Artist: Chicken Shack Title Of Album: The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions Year Of Release: 2005 Label: Sony BMG Genre: Blues/Rock, British Blues
Formed and led by guitarist/vocalist Stan Webb, Chicken Shack were one of the first bands to be signed to the Blue Horizon label in the mid-'60s. As of this compilation's release in 2006, Webb was still fronting a version of the group. While never attaining any success in the States, Chicken Shack were well known in the U.K., with fleeting success second only to John Mayall and labelmates Fleetwood Mac. Webb's Freddie King-styled guitar and vocalist/pianist Christine Perfect's (later McVie) singing were the major draws to this second-tier British blues band, but neither were strong enough to carry the group's success to the U.S. market. This three-disc set collects the band's entire output for the imprint from 1967-1969 and includes alternate takes, singles, and B-sides (56 tracks in all), and also features terrific liner notes by label head/producer Mike Vernon. Perfect stayed for two of four releases for the label, exiting before the recording of 1969's 100 Ton Chicken. Hence she appears on about half of this disc, leaving after the U.K. hit single "I'd Rather Go Blind." Webb's often wobbly but amiable singing is an acquired taste, so Perfect's husky, smooth vocals and classy blues piano runs were major contributions to the band, and strong points they never adequately replaced. Occasional use of horns distinguished Chicken Shack from both Mac and Savoy Brown, another band very much in the Shack style and one with whom they swapped members. These three discs include the contents of four albums and assorted singles, with much of this music hard to obtain. The remastering is excellent, too, and it's safe to say that Chicken Shack have never sounded better. But the band wasn't strong or innovative enough to maintain interest over these four albums, making this all-inclusive set essential only for fans, collectors, and those looking to research the roots of Christine Perfect's pre-Fleetwood Mac sultry blues-tinged pop. Everyone else can make due with 2004's The Very Best of Chicken Shack, a single disc that cherry-picks the better tunes from the Blue Horizon era.
CD 1: 01. It's Okay with Me Baby 02. When My Left Eye Jumps 03. Letter 04. Lonesome Whistle Blues 05. When the Train Comes Back 06. San-Ho-Zay 07. King of the World 08. See See Baby 09. First Time I Met the Blues 10. Webbed Feet 11. You Ain't No Good 12. What You Did Last Night 13. Hey Baby 14. Baby's Got Me Crying 15. Right Way Is My Way 16. Get Like You Used to Be 17. Pony and Trap 18. Tell Me 19. Woman Is the Blues 20. When the Train Comes Back [Single Version]
CD 2: 01. Worried About My Woman 02. Six Nights in Seven 03. I Wanna See My Baby 04. Remngton Ride 05. Fishing in Your River 06. Mean Old World 07. Sweet Sixteen 08. I'd Rather Go Blind 09. Night Life 10. Road of Love 11. Look Ma, I'm Cryin' 12. Evelyn 13. Reconsider Baby 14. Weekend Love 15. Midnight Hour 16. Tears in the Wind 17. Horse & Cart 18. Way It Is 19. Still Worried About My Woman 20. Anji
CD 3: 01. Smartest Girl in Town 02. Hideaway 03. Things You Put Me Through 04. Diary of Your Life 05. Pocket 06. Never Ever 07. Sad Clown 08. Maudie 09. Telling Your Fortune 10. Tired Eyes 11. Some Other Time 12. Going Round 13. Andalucian Blues 14. You Knew You Did You Did 15. She Didn't Use Her Loaf 16. Maudie [Single Version]