Monday, January 7, 2019

Andy Fairweather Low - La Booga Rooga (1975 uk, great funky rock, 2006 japan remaster)

Andy Fairweather Low was born in Cardiff, Wales, Fairweather Low formed Amen Corner in the mid-'60s, for which he served as lead singer. The group scored six U.K. hits from 1967 to 1969, the biggest of which was the number one "(If Paradise Is) Half as Nice." Its success put Fairweather Low's attractive face on the bedroom walls of teenage girls all over Britain. Amen Corner broke up at the end of the '60s and evolved into the more progressive Fair Weather, which scored a hit with "Natural Sinner" in 1970, but broke up in 1971.

Fairweather Low retired for several years, but returned as a solo artist in 1974 , "La Booga Rooga" is his most successful record, this continues his eclectic approach, starting off with the steel guitar-drenched cover "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" and also featuring the cocktail lounge pop of "Champagne Melody" and the funky title track (a U.K. hit for the Surprise Sisters), plus his biggest solo single, the whimsical "Wide Eyed and Legless." 

Fairweather Low made a series of albums through 1980, reaching the U.K. Top Ten with the singles "Reggae Tune" and "Wide Eyed and Legless." Gradually, however, he began to work as a sideman to more prominent British musicians, notably ex-Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters, and with the ARMS benefit group in 1987. He toured Japan with George Harrison and Eric Clapton in 1991 and has since been part of Clapton's backup band. Fairweather Low began touring with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings and, in 2006, hit the road again with Waters for the Dark Side of the Moon Tour. 
by William Ruhlmann
1. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It (Clarence Williams)  - 3:11
2. Jump Up And Turn Around  - 4:04
3. Halfway To Everything  - 4:03
4. La Booga Rooga  - 4:12
5. Champagne Melody  - 3:32
6. If That's What It Takes  - 3:30
7. 8 Ton Crazy  - 3:31
8. Grease It Up  - 3:10
9. Wide Eyed And Legless  - 4:01
10.Inner City Highwayman  - 4:42
All songs by Andy Fairweather Low, except where noted

*Andy Fairweather Low - Guitar, Vocals
*Bud Beade - Saxophone
*John Bundrick - Keyboards
*Doreen Chanter - Backing Vocals
*Irene Chanter - Backing Vocals
*B. J. Cole - Steel Guitar
*John David - Bass, Backing Vocals
*Joe Egan - Backing Vocals
*Georgie Fame - Keyboards
*Benny Gallagher - Vocals, Accordion
*Steve Gregory - Horn
*Jimmy Jewell - Saxophone
*Glyn Johns - Cabasa
*Kenney Jones - Drums
*Bernie Leadon - Guitar, Banjo
*Graham Lyle - Backing Vocals
*Dave Mattacks - Drums
*Gerry Rafferty - Backing Vocals
*Brian Rogers - String Αrrangements
*Bruce Rowland - Drums
*Barry St. John - Backing Vocals
*Liza Strike - Backing Vocals
*Eddie Tan Tan Thornton - Trumpet
*Joanne Williams - Backing Vocals

1969  Amen Corner - If Paradise Was Half As Nice/The Immediate Anthology (double disc plus bonus live tracks) 

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