Room for Ravers review:
Rainy Changes is compilation of Steve
Marriott material, much of which was previously unreleased. The time-line of
this material ranges from 1973 up to his final recordings with Peter
Frampton shortly before his death in 1991. This includes the full unreleased
album from 1987 (tracks 4-14 on disc 2).
This "missing" Official Receivers album features
PP Arnold, Sam Brown and Margo Buchanan on backing vocals. These tracks are
probably more polished and less "raw" than many of the tracks on the CD.
An Itch You Can't Scratch is one of the highlights of this missing
album. A track that is finally released is Phone Call Away written by
Steve and long-time bass player Jim Leverton. This song may already be
familiar to many as it was sung by Dennis Greaves of Nine Below Zero at the
2001 Steve Marriott Memorial Concert.
Steve Marriott had one of the best voices in
music. The overriding feature of this collection is while the songs may not
be as well-known or as "instant" as Small Faces or Humble Pie material, what
does come across extremely well is the quality of Steve Marriott's vocals
and his cockney humour. One of Marriott's strongest and most soulful
performances with the Small Faces was Every Little Bit Hurts. Have a
listen to his own composition Midnight of My Life on here for a
repeat. For another really powerful Marriott vocal performance Stay With
Me Baby is sure to blow off the roof.
There are plenty of "heavier" rock tracks such
as Infatuation. Joe Brown's Soldier is a particularly strong
track and had been mooted as a possible single. With its orchestral backing,
Soldier is one of the true rarities that can now be heard.
The final three tracks are the result of a
collaboration with Peter Frampton, Marriott's former Humble Pie colleague,
that were recorded slightly before Marriott's death in 1991. Out of the
Blue is the outstanding track of the three. The remaining two are
standard American-style rock that do not really add anything. However,
Out of the Blue does show what might have been......
The CD contains a number of cover versions,
possibly some that might not have been expected of Marriott such as the
Rolling Stones' Let's Spend the Night Together, Peter Green's Oh
Well, Chuck Berry's Run Rudolph Run and Brenda Lee's Sweet
Nuthins. Oh Well, in particular, sounds quite different due its use of
acoustic rather than electric guitar for the trademark riff.
- Thirty Day Shuffle
- Midnight of My Life
- An Itch You Can't Scratch
- Out of the Blue