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Stone The Crows “Radio Sessions 1969-1972″ 2009 2 LP`s & 2 CD`s UK Prog Blues Rock (bootleg)


Stone The Crows  “Radio Sessions 1969-1972″  2009 2 LP`s & 2 CD`s UK Prog Blues Rock (bootleg)..recommended..!
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STONE THE CROWS with MAGGIE BELL on lead vocals ruled the live scene in both UK and Europe during a small but very important number of years- 1969-1972, the pivotal date was May 1972 when guitarist LESLIE HARVEY was tragically electrocuted on stage during a sound check at the Swanage Ballroom. All tracks feature Les except the last three on CD2 which were recorded after Les’s death with JIMMY McCULLOUGH on guitar who left the band in 1973 when he got an offer to join WINGS. Following the bands disintegration in 1973 Maggie recorded a number of acclaimed solo albums, formed in the 80’s MIDNIGHT FLYER as well as forming The BRITISH BLUES QUINTET recently. Maggie to this day is continually performing live either as a solo artist or as part if BBQ. Musicians:-Maggie Bell, Leslie Harvey, John McGuinnis, Jimmy Dewar, Colin Allen, Ronnie Leahy, Steve Thompson and Jimmy McCulloch…~


This is a great “live” BBC cd, AND with then future ROBIN TROWER BAND bassist/vocalist JIM DEWAR on board, and the truly great, late Les Harvey, brother of ALEX HARVEY, and some tasty Hammond B-3 and piano work scattered about as well, and as for Ms. Maggie Bell, well, go back and listen to her duet with Rod Stewart on “Every Picture Tells A Story”, I saw her open for AC/DC at Long Beach Arena in 1982, she’s the real deal, my wife, who is English, saw STC and Maggie many times back in the day, she rated her right up there with another great unsung Brit gal singer ELKIE BROOKS from Vinegar Joe, go to U TUBE and check these powerhouse Brit gal singers out, this is good value for money, as it’s a DOUBLE CD, so I can heartily give it a thumbs up, no reinventing the wheel here, just great tunes sung and played real well!…by…. GillianS….~


Two discs 60 and 50 minutes each approximately. The sound is good if slightly flat,but is still warm and immediate. These are tracks recorded by the BBC for radio broadcast. They feature three versions of STONE THE CROWS. The first disc is Maggie Bell-vocals (that’s putting it mildly-wow!),the late Les Harvey-guitar,Jim Dewar-bass and vocals (who played in LULU AND THE LUVVERS and later with Robin Trower), Colin Allen-drums (who played with John Mayall),and John McGuinness-keyboards (MCGUINNESS/FLINT-?). Disc two tracks 3-7 include Ronnie Leahy-keyboards,and Steve Thompson-bass (also with John Mayall),replacing McGuinness and Dewar. Tracks 8-10 (after the death of Harvey) have the underrated Jimmy (THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN) McCulloch-guitar,and Leahy and Thompson. 
This is another one of those bands (like FAMILY) that have a small but rabid group of listeners. Its no secret that for a few years Maggie Bell was considered one of the best vocalists in Britain. And for good reason. She was capable of belting out blues,rock,or any combination thereof. If listeners are familiar with Lydia Pense (COLD BLOOD) or Tracy Nelson (MOTHER EARTH),Bell’s voice is similar. When she and Dewar sang together it was quite something. Les Harvey was a fairly ferocious guitarist,whether filling in behind Bell or playing lead out front. The rhythm section was tight and powerful. All of this added up to a true powerhouse band that never let up,especially live. No less than the late legendary Peter Grant (LED ZEPPELIN,BAD COMPANY) managed the band and renamed them from their original name-POWER. While Grant was known in the music industry as a bit of a bully when it came to his groups interests-he certainly knew talent when he heard it.STONE THE CROWS certainly deserved his managerial talents….by…Stuart Jefferson……~


You could certainly place Scottish group Stone The Crows in that could have, should have category of bands that seemingly had all the ingredients in place to be so much more than just a cult outfit. They possessed an inventive, killer young guitar player in Les Harvey (his older brother Alex fronted The Sensational Alex Harvey Band), a female vocalist, Maggie Bell with Joplin-like soul, and future Robin Trower bassist / vocalist Jimmy Dewar. Not to mention they also had Led Zeppelin’s heavyweight Peter Grant for a manager. Over the course of their five years together they recorded four studio albums which combined a love of blues and progressive rock, and were a big hit on the British college circuit. Tragically Harvey was killed when he was electrocuted onstage in the spring of 1972 and his death effectively ended the band less than a year later. 

While this fantastic two disc collection Radio Sessions 1969-72 contains no previously unreleased material it does bring all their recorded radio sessions together in one place. Right from the onset one gets to marvel at the brilliant & tender vocal duets between Bell and Dewar on tracks like “Raining In Your Heart” and “Touch Of your Loving Hand”. The latter features Harvey’s slow, melancholic, bluesy solo smack dab in the middle. The band wasn’t’ afraid to cut loose and jam as well, which is evident on tracks like “Freedom Road” and the terrific thirteen minute romp through Bob Dylan’s “Hollis Brown” which was always a live favorite for the band. After hearing Harvey rip off searing solos on “Friend” and the thick wah-wah drenched riffs of “Love 74”, it’s not hard to see why the band wasn’t able to sustain the momentum they’d built for very long after his death, because he was such a huge part of the band’s sound. Disc two also contains plenty of musical fireworks as well with the pure, dripping blues of “Faces”, which finds Maggie Bell’s delivering one of her most heartfelt vocal performances. Other highlights include a barnstorming version of “Going Down”, the chugging, driving beat of “Mr. Wizard” and the traditional country blues of “Penicillin Blues”, which features Harvey’s replacement Jimmy McCulloch, who would later go on to become a member of Paul McCartney’s Wings.. 

There isn’t one once of filler to be found anywhere on these two discs, although I’m partial to the earlier material on disc one which features Dewar. If you’ve never heard Stone The Crows you owe it to yourself to not only check out any of their studio albums, but any of their documented live shows as well because this is definitely where they thrived. Long live the Crows!….by…. Ryan Sparks…..~


Two different STC line-ups and each with their own air of authority, creativity and of course, soul. Disc 1 has the formidable vocal pairing of Maggie Bell and the late great Jimmy Dewar, next to be vocalist in Robin Trower’s trio…Stone The Crows were fabulous live, as I can attest. Very powerful and bluesy, yet up with the nascent prog rockers for musical skill and adventure…The last three tracks on CD2 include both new bassist Steve Thompson and guitar man Jimmy McCullough-probably eating his last bacon sandwiches before joining Wings’ strict regime? ….Blues Matters (October 2015)…..~


This 2 CD collection contains a number of radio sessions throughout the band’s career, with disc 1 covering 1969-‘70 and disc 2 1971- '72. As you would expect from a collection like this, there are a couple of tracks that are repeated but this takes nothing away from the quality of the performances. 
The CD’s accompanying booklet contains comprehensive notes from the band’s drummer Colin Allen. ****/5 ….Nikk Gunns….~


.brings together all the extant radio sessions…Fine performances of songs such as 'Penicillin Blues’, 'On the Highway’ and 'Raining In Your Heart’ are given an airing alongside a typically muscular cover of Dylan’s 'Ballad Of Hollis Brown’. 
Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser (July 2009)……~


In our recent coverage of Maggie Bell’s Best of release, we complained that no Stone the Crows material was included. This release rectifies that, with two CDs of the band’s vintage radio performances. 

The first CD and the first tracks on the second are clearly the prime exhibits here, featuring the band’s original lineup. The material in this portion sounds a bit like Cream, but with a bluesier edge. 

The band’s rock is soulful, as demonstrated on “Raining in Your Heart” (which appears in two versions), which delivers a moving duet between the powerful vocals of Maggie Bell and the shy vocals of bass player Jimmy Dewar (who would later front Robin Trower’s band on classic albums such as Bridge of Sighs). 

The band also explores some proto-prog ground on few of the songs, and while this exploration is not really adventurous, the magic in songs such as the beautifully realized, ten minute affair “Freedom Road” lies in the unpretentious approach that corresponds with the band’s blues roots, and often translates into some nice interplay between John McGuinness’ organ and Leslie (brother of Alex) Harvey’s guitar. 

The later sessions find the band delving deeper into the blues, and though lacking some of the earlier material’s signature touch, these are still effective and credible (the band’s version of Freddie King’s “Goin’ Down,” for example, sounds fresh thanks to the organ presence and Bell’s performance). 

The sound is a bit dirty, and varies throughout, but it’s certainly satisfactory. The booklet, however, misses specific information about the sessions (for starters, it doesn’t pinpoint the source of each track), which is a shame. (7/10)…by: Avi Shaked…..~


2009 two CD archive release. Stone the Crows with Maggie Bell on lead vocals ruled the live scene in both UK and Europe during a small but very important number of years 1969-72 (the pivotal date was May 1972 when guitarist Les Harvey was tragically electrocuted on stage during a sound check). All tracks feature Les except the last three on Disc Two, which were recorded after Les’s death with Jimmy McCulloch on guitar who left the band in 1973 when he got an offer to join Wings. This double disc set brings together all the band’s radio sessions from different shows. Angel Air….~




Credits 
Bass Guitar – Steve Thompson (2) (tracks: C4 to D5) 
Bass Guitar, Vocals – James Dewar (tracks: A1 to C3) 
Drums – Colin Allen 
Electric Guitar – Les Harvey* (tracks: A1 to D2) 
Guitar – Jimmy McCulloch (tracks: D3 to D5) 
Keyboards – John McGinnis (2) (tracks: A1 to C3), Ronnie Leahy (tracks: C4 to D5) 
Vocals, Tambourine – Maggie Bell


Tracklist

CD1 – 1969-1970 

1. Raining In Your Heart 
2. Touch Of Your Loving Hand 
3. Freedom Road 
4. Hollis Brown 
5. Raining In Your Heart 
6. Friend 
7. Mad Dogs & Englishmen 
8. Love 74 
9. Things Are Getting Better

CD2 – 1971-1972 

1. Faces 
2. Let It Down 
3. Big Jim Salter 
4. Keep on Rolling 
5. Goin’ Down 
6. On The Highway 
7. Mr Wizard 
8. Good Time Girl 
9. Penicillin Blues 
10. On The Highway




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