Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Noir - We Had To Let You Have It (1971)
"We Had To Let You Have It" is the only recorded output from Britain's first all-black rock band, a band which broke up before the album was released. There is virtually no information about this group - that's about all the 'liner notes' tell us, that not much is known about Noir. I did find a page about Barry Ford, the drummer/vocalist, which tells us that Noir in their short career had gigs opening up for the Rolling Stones and Cream, and for a time were Alexis Korner's backing band. This page also tells us that the record was never completed but the label decided to release it anyway, hence the album title. This I don't get because all the songs definitely sound finished, and the running time is long for those days, a little over 48 minutes.

Although these guys backed up Alexis Korner, the music on this CD isn't 'bluesy' at all. The music is understated and low-key, on a track or two the obvious comparison is the Chambers Brothers I think, maybe it's my imagination! The tracks are sometimes funky, sometimes smoky and inspirited, sometimes a tribal percussive thing pops up, all the cuts have a deep soulful feeling and the guitar playing is above reproach. Their version of "Indian Rope Man" is awesome, though the best track I think is "The System", which creeps over into jazzy territory.

All in all this is a very sweet little album which deserves better that the obscurity it has had for thirty-something years.

Track List:
1. Rain
2. Hard Labour
3. Begger Man
4. In Memory of Lady X
5. How Long
6. The System
7. Indian Rope Man
8. Ju Ju Man

Tony Cole - Keyboards
Barry Ford - Drums, Vocals
Gordon Hunte - Guitars, Vocals
Roy Williams - Bass


Part 1__Part 2__Part 3



Blogger Dr. Bell Otus said...

Yeeeeeaaaahhhhh Liam,
You know how much I love this record

Thanks to you I bought this record from Amazon

Thanks for let me know this record, two or three years ago, together with Bwana (I think they were posted sequentially).

Cheers from Azores Islands

2:19 PM, October 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Gargolca
Great Band,nice Album.Thanks

7:13 AM, October 26, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi the link to the record is dead, it would be great if it were active again. thanks

8:06 PM, November 18, 2008  
Blogger GarColga said...

Nothing is wrong with the links!

8:19 PM, November 18, 2008  

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