July 3, 2011 – 3:00 am

The stakes are high.

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Live At Marquee, London [no label, 2CD]

Live in London, 1973? VG to Ex- SBD stereo. Some tape speed issues, cuts or taper stops and starts the recording.

“Please welcome to the Marquee… Chicken Shack.”

None of that loud, rabble rousing introduction from the English MC. So we know, the venue is correct. But the year of performance? The back cover of this bootleg offers the lineup as Stan Webb, Paul Butler (ex Keef Hartley), Ric Lee (ex Ten Years After) and Andy Pyle (ex Kinks, Bloodwyn Pig). Surely some mistake. As the tracks played this evening at the London Marquee Club seem to suggest a gig to promote the new/next album, Unlucky Boy, which was released in 1973. This is borne out by Webb’s introduction of the band after the first song.

The Marquee Club gig exists in collector’s archives as either a 1CD or 2CD set. Not much else is known. At least, all that googling did not find out much about this recording.

What we have here is a blues gig finding its feet in the new order. By 1970, blues was already blues rock with one part of the scene going heavy metal. Blame it on Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Blame it on Led Zeppelin. But Chicken Shack proved to be fearless in that they throw up old blues covers, a blues version of the rockabilly Blue Suede Shoes and a handful of Chicken Shack originals. Wah Wah pedals, long instrumental breaks, oodles of Webb’s blueswailing all come together for an excellent early ’70s gig. Note there are some flaws in the recording but not much.

Perhaps the albatross surrounding Webb’s neck was the one hit single Chicken Shack laid. Sorry. The Christine Perfect sung I’d Rather Go Blind, that most people remember Chicken Shack for. Tonight, that was four years ago. But on this night, they were the journeymen that Eric Clapton would love to be remembered as.

We can’t recall who sent us this copy but a huge and grateful thanks. Of course…
- The Little Chicken

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Disc 1
Track 101. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (10.0MB)
Track 102. Daughter Of The Hillside + (9.2MB)
Track 103. Prudence’s Party* (6.9MB)
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Track 104. Dave’s Boogie (15.5MB)
Track 105. Webb’s Guitar Shuffle (10.2MB)
Track 106. Crying Won’t Help You Now + (11.0MB)

Disc Two
Track 201. The Thrill Is Gone (10.0MB)
Track 202. Poor Boy + (27.2MB)
Track 203. Unlucky Boy * (10.7MB)
Track 204. Blue Suede Shoes (7.7MB)
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Track 205. Stan’s Blues (11.3MB)
Track 206. You Know You Could Be Right * (8.8MB)

* original tracks found on 1973’s Unlucky Boy album.
+ original tracks found on 1972’s Imagination Lady.

Stan Webb - guitars, vocals
Rob Hull - bass
Alan Powell - drums
David Wilkinson - piano

The sixth album from Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack, Unlucky Boy, was surely a self-fulfilling prophecy for this under appreciated journeyman. Click on the link to order the album.

There is an official live album released in 1974 and hard to find. It’s called Goodbye Chicken Shack and is a live show at Brunel University, UK on October 26, 1973. The setlist is similar but not the same as the Marquee gig. It has been reissued in Japan (2006) as a limited vinyl replica CD and in 2008 as part of a Deram compilation called Poor Boy: The Deram Years 1972 - 1974.

  1. 9 Responses to “SHACKIN’ UP”

  2. An old friend gave me a copy of the two albums, Imagination Lady and Unlucky boy on cassette plus a few other tracks and I played them to death. I felt that Stan Webb was never given his due considering the quality of his playing.Especially love Daughter Of The Hillside and Crying won’t help you now as a late foray into psychedelia in the Cream vein. Thank you BIGO.Good stuff!

    By Tunafan on Jul 3, 2011

  3. Either the lineup on the back cover is wrong or the linup you otherwise give is wrong since they are different.Pointing out the Japan vinyl replica of the Goodbye Chicken Shack it is worth mentioning that it contains 6 bonus tracks
    1)Tell Me C.Burnett 2)Why I sing the Blues B.B.King/D.Clark 3)Back Door Man W.Dixon 4)Poor
    Boy S. Webb 5)Shake Your Money Maker E.James and 6) Hideaway F.King/S.Thompson. The album itself is great but the bonus tracks may even be better.

    By Phil Winans on Jul 3, 2011

  4. Hi Phil

    During the show, Stan Webb (?) announces the lineup after the first song. This gig is likely from 1973. Thank you for pointing out the bonus tracks on Goodbye Chicken Shack.

    The Little Chicken

    By Admin on Jul 4, 2011

  5. On the C.D. in front of me, Poor Boy - in Concert 1973 & 81, The 6 bonus tracks were recorded at The Bridge House in Canning Town sometime in 1981. The Brunel line-up is given as follows:- Stan with Dave Wilkinson on keys, Rob Hull on bass, and Alan Powell on drums.
    The Bridge House line-up:- Stan with Paul Butler - gtr & voc; Alan Scott - bass; Tony Ashton - keys, and Ric Lee- drums. HTH, Bob

    By Bob Bebbington on Jul 5, 2011

  6. Forgot to mention, Poor Boy - in concert is on the Indigo Label.

    By Bob on Jul 5, 2011

  7. Eric Clapton & Chicken Shack. 1987

    This takes a few steps. Click on the title above the artwork. This lets you download an 8 minute version of Cocaine in mp3 format @ 320 kbps and the artwork and another link to download the whole show, 10 tracks, in FLAC.

    I don’t usually wast my bandwidth on FLAC for bootlegs and haven’t downloaded this show. Maybe someone who does can tell me if it is worth it and I will. But listening to the sample of Cocaine it sounds like Clapton had to step it up to play with Chicken Shack.

    Thanks BigO for letting me post this link.


    By Sking on Jul 11, 2011

  8. Hi
    Is there another link for 101?

    By Graham on Jul 12, 2011

  9. Thanks Big O. A fine band and still gigging. Well worth seeing, Stan’s the Man!

    By Grumgjv on Jul 23, 2011

  10. Hello,
    Great what you share. many thanks and congratulations for the job.
    Best regards

    By Robert on Dec 9, 2011

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