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3.7.12




Andy Fairweather Low - La Booga Rooga - 1975 - A&M Records

Andy Fairweather Low's most successful record, this continues his eclectic approach, starting off with the steel guitar-drenched cover "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" and also featuring the cocktail lounge pop of "Champagne Melody" and the funky title track (a U.K. hit for the Surprise Sisters), plus his biggest solo single, the whimsical "Wide Eyed and Legless." © William Ruhlmann © 2012 Rovi Corp | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/album/la-booga-rooga-mw0000839142

Some of the artists playing on this album include Benny Gallagher & Graham Lyle, Bernie Leadon, John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick, Georgie Fame, and Gerry Rafferty. The album is terrific. This unassuming underrated musician and songwriter has done it all. He has recorded several great solo albums and been a session player on some of the worlds greatest rock albums. He has also toured with countless artists and is a true rock star. "La Booga Rooga" is HR by A.O.O.F.C. Search this blog for related releases [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 69.8 Mb]

TRACKS 

A1 My Bucket's Got A Hole In It 3:11
A2 Jump Up And Turn Around 4:02
A3 Halfway To Everything 4:04
A4 La Booga Rooga 4:11
A5 Champagne Melody 3:30

B1 If That's What It Takes 3:28
B2 8 Ton Crazy 3:29
B3 Grease It Up 3:10
B4 Wide Eyed And Legless 4:00
B5 Inner City Highwayman 4:40

All songs composed by Andy Fairweather Low except "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It" by Clarence Williams

MUSICIANS

Andy Fairweather Low - Lead Guitar, 6 String Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Phased Guitar, High String Guitar, Wah Wah Guitar, Vocals
Graham Lyle - Electric Rhythm Guitar, 12 String Guitar
Benny Gallagher - High Strung Guitar, Accordion
Bernie Leadon - Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
B. J. Cole - Pedal Steel Guitar, Resonator Guitar [Dobro], Phased Guitar
John David - Bass Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals
John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick - Electric Piano, Phased Electric Piano, Piano, Organ, Clavinet
Georgie Fame - Piano, Acoustic Piano, Organ
Dave Mattacks, Bruce Rowland, Kenney Jones - Drums
Glyn Johns - Cabasa
Steve Gregory - Alto Saxophone
Bud Beade - Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Jewel - Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Thornton - Trumpet
Brian Rogers - String Arrangements
Gerry Rafferty, Joe Egan, Barry St. John, Doreen And Irene Chanter, Joanne Williams, Liza Strike - Vocals, Backing Vocals

BIO

Andy Fairweather Low is in a class of his own. One of the UK’s best guitar players with a truly unique voice (not to mention one of their best tennis players) he’s worked with some of the greatest artists around and still found time to release some solo material. ‘Sweet Soulful Music’ (2006) was his first solo album in 26 years but it was no simple comeback story - the intervening years were packed with people and projects virtually amounting to a stellar A to Z of Popular Music. Not surprising then that “The Very Best Of Andy Fairweather Low – The Low Rider” out on Proper Records in Spring 2008 should be such a catalogue of delight. It trawls right throughhis back catalogue from the hits of the late sixties right through to the present day resulting in a panoply of glorious sounds. Andy has a magnificent CV. Throughout his momentous career, he has played with such artists as Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, David Crosby, The Band, Richard and Linda Thompson, Dave Gilmour, The Who, BB King, Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, Jimmy Page, Ronnie Lane, Linda Ronstadt, Roddy Frame, Emmylou Harris, Joe Satriani, the Bee Gees, Jeff Beck, The Impressions, Lonnie Donegan, Ringo Starr, Steve Gadd, David Sanborn, Benmont Tench, Warren Zevon, Charlie Watts, Mary J. Blige, Dave Edmunds, Georgie Fame, Bonnie Raitt, Otis Rush, Phil Collins, Van Morrison, Gerry Rafferty, Chris Rea, Buddy Guy, Chris Barber, Jackson Browne, Bill Wyman, Sheryl Crow, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, Pete Townshend and hundreds more.Quite simply, Andy Fairweather Low has been – and continues to be - the guitarist and vocalist of choice for a phenomenal cast list of musical luminaries. Cardiff-born Fairweather Low originally came to fame as vocalist and leader of the pop group Amen Corner. The band had four Top 30 hits – a sequence starting with ‘Gin House Blues’ in 1967 - on Decca’s subsidiary Deram label before leaving at the end of 1968 to join Andrew Loog Oldham’s pioneering indie, Immediate. Amen Corner were instantly rewarded with a UK number one, ‘(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice’ in early 1969 but, despite another Top Five hit with Roy Wood’s ‘Hello Suzie’, it seemed the band could not survive success. By the following year Amen Corner had split, with Andy Fairweather Low escaping the teenybop grind by forming the simply named Fairweather, a band signed to RCA’s shiny new progressive label, Neon. Fairweather reached number six in the UK singles chart with ‘Natural Sinner’ during the summer of 1970. It was to be, however, the band’s only hit. One album later and Fairweather came to an end. Andy Fairweather Low then became somewhat of a refugee from the music business, eventually emerging three years later as a solo artist with an album called ‘Spider Jiving’ on A&M. The album was produced by Elliot Mazer – best known for his work with Neil Young – and featured some heavyweight backup support from the likes of the Memphis Horns and Nashville legend Charlie McCoy on harmonica. ‘Spider Jiving’ included the wah-wah driven ‘Reggae Tune’, a UK Top 10 hit in September 1974. Andy Fairweather Low was on something of a roll. The following year, 1975, he released his second solo album, ‘La Booga Rooga’, which eventually emerged as his most successful record. Produced by the celebrated Glyn Johns – at that time fresh from working with The Eagles – ‘La Booga Rooga’ featured such stellar musicians as ex-Eagle Bernie Leadon (guitar), Dave Mattacks (drums), Eddie ‘Tan Tan’ Thornton (trumpet), Kenney Jones (drums), John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick (keyboards), BJ Cole (steel guitar) and Georgie Fame (keyboards). Among the tracks was ‘Wide Eyed and Legless’, a Top 10 hit for Fairweather Low at the end of 1975. Johns was also at the helm for ‘Be Bop ‘n’ Holla’, Fairweather Low’s 1976 album. It was followed, in 1980, by ‘Mega-Shebang’, recorded for Warner Brothers and destined to be Fairweather Low’s final solo album until 2006. In between ‘Be Bop ‘n’ Holla’ and ‘Mega-Shebang’, however, Fairweather Low sang backing vocals on The Who’s 1978 ‘Who Are You’ album - the start of a relationship which also saw him playing guitar on the band’s 1982 album, ‘It’s Hard’, and appearing with Pete Townshend on his 1993 ‘Psychoderelict’ tour. That work with The Who set the direction for Fairweather Low’s next moves. He became the ultimate Guitarist to the Stars, building an extraordinary reputation that has endured to this day. Most notably, Fairweather Low has been a stalwart of Eric Clapton’s band since the early-Nineties, touring in Clapton’s bands right up until 2003 and recording the ‘Unplugged’, ‘From the Cradle’, ‘Pilgrim’, ‘Riding with the King’, ‘Reptile’, ‘One More Car One More Rider’, ‘Me & Mr. Johnson’ and ‘Back Home’ albums with him. Fairweather Low was also a regular player with George Harrison, appearing on his ‘Live in Japan’ album and, in 2002, playing several of the lead guitar parts for the Harrison tribute, ‘The Concert for George’. One of Fairweather Low’s longest musical relationships, however, has been with Roger Waters. The two have worked together since Waters’ ‘Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking’ tour of America in 1985. Since that time Fairweather Low has contributed to two of Waters’ albums – ‘Radio K.A.O.S’ in 1987 and ‘Amused to Death’ in 1992 – and played guitar and bass on the 1999-2002 ‘In the Flesh’ world tour. Fairweather Low rejoined Waters for the ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ tour this year. Fairweather Low is also a regular member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, the consequence of another relationship that stretches back to the mid-Eighties. Fairweather Low and Wyman first worked together at the Small Faces’ legendary bass player Ronnie Lane’s A.R.M.S. – Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis – benefit concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1983. It was a charity cause that Wyman revisited in 1985 with Willie & The Poor Boys, a Fifties’ style rock ‘n’ roll concept band featuring Fairweather Low. Since that time Fairweather Low has been frequently involved in Wyman’s projects, most recently touring with the Rhythm Kings in 2005 and the summer of 2006. But perhaps it was inevitable that one day Fairweather Low would be tempted to return to the studio in his own right. ‘Sweet Soulful Music’ reunited Fairweather Low with producer Glyn Johns and October ‘07 saw Andy touring solo again in the UK with his own all star band containing Chris Stainton – keyboards, Dave Bronze – bass and Paul Beavis – drums. One of the shows was filmed and the resulting DVD is released in June 2008 closely following the TV advertised release of his new album “The Very Best Of Andy Fairweather Low – The Low Rider”. “The Very Best Of Andy Fairweather Low – The Low Rider” hits the shops on June 2nd and combines all the hits and more. An absolute gem, the title says it all. To coincide with its release Andy and his band, The Low Riders (featuring Dave Bronze ,Paul Beavis and keyboard player Richard Dunn), head out on a major UK tour which also encompasses Cambridge rock, Colne blues, Trowbridge and Glastonbury Festivals. © http://www.judytotton.com/printable/current_promotions/biography_andy_fairweather_low.htm

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Big D said...

Yo, Fingal

If you look in a dictionary for the definition of successful it says "See under Andy Fairweather Low"

In a time when mainstream pop success is perhaps at its most ephemeral, this dude speaks for everyone who just works in and around music, and not necessarily his own, just for the love of it

As ever, a fantastic post - perhaps one of your best ever. Thank you

Big D

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

Hi,Bill T. Andy is a superstar. I cannot believe that he has still not received the kudos he deserves. Shows just how bad the music industry is at promoting real music. TTU soon..P

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

Hi,Big D. Andy would blow most of todays "rock stars" away with three guitar chords. Amazing that he is not better known. You and me are gonna change this situation!!..Thanks a million, and catch you later...P

Big D said...

Damn straight . . . . .

They should start in schools by playing music to the kids - "just listen to this"; the things I heard come out of my old music teachers Dansette would make you warm inside, it really would. So many memories, man, and you're helping bring 'em all back

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

Hi,Big D. There is a big commercial reactor out there leaking out dangerous crap labelled "music" by people like Scowell and his buddies who are laughing all the way to the bank. Programmes like X-Factor, America/Britain's got Talent, and TV channels like MTV have helped spread this lethal garbage around. This leak needs plugging before all the kids are totally poisoned by this toxic waste. The musical wheel turns the full circle and I believe that real music can be revived. Blogging helps in a small way but there's many other ways of promoting good music. Cheers, buddy, & catch you later...P