Why Dontcha

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Why Dontcha
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Studio album by West, Bruce and Laing
Released November 1972
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 38:15
Label Windfall/Columbia
Producer Andy Johns, West, Bruce and Laing
West, Bruce and Laing chronology
Why Dontcha
(1972)
Whatever Turns You On
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Why Dontcha is the first studio album by power trio West, Bruce and Laing.

The album features "The Doctor", which received heavy FM radio airplay upon the album's release and became a signature song in live performance for the band. Other noteworthy tracks include "Out into the Fields", which Jack Bruce continued to perform in concert following West, Bruce and Laing's breakup (and which he re-recorded for his 2001 album Shadows in the Air), and "Love is Worth the Blues", a song loosely based on the chords and structure of The Rolling Stones' "Play with Fire".

Why Dontcha was West, Bruce and Laing's most successful album, reaching No. 26 on the Billboard U.S. album chart.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Why Dontcha" (Leslie West, Jack Bruce, Corky Laing) – 3:04
  2. "Out into the Fields" (West, Bruce, Laing, Pete Brown) – 4:41
    • Leslie West – guitar
    • Jack Bruce – bass, lead vocals, piano, harmonium, organ
    • Corky Laing – drums
  3. "The Doctor" (West, Bruce, Laing, Sue Palmer) – 4:29
    • Leslie West – guitar, lead vocals
    • Jack Bruce – bass
    • Corky Laing – drums
  4. "Turn Me Over" (West, Bruce, Laing) – 2:45
  5. "Third Degree" (Eddie Boyd, Willie Dixon) – 5:14 (shortened version on French LP – 4:42)
    • Credited to Boyd alone on original pressings of the album.
    • Leslie West – guitar
    • Jack Bruce – bass, lead vocals, piano
    • Corky Laing – drums
Side two
  1. "Shake Ma Thing (Rollin' Jack)" (West, Bruce, Laing) – 3:17
    • Leslie West – guitar, lead vocals
    • Jack Bruce – bass, lead and backing vocals, piano
    • Corky Laing – drums
  2. "While You Sleep" (West, Bruce, Laing) – 3:24
    • Leslie West – dobro, lead vocals, violin
    • Jack Bruce – upright bass, backing vocals, piano
    • Corky Laing – rhythm guitar
  3. "Pleasure" (West, Bruce, Laing, Brown) – 4:01
    • Leslie West – guitar
    • Jack Bruce – bass, lead vocals, piano
    • Corky Laing – drums
  4. "Love Is Worth the Blues" (West, Bruce, Laing) – 4:12
    • Leslie West – guitar, lead vocals, violin
    • Jack Bruce – bass
    • Corky Laing – drums
  5. "Pollution Woman" (West, Bruce, Laing, Brown) – 4:28
    • Leslie West – electric and acoustic guitars
    • Jack Bruce – bass, lead vocals, acoustic guitar, ARP synthesizer
    • Corky Laing – drums

Personnel[edit]

Technical personnel
  • Andy Johnsproducer, engineer
  • Dan Turbeville – assistant engineer
  • Ed Lee – art direction, design, photography

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