Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Chapman Whitney - Streetwalkers

Here we go again another vinyl rip from an album I dont remember aquiring. This time its an album by Roger Chapman and Charlie Whitney entitled Streetwalkers and released in '74 on the reprise lable

the band, put out three consistent albums of funky booze rock in the mid to late '70s, but the origin of the band was not a mediocre affair. Roger Chapman and Charlie Whitney led their previous outfit, Family, through eight LPs of limited success, breaking up the band in late 1973. But their partnership continued and months later they set out to record a one-off album as a duo. A number colleagues contributed to the project, including alumni of Family (John Wetton, Ric Grech, Poli Palmer, Jim Cregan) and King Crimson (Wetton, Mike Giles, Boz Burrell, Ian Wallace, Mel Collins). The resulting LP, Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers, was released in May, 1974. The mixture of rockers and ballads was not Family; yet there was added depth to the music, stemming from the evolved songwriting and from the involvement of so many musicians. "Roxianna" and "Showbiz Joe" were part New Orleans jazz, continuing the Americana feel of Family's last album. "Systematic Stealth," a lovely textured ballad, and the slunky "Creature Feature" demonstrate the range of Roger Chapman's unusual voice, from gravelly crooning to just plain gravel. The album's most stunning moments, "Parisienne High Heels" and "Hangman," are brooding and hair-raising in their energy and dark themes. Chapman and Whitney kept drummer Ian Wallace and horn player Mel Collins to form a touring group, adding bassist Phil Chen and guitarist Bob Tench. Only Tench would stay for the full-fledged Streetwalkers band, which embraced funk and hard rock in a less subtle way than this first venture. Whitney's biting lap steel guitar would become a signature sound of the Streetwalkers, but the songwriting never matched what was accomplished on this album. ~ Patrick Little, All Music Guide

1. Parisienne High Heels

2. Roxianna

3. Systematic Stealth

4. Call Ya

5. Creature Feature

6. Sue And Betty Jean

7. Showbiz Joe

8. Just Four Men

9. Tokyo Rose

10. Hangman

The Band
Charlie Whitney - Guitars and Steel Guitars

Roger Chapman - Lead Vocals And Percussion
Tim Hinkley, Max Middleton - Keyboards

John Wetton, Ric Grech - Bass Guitar

Neil Hubbard - Guitar

Ian Wallace, Mike Giles - Drums

Godfrey McLean - Congas

Poli Palmer - Electric Vibes

Backing Vocals -
John Wetton, Linda Lewis, Jim Cregan,Tim Hinkley, Boz

Mel Collins - Brass, Woodwind and arrangement on track 7

Link http://www.mediafire.com/?jczywnywjjh


  1. Hi,
    congratulations for your awesome blog.
    I've a request: I'm looking for "Elton John - Chartbusters Go Pop!"

  2. Hope you come back as soon as possible :)

  3. Hope you come back as soon as possible

  4. Hi I wonder if you could post a rip of Nice Enough To Eat, or do you have any of the other Island Samplers? Thanks R4

  5. Great album.
    Thank you very much!


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