May 3, 2013 – 4:24 pm

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London 1972 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Golders Green Hippodrome, London, England. BBC In Concert 1972. Excellent FM broadcast.

Robert Palmer… back when he could have been a contender.

Thanks to fredheadset who shared the show on the net in 2006.

Uploader’s notes:

This R&B based rock outfit was the launching pad for the careers of Elkle Brooks and Robert Palmer. Formed with much encouragement from Island Records boss Chris Blackwell, it rose from the ashes of short-lived jazz-rock combo Dada. Robert Palmer had previously sung with Alan Bown; Elkie Brooks had previously had an unsuccessful solo career and Gage had been with The Zephyrs and then Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band. Their gutsy musical style ensured they were a popular live attraction, but although their records were solid enough they had difficulty translating their live sound onto vinyl. They split up late in 1973 and Palmer and Brooks both went on to successful solo careers.

Taken from a rare 1973 original UK BBC Transcription Service radio library LP.
Broadcast by Dutch radio staion VPRO Radio on June 30. 1978.

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Track 01. Intro/Let Me Down Easy (6.3MB)
Track 02. Food For Thought (6.7MB)
Track 03. Talkin’ Bout My Baby (6.0MB)
Track 04. Band Intros (1.1MB)
Track 05. Giving Yourself Away (6.8MB)
Track 06. Talk (1.5MB)
Track 07. Black Smoke Rising From The Calumet (11.0MB)
Track 08. Talk (293k)
Track 09. Proud To Be A Honky Woman (7.8MB)

Lineup :
Elkie Brooks - vocals
Robert Palmer - guitar, vocals
Pete Gage - guitar
Mike Deacon - keyboards
Steve York - bass
Pete Gavin - drums

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  1. 13 Responses to “VINEGAR JOE - LONDON 1972”

  2. Robert Palmer… back when he could have been a contender.

    wow..bit of a slight there.
    Palmer`s first solo disc alone was a contender, cripes it was practically a Little Feat release with Robert on vocals.

    By sluggo on May 3, 2013

  3. exactly sluggo.

    just on the basis of sales alone I suppose Elkie had the more successful career,lol

    By matt the cat on May 3, 2013

  4. I don’t recall if it was Mark & Brian or Flo & Eddie (as LA radio DJs) that would play Addicted to Love then cut the lyric short so it said. “You might as well face it you’re a dick”.

    By sking on May 4, 2013

  5. Thanks 4 this breezy, fun, rockin old style 70’s rock cooker. Good car stuff, even if mine is parked for the duration.

    By 5yrsnojob on May 4, 2013

  6. Sluggo - contrary to rumor, RP’s first album was backed by The Meters and Lowell George only. The rest of the Feat backed him on his second album.

    By BillfromPgh on May 5, 2013

  7. Elkie Brooks still sounding fantastic today.

    By Jake on May 5, 2013

  8. billfrompgh..
    both good lps from the “coulda been a contender then”..
    you are right..but I think Palmer could more than hold his own in those days.
    And one more thing, a very good friend of mine toured with Palmer later in his career, no dirt either, she claims he was a perfect gentleman as well.

    By sluggo on May 5, 2013

  9. Great concert by the epic double team Brooks & Palmer!!!

    By Rochacrimson on May 6, 2013

  10. the specifics to palmers first album are detailed here -

    the details on the 2nd album are here -

    as u can see on the 2nd album - Paul Barrere, Lowell George, Kenny Gradney, Richie Hayward, Bill Payne, and Sam Clayton were members of Little Feat at the time. Fran Tate sang backup vocals on some Little Feat records, extending the Little Feat connection.
    only lowell from little feat is on the first album. there are still some little feat members on the 3rd album as well from 76 as u can see here -

    By darth on May 6, 2013

  11. btw.. this doesnt stop there. the next album still had some feat members as u can see here -

    but the one after that secrets in 79 didnt have any.
    his wikipedia entry has a lot of info about him that one might not expect especially about his early career. find it here -

    By darth on May 6, 2013

  12. Palmer’s official site unfortunately isn’t one of the best out there:

    Other musicians on the first two albums included Steve Winwood, Richard Tee, Bernard Purdie, and two legendary bass players- Bernard Odum and James Jamerson.

    By Dingus on May 6, 2013

  13. > Palmer’s official site unfortunately
    > isn’t one of the best out there:

    they (the official sites) never are.


    By I-) on May 7, 2013

  14. Thanks for this gem

    By John Q on Jun 18, 2015

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