Savoy Brown, Kings Of Boogie

Don Waller

By Don Waller

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Kings Of Boogie

Savoy Brown

Founded by guitarist Kim Simmonds in 1966, English blues band Savoy Brown boogied endlessly and — once lead singer Chris Youlden split and Lonesome Dave Peverett, Tone Stevens and Roger Earl left to become three-fourths of Foghat — changed personnel frequently. Originally released in 1989, this album features vocalist Dave Walker — whose first stint in the band began with 1971's Street Corner Talking — back in the lineup. Bookended by the '50s-rock-revisited title track and the closing Ray Charles homage "Until the Sky Fades Away," the rest of the disc finds Simmonds & Co. somewhere between a hard rock and a blues place. Echoes of Santana, Dire Straits, Golden Earring, AC/DC and Stevie Ray Vaughan — and those synthetic period production touches — aside, budding fret-grinders may appreciate Simmonds 'thick, distinctive tone and direct, muscular phrasing more than most.