Monday, December 14, 2009

Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - It Should've Been Me (1965)


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Zoot Money was one of British rock 'n' roll's homebound heroes -- admired, respected and sought after by his colleagues, and able to fill halls nightly in England, he never managed to sell lots of records, even in England. Born in Bournemouth in 1942 with the name George Bruno Money, he grew up in an Italian-immigrant (but, on his father's side, English-descended) family. He was musically inclined from an early age and his first instrument, taken up at school, was the French horn -- he also sang in the choir as a boy. During the mid-1950's, he discovered rhythm-and-blues and its younger offshoot, rock 'n' roll, which quickly consumed his interest in music -- he switched to the keyboard under the inspiration of Jerry Lee Lewis and ... Read More...
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Zoot Money's debut LP, released on EMI's Columbia label in 1965, represents a side of the British Invasion that never quite took hold on U.S. shores -- steeped in American R&B but offering a sextet's attack on saxes and organ, theirs wasn't enough of a guitar-oriented sound to get a fair hearing in the U.S., though the guitarist here is Andy Somers (aka Andy Summers, who takes a hot solo on "Along Came John"). That doesn't mean it's not worth hearing, even 40 years later -- the renditions of numbers written by or associated with James Brown ("I'll Go Crazy"), Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson ("Back Door Blues"), et al., knocked off in a single day's recording, is superb R&B regardless of its point of origin, and might even (and might still) turn a head or two. The big surprise, however, may be the gently swinging reinterpretation of Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Rock and Roller," which manages to successfully straddle a couple of major music stylistic eras. And the Paul Williams-sung "Rags and Old Iron" is a dark, brilliant blues showcase for saxman Clive Burrows and Money's organ, as well as Williams' pipes.
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1. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - I'll Go Crazy (3:44)
2. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Jump Back (2:18)
3. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Alone Came John (4:56)
4. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Back Door Blues (6:13)
5. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - It Should've Been Me (2:56)
6. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller (2:59)
7. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - My Wife Can't Cook (4:52)
8. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Rags And Old Iron (3:34)
9. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Cat (3:34)
10. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Feelin' Sad (6:22)
11. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Bright Lights Big City (4:59)
12. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Fina (2:50)
13. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Uncle Willie (2:54)
14. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Good (2:25)
15. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Bring It Home To Me (3:42)
16. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Please Stay (3:40)
17. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - You Know You'll Cry (3:13)
18. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Something Is Worrying Me (2:56)
19. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Stubborn Kind Of Fellow (2:19)
20. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Big Time Operator (2:42)
21. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - Zoot's Sermon (3:52)
22. Zoot Money's Big Roll Band - It Should've Been Me (alternate take) (2:48)

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