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Savoy Brown

Savoy Brown - Let It Ride - 1992 - Road House Music (Germany)

Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown remain one of the longest, continuously running, blues rock bands in the world today. Originally known as the Savoy Brown Blues Band, the group was formed in 1965, in Battersea, South West London and was an important part of the late 1960s British blues rock movement, but the band achieved more recognition in the United States where they promoted their albums with constant touring. “Let It Ride” is not as raunchy as some of Savoy Brown’s other albums but the band still produce a mixture of great songs with fantastic musicianship. The range of Kim Simmond’s guitar styles on this album is striking. The album is HR by A.O.O.F.C. Listen to SB’s “Blue Matter” and “Live at the Record Plant” albums, and check out Kim Simmond's "Solitaire" album. [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 93.9 Mb]


1. Yesterday's Blues 4:27
2. Flat Out 4:14
3. Let Me Be Your Driver 3:09
4. Feel Like Crying 3:56
5. Looking Out 2:42
6. Let It Ride 4:12
7. Cruisin' Speed 2:30
8. Don't Tell Me Nothing 4:52
9. Ain't No Sunshine 3:37
10. Nothing But The Blues 3:44
11. Down All The Days 3:23

Tracks 1-6, 11 composed by Kim Simmonds: Track 7 composed by Rick Jewett: Track 8 composed by Willie Dixon: Track 9 composed by Bill Withers: Track 10 composed by Ed Zachol


Kim Simmonds - Guitars: Vocal on Track 11: Harmonica on Track 8
Andy Ramirez - Bass
Rick Jewett - Keyboards
Joe Pierleoni - Drums
Pete McMahon - Vocals on Tracks 1, 10: Harmonica on Track 1
Phil McCormack - Vocals on Tracks 3, 6
Jumpin' Joe Whiting - Vocals on Track 8
Andy Ramirez, Pete McMahon, Rick Jewett - Backing Vocals


Part of the late-'60s blues-rock movement, Britain's Savoy Brown never achieved as much success in their homeland as they did in America, where they promoted their albums with nonstop touring. The band was formed and led by guitarist Kim Simmonds, whose dominating personality has led to myriad personnel changes; the original lineup included singer Bryce Portius, keyboardist Bob Hall, guitarist Martin Stone, bassist Ray Chappell, and drummer Leo Manning. This lineup appeared on the band's 1967 debut, Shake Down, a collection of blues covers. Seeking a different approach, Simmonds dissolved the group and brought in guitarist Dave Peverett, bassist Rivers Jobe, drummer Roger Earl, and singer Chris Youlden, who gave them a distinctive frontman with his vocal abilities, bowler hat, and monocle. With perhaps its strongest lineup, Savoy Brown quickly made a name for itself, now recording originals like "Train to Nowhere" as well. However, Youlden left the band in 1970 following Raw Sienna, and shortly thereafter, Peverett, Earl, and new bassist Tony Stevens departed to form Foghat, continuing the pattern of consistent membership turnover. Simmonds collected yet another lineup and began a hectic tour of America, showcasing the group's now-refined bluesy boogie rock style, which dominated the rest of their albums. The group briefly broke up in 1973, but re-formed the following year. Throughout the '80s and '90s Simmonds remained undeterred by a revolving-door membership and continued to tour and record. Their first album for the Blind Pig label, Strange Dreams, was released in 2003. Steel followed in 2007 from Panache Records. © Steve Huey © 2013 Rovi Corp | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/artist/savoy-brown-mn0000838524

Legendary…a blues/rock institution…true innovators. These are just a few of the ways Savoy Brown has been described over the past forty years by music critics and fans. One of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the 1967 UK blues boom movement that brought blues music back to the USA invigorating the style forever. In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970’s. Their influence now stretches into modern rock as we know it today. The band recorded their first singles for Mike Vernon’s Purdah label in 1966 and quickly followed up with the landmark album “Shakedown”. Singer Chris Youlden joined the band in 1968 and many classic records appeared with songs such as “I’m Tired” and “Louisiana Blues” becoming radio staples. Blues-rock and boogie music always was the band’s calling card and they captured, forever, the spirit of the music on the live side of “A Step Further” (1969) with a twenty-minute boogie “The Savoy Brown Boogie” dedicated to fans in Detroit. By 1971, Youlden had departed on a solo career and band members Dave Peverett, Roger Earle, and Tony Stevens had left to form their own group Foghat. Kim Simmonds rebuilt the band using former members of the blues band Chicken Shack and vocalist Dave Walker. That year, “Street Corner Talking” brought the band its best chart success up to that date. “Tell Mama”, “Street Corner Talking”, “All I Can Do Is Cry” and the band’s funky re-make of the Motown classic, “I Can’t Get Next To You”, took the band to platinum status and placed them in front of wildly enthusiastic rock audiences in arenas all over the world. After the successful run of the early to mid 70's, Kim moved operations to the USA and continued making the kind of records he wanted to make with a succession of line-ups. Records as diverse as the acoustic blues “Slow Train" to the hard-hitting "Rock And Roll Warriors" appeared. All were eagerly accepted by the fans. A three record deal with Crescendo in 1987 took the band into more of a rock direction, with records such as "Live 'n' Kicking" placing the group in a live setting, one in which they have always excelled. In the '90's, "Let It Ride" was released and then turning things around in 1994, Kim enlisted Pete McMahon for vocal and harmonica duties and ex-Robert Cray drummer Dave Olsen to record "Bring It Home" for Viceroy. This set the tone for the next five years. Following on, Nathaniel Peterson was brought in to handle the bass playing and singing. After touring the world extensively for three years, in 1999, "The Blues Keep me Holding On” was released on Mystic Music. This modern blues record brought the band's epic music journey full circle. With new goals in mind, Kim Simmonds took over the front singing duties in 2001and the 2003 Blind Pig release "Strange Dreams" was a hit with critics and fans alike and Kim, as front man vocalist, fitted the times perfectly. Changing into a three piece classic blues/rock outfit in 2006 and still doing double duty as guitarist and vocalist, Kim released the bands 30th album “Steel.” In 2009, after nearly a decade of singing lead vocals and wanting to concentrate once again on his guitar playing, Simmonds brought in Joe Whiting as lead singer. The band thus became a four piece aggregation with Garnet Grimm on drums and Pat DeSalvo playing bass. The new changes coincided with the release of a retrospective album “Too Much of a Good Thing” that covered the years1992-2007. From London’s Soho night clubs in 1966 to headlining the world’s most famous venues (Carnegie Hall, Fillmore’s East and West, Cobo Hall, etc) Savoy Brown has done it all and as the band continues to tour worldwide they give a glimpse into the past and also inspire new listeners with their personal brand of rocking boogie, blues and rock. In 2011 Kim signed the band to Ruf Records releasing the album “Voodoo Moon” that has became a best seller on Amazon.com. Going into 2013 Simmonds has returned to a three piece band once again, singing and playing guitar along with Pat DeSalvo on bass and Garnet Grimm on drums. – from “A Brief Account of Savoy Brown” © http://www.savoybrown.com/#!bio/c1ziz

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