Soul Band
Release Date 1964

Album track listings are courtesy Athanasia Vamvaka: album cover courtesy John Dore'.

Side One
I Ain't Worrying Baby
Backwater Blues
Let The Good Times Roll
Going Home
I've Got My Mojo Working
Teens Ville USA

Side Two
New Orleans
Bo Diddley is A Gunslinger
When I Grow To Old To Rock
Evil Hearted Man
I Just Wanna Make Love To You
The Blind Man

CD version (Catalog # - G479883 [German] Release Date - 1999/05/04 )

  1-The liverpool Scene
  3-What's Wrong With Me Baby?
  4-Reelin' and Rockin'
  5-The Canoe Song
  6-The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot
  7-Hoochie Coochie Man
  8-Long Long Gone
  9-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

All-Music Guide REVIEW

He would come to fame in the 1970s for offering eccentric, theatrical rock, but Alex Harvey came from an R&B background that was, like so many other groups from the British Isles, cultivated by long residences in Hamburg, Germany. This LP was apparently the first full-blown rock & roll album by a Scottish artist, and though it hardly stands up as one of the era's major statements, it's likable enough in its own way. Apparently the backing group on this recording -- made at a Hamburg club, or simulated to sound like a show -- doesn't feature the actual Soul Band, but musicians from the obscure Liverpool group Kingsize Taylor And The Dominoes. Anyway, the music is pretty standard British R&B, perhaps a bit more soul-oriented than most, including horns. The set features some "usual suspect" covers -- "Let The Good Times Roll," "I Just Wanna Make Love To You," "New Orleans," "I've Got My Mojo Working" -- along with less well-traveled warhorses. Standouts include the sax-driven instrumental "Teensville USA" and the acoustic blues "The Blind Man." A pleasant, though not trailblazing, historical document with warm and sincere vocals by Alex. A German version of this album, oddly, includes a bonus studio track from the same era, a scorching cover of Chuck Berry's "Reeling And Rocking" that's better than anything on the original LP. - Richie Unterberger

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photo courtesy Colin Cattanach

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