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1-CD with 18-page booklet, 20 tracks. Total playing time 59:15 minutes. Recorded at London’s... more

Alex Harvey: Alex Harvey & His Soul Band (CD)

1-CD with 18-page booklet, 20 tracks. Total playing time 59:15 minutes.

Recorded at London’s Lansdowne studios in August 1964, but never commercially released! Until now, in 1999 on Bear Family Records! On this CD you will find the session in ist entirity, with he addition of several bonus tracks. This album features Alex Harvey and his Soul Band and in many ways complements his superb first album.


This CD album contains a mixture of R&B standards such as Shakin’ All Over and Tutti Frutti together with self-penned numbers.
By September 1965 had disbanded the Big Soul Band and recorded for Fontana before leaving the music business for a while, desillusioned.

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  • Interpret: Alex Harvey

  • Album titlle: Alex Harvey & His Soul Band (CD)

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code AH
  • Genre Beat

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127163028

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Harvey, Alex - Alex Harvey & His Soul Band (CD) CD 1
01 The Liverpool Scene
02 Shout
03 What's Wrong With Me Baby?
04 Reelin' And Rockin'
05 The Canoe Song
06 The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot
07 Hoochie Coochie Man
08 Long Long Gone
09 My Kind Of Lovin'
10 Outskirts Of Town
11 Parchman Farm
12 Penicillin Blues
13 Shakin' All Over
14 Sticks And Stones
15 Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby
16 Ten A Penny
17 Tutti Frutti
18 You Ain't No Good To Me
19 You Are My Sunshine
20 You've Put A Spell On Me
Alex Harvey Alex Harvey was born in February 1935 in the Gorbals district of Glasgow, an... more
"Alex Harvey"

Alex Harvey

Alex Harvey was born in February 1935 in the Gorbals district of Glasgow, an area that had the reputation as the toughest area of that Scottish city. In 1964 he made his first musical appearance playing trumpet at a private event. This led to a position ina  Dixieland jazz band. Alex’s other influences included Woody Guthrie and Jimmie Rodgers. In 1955 he met saxophonist Bill Patrick and joined Bill’s Big Band or Clyde River Jazz Band, a trad jazz combo. They also appeared as the Kansas City Skiffle Group. With the dawn of rock ’n’ roll music they changed their name to the Kansas City Counts and played a mix of r’n’r coupled with more modern jazz.

 

In 1956, Alex won a local talent competition and was soon paraded as Scotland’s answer to Tommy Steele. During the late 1950s, the Counts became the Alex Harvey Big Band and, later, Alex Harvey’s Big Soul Band as the band was playing R&B music in the style of the Isley Brothers, Ray Charles and Bo Diddley.  They backed US stars like Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and even John Lee Hooker, playing all over Scotland and England.

In 1963 they got a contract at Hamburg’s famous Top Ten Club. It was the time of the Beatles, and Alex followed their lead and record several songs in Hamburg at the Polydor Studios.

On February 6th, 1964 Alex Harvey’s Big Soul Band made their London debut at the 100 Club in Oxford Street. After recording a weird ’Blues’ album with his brother and an album with his band that remained unreleased until 1999 when Bear Family Records put it out, Alex left the music buisness and returned to Scotland in 1966. About a year later, Alex moved south to again to London, which by now was in the throes of flower-power. He formed a psychedelic group, Giant Moth, which released two unsuccessful singles, before disbanding. 

Alex moved on to become a member of the backing band for the musical ’Hair’ and released a progressive rock album in 1969, ’Roman Wall Blues’. Then he began working with a jazz group called Rock Workshop.

After the death of his brother Les (electrocuted on stage), Alex teamed up with members of the Glasgow group, Tear Gas, and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band came into being. Once more, Alex became a celebrity. Even when the band split up, he continued to tour until he tragically died of a heart attack on February 4, 1982 in Belgium.

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18 May 2017

The early days of Alex Harvey

Brilliant rockin' British R'n'B bonanza! The early recordings - never expected that Harvey did such great Rock 'n' Roll stuff! My favorites are 'Reelin' And Rockin', 'Take Out Some Insurance', 'What's Wrong With Me Baby' and 'Outskirts Of Town'! Highly recommended!

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Tracklist
Harvey, Alex - Alex Harvey & His Soul Band (CD) CD 1
01 The Liverpool Scene
02 Shout
03 What's Wrong With Me Baby?
04 Reelin' And Rockin'
05 The Canoe Song
06 The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot
07 Hoochie Coochie Man
08 Long Long Gone
09 My Kind Of Lovin'
10 Outskirts Of Town
11 Parchman Farm
12 Penicillin Blues
13 Shakin' All Over
14 Sticks And Stones
15 Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby
16 Ten A Penny
17 Tutti Frutti
18 You Ain't No Good To Me
19 You Are My Sunshine
20 You've Put A Spell On Me