SAVOY BROWN – LOOKING IN – October 1970
Here’s a personal favorite that captured a perfect feeling and mood of late ’70; along with Humble Pie’s A&M debut album, these two were played an obscene amount of times wherever 00individual was at the time. Both had that world-class combo of irresistible slower blues and superb hard rockin’ blues, great vocals and a timely groove.
The Tribe I ran with back then were all into Savoy Brown from “Getting to the Point” on up through “Hellbound Train” – 00individual’s favorites besides “Looking In” were “A Step Further” and “Blue Matter”. All three were excellent “vibe” albums that really defined a time when we all grooved to the same albums. There are so many albums that captured those ambient moments; check out the
Top 69 Historic & Classic 1960s Rock Albums and the Top 79 Historic & Classic 1970s Rock Albums for a photo list of albums – (click titles for reviews) – that served as stone representation of an era.
While this incarnation of Savoy Brown did not have the gritty soul vocals of Chris Youlden; Lonesome Dave provided an excellent vocal transition. However, after this album the majority of the band; Roger Earl – drums, Tone Stevens – bass and Dave Peverett – guitar, split from lead guitarist and founder of Savoy Brown, Kim Simmonds, to form Foghat, with Rod Price taking the lead guitar position. Foghat’s first album was yet another instant fun classic sounding very much like a perfect follow-up to “Looking In” and even recording that album’s extended Hard Rock Blues “Leaving Again (Again)”.
There are some sublime licks, hooks and riffs throughout on this infectious album.
A true Gem among the massive amount of Rock releases of 1970.
Poor Girl 4:05
Money Can’t Save Your Soul 5:30
Sunday Night 5:22
Looking In 5:16
Take It Easy 5:40
Sitting An’ Thinking 2:50
Leavin’ Again 8:26
00individual was on another road trip with two good friends; we had no real destination in mind other than North of L.A. The driver had customized a step-van and turned it into a mobile home. We made it to San Francisco and found out that two of our personal favorite bands at the time were playing the Fillmore West that night! Savoy Brown and Humble Pie! Serendipitous! Groovy!
Our road trip funds were tight and in order to buy the tickets $3.00 each (!) we had to budget and sacrifice food. So we all chipped-in for a bottle of sloe gin and a package of Oreo cookies for our dinner meal before the concert. Hey, it was classic Frisco, but instead of “livin’ on vitamin C and cocaine”, we were “livin’ on Oreos and sloe gin”! That left us enough gas money for our return trip to L.A. – we always brought along enough weed, because we all know that, “Weed will get you through times of no cash, better than cash will get you through times of no weed!”
Once inside the Fillmore, the lights were low and we grabbed several unused legless chairs (sorta like beach chairs) that were up against the back wall and settled-in on the floor and lit up a joint. I took a hit and passed it on, when it came back to me I took a big hit and mid-way through the inhale a bright flashlight blinded me and all I could hear was, “Alright! Let’s go!”, “C’mon, get up!” Sheesh! Busted, and out of town, what a drag! But then I heard words of relief, “Put the chairs back!” What? “Let’s go, put ‘em back!” I was puzzled, the chairs? We got up and put the legless chairs back where we found them. That may have just been a routine they’d pull on the out-of-towners, but it worked; whip-lashed emotions.
Anyway, the entire concert kicked-ass; Ry Cooder was great; a legend in the making as we all now know. Sea Train were more in league with The Band; great musicians, homespun pieces with violins and flutes, rockin’ all the time, they won us over big-time.
Humble Pie featured songs from their debut release on A&M “Humble Pie” with great cuts like, “Live with Me” and “I’m Ready” – the whole album was a gem. Steve Marriott was an explosive talent with a classic rocker-voice. Humble Pie with Marriott would later hit their peak with “Smokin’” – but tonight they were! Peter Frampton would later go on to create the double album “Frampton Comes Alive!” that was required ownership upon it’s release – that was not a Wayne’s World joke, everyone owned that album and I mean everyone.
SB’s current “Looking’ In” LP was featured as well as songs from “Blue Matter”, such as the rockin’ extended classic, “Louisiana Blues”. Whew!
We were overly-familiar with two out of four bands’ music and this was a big contributing factor to the fun we had that night; and our very close proximity to the stage (Capacity: 1100 ! ) created a party atmosphere for us! Good times!
Epilogue: The only side-effect to our “dinner” of sloe gin and Oreos the night before was that the next morning we all left black oil slick souvenirs in the toilets of San Francisco.
“Looking In” features cool and creepy front and back cover artwork by Jim Baikie.
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