STONE THE CROWS Live Crows 1972-1973


A great blues/rock/soul outfit denied their rightful share of acclaim by events, for me there are echoes of Badfinger and their own tragic history. At least we can enjoy what both ensembles achieved.

Blues Matters (October 2015)

Montreux Festival has always been a place for many a great performance, and this one is no exclusion, having caught this magnificient British quintet at their deliciously rawest. Nobody knew then that by May Leslie Harvey, whose thick guitar slices drive this concert on, would be gone for ever. If not for the fatal electrocution, he may well have turned into a player of much large calibre. Harvey’s mastery of the instrument shines in “Love”, the band opting for the set comprised of material from the “Ode To John Law” album, more familiar to the audience than songs from the current “Teenage Licks”. (July 2008)

They’re firing on all cylinders, and play with lots of light and shade…

Alan Egerton, Classic Rock Society (August 2008)

Formed in Glasgow in 1969 Stone The Crows were fronted by Maggie Bell, playing blues rock they were mentored by Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant and released 4 albums before splitting up in 1972.

This live CD/DVD set features 2 gigs- the first recorded in Montreux in 1972 and featuring guitarist Leslie Harvey who was electrocuted during a sound check just weeks later. The 5 songs here weighing in at a shade under an hour, these include ‘Friends’, ‘Penicillin Blues’ and the Bob Dylan penned ‘Hollis Brown’.

The DVD comes from 1973 and was recorded for Germanys Beat Workshop, tracks here include ‘Going Down’, ‘Sunset Cowboy’ and ‘Good Time Girl’.

Extras on the DVD include interviews with band members Maggie Bell and Colin Allen, and a history of the band. ***

Nikk Gunns, (August 2008)

Audio surprisingly for 30+ years old material is good…

Amplifier, Issue 99

…a taste of the clatter and intensity of the Glaswegian combo in full flight…a characteristically smouldering blend of blues-fuelled rocking…

Steve Caseman, RocknReel (October 2008)


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