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Chicago Blues Tapes 1991
     

The Chicago Blues Tapes 1991

by The Yardbirds
 
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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2011
Label:
Floating World
UPC:
0805772610828
catalogNumber:
7261082

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yardbirds   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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