Oh How We Danced

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Oh How We Danced
Studio album by Jim Capaldi
Released February 1972
Recorded December 1971 at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios
Genre Rock
Length 37:25
Label Island
Producer Jim Capaldi, Chris Blackwell
Jim Capaldi chronology
Oh How We Danced
Whale Meat Again

Oh How We Danced is the debut studio album by the British musician Jim Capaldi. The album was recorded while Traffic was on hiatus due to Steve Winwood's struggles with peritonitis[1] and was released by Island Records in 1972. Like his contemporary albums with Traffic, it was unsuccessful in his native United Kingdom but did better in the United States, reaching number 82 in the Billboard 200[2] and producing the hit single "Eve", which reached number 91 in the Billboard Hot 100.[3][4][5]

The track "Open Your Heart" is a surplus recording from Traffic's then most recent album, The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys. All of the remaining tracks, save "How Much Can a Man Really Take?", were recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [6]

Critical reception for Oh How We Danced was resoundingly positive. Rolling Stone applauded Capaldi's clever yet earnest lyrics and the strong collection of guest musicians, concluding that the album has "Not a whiff of mediocrity to be heard."[7] Allmusic's retrospective review complimented the strong set of songs and "its mellow vibe, generated by the genial familiarity of the players". They also made note of "Capaldi's sweet, unassuming voice", an echo of Rolling Stone's reference to his "sweet smooth easy voice."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Jim Capaldi, except where indicated.

  1. "Eve"
  2. "Big Thirst" (Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason)
  3. "Love is All You Can Try"
  4. "Last Day of Dawn"
  5. "Don't be a Hero"
  6. "Open Your Heart"
  7. "How Much Can a Man Really Take?"
  8. "Anniversary Song"[Mislabeled on some releases as "Oh How We Danced"] (Saul Chaplin, Al Jolson)

One further track, "Going Down Slow All the Way", was recorded at an unidentified studio in England and released as the b-side to the single "Eve". The track features only piano, tambourine, bass drum, and a single vocal, all presumably played by Jim Capaldi, who produced the track by himself.


  • Jim Capaldi - lead vocals, piano on "Open Your Heart", acoustic guitar on "Last Day of Dawn"

and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (except on "Open Your Heart" and "How Much Can a Man Really Take?"):


  • Paul Kossoff - electric guitar
  • Dave Mason - harmonica on "Big Thirst", electric guitar solo on "Don't be a Hero"
  • Steve Winwood - organ on "Eve" and "Open Your Heart", backing vocal on "Open Your Heart", guitar on "Love is All You Can Try"
  • Chris Wood - flute on "How Much Can a Man Really Take?", electric saxophone on "Open Your Heart"
  • Ric Grech - bass on "Open Your Heart"
  • Jim Gordon - drums on "Open Your Heart"
  • Rebop Kwaku Baah - percussion on "Last Day of Dawn" and "Open Your Heart", congas on "How Much Can a Man Really Take?"
  • Trevor Burton - bass on "How Much Can a Man Really Take?"
  • Mike Kellie - drums on "How Much Can a Man Really Take?"
  • Bob Griffin - piano on "How Much Can a Man Really Take?"
  • Sunny Leslie - backing vocal on "Big Thirst"
  • Brian Humphries, Jerry Masters - engineer
  • Neal Preston - cover photography


  1. ^ Capaldi, Jim (1983). "The Ends of Traffic, Soloing & Brazil". Fierce Heart press kit.
  2. ^ Jim Capaldi in the Billboard Charts. Allmusic. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "Eve" chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
  4. ^ Billboard, 12 Feb 2005, p. 8: "Jim Capaldi, solo artist, songwriter and drummer with British rock ... of the much-covered "Love Hurts" in 1975 and enjoyed widespread airplay with the singles "Eve" and "It's All Up to You."
  5. ^ Nite, Norm N. (1980). Rock On: The Modern Years: 1964–Present. Vol. 2. p. 64: "Jim Capaldi Born: Aug 24, 1944 Hometown: Evesham, Worcestershire. ... He achieved an American hit in 1972 with "Eve," followed in 1975 by two chart entries, "lt's Alright" and "Love Hurts".
  6. ^ a b Oh How We Danced at AllMusic
  7. ^ Carr, Patrick (27 April 1972). Album review, Rolling Stone.

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