Saturday, February 18, 2017

Savoy Brown - 1971 - Street Corner Talking

Savoy Brown 
1971 
Street Corner Talking




01. Tell Mama
02. Let It Rock
03. I Can't Get Next To You
04. Time Does Tell
05. Street Corner Talking
06. All I Can Do
07. Wang Dang Doodle

Kim Simmonds – lead guitar, harmonica, vocals
Paul Raymond – keyboards, guitar (on track 1), vocals (on track 3)
Andy Silvester – bass guitar
Dave Walker – vocals
Dave Bidwell – drums


Street Corner Talking is a really good classic rock and roll album. If you like catchy rhythms, bluesy vocals and guitar playing that's both melodic and well-performed, you'll fall in love with this album right away.

"All I Can Do" is a lengthy blues jam that continues to amaze me every time. The vocal melody is fantastic in a deeply sincere kind of way ("All I can do is cry" is an insanely memorable line). The keyboard jam that takes up the first half is realy melodic, and the guitar jam during the second half initially didn't blow me away, but repeated listens now reveals a totally different reaction. I hear really soulful blues taking place in most of these licks. Amazing. "Wang Dang Doodle" has a totally cool verse melody with a butcher knife totin' Annie, but the "all night long" chorus feels relatively uninteresting. For whatever reason it reminds me of something the band KISS would do or actually, reminds me of the Rainbow song "All Night Long" (that would come out 7 years later) in both the melody and the lead singer resemblance (Graham Bonnet sounds like this a little bit). The guitar riff in the background, while reminiscent of several other 60's and 70's blues bands, is still really remarkable all the same. The keyboard work throughout the song is my favorite part, but overall this song is undoubtedly a few minutes overlong.

"I Can't Get Close to You" is more of the same- memorable guitar riff, and the verse melody has interesting lyrics about the lead singer being able to live forever, and stand against (and try to accomplish) all kinds of impossible odds and why is he doing this? Just to get close to you, babe! Makes sense, haha. Actually he *can't* get close despite having the ability to make it rain, fly like a bird in the sky and even being able to live forever (only IF his soul desires!) so... maybe he's not trying hard enough? Maybe it's not worth standing next to such a person if you have to go through *that* much trouble? Actually these lyrics are not only humorous but really appropriate and creative for the blues/rock genre, so I like them. And if my feelings aren't clear enough through all that rambling above, I really love the song.

"Time Does" has interesting lyrics considering Savoy Brown is still active to this day and the line about acknowledging growing older, how time will still exist after we're gone, and not living in the past with regrets greatly stand out to me. This is pretty fascinating as far as lyrical depth is concerned, since these guys are technically a blues rock band. Most artists in the same category wouldn't write such excellent and intelligent lyrics- they'd write generic and obvious lyrics instead. Not these guys apparently. On a strange note, there's an odd feeling of beauty and uncertainty that's probably unintentionally created when the lead singer mentions the time on the wall in one set of lyrics, and the keyboards play almost hypnotically during this part. A feeling of distinctiveness is created there, the trademark Savoy Brown sound or at least, one of a few trademark sounds that I've been able to pick up so far. "Tell Mama" is the perfect opener with blazing slide guitar and memorable vocals, especially the verse melody. A sound that I identify with American rock, especially southern rock, however these guys are British and it's amazing how well they can take that style and reshape it into their own.

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