"A Step Further by Savoy Brown was released in August, 1969. I purchased this album, on vinyl, on its original release and do no think a year has gone by when I do not listen to A Step Further. I've owned this masterpiece on vinyl, 8-track, cassette, and CD. It is just that good! By the end of this review you might ask yourself, is this a Savoy Brown review? Let me explain.
Despite its many incarnations the Savoy Brown of our mind is the band fronted by singer, Chris Youlden, who is doing who knows what now a days. (I think he made a foray into cabaret singing, God forbid.) Of the 4 Savoy Brown releases featuring Mr. Youlden, A Step Further, is the best of the lot. He penned much of the music on all 4 albums.
The real gift of A Step Further is Youlden's bluesy, soulful voice. This is not to downplay the band's overall genius, Kim Simmonds and the late Lonesome Dave Peverett's guitar playing are exquisite, but without Youlden's vocals, we are only left with an exceptional blues and boogie band.
Just listen to the opening track, MADE UP MY MIND. What you are hearing is Chris Youlden in all his raw blues power, captured even on the album's cover, Youlden cigar in mouth, beat up top hat on head. A little later on one is treated to the classic British Blues tune, I'M TIRED. Youlden lyrically is telling is he is going to go his own way.
The follow up albums to A Step Further, Raw Sienna, and Looking In, live in the shadow of this much better album. Youlden left the band after Raw Sienna, and the classic Savoy Brown line-up, while still fronted by founder Kim Simmonds, melted away after Looking In and became Foghat.
If you need an introduction into the classic age of Savoy Brown look no further than A Step Further. If you can only own one Savoy Brown CD, then buy A Step Further."
This one still boogies hard...!!!
J. A. de Franša | Espinho, Portugal | 04/29/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes I listen to old records of 30 or 40 years ago to find out, to my dismay, that that the music is hopelessly dated, it just doesn't move me like it did back then. I got this CD after nearly two decades after I last listened to the LP I bought back in 1970 (I still keep it), when I was still in my teens. I'm indeed pleased to confirm this one still boogies as hard as it did back then! Savoy Brown's "A Step Further", just passed the implacable test of time and lives on! "
Life's One Act Play
Mandala Books | 08/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The album is great and features the amazing voice and writing of Youlden and Kim Simmonds searing guitar. Life's One Act Play is a lost classic. I could easily hear Ray Charles doing this song and reinventing it for the masses. It's worth the price of admission alone."
Maybe Not Their Best, But It Made Me Happy
Fred Rayworth | Las Vegas, NV United States | 08/03/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There seemed to be a certain pattern back in the late 60's and early 70's that some of the more adventurous bands would cut an album with studio stuff on one side, and one big long jam on the other. Love did it with Da Capo. Usually these had mixed results.
In this case, Savoy Brown kept a continuity from side A to side B and it all went together very well. There is nothing earth shaking here, but all are good songs, blues based, boogie based, whatever. I still favor Street Corner Talking, but this one is still up there on my list.
I found a vinyl copy in a local record store in Las Vegas and burned it to CD. Not sure what to expect, I just remember seeing that album almost 40 years ago and being intrigued by the cover, especially with Chris Youlden sporting that big fat cigar.
All of the songs seemed vaguely familiar so I'm sure I've heard the album before. However, I never really listened to it until now and I like what I hear. Doesn't blow me away, but it sounds good and is something I'll keep the dust off of in my growing stack of CD's.
Great stuff and I highly recommend it for British blues aficionados, or anyone that is interested in that era. "