 album, "Chappo." It is also a musical education to listen to Family's "Music in a Doll's House," "Bandstand," and "Fearless " albums. Search this blog for related releases [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File Size = 138 Mb]


1 No Mules Fool - Roger Chapman, John Whitney 3:37
2 A Stone Unturned - Roger Chapman 4:59
3 A Kid Called Mac & A Cat Called Kokomo - Roger Chapman 4:02
4 Kiss My Soul - Roger Chapman, John Whitney 5:28
5 Downbound Train - Berry 6:43
6 Big River - Johnny Cash 4:51
7 Burlesque - Roger Chapman, John Whitney 4:52
8 Shank (Shadow on the Wall) - Oldfield 4:06
9 18 Wheels... & A Crowbar - Mead, Wilson 5:42
10 X-Town - Chapman, Simpson 4:56
11 Jesus & The Devil - Chapman, Hinkley 7:16
12 Goodnight Irene - John A. Lomax, Huddie Ledbetter 4:43


Roger Chapman - Vocals, Harmonica, Percussion
Steve Simpson - Electric & Slide Guitar, Electric & 12 String Acoustic Mandolin, Fiddle, Backing Vocals
Gary Twigg - Bass Guitar, Percussion
Ian Gibbons - Piano, Keyboards, Accordion, Backing Vocals
Geoff Dunn - Drums, Percussion
Mark Feltham - Harmonica on Track 12


Roger Chapman is best known for his barbed-wire voice, used to front British '70s rock acts Family and Streetwalkers. He began a long-awaited solo career in 1978 that led to over a dozen full-length releases. Never heard of them? It's not surprising: album-wise, he camped out in Germany for 20 years. His first album and tour got high praise in his British homeland, but critics cut into him soon after. When the hassle-free German market beckoned, Chapman began to focus his subsequent work there, where he had become a musical hero, "the working-class artist." Chapman split with his longtime writing partner, Charlie Whitney, after the breakup of Streetwalkers in 1977. He surrounded himself with ace session musicians to cut a debut solo effort, Chappo. It was an album of strong rock that catered to the singer and not the musicians. An appearance on Germany's Rockpalast TV show and the ensuing hit single, "Let's Spend the Night Together," gave Chapman the shot of success he needed, so he set up operations in Germany. Live in Hamburg was a reassuring second album, demonstrating the live energy of this experienced yet stage-crazed performer. Studio albums over the next few years blended straight power rock with funk, R&B, and soul, all topped with Chapman's characteristic vocal style. In the 1981 German Music Awards, Chapman was voted Best Singer, and his Hyenas Only Laugh for Fun won an award. Chapman and his backing band, the Shortlist, released two alter-ego albums in the early '80s as the Riff Burglars. These releases honored roots and classic rock by artists like Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon, and Leiber & Stoller. A lead vocal on Mike Oldfield's 1983 hit "Shadow on the Wall" also added to Chapman's diverse repertoire. Chapman's mid-'80s foray into polished studio sounds did not fare well with his audience. When his extended partnership with guitarist Geoff Whitehorn ran its course, Chapman returned to pure rock form with 1989's Walking the Cat, which featured Alvin Lee and old friend Bob Tench. Two compilations filled a silent period in the mid '90s, but 1996's Kiss My Soul was a comeback for the guy who had never gone away. It even got attention and a pressing in Chapman's British homeland, where he often toured despite the lack of domestic releases. This was followed by 1998's A Turn Unstoned? and the two-CD Anthology; the next year saw re-releases of Chappo and Mail Order Magic. Moth to a Flame was issued in early 2001. A number of live and archival releases followed in the early 2000s, and a new studio album, One More Time for Peace, was released in 2007. In 2009 Chapman announced that he would be retiring from live performances, and his final appearance dates were subsequently announced, culminating in several festival sets in the U.K. and Germany planned for August 2010. © Patrick Little © 2012 Rovi Corporation. All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/artist/roger-chapman-p16393/biography


Danneau said...

Didn't Rick Gretsch play with this outfit at some point?Thank you.

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

Hi,Danneau. Ric played with Family (founder member with Roger Chapman),Blind Faith, Traffic, John Mayall and many more. Ric released a solo album called "Last Five Years" in 1973. Poor guy died when he was only 44! Thanks, D! TTU soon...P

vali_nash said...

Hi! I'd love to see some John Mayall, Traffic, Blind Faith etc. posted here every once in a while. I'm especially interested in Mayall's "jazz-oriented period", and I was wondering if there are any other such albums besides the wonderful "Jazz Blues Fusion" and "Movin' On".

In 1995 I had the unique privilege to see John Mayall live when he played in Bucharest, Romania. It was one of the highlights in my life (along with concerts by Jethro Tull, Paul Rodgers, Clapton, Santana...)

Thanx a lot, Neopixeos!

hibberni said...

Thank you so much for all the posts on this guy.
I'm bitterly disappointed that he's chosen to retire...never
seen him live!

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

Hi,hibberni. The great man will never retire. He's playing Wolverhampton, England on 29th of this month (Jan.) 2012...probably more gigs after that. Keep in touch. Thanks & TTU soon...P

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

Hi, vali_nash. Always go and see these great legends if they're in your area. You might never see them again, and regret it afterwards. The problem with bands like Traffic, and Blind Faith is that all or most of their work is readily available on other blogs. I will have to check John Mayall for more of his jazz work. Most of his work is blues orientated so that might be difficult. However, I'll check the vaults! Thanks, & TTU soon...P

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


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