Sweet Stavin Chain

Band members               Related acts

- Steve Bernstein - horns

- Bobby Blumental - drums

- Bobby Brunner - horns

- John Bussell - lead vocals, guitar

- Sheldon Ginsberg - horns, keyboards

- David Maxwell - keyboards

- Mike McCarthy - bass

- Vic Rose - keyboards

- Greg Scott - horns

- Steve Starobin - vocals, lead guitar

- Steve Stykes - rhythm guitar




- none known




Genre: blues-rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Sweet Stavin Chain

Company: Cotillion

Catalog: SD-9021

Year: 1970

Country/State: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: name printed on cover and initials on LP label, small cut out hole lower right corner

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4315

Price: $18.00

Cost: $66.00


Geez, its amazing how many horn bands seemed to have been given a chance to record in the wake of Blood, Sweat and Tears late-1960s commercial breakthrough.  An eight man outfit, Sweet Stavin Chain were one of Philadelphia's contributions to the wave of late-1960s/early-1970s horn-bands.  


Signed by Atlantic's newly formed Cotillion subsidiary, the band's 1970 debut "Sweet Stavin Chain" was recorded in New York.  Produced by Shel Kagan the set's professional, but not exactly boldly original.  A mix or originals and cover material, tracks such as 'Take a Minute' (featuring a kind of cool meltdown guitar fade out), 'I Need Love' and 'I'm Tore Down' are more blues-oriented than BS&T, Chicago or other horn band contemporaries.  Lead guitarist Danny Starobin kicks in a couple of nice solos (check out the stinging run on 'I Need Love'), but lead singer John Bussell has a tendency to sing flat.  It I had to pick a standout track, then it would probably be their 11 minute plus 'cover of T-Bone Walker's 'Stormy Monday Blues (Call It Stormy Monday'.  The song also features a sax solo from King Curtis.      

"Sweet Stavin Chain" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Danny's Rock Song: Intro   (Danny Starobin) - 0:36

2.) Are You Lonely For Me Baby   (Bert Berns) - 4:19

3.) Take a Minute   (John Bussell - Danny Starobin - Sheldon Ginsberg) - 6:45

4.) I Need Love   (Lawrence Williams) - 7:08

(side 1)

1.) I'm Tore Down   (Bonny Thompson) - 3:31

2.) Stormy Monday Blues (Call It Stormy Monday)   (T-Bone Walker) - 11:05

3.) Teddy Bear's Picnic   (John Bratton - Jimmy Kennedy) - 3:40

4.) Danny's Rock Song: Finale   (Danny Starobin) - 0:54 


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