Blue Matter (Savoy Brown album)
|Studio album (part live) by|
|Recorded||March 19, 1968–January 1969|
|Label||Decca (original recording label)|
Parrot Records (US, Canada)
|Savoy Brown chronology|
Blue Matter is the third album by the band Savoy Brown. Teaming up once again with producer Mike Vernon, it finds them experimenting even more within the blues framework. Several tracks feature piano (played by Bob Hall, guitarist Kim Simmonds, and vocalist Chris Youlden, who even plays guitar here) as well as trombone.
This album featured a mix of live and studio recordings. The live tracks were recorded on December 6, 1968, at the now defunct City of Leicester College of Education because the band was scheduled to tour the US and needed additional tracks to complete the album in time for the tour. The booking at the college represented their only chance to record the extra tracks in a live venue before embarking on the tour. An offer to perform the concert free of charge was accepted by Chris Green, the college Social Secretary, who had made the original booking, and the concert was duly recorded, a number of the live tracks being added to the album.
Because Chris Youlden was suffering from tonsillitis, Dave Peverett stood in as lead vocalist on the live tracks.
The album track "Vicksburg Blues" had first appeared as the B-side of Decca single F 12797 (released June 1968), fronted by "Walking by Myself".
Both Zigzag magazine and Rolling Stone magazine considered "Train to Nowhere" as the quintessential Savoy Brown song.
- "Train to Nowhere" (Kim Simmonds, Chris Youlden) – 4:12
- "Tolling Bells" (Simmonds, Youlden) – 6:33
- "She's Got a Ring in His Nose and a Ring on Her Hand" (Youlden) – 3:07
- "Vicksburg Blues" (Bob Hall, Youlden) – 4:00
- "Don't Turn Me from Your Door" (John Lee Hooker) – 5:04
- "Grits Ain't Groceries (All Around the World)" (Titus Turner) – 2:42 (CD bonus track)
- "May Be Wrong" (live) (Dave Peverett) – 7:50
- "Louisiana Blues" (live) (McKinley Morganfield) – 9:06
- "It Hurts Me Too" (live) (Mel London) – 6:53
- Chris Youlden – Lead Vocal, Guitar, Piano
- Kim Simmonds – Lead Guitar, Harmonica, Piano
- "Lonesome" Dave Peverett – Rhythm Guitar, plus lead vocal on live tracks 7, 8, 9
- Tone Stevens – Bass (except on tracks 1, 2 and 4)
- Rivers Jobe – Bass (on tracks 1, 2 and 4)
- Roger Earl – Drums, Percussion
- Bob Hall – Piano
- Terry Flannery, Keith Martin, Alan Moore, Brian Perrin, Derek Wadsworth – Trombones (on track 1)
- Mike Vernon – Percussion (on track 1)
- Track one arranged by Terry Noonan, Savoy Brown & Mike Vernon
- Produced by Mike Vernon
- Recorded & Engineered by Roy Thomas Baker
- Assistant Recording Engineers: Colin Freeman, Michael Mailes, John Punter, Mike Vernon
- David Anstey - cover design
- David Wedgbury - photography
- "The Top 30 British Blues Rock Albums Of All Time". Classic Rock. Future plc. 23 March 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
- Kurtz, Peter. Blue Matter at AllMusic
- BGO — Blue Matter / A Step Further, 2CD Album