Monday, February 9, 2009

Alex Harvey And His Soul Band1964 & The Blues1965

Alex Harvey And His Soul Band - 1964

Alex Harvey (5 February 1935 - 4 February 1982) was a Scottish rock and roll recording artist. With his Sensational Alex Harvey Band, he built a strong reputation as a live performer during the 1970s glam rock era. The band was renowned for its eclecticism and energetic live performance, Harvey for his charismatic persona and daredevil stage antics.[citation needed]

His younger brother Leslie Harvey was also a musician and became guitarist for Glasgow band Stone the Crows.

Harvey was born at 49 Govan Road, Plantation, Glasgow. His musical roots were in Dixieland jazz and skiffle music, which enjoyed considerable popularity in England and Scotland during the late 1950s. During this period, he won a competition that sought "Scotland's answer to Tommy Steele".

In 1959, Harvey formed Alex Harvey's Soul Band, and recorded blues and rock and roll material, with modest success. In 1966, Harvey found more success as a member of the pit band in the London stage production of the musical Hair. This band recorded the live LP Hair Rave Up which contained Harvey originals and other songs not from the stage show. In 1970 Harvey formed Rock Workshop with Ray Russell [1]; their first, self-titled album contained an early version of "Hole In Her Stocking", later to appear on Framed.

1. "Framed"
2. "I Ain't Worrying Baby"
3. "Backwater Blues"
4. "Let The Good Times Roll"
5. "Going Home"
6. "I've Got My Mojo Working"
7. "Teens Ville USA"
8. "New Orleans"
9. "Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger"
10. "When I Grow Too Old To Rock"
11. "Evil Hearted Man"
12. "I Just Wanna Make Love To You"
13. "The Blind Man"


Alex Harvey - The Blues 1965

For his second album, Harvey eschewed the full R&B combo sound of his debut for a solo set of traditional blues, accompanied only by a couple of guitars. No one would mistake this for a hard-bitten set by a wizened Delta bluesman, but Harvey doesn't make an attempt to disguise the fact that he's a hard-living, life-loving Scotsman plunging full-tilt into the music he loves. As British trad blues efforts go, this is pretty good. Harvey attacks standards with a gusto that is wrenching and jolly (sometimes both at once) on this set of fairly raw performances. - Richie Unterberger

1. Trouble In Mind
2. Honey Bee
3. I Learned About Women
4. Danger Zone
5. The Riddle Song
6. Waltzing Matilda
7. The Blues
8. The Big Rock Candy Mountain
9. The Michigan Massacre
10. No Peace
11. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
12. St. James Infirmary
13. Strange Fruit
14. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
15. Good God Almighty


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