Savoy Brown – Looking In (1970)

Artist Credit
David Anstey Artwork
Roger Earl Arranger, Drums
Owen Finnegan Congas, Percussion
Anthony Hawkins Remastering
Eric Holand Engineer
Lonesome Dave Vocals
Lonesome Dave Peverett Arranger, Composer, Guitar, Vocals
Savoy Brown Primary Artist
Kim Simmonds Arranger, Composer, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Producer
Tone Stevens Arranger, Bass, Composer
Tony Stevens Bass, Percussion
John Tracy Coordination, Liner Notes, Research
Paul Tregurtha Engineer

Savoy Brown’s blues-rock sound takes on a much more defined feel on 1970’s Looking In and is one of this band’s best efforts. Kim Simmonds is utterly bewildering on guitar, while Lonesome Dave Peverett does a fine job taking over lead singing duties from Chris Youlden who left halfway through the year. But it’s the captivating arrangements and alluring ease of the music that makes this a superb listen. The pleading strain transformed through Simmonds’ guitar on “Money Can’t Save Your Soul” is mud-thick with raw blues, and the comfort of “Sunday Night” is extremely smooth and laid back. “Take It Easy” sounds like it could have been a B.B. King tune as it’s doused with relaxed guitar fingering. The entire album is saturated with a simple, British blues sound but the pace and the marbled strands of bubbly instrumental perkiness fill it with life. Even the Yardbirds-flavored “Leaving Again” is appealing with its naïve hooks, capped off with a heart-stopping guitar solo. This album along with Street Corner Talking best exemplify Savoy Brown’s tranquilizing style.

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