Otis Waygood Blues Band

Original album cover

album cover

2001 CD release

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Tracks:

  1. You're Late Miss Kate (Deefore/Hitzfield) [2.08]
  2. Watch an' Chain (Trad arr. R Zipper/A Zipper/
    M Jackson/I Rubenstein/L Sager) [4.33]
  3. So Many Ways (R Zipper) [3.48]
  4. I Can't Keep From Crying (Blind Willie Johnson) [6.03]
  5. Fever (Davenport/Cooley) [4.21]
  6. Wee Wee Baby (Trad arr. R Zipper/A Zipper/
    M Jackson/I Rubenstein/L Sager) [2.50]
  7. Better Off On My Own (R Zipper/A Zipper) [2.59]
  8. Help Me (Willie Dixon/Ralph Bass) [5.01]
  9. I'm Happy (R Zipper) [2.42]

    Bonus tracks on CD re-issue (from Ten Light Claps And A Scream):
  10. Devil Bones (Otis Waygood/Harry Poulos) [3.15]
  11. You Can Do (part 1) (Otis Waygood) [4.20]
  12. You Can Do (part 2) (Otis Waygood) [4.30]

Musicians:

  • Rob Zipper: Vocals, guitars, saxophones
  • Ivor Rubenstein: Vocals, percussion
  • Leigh Sagar: Guitars, organ
  • Martin Jackson: Vocals, flute
  • Alan Zipper: Bass

    A Clive Calder production
    Engineered by Leo Lagerway

Release information:

LP: 1970, EMI Parlophone, PCSJ (D) 12063
CD: 22 January 2001, Retro Fresh, Fresh CD109

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Comments:

Very boring cover! Long before Metallica or Prince had "black albums", Otis Waygood had this cover which was a gatefold and folded open to reveal... more black! The January 2001 CD re-issue has a much more interesting cover.

'I Can't Keep From Crying' was written by Blind Willie Johnson and not by John Renbourn as listed on album cover.
-- Shiloh Noone
Freak Emporium Website: Excellent album from one of South Africa's best kept secrets, this is slow acid blues with amazing fuzz guitars and gentle passages with flute playing to die for. Long extended jams on certain tracks get heavier and heavier much like the way Grand Funk built on slower tracks like 'I'm Your Captain'. Co-incidently the album was produced by Clive Calder who also played keyboards with the band after working with said band. Tracks 1-9 are from the self titled debut while 10-12 are from the dark 1971 album 'Ten Light Claps and a Scream'. Highly recommended.

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