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Georgie FAME – Cool Cat Blues 1991

Posted in BLUES, Georgie FAME on December 10, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Georgie FAME – Cool Cat Blues 1991
PPAN009

Blues

(2-LP set) A collection of Blues, Jazz and R&B standards mixed with some originals. This musicians’ musician is backed by a world class band including Steve Gadd, Robben Ford, Richard Tee, Will Lee, Ralph MacDonald, Hugh McCracken and an uber horn sectio

In the ’60s, keyboardist/vocalist Georgie Fame was the mod pop/R&B toast of Swinging London, subsequently dipping below the radar until reemerging as Van Morrison’s bandleader in the ’80s. All the while, though, the jazz side of Fame’s sound became more and more dominant. Emblematic of his latter-day releases, 1991’s COOL CAT BLUES mixes cool jazz, bluesy R&B, and a vocalese-influenced singing style. Fame’s past is represented with a version of Morrison’s “Moondance” and a laid-back remake of his ’60s hit “Yeh Yeh,” but elsewhere he lends his distinctively laconic tone to everything from “Georgia On My Mind” to the Willie Dixon-penned “I Love the Life I Live.”
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I was listening to a London jazz station on the internet and they played Georgie Fame’s version of MOONDANCE. It was just fabulous, so I emailed the DJ to find out more about the artist.
Come to find out, Georgie Fame’s been around longer than me..and that’s saying something. I never heard of him, but I ordered the album solely on the merits of MOONDANCE.
It’s terrific…His cut with Boz Scaggs IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME is super…and, of course, having Van Morrison jam on MOONDANCE is the icing on the cake. I also liked his cut YEAH, YEAH….I can’t remember who did it in the 60’s, but this is every bit as good.
This is happy music…and I listen to it every chance I get.
Enjoy!
By Terry Mathews.
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An anonymous donor sent me this album recently, its title having agonisingly lingered on my wish list for some time. I can only proffer my apologies to Mr Fame for having taken so long to discover this album’s excellence and to my generous benefactor a humble and most appreciative thank you.
Mr Fame is a legend in his own right, with a career spanning some forty years, he needs no introduction. Originally a blues aficionado his skills began to lend to the jazz genre in the early eighties. Mr Fame is indeed a talented man and has that rare pleasure of being not only a first class vocalist but a talented musician too. I’m blessed too have his title “Name Droppin” (Live) and I didn’t really think it could be beat. But of course Mr Fame pulls off excellence with frightening ease time and time again and this album exudes the essence of an album that was a joy to produce. A self-contained and extraordinary album, it flows effortlessly in its excellence from track one to track thirteen all too disappointingly soon.

I normally like to quote my favourite track but dam, aint it so hard to do. Maybe its Moondance but then maybe its Yeah, Yeah …. no its definitely It Should Have Been Me … no wait its Georgia ….. all wonderful classics in their own right and if my humble opinion is worth anything you should stop reading this and go press the purchase button.
By H.J. Standford.
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At last!…British blues legend Georgie Fame finally has his Magnum Opus committed to the stuff we all love. Contained within is a collection of Blues, Jazz and R&B standards mixed with some originals. This musicians’ musician is backed by a world class band including Steve Gadd, Robben Ford, Richard Tee, Will Lee, Ralph MacDonald, Hugh McCracken and an uber horn section.
Fame’s classy, economic Hammond and great voice inspires superb duets with Bozz Scaggs and Richard Tee. Van Morrison, Fame’s erstwhile boss, joins him on “Moondance” and one of his heroes, Jon Hendricks, aids him to fly through “Little Pony”. There is a slowed down, super sexy “Yeah,Yeah” and a blistering take on Willie Dixon’s “I Love The Life I Live”.
If you like Brother Ray, Mose Allison, Hoagy Carmichael, Van the Man, Peggy Lee and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross then you’ll love this. On an audiophile note, this studio album from 1990 was recorded “live” with most tracks done in one or two takes, no overdubs and entirely in the analogue domain. A great album, beautifully recorded, finally done justice on two slabs of 180g by Pure Pleasure.
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Side A
A1. Cool Cat Blues
Georgie Fame, vocal and piano; Richard Tee, organ; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass; Ronnie Cuber, Lawrence Feldman & Bobby Malach, saxophones; horn arrangement by Georgie Fame
A2. Every Knock Is A Boost
Georgie Fame, vocal and organ; Richard Tee, piano; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass; Hugh McCracken, guitar; Ben Sidran, additional vocal & tambourine
A3. Moondance
Georgie Fame, vocal and organ; Van Morrison, vocal; Jon Hendricks, vocal solo; Robben Ford, guitar; Richard Tee, piano; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass; Ralph MacDonald, percussion

Side B:
B1. It Should Have Been Me
Georgie Fame, vocal and organ; Boz Scaggs, vocal; Richard Tee, piano; Robben Ford, guitar; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, boss; Ronnie Cuber, Lawrence Feldman & Bobby Malach, saxophones; horn arrangement by Bob Malach
B2. Yeah Yeah
Georgie Fame, vocol and organ; Richard Tee, piano; Robben Ford, guitar; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass; Ralph MacDonald, percussion
B3. I Love The Life I Live
Georgie Fame, vocal and organ; Richard Tee, piano; Robben Ford, guitar; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass; Ronnie Cuber, Lawrence Feldman, Bob Malach, saxophones; horn arrangemeni by Bob Malach; song arrangement by Robben Ford

Side C:
C1. Big Brother
Georgie Fame, vocal and organ; Richard Tee, piano; Robben Ford, guitar; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass;Bob Malach, sax solo; Ronnie Cuber, Lawrence Feldman, additional saxophones; horn arrangement by Bob Malach
C2. Georgia – Georgie Fame, vocal and organ; Robben Ford, guitar;Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass; Richard Tee, electric piano
C3. Catâ´s Eyes
Georgia Fame, vocal and organ; Richard Tee, piano; Robben Ford, guitar; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass;Ralph MacDonald, percussion; Ronnie Cuber, Lawrence Feldman, Bob Malach, saxophones; horn arrangement by Bob Malach and Georgie Fame

Side D:
D1. You Came A Long Way From St. Louis
Georgie Fame, vocal and organ; Richard Tee, piano; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass; Bob Malach, sax solo
D2. Survival
Georgie Fame, vocal and organ; Richard Tee, piano; Robben Ford, guitar; Bob Malach, saxophone;Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass
D3. Little Pony
Georgie Fame, vocal; Jon Hendricks, vocal; Michael Weiss, piano; Dennis Irwin, bass; Steve Gadd, drums
D4. Rocking Chair
Georgie Fame, vocal; Richard Tee, piano; Robben Ford, guitar; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass
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Georgie FAME & The Blue Flames – Get Away With 1966

Posted in Georgie FAME, JAZZ on November 23, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Georgie FAME & The Blue Flames – Get Away With 1966
2000 Issue.

Jazz

Georgie Fame (b. June 26, 1943) is a British rhythm and blues and jazz singer and keyboard player whose real name is Clive Powell.
Fame was born in Leigh in Lancashire. At sixteen years of age he entered into a management agreement with Larry Parnes, who gave artists new names such as Marty Wilde and Billy Fury. Fame was already playing piano for Billy Fury in a backing band called The Blue Flames, which later became billed as “Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames”. The band had great success with rhythm and blues. Their greatest success was “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” in 1968, which was a number-one hit in the United Kingdom and in the United States; they also had UK number-one hits with “Yeh Yeh” (1965) and “Get Away” (1966). Although he enjoyed regular chart success with singles in the late 60s, it was a peculiar quirk of chart statistics that his only three Top 10 hits all made number one.
Fame continued playing into the 1970s, enjoying a hit with Alan Price (ex-keyboard player of The Animals), “Rosetta”, in 1971. He has also toured as one of the Rhythm Kings, with his friend Bill Wyman playing bass.
From the late 1980s, until the 1997 album The Healing Game he was a core member of Van Morrison’s band, as well as his musical producer, playing keyboards and singing harmony vocals on tracks like “In the Days before Rock ‘n’ Roll”, whilst still recording and touring as an artist in his own right.
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The Very Best of Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames is a good budget-line British collection that features many of Fame’s ’60s hits, including the infectious “Yeh Yeh.” Although it’s far from a comprehensive retrospective, the collection nevertheless is a basic sampler that functions as a nice overview in lieu of the out-of-print Beat Classics.
By Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide.
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Unique 14 Track Anthology of the Recording Heyday of the British Blues/Jazz Oriented Rocking Keyboardist (And Longtime Associate of Van Morrison) who Created a Major Chart Hit with “Yeh Yeh”. He Followed with a Plethora of Albums and Great Renditions of Booker T and the Mg’s “Green Onions”, “Let the Good Times Roll”, “Baby Please Don’t Go” and Many More. This Volume is a Great Budget Collection of his Best.
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Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames were one of a dozen or so bands who were nurtured at The Flamingo Club in London, in the late 1960s. At a time when American classic R&B (James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, early Ray Charles) was available only as expensive imports through a very few record stores, Flamingo artists introduced the music to British audiences. (Note that the Beatles had followed a similar path a few years earlier, introducing British listeners to Tamla-Motown, which also had been unavailable in the UK.) Even bands such as The Who included some R&B in their repertoire during this period; so did Rod Stewart (who appeared a few times at The Flamingo). But the R&B never really broke out of the club scene. Bands such as Zoot Money and Herbie Goins and the Night Timers remained obscure. Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames were the only Flamingo regulars who enjoyed any real national success, and they did it by diluting the R&B with a more pop-flavored product. Thus we have a strange crossbreed: British pop and American R&B that was already out of date when Georgie Fame started playing it. Personally I like the mix–but my nostalgia for that period (when I was a regular at the Flamingo) colors my judgment.
By Charles Platt.
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01. Yeh Yeh    2:48  6,406
02. Green Onions    2:12  1,082
03. Let the Good Times Roll    2:58
04. Sitting in the Park    3:21  276
05. Funny How Time Slips Away    3:30
06. Shop Around    3:39  233
07. Baby Please Don’t Go    2:54  249
08. Get Away    2:33  455
09. Eso Beso    2:44  224
10. In The Meantime    2:34  1,122
11. Sunny    2:35  263
12. Ride Your Pony    2:38  184
13. Night Train    4:30  231
14. I Love The Life I Live    3:21
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