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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Savoy Brown 1981 Rock 'n' Roll Warriors
Rate: 128 kbps CBR / 44100
Size: 49,70 MB
Review by Joe Viglione
Though Savoy Brown is primarily known as a blues band, Rock 'n' Roll Warriors says in the title what this is all about, as Kim Simmonds' aggregation obtained in vocalist Ralph Mormon a major component from the Joe Perry Project's first solo album, Let the Music Do the Talking, released the year before this. With producer Richie Wise, himself the lead singer of the heavy metal band Dust and co-producer of the first two albums from Kiss, there is a decidedly different edge to this release on Capitol/Town House.
The bandmembers look like they are the prototype for the 1984 film Streets of Fire on the cover, and though the three live tracks tacked onto the end of the LP on TKO Magnum's CD release has this group truer to its blues roots, the original ten studio tunes include some variety that Savoy Brown's followers may not have been accustomed to. Those bonus tracks, "Street Corner Talkin'," "I'm Tired," and "Hellbound Train," were recorded live at Denver's Rainbow Music Hall on June 27, 1981. They make a great reference point to hear how this version of the band tackled familiar territory, but original material like "Shot Down By Love" could easily have found itself on Joe Perry's disc and shows the bite producer Wise infused into this version of the group. This is the last Savoy Brown album to chart in the U.S., which is validation of its quality but still a shame, since the music here is vital enough to have jump-started SB's storied career. Mormon sounds comfortable and in control; that he had the opportunity to front bands featuring two guitar greats is something you can feel he embraced wholeheartedly.
Michael Heatley's year 2000 liner notes to the CD reissue give some history and the Chinn/Chapman tune that hit for the U.K. band Smokie, "Lay Back in the Arms of Someone," is a real treat -- pure pop that is wildly different from the band's minor '70s radio hit, "Tell Mama," or anything else here. The songs are mostly composed by Kim Simmonds, were recorded in North Hollywood, and shift from rock to blues to rock. Though viewed as an anomaly in the band's catalog, Rock 'n' Roll Warriors has gained credibility and much-deserved respect over the years.
01 - Cold Hearted Woman 02:40
02 - Georgie 02:51
03 - Bad Breaks (Make Me Feel Good) 05:44
04 - Don't Tell Me I Told You 02:44
05 - This Could Be The Night 04:04
06 - Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone 04:18
07 - Shot Down By Love 03:05
08 - Bad Girls 03:39
09 - Got Love If You Want It 03:18
10 - Nobody's Perfect 03:37
11 - Street Corner Talkin' (Live) 04:21
12 - I'm Tired (Live) 02:39
13 - Hellbound Train (Live) 09:41
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