During 1969 Maggie Bell and Les Harvey formed Stone The Crows. The band had their first critically acclaimed album released early in 1970, followed later in the year by ‘Ode To John Law’ and in 1971 ‘Teenage Licks’.
Maggie won the Melody Maker’s readers poll for Best Female Singer in 1971 but shortly afterwards, on 3 May 1972, Les Harvey was tragically killed after being electrocuted on stage at Swansea’s Top Rank Ballroom.
The band decided to soldier on and floated the prospect of a replacement guitarist: Peter Green was mooted, Steve Howe played one gig to assist and Jimmy McCulloch finished off the sessions for what became the band’s final album ‘Ontinuous Performanxce’ released late 1972.
The band broke up in 1973, and Maggie Bell went on to have a very successful solo career. She said recently ‘Stone The Crows was a great band and we had some wonderful times on the road. Our music was very good for the times and when you consider it was all done 30 years ago, it doesn’t sound too bad!’
This wonderful recording is released for the first time, supplied from Maggie Bell’s personal archives. The 8 page booklet features informative sleeve notes.
This live recording, taken from the personal archives of vocalist Maggie Bell, catches Stone the Crows at the height of their powers…This phenomenal band were one of the best British Blues Rock groups of the era and this wonderful live recording captures them in all their glory and is an indispensable piece of Rock history…
Steve Ward, Classic Rock Society (June 2002)
…the vibe that emanates from these brain-scorching fifty-plus minutes provides enough joy for any fan of mind-expanding, psychedelic blues-rock fever.
Jeff Monk, Mohair Sweets (June 2002)
…the protracted playing time was another sign of the times back then. No band worth their bell bottoms would bring in a number under six minutes long…It takes some staying power to see this all the way through but it's worth the effort.
Tony Shevlin, East Anglian Daily Times (July 27 2002)
Progressive Rock rules OK, well it did back when this album came out and this is a shining example of the art…I have to say this is an exceptional piece of work, a lot of it sounds like jamming, especially on the twenty-one minute cover of Bob Dylan's Hollis Brown. Leslie (Harvey) was a master of what he did and was a sad loss, but I am elated that this album has finally seeen the light of day, it's outstanding.
Modern Dance, Issue 43 (January 2003)
Crows fans will clamour for this set…Thank you Angel Air for uncovering this gem.
Blues Matters (May 2003)