Street Corner Talkingby Savoy Brown
After 1970's Looking In album, Peverett, Roger Earl, and Tony Stevens left to form Foghat, leaving Kim Simmonds with yet another dilemma. But for Simmonds, things went a little smoother than he might have imagined, picking up piano player Paul Raymond, bassman Andy Silvester, and drummer Dave Bidwell, all from Chicken Shack. He also hired singer Dave Walker, who was the former frontman with the Idle Race, and together the new lineup recorded Street Corner Talking, one of Savoy Brown's finest moments. Gelling almost instantaneously, Walker's cozy yet fervent voice countered with Simmonds' strong, sturdy guitar playing, and an exuberant mixture of British blues and boogie rock prevailed. All of Street Corner Talking's efforts are solid examples of the group's blues-rock power, from the slick cover of Willie Dixon's "Wang Dang Doodle" to the deep feel of "All I Can Do" to the subtle strength of "Tell Mama," Walker's best-sung tune. The album's blend of sultry guitar blues and upfront rock & roll flavor give it a multi-faceted appeal, with every musician contributing his talents uniformly, which is something that's rather difficult to achieve after there's been a wholesale change to the personnel. Although they stayed together for the Hellbound Train album, Silvester was replaced by Andy Pyle for 1972's Lion's Share release, and a year after that Walker left to join Fleetwood Mac.
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- Polydor / Umgd
Performance CreditsSavoy Brown Primary Artist
Dave Bidwell Drums
Paul Raymond Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Andy Silvester Bass,Bass Guitar
Kim Simmonds Guitar,Harmonica
Dave Walker Bass,Vocals
Technical CreditsGeorge Chkiantz Engineer
Neil Slaven Producer
John Tracy Liner Notes
David Anstey Illustrations
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Wow, what a blast from the past. I bought this album right before I went for the party in Nam. I bought a new turntable recently and was going thru the collection and lo and behold, something I hadn't heard in decades, Street Corner Talking, its a great album and I got a really great feeling listening to it again after all these years. Peace, Keith
I saw Savoy Brown in San Diego in 1971, and started to boogie within the first 5 bars of "Tell Mama." By far, the best concert I have ever gone to; it opened with Long John Baldry and Fleetwood Mac, headlined by Savoy Brown. As I left the concert in downtown San Diego, I stopped in a head shop and bought "Street Corner Talking" on 8 track tape. I played it constantly and wore it out. I have since bought every one of the Savoy Brown releases, and I consider Kim Simmons a guitar genius extraordinaire. Five stars out of 5.
blues-rock??? do not label it except to call it savoy brown. have had this album for years and i never get tired of it. must have for any rock/blues fan. expert artistry. buy it and enjoy.
Funny only two of us,"fans", so far have taken the time to do this. I wore out two vinyls and broke an eight track,I played this one so much. Great vocals,tight straight ahead rhythm section,excellent guitar work. One you can put on and play from start to finish and not want to skip a song! In my personal top 10 list of best Albums!