The Steampacket

The First Supergroup: Steampacket Featuring Rod Stewart

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Also packaged (with equal exploitation) as The First Supergroup, it's unfair to judge the Steampacket on the basis of these demos, which were never intended for release. Still, what exists is a fair but unremarkable vestige of a typical mid-'60s British club band, perhaps more soul-oriented than most, heavily reliant upon American covers. Their most distinguishing feature was Brian Auger's bubbly organ, whose style was indebted to American soul-jazz keyboardists like Ramsey Lewis and Jimmy Smith. Despite the title, Stewart only sings lead on one track, "Can I Get a Witness," which is available on Rod's Storyteller boxed set. The much inferior Baldry is heard much more often, and the program also includes some instrumental showcases for Auger.

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