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Spencer Davis Group
Gimme Some Lovin': live 1966 DVD
Cherry Red Films

The late 60s were a time filled with English bands who had discovered the American blues and were transforming the sound into something uniquely British, and thus was born the British Invasion. Near the front of that invasion was a band of Brits fronted by the legendary Welshman Spencer Davis. The band was most well known in my circles for producing the incredible talents of Steve Winwood, but also included Steve's brother Muff, and superb drummer Pete York. The Winwood brothers departed the band not long after this concert was filmed, but the Spencer Davis Group continued to write and perform for years after.

The performance on Gimme Some Lovin' was recorded in 1966 in Denmark (I think) for a television show and clearly showcases the influence that the blues had in the music of Britain at the time.. Included amidst the performance is a short interview with the band where Steve and Spencer reveal, among other things, their love of American Appalachian mountain music… which the Danes find extremely humorous. The performance is spectacular, with a good deal of blues classics being represented, including a spectacularly soulful version of "Mean Woman Blues". The band performs a splendid version of Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind", with Steve Winwood sounding more soulful than I believe he ever has since. This was long before he was making waves with the newly emerging synthesis technology, and was instead one of the youngest and most soulful of the British singers - Amazing pipes for a Birmingham kid, that's sure. "Gimme Some Lovin" is another exceptional performance featuring the strong keyboards of Steve Winwood (an inkling of what was to come in the next 25 years) and the brilliant drumming of Pete York (who sites Buddy Rich as one of his favorite drummers). The show wraps up with a nice heavy beat version of "Keep On Running", thick with distorted guitars and brilliant vocal harmonies.

Also included on the DVD is the 1967 film documentary With Their New Face On. This film was shot mostly in the recording studio after Steve and Muff Winwood had departed the band, and offers a cool bit of insight into the future of the band.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. When I Come Home
2. Dust My Blues
3. Mean Woman Blues
4. interview
5. Together Till The End Of Time
6. I'm a Man
7. Georgia On My Mind
8. Gimme Some Lovin'
9. Keep On Running

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