Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Elvin Bishop - Struttin' My Stuff (1975 us, fine southern funky blues rock, 2013 japan SHM remaster)



Shortly after recording this show for the King Biscuit Flower Hour in April 1976, Elvin Bishop, along with his current album at that time, Struttin' My Stuff, made it to the #2 position on the Billboard pop chart and went gold (thanks, in large part, to its hit single, "Fooled Around And Fell In Love"). The single was already a hit, but it was this Biscuit show that gave Bishop his first extensive national radio exposure.

In addition to Elvin Bishop himself on guitar and vocals, the group featured on his recording was made up of bassist Fly Brooks, keyboardist Bill Slais, second guitarist Johnny Vernazza, drummer Donny Baldwin and vocalists Reni Slais and Mickey Thomas. Thomas, who had charted his first international hit as the singer on "Fooled Around," would emerge two years later (along with Baldwin) as a member of rock-revamped Jefferson Starship, with whom they would reach superstar status, thanks to hits like "Find Your Way Back" and "We Built This City." 
Tracks
1. Struttin' My Stuff (Philip Aaberg, Elvin Bishop ) - 4:09
2. Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey (Philip Aaberg, Elvin Bishop, Mickey Thomas) - 3:30
3. My Girl (Smokey Robinson, Ronald White) - 3:05
4. I Love The Life I Lead - 2:29
5. Fooled Around And Fell In Love - 4:35
6. Holler And Shout - 3:11
7. Slick Titty Boom - 5:00
8. Grab All The Love - 2:52
9. Have A Good Time - 2:30
10.Joy - 4:02
11.Silent Night (Traditional Arr. Elvin Bishop) - 4:00
12.Silent Night (Instrumental) - 4:15
All songs by Elvin Bishop except where stated
Bonus tracks 11-12

Personnel
*Elvin Bishop - Rhythm, Slide Guitar, Vocals
*Donny Baldwin - Congas, Drums, Percussion, Vocals
*Philip Aaberg - Clavinet, Keyboards, Piano
*Michael Brooks - Bass
*Terry Hanck - Tenor Saxophone
*Mike Keck - Keyboards, Organ, Piano
*Bill Slais - Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocals
*Mickey Thomas - Vocals
*John Vernazza - Rhythm, Slide Guitar, Vocals

1969-70/72  Party Till The Cows Come Home
1974  Elvin Bishop - Let It Flow
1977  Live! Raisin' Hell (2012 remaster)

with Paul Butterfield Blues Band
1964  The Original Lost Elektra Sessions
1965  The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
1966  East West
1966-68  Strawberry Jam

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