Stereo Death Breakdown


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At the height of the British blues boom in the late 1960s, a handful of musicians emerged who re-interpreted the acoustic country blues of the 1920s and ’30s. Championed by Radio 1 DJs John Peel, Mike Raven and Alexis Korner, and the music press of the day like Melody Maker, the most successful names were soon snapped up by major labels. So in the winter of 1968/’69, Ian Anderson assembled a lively country blues band for his debut album Stereo Death Breakdown, gigging exhaustively alongside household name electric bands and visiting blues legends like Mississippi Fred McDowell.

Lost in later transit, the master tapes of Stereo Death Breakdown were long thought to be gone forever, but detective work by Fledg’ling Records eventually unearthed them in the vault where they’d been carefully stored. So here, re-mastered from the original tapes and with two extra tracks from a contemporary session, is a long-lost British blues collectors’ item, which was finally re-issued just in time for its 40th anniversary.


released April 13, 2014

1 Get In That Swing
2 Little Boy Blue
3 (My Babe She Ain’t Nothing But A Doggone) Crazy Fool Mumble
4 New Lonesome Day
5 Short Haired Woman Blues
6 Hot Times
7 Stereo Death Breakdown
8 When I Get To Thinking
9 Way Up On Your Tree
10 Break ‘Em On Down
11 That’s Alright
12 Baby Bye You Bye
13 Put It In A Frame
14 Stop And Listen

Ian Anderson: National and 12-string guitars, vocals
Chris Turner: harmonica (1-12)
Bob Rowe: bass guitar
Bob Hall (a.k.a. Big Sunflower): piano
‘Harmonica Annie’ Matthews: vocal (4)
Ron Needes: mandolin
Brian Claxton: washboard
Pete Hossell: jug, shouts
Dave Jeffs: harmonica (13-14)
Mel Wright: drums (13-14).

Recorded by Nick Ryan, November 1968 (1-12) and April 1969 (13-14) at Chappell Studios, London.
Produced by Sandy Roberton.

This re-issue mastered from original tapes by Duncan Cowell at Sound Mastering, except for tracks 13-14 which were remastered from vinyl.



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