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Hellbound Train

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  • Audio CD (October 8, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000001FX3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,566 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lee Whiteside on July 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this CD to replace my vinyl copy because I love the music but when the last song (Hellbound Train) was re-edited into a cop out fade out ending which shortened the song by almost 2 minutes I was dissapointed. Whoever did this did't get what it was all about. Aside from this, it is a good album but not as good as the original. I wish they would have faithfully reproduced this album.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Sober on June 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Had the great fortune to see the latest version of Savoy Brown last night in Folsom CA. and they played Hellbound Train despite the absence of a keyboard player. That performance brought back memories of the Album itself which I've been playing all morning. Although there are a good half dozen Savoy Brown albums worth owning, Hellbound Train has got to be the best and most consistent of the lot. Starting with Doin Fine the pace never lets up. Do yourself a service and grab hold of this piece of Rock/Blues/Boogie and enjoy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By the big E on February 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It wasn't until years later that I heard Kim Simmonds explain that Hellbound Train was his anti-war ode to Viet Nam. It is a haunting, spellbinding journey that builds to a climax that leaves you stunned. The guitar work is incredible and Kim Simmonds is one of the most underrated guitar players and song writers I ever heard. He is also a very gracious and approachable person if you ever get the chance to talk to him. Savoy Brown is one of the cornerstone British blues groups of all time. I like the jazzy sound of some of their songs which is very reminiscent of Alvin Lee and Ten Years After. Hellbound Train is my favorite of all their albums. They are still touring so try to see them if you can.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Meaux on July 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ok, this was my very first SB album. I purchased it soon after the original release. It wasn't until later that I found their earlier work such as Street Corner Talking (my favorite). HT is a perennial LP and a must-have for any fan of early British Blues-rock. The album is a little dark (they way it was intended). Put it on, play it, and play it again.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By chris meesey Food Czar on September 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
By 1972, Savoy Brown had existed as a band for half a dozen years. They had released several excellent albums, including three undisputed masterpieces in a row: Raw Sienna, Looking In, and Street Corner Talking. Starting with this album, the magic begins to fade, almost imperceptibly at first. Like many musicians, Kim and Co. were doubtless listening to the radio, tuned in to the most popular bands of the time. At the start of the seventies, Elton John and the new singer/songwriter movement held sway over the airwaves. To make a long story short, Savoy Brown incorporated some of these low-key, introspective grooves into the songs that make up Hellbound Train. In fact, close your eyes and listen to "Troubled by These Days and Times," and you would swear that the Rocket Man himself, not Dave Walker, was warbling the vocals. "Doin' Fine," the jaunty little ditty that opens the set, and the more thoughtful "Lost and Lonely Child" would fit right in on Elton's Honky Chateau album. However, Kim Simmonds was starting to lose touch with his writing muse, and while the first six cuts on the album are pleasant, even likeable, they are not strong enough to stand on their own merit. Then comes the unforgettable title track. Starting slow, the drums setting up the sound and motion of train wheels, the bass churning along, gathering speed, then comes the vocal. Dave Walker lets the passion build gradually, then falls back as the song speeds along. Then outstanding solos by organist Paul Raymond and Kim's fabulous guitar figures push the train into overdrive. Abruptly, the track fades out. In the original version, the song was suddenly cut off, the shock of arriving in hell. Why the change?Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
One of the most memorable musical experiences I have is my first listening of Savoy Brown's Hellbound Train -- WITH the classic cut-off ending! Astounding.
To change the ending is criminal.
I bet the guy who made that decision is the same guy who came up with the truck back-up warning signals that can be heard a mile away.
Thanks to other reviewers for the warning, I won't spend money on this edition. I'll keep my worn-out vinyl copy.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Robert Horvath on March 26, 2007
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First... WOW. A couple of Kim Simmonds classics together, remastered no less! Some nice liner notes too... although author unknown. You know about Hellbound Train, with the title track and Lost & Lonely Child headlining a short (under 35 min) but impressive release. It's getting your hands on a remastered Wire Fire that's the treat. Since the list of songs from that LP is missing here, and since it's WRONG on the CD itself, here it is;

08. Put Your Hands Together 4:57

09. Stranger Blues (not "Strangest Blues" as listed on the package) 3:30

10. Here Comes the Music 5:50

11. Ooh What a Feeling (title missing altogether on the cd package) 6:54

12. Hero to Zero 5:14

13. Deep Water 4:30

14. Can't Get On 4:41

15. Born Into Pain 6:30

Length wise, the double-cd is 76:25.

The cuts off of Wire Fire are incredibly hot; deserving of the front cover photo by Buddy Rosenberg & Bob Levy. If you are lucky enough to find the LP (this is why God made ebay), the back cover is a smokin' amp next to the guitar player stand-in (who ever Warner is?).

Having only heard the music off a beat up 1975 stereophonic London LP release, this remastered release was A GIFT. Just the final song Born Into Pain will put you into tears of joy. But throw in Stranger Blues, Hero to Zero, and Deep Water, and you have one heck of an album.

Band members were; Kim Simmonds (lead guitar), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Andy Silvester (bass), and Tommy Farnell filling in for the much-missed Dave Bidwell (drums).

Get this double cd, or the standalone Wire Fire. Most these songs you can't get off "greatest hit" type collections, and you'll be amazed at what you've been missing.
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