The Chicago Blues Tapes 1991

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This set, attributed to the Pretty Things-Yardbird Blues Band, is really more Pretty Things (thanks to strong vocal work by Phil May and some striking lead guitar from Dick Taylor, the two cornerstones of the Pretty Things) than the Yardbirds (although former Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty is on hand), and it doesn't add much to the legacy of either band, really, although it is a strikingly good outing. The tracks collected here originated when May and Taylor teamed up with McCarty and guitarist and blue harpist Studebaker John and bassist Richard Hite for two George Paulus-produced albums recorded in Chicago in 1991. The sound is very good, and these weren't throwaway ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This set, attributed to the Pretty Things-Yardbird Blues Band, is really more Pretty Things (thanks to strong vocal work by Phil May and some striking lead guitar from Dick Taylor, the two cornerstones of the Pretty Things) than the Yardbirds (although former Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty is on hand), and it doesn't add much to the legacy of either band, really, although it is a strikingly good outing. The tracks collected here originated when May and Taylor teamed up with McCarty and guitarist and blue harpist Studebaker John and bassist Richard Hite for two George Paulus-produced albums recorded in Chicago in 1991. The sound is very good, and these weren't throwaway sessions, with the blended band tackling classic songs like "Spoonful," "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover," "Time Is on My Side" (Taylor was briefly a guitarist for the Rolling Stones early in that group's career), "Ain't Got You," and "Chain of Fools," among others. Again, nothing here adds much to the legacy of either the Pretty Things or the Yardbirds, but fans of either or both bands will undoubtedly love this interesting curio.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • Label: Floating World
  • UPC: 805772610828
  • Catalog Number: 7261082
  • Sales rank: 95,444

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover - Yardbird Blues Band (3:05)
  2. 2 Down In The Bottom - Yardbird Blues Band (3:11)
  3. 3 Hush-Hush - Yardbird Blues Band (4:24)
  4. 4 Can't Hold Out - Yardbird Blues Band (3:24)
  5. 5 Spoonful - Yardbird Blues Band (4:51)
  6. 6 She Fooled Me - Yardbird Blues Band (2:56)
  7. 7 Time Is On My Side - Yardbird Blues Band (3:54)
  8. 8 Long Tall Shorty - Yardbird Blues Band (4:52)
  9. 9 Diddley Daddy - Yardbird Blues Band (4:14)
  10. 10 Ain't Got You - Yardbird Blues Band (4:26)
  11. 11 Caress Me Baby - Yardbird Blues Band (2:36)
  12. 12 Here's My Picture - Yardbird Blues Band (4:31)
  13. 13 Chain Of Fools - Yardbird Blues Band (3:15)
  14. 14 Don't Start Cryin' Now - Yardbird Blues Band (4:59)
  15. 15 Don't Start Cryin' Now, Pt. 2 - Yardbird Blues Band (2:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Pretty Things Primary Artist
Erwin Helfer Piano, Guest Appearance
Phil May Percussion, Vocals
Dick Taylor Guitar, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar, Guest Appearance
Jim McCarty Percussion, Drums
Chicago Slim Slide Guitar, Guest Appearance
Richard Hite Electric Bass
Studebaker John Rhythm Guitar, Harp, Slide Guitar
Diane Madison Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
George Paulus Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Abdul Hakeem Guitar, Guest Appearance
Rokko Jans Organ, Piano, Guest Appearance
Annette Frank Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Rick Regnas Guitar, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Tom Haban Engineer
George Paulus Producer, Liner Notes
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