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The Spencer Davis Group: Taking Out Time 1967-1969

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With the loss of Stevie Winwood, the Spencer Davis Group were just another rock band. But that didn't keep them from marching onwards until the end of the decade, with a few more personnel changes. This compilation of 20 previously unreleased tracks is taken from radio/TV broadcasts and studio outtakes, as well as their near-complete unreleased 1969 album, Letters From Edith. The 1967-1968 cuts are middling pop-flavored psychedelia that's heavy on the organ-guitar combination, with the odd slice of above-average material ("With Their New Face On") and strange stylistic detour (a couple of Jimmy Webb songs). Guitarist Ray Fenwick comes to the fore as songwriter on the Letters From Edith sessions. This finds them groping for a style -- some country-rock here, a bit of jazzy funk there, and some lowest-common-denominator psych-prog as well -- without much success, though the jazz-soul instrumental organ showcase "Firefly" isn't bad. ~ Richie Unterberger


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