(2005) The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions

Chicken Shack

... read moreFormed and led by guitarist/vocalist Stan Webb, Chicken Shack were one of the first bands to be signed to the Blue Horizon label in the mid-'60s. As of this compilation's release in 2006, Webb was still fronting a version of the group. While never attaining any success in the States, Chicken Shack...

03:14′:19″ 56 Songs

Disk 1

1
It's Ok With Me Baby
Chicken Shack
2:37
2
When My Left Eye Jumps
Chicken Shack
6:27
3
The Letter
Chicken Shack
4:26
4
Lonesome Whistle Blues
Chicken Shack
3:01
5
When The Train Comes Back
Chicken Shack
3:31
6
San-Ho-Zay
Chicken Shack
3:03
7
King Of The World
Chicken Shack
4:59
8
See See Baby
Chicken Shack
2:22
9
First Time I Met The Blues
Chicken Shack
6:24
10
Webbed Feet
Chicken Shack
2:52
11
You Ain't No Good
Chicken Shack
3:35
12
What You Did Last Night
Chicken Shack
4:38
13
Hey Baby
Chicken Shack
3:39
14
Baby's Got Me Crying
Chicken Shack
2:26
15
The Right Way Is My Way
Chicken Shack
1:58
16
Get Like You Used To Be
Chicken Shack
3:07
17
Pony And Trap
Chicken Shack
3:01
18
Tell Me
Chicken Shack
4:36
19
A Woman Is The Blues
Chicken Shack
2:56
20
When The Train Comes Back (Single Version)
Chicken Shack
3:34

Disk 2

1
Worried About My Woman
Chicken Shack
2:35
2
Six Nights In Seven
Chicken Shack
4:55
3
I Wanna See My Baby
Chicken Shack
3:28
4
Remington Ride
Chicken Shack
2:49
5
Fishing In Your River
Chicken Shack
4:25
6
Mean Old World
Chicken Shack
3:12
7
Sweet Sixteen
Chicken Shack
6:04
8
I'd Rather Go Blind
Chicken Shack
3:13
9
Night Life
Chicken Shack
5:20
10
The Road Of Love
Chicken Shack
3:29
11
Look Ma, I'm Cryin'
Chicken Shack
3:23
12
Evelyn
Chicken Shack
4:15
13
Reconsider Baby
Chicken Shack
3:20
14
Weekend Love
Chicken Shack
2:11
15
Midnight Hour
Chicken Shack
2:52
16
Tears In The Wind
Chicken Shack
2:41
17
Horse & Cart
Chicken Shack
3:34
18
The Way It Is
Chicken Shack
4:24
19
Still Worried About My Woman
Chicken Shack
3:08
20
Anji
Chicken Shack
1:36

Disk 3

1
Smartest Girl In Town
Chicken Shack
3:08
2
Hideaway
Chicken Shack
5:06
3
The Things You Put Me Through
Chicken Shack
3:51
4
Diary Of Your Life
Chicken Shack
3:03
5
Pocket
Chicken Shack
3:21
6
Never Ever
Chicken Shack
2:41
7
Sad Clown
Chicken Shack
2:39
8
Maudie
Chicken Shack
2:51
9
Telling Your Fortune
Chicken Shack
4:20
10
Tired Eyes
Chicken Shack
2:03
11
Some Other Time
Chicken Shack
3:04
12
Going Round
Chicken Shack
2:29
13
Andalucian Blues
Chicken Shack
2:18
14
You Knew You Did You Did
Chicken Shack
2:23
15
She Didn't Use Her Loaf
Chicken Shack
4:11
16
Maudie (Single Version)
Chicken Shack
2:45
Released 07 November 2005, ℗ 2005 Blue Horizon Records, exclusively licensed to SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (UK) LIMITED

Review

Formed and led by guitarist/vocalist Stan Webb, Chicken Shack were one of the first bands to be signed to the Blue Horizon label in the mid-'60s. As of this compilation's release in 2006, Webb was still fronting a version of the group. While never attaining any success in the States, Chicken Shack were well known in the U.K., with fleeting success second only to John Mayall and labelmates Fleetwood Mac. Webb's Freddie King-styled guitar and vocalist/pianist Christine Perfect's (later McVie) singing were the major draws to this second-tier British blues band, but neither were strong enough to carry the group's success to the U.S. market. This three-disc set collects the band's entire output for the imprint from 1967-1969 and includes alternate takes, singles, and B-sides (56 tracks in all), and also features terrific liner notes by label head/producer Mike Vernon. Perfect stayed for two of four releases for the label, exiting before the recording of 1969's 100 Ton Chicken. Hence she appears on about half of this disc, leaving after the U.K. hit single "I'd Rather Go Blind." Webb's often wobbly but amiable singing is an acquired taste, so Perfect's husky, smooth vocals and classy blues piano runs were major contributions to the band, and strong points they never adequately replaced. Occasional use of horns distinguished Chicken Shack from both Mac and Savoy Brown, another band very much in the Shack style and one with whom they swapped members. These three discs include the contents of four albums and assorted singles, with much of this music hard to obtain. The remastering is excellent, too, and it's safe to say that Chicken Shack have never sounded better. But the band wasn't strong or innovative enough to maintain interest over these four albums, making this all-inclusive set essential only for fans, collectors, and those looking to research the roots of Christine Perfect's pre-Fleetwood Mac sultry blues-tinged pop. Everyone else can make due with 2004's The Very Best of Chicken Shack, a single disc that cherry-picks the better tunes from the Blue Horizon era. ~ Hal Horowitz