AUGER, BRIAN Tiger-featuring Rod Stewart , Long John Baldry, Jimmy Page & Sonny Boy Williamson-DBL CD slip caseATOM
Slim-line jewel case, w/slipcasesTop-notch 25-track collection of Hammond organ maestro Brian Auger—the main event being Auger’s rare singles for Columbia Records (‘Fool Killer,’ ‘Tiger’ and ‘Kiko,’), as well as the rare Julie Driscoll singles for Parlophone Records (‘I Didn't Want To Have To Do It’ and ‘Don't Do It No More.’) Auger was raised in London, where he took up the keyboards as a child and began to hear jazz by way of the American Armed Forces Network and an older brother's record collection. By 1964, he won first place in the categories of "New Star" and "Jazz Piano" in a reader's poll in Melody Maker; but that same year he abandoned jazz for a more R&B-oriented approach and expanded his group to include John McLaughlin (guitar) and Glen Hughes (baritone saxophone) as the Brian Auger Trinity. This group split up at the end of 1964, and Auger moved over to Hammond B-3 organ, teaming with bass player Rick Brown and drummer Mickey Waller. After a few singles, he recorded his first LP in 1968—a session organized to spotlight blues singer Sonny Boy Williamson that featured his group, saxophonists Joe Harriot and Alan Skidmore, and guitarist Jimmy Page. By mid-1965, Auger's band had grown to include guitarist Vic Briggs and vocalists Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, and Julie Driscoll, and was renamed Steampacket. More a loosely organized musical revue than a group, Steampacket lasted a year before Stewart and Baldry left and the band split. Auger retained Driscoll and brought in bass player Dave Ambrose and drummer Clive Thacker to form a unit that was billed as Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity. Tracks on this compilation are culled from Auger’s many permutations of the aforementioned groupss: Brian Auger Trinity, Brian Auger & Trinity, Steampacket featuring Brian Auger, Steampacket featuring Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger, Steampacket featuring Rod Stewart & Brian Auger, Steampacket featuring Brian Auger, Rod Stewart & Long John Baldry, and Brian Auger with Jimmy Page & Sonny Boy Williamson.