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Savoy Brown
"Hellbound Train"

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Year of Release: 1972

track listing
  • Doin' Fine
  • Lost And Lonely Child
  • I'll Make Everything
  • Troubled By These Days
    And Times
  • If I Could See An End
  • It'll Make You Happy
  • Hellbound Train

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    "Hellbound Train"

    To best describe Savoy Brown's music, is basically your typical boogie-woogie rock and roll. Savoy Brown featured 3 members (Dave Peverett, Roger Earl and Tony Stevens) would later form another popular rock-n-roll-boogie band, Foghat. Savoy Brown's most well-known album is the 1971 release, Street Corner Talking, which features two popular songs by the band, Tell Mama, and a great remake of The Temptations' Can't Get Next To You. The follow-up to this album, their 1972 release, Hellbound Train, is just as good as their predecessor album.

    The album leads off with a good boogie rocking song, Doin' Fine. It's very bouncy, and gets you going. Lost And Lonely Child is a much slower number, with a 1960s progressive/psychedelic feel. This song has a sound similar to the rock band Traffic.

    I'll Make Everything Alright is another boogie song, but I kind of like Doin' Fine a bit better. Alright is a good song though, as it features a cool organ solo, kind of like Ray Manzarek of The Doors, when The Doors recorded two albums after Jim Morrison died (Other Voices, Full Circle).

    Troubled By These Days And Times is another slow ballad, and this one has a gospel touch to it, with the piano and organ sounds heard in church-gospel songs. This one kind of reminds me of the very early years of Joe Cocker's career, and the vocal style reminds me of the soulful ballads of David Clayton-Thomas & Blood, Sweat & Tears. This song is very impressive from a band known for only playing boogie rock & roll.

    If I Could See An End returns the band in their boogie-woogie rock form. Like Doin' Fine, it's another groovin' head-bouncing tune.

    It'll Make You Happy has some soul in it, as this one is rock mixed with blues, as in the style of a slow blues tune by Steppenwolf. It also features some cool keyboard organ work. Lastly, the title track is mostly a slow rock number that has a instrumental jam at the end, and the comparison style of this song is that of Paul Rodgers & Bad Company.

    Hellbound Train is a very impressive album to listen to. It doesn't have as many rockin' boogie tunes, but the slow songs heard here are just as great as the boogie numbers found on this album. All in all, this album is a runner-up to their best album, Street Corning Talking, and if you're a fan of late-Sixties early-Seventies music, you will not be disappointed.

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