The Spencer Davis Group

I'm a Man

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Stevie Winwood and Muff Winwood had left the Spencer Davis Group just a few months before the summer 1967 release of their second U.S. album, which nonetheless was entirely comprised of songs done by the original lineup. Like their first U.S. album, Gimme Some Lovin', it was a more or less arbitrary assortment of songs that had been recorded by the band at various points in the mid-'60s. And again, the big hit, "I'm a Man," was a classic soul-rock group original that outclassed everything else on the record. Otherwise it was standard British R&B-rock that varied from average to very good. The standouts were their covers of John Lee Hooker's "Dimples" and the relatively little-known American soul tunes "I Can't Stand It" and "Look Away." The cooking Stevie Winwood-penned instrumental "On the Green Light" had dynamic organ and blues guitar. The 2001 CD reissue on Sundazed adds add bonus tracks from the same era, including some of their best efforts: the percolating cover of "Watch Your Step," the anguished original blues ballad "Hey Darling," "Let Me Down Easy," "Strong Love," and the instrumental "Waltz for Lumumba," which anticipates Traffic with its unusual percussion and jazzy accents.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:42 Amazon
2 3:30 Amazon
3 2:36 Amazon
4 2:10 Amazon
5 2:20 Amazon
6
2:38 Amazon
7 4:41 Amazon
8 2:38 Amazon
9 3:43 Amazon
10 3:07 Amazon
11 3:51 Amazon
12
2:44 Amazon
13 2:54
14 2:45
15 2:14
16 4:47
17 4:20
18 2:25
19 3:02
20 2:42
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