Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Stan Webb's Chicken Shack - That's The Way We Are [1978], album review

Chug and Slide

In anticipation of seeing Stan the Man next month, I am listening to this '78 album, not the Chicken Shack of their prime, and more rock than blues. You'll Be Mine is the strongest for me in sounding like 'classic' Stan [vocally, and I am a fan though many are dismissive] and with a chugging riff [opener The End sets this as a template for most of the whole]. High Cost of Love adds the sax of Dave Winthrop in and around that riff, whilst Doesn't Matter About Me has some brief solo sax in this more pounding rock number, closing on a guitar and sax with effects fade that I would have enjoyed as an extended jam. We get a bit of slide on Sillyness - which it is - and the mainly acoustic Rich Man's Blues. There is a sweet ballad Emily that sounds like it could be The Faces. Shake You Money Maker closes out the album at a pace, with Stan again on slide and displaying some fine licks, Winthrop's sax on accompanying bursts.

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