SPENCER DAVIS GROUP ‘Taking Out Time: Complete Recordings’ 3CD


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March 1, 1967 the Spencer Davis Group is riding high with “I’m A Man” in the UK Top 10 and “Gimme Some Lovin’” in the US Top 10. The group’s outlook was rosy to say the least, having just been named the UK’s “Top R & B Group” over The Rolling Stones by New Music Express.
Then March 2, the air was let out of their balloon as it was announced that lead vocalist, organist and lead guitarist Steve Winwood was leaving the band to form Traffic..  It could easily have been the end of the line for The Spencer Davis Group but……
The band’s namesake, rhythm guitarist Spencer Davis and drummer Pete York, decided to carry on, and even as Island Records released further singles to cash in on Winwood’s presence, the duo searched for replacement musicians and new musical direction.

Taking Out Time is a three-CD set originally released in 2016, that collects all of the recordings made by The Spencer Davis Group during their post-Winwood era, 1967-1969.  This collection includes various singles, recordings used in the film soundtrack Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush, the album With Their New Face On, outtakes, previously unreleased BBC sessions recorded through 1968 along with live tracks and other rarities for which tapes have been archived, plus interesting alternative versions. The set includes a booklet, lots of rare photos, and input from original members Ray Fenwick, Pete York and Spencer Davis (who sadly passed away last October).