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Savoy Brown - 1981 Rock N Roll Warriors

ARTIST: Savoy Brown
ALBUM: Rock N Roll Warriors
LABEL: Capitol/Townhouse (USA), Accord (UK)
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: Kim Simmonds - guitars, vocals * Barry Paul - guitar, vocals * Ralph Mormon - vocals * John Humphrey - bass, vocals * John Sinclair - keyboards * Keith Boyce - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Cold Hearted Woman * 02 Georgie * 03 Bad Breaks * 04 Don't Tell Me I Told You * 05 This Could Be The Night * 06 Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone * 07 Shot Down By Love * 08 Bad Girls (Make Me Feel Good) * 09 Got Love If You Want It * 10 Nobodys Perfect


Another band from the original 60's UK blues explosion, Savoy Brown is considered to be one of the finest of that movement, in part due to the extraordinary guitar work of group leader Kim Simmonds. The group released a seemingly endless number of albums in the boogie 'n blues style followed up by massive tours playing for anyone who would listen. In fact, in the early 70's, they were a huge concert draw in the United States, despite never really having a hit single or big selling album bringing along everyone from KISS to Electric Light Orchestra and Blue Oyster Cult as support. Oh, did I mention three of Savoy Browns's early members went on to form Foghat? A minor detail (lol!), but yeah, Savoy Brown were the real deal, yet as the 1970's wore on blues rock began to lose some of its luster competing with glam rock, punk and disco and by 1981 it had been four years since the last Savoy Brown studio album and change was in the air.

The Songs
The first step in the Savoy Brown metamorphosis was roping in former Bux and Joe Perry Project vocalist Ralph Mormon into the camp. The second was to update the Savoy Brown sound from the tired blues rock of days gone by to a hard rock band early 80's style. Did they succeed? Hell yeah! 'Rock 'N' Roll Warriors' is a superb rock album that never lets up. Mormon is the perfect foil for Simmonds rough and gritty guitar with a good solid set of songs from the opening 'Cold Hearted Woman' to 'Bad Breaks' and the 'I'm in a band and I'm Horny' anthem 'Bad Girls (Make Me Feel Good)' that quickly makes you forget the bands past history as this is a whole other rock 'n' roll animal. In fact some of this material would not have been out of place on the Joe Perry Project debut, leading me to believe that without Mormon, 'Let The Music Do The Talking' would have been a very different record without him. Elements of The Faces, AC/DC and The Boyzz can also be found on the record making this a must have for rock fans of any persuasion.

In Summary
Of course, more heavy touring followed this record and the band even received some airplay in the US with 'Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone' as well as seeing the LP chart, but there was no follow-up after the record and Savoy Brown disappeared once again. A shame since 'Rock 'N' Roll Warriors' held such promise. These days Kim Simmonds continues to tour playing blues and classic rock festivals around the world, but whatever happened to Ralph Mormon?

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#1 | dangerzone on April 27 2007 21:18:35
Truer words were never spoken here. Great piece of rock and roll, especially 'Dont Tell Me I Told You' which is full steam ahead boogie!

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