Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
The CD insert contains a rare photo of the band at a gig, featuring Stevie Winwood at the organ to the fore, with Spencer Davis on rhythm guitar clearly visible behind him:
Track 3 on the CD is “Every Little Bit Hurts”. This is a slow blues, with softer vocals and faultless accompaniment. It is actually quite beautiful in its own way.
Track 4 is a bit odd, titled “This Hammer”, and claims to be a group composition, i.e. it is credited to all four members of the band. There is only one other track on the album to have this distinction, and it too is a little odd, and we shall come to it in due course. I had previously come across the song as one titled “Railroad” on the first and eponymous album by Panama Limited Jug Band [see way above], which was admittedly released about 5 years after the Spencer Davis rendition. However, as with all the songs on the Panama Limited LP, it is there described as “traditional”, and it certainly sounds like that. I do not know the truth of the matter, but my belief is that it is traditional song, and one the Spencer Davis Group merely claimed to have thought up, as nobody was going to challenge them. The song is a rollicking, railroad classic 12 bar blues, and sounds splendid here, but I do prefer the Panama Limited version.
More next time.