The Spencer Davis Group - Their First LP (1965)

The Spencer Davis Group were a British R&B band active in the mid-60s.

The Spencer Davis Group were formed in Birmingham by Spencer Davis (guitar/harmonica), Steve Winwood (lead vocals/guitar/piano/organ), Muff Winwood (bass) and Pete York (drums). Despite the group being named after Davis, it was obvious from the start that the real star potential lay with young Stevie Winwood (just 16 years old at the time of their first single's release). He possessed an incredible voice which quickly catapulted the group to fame, and led to comparisons with Ray Charles. Not only was he an amazing singer, but he also proved himself a very skilled guitarist and pianist. It was Steve Winwood that made the group stand out from their mid-60s contemporaries (The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Kinks, The Small Faces, etc).
Their first single (a cover of John Lee Hooker's "Dimples") did not chart, but "I Can't Stand It" and their version of "Every Little Bit Hurts" just about did, making it to just outside the Top 40. Though they hadn't quite conquered the singles chart yet, they were getting noticed. Their First LP, released in July 1965 and featuring the first three singles, made it to #6 on the album charts. Stylistically, it was American R&B like most other young British groups were doing at the time, but in comparison to their contemporaries the Spencer Davis Group had a lot more soul in their sound, as can be heared in their renditions of "Every Little Bit Hurts" and "It's Gonna Work Out Fine".

|> The Second Album (1966)
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alber70 said...

Hello, your blog is wonderful!!! I listen many of the discs that you share, but I want listen the discs of The Spencer Davis Group (specially this first lp), but rapidshare is down, would you put it in other web?. Thank you at all. (Alberto from Spain).

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alber70 said...

Thank you!!! At the end I can listen this disc, is a pure british r'n blues from the sixties, in the wave of the first Rolling Stones. You make a great job in your blog, please don't stop!!!