Short Cut Draw Blood

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Short Cut Draw Blood
Studio album by Jim Capaldi
Released December 1975
Recorded 1974-75 at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and Island Studios
Genre Rock
Length 44:06
Label Island
Producer Steve Smith, Jim Capaldi, Chris Blackwell
Jim Capaldi chronology
Whale Meat Again
Short Cut Draw Blood
The Contender

Short Cut Draw Blood is the third studio album by the British musician Jim Capaldi, released by Island Records in 1975. It marked a major turning point in Capaldi's career: it was his first album recorded after the breakup of Traffic, and more importantly it was his commercial breakthrough. While Capaldi's first two solo albums had been moderately successful in the United States (in fact, in Short Cut Draw Blood was his least successful album in the United States thus far, with both the album itself and the single "Love Hurts" barely scraping into the Billboard charts[1]), Short Cut Draw Blood enteredthe charts in several other countries for the first time. This was particularly evident in his native United Kingdom; the single "It's All Up to You", released a year before the album, became his first top 40 hit there, only to be overshadowed the following year by his cover of "Love Hurts", which went all the way to number 4.[2]

The title of the album was conceived by co-producer Chris Blackwell.[3]


The song "Boy with a Problem" was written about former Traffic bandmate Chris Wood, whose self-destructive tendencies (particularly his drug addiction) were a cause of increasing concern for Capaldi.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [5]

Rolling Stone called the album slightly uneven but a promising step forward. Their review approved of both the session musicians and the arrangements, and was particularly complimentary towards his cover of "Love Hurts", saying "he brings a sense of pain very different from Roy Orbison's original."[6]

Allmusic's retrospective review was more satisfied with the variety of styles, commenting "dipping into a wide range of musical styles, there is something for everyone on Short Cut Draw Blood", and saying the album is even better than his first.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Jim Capaldi, except where indicated.

  1. "Goodbye Love"
  2. "It's All Up to You"
  3. "Love Hurts" (Boudleaux Bryant)
  4. "Johnny Too Bad" (The Slickers)
  5. "Short Cut Draw Blood"
    • Jim Capaldi - vocals, percussion
    • Pete Carr - lead guitar
    • Chris Spedding - rhythm guitar
    • Jimmy Johnson - electric guitar
    • Barry Beckett - piano
    • David Hood - bass
    • Roger Hawkins - drums
    • Rebop Kwaku Baah - percussion
  6. "Living on a Marble"
    • Jim Capaldi - vocals, percussion
    • Chris Spedding - lead guitar
    • Jimmy Johnson - rhythm guitar
    • Pete Carr - acoustic guitar
    • Barry Beckett - piano
    • Steve Winwood - bass
    • Roger Hawkins - drums
  7. "Boy With A Problem"
    • Jim Capaldi - vocals
    • Paul Kossoff - lead guitar
    • Jimmy Johnson - rhythm guitar
    • Pete Carr - acoustic guitar
    • Steve Winwood - synthesizer
    • Barry Beckett - piano
    • David Hood - bass
    • Roger Hawkins - drums
    • Rebop Kwaku Baah - percussion
    • Harry Robinson - string arrangements
  8. "Keep On Trying"
    • Jim Capaldi - vocals
    • Ray Allen - saxophone
    • Rico Rodriguez - trombone
    • Phil - guitar
    • Steve Winwood - piano, organ
    • Rosko Gee - bass
    • Remi Kabaka - drums
    • Rebop Kwaku Baah - percussion
  9. "Seagull"
    • Jim Capaldi - vocals
    • Steve Winwood - acoustic guitar, Mellotron, harpsichord
    • Chris Wood - flute
    • Remi Kabaka - percussion

One further track from the sessions, "Sugar Honey", was released as a b-side. Aside from Jim Capaldi on vocals, the performing personnel on the track are not known.

2012 Reissue[edit]

In March 2012 Raven an Australian label reissued Short Cut Draw Blood along with The Contender as a 2 for 1 CD release with 8 bonus tracks, all of them previously released recordings: "Tricky Dicky Rides Again", "Sugar Honey", "If You Think You Know How To Love Me", "Good Night & Good Morning", "Talkin' Bout My Baby", "Still Talkin'", "Goodbye My Love", "Baby You're Not My Problem". The second disc included all the tracks from both the UK The Contender and its USA counterpart Daughter of the Night. The reissue was remastered by Warren Barnett and featured a booklet that discussed the making of both albums.


  1. ^ Jim Capaldi in the Billboard Charts, Allmusic. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
  2. ^ Jim Capaldi in the UK Charts. The Official Charts. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
  3. ^ Capaldi, Jim (1983). "The Ends of Traffic, Soloing & Brazil". Fierce Heart press kit.
  4. ^ (2011). In Dear Mr Fantasy: The Jim Capaldi Story (pp.32-43) [CD booklet]. London: Freedom Songs Ltd.
  5. ^ a b Short Cut Draw Blood at AllMusic
  6. ^ Marsh, Dave (11 March 1976). Album review, Rolling Stone.

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