First up is Simon Stokes and the Nighthawks. An absolute classic piece of vinyl, Simon had been in several heavy psych bands leading up to this, but he really went for it on this one. Its very lowbrow dirty rock 'n' roll sound would have even frightened the most jaded listener of the time. This music simply oozes sleaze. From the biker anthem's "Big city blues" and "Ride on angel" to the down right depressing "You've been in" there no doubt that Simon a had a unique and very real vision of his music, give this a listen and then flip off a yuppie on a hog!
Next up is Simon's masterpiece and my personal favorite "Simon Stokes and the black whip thrill band". From the album cover to title to the songs included this is a classic. Simon's voice is even more weathered on this one and the songs are a little darker. Included are a re-record of "Ride on angel" plus many other great tunes like "The devil just called my name", "Should have married Peggy sue" and the classic "The wolf pack rides at night"
Next is a lessor but still good album, I think its interesting that Simon took this turn. It seems like he was being a little watered down here, I'm not sure if that was his call or someone else's, never the less this is a OK album that has a few really good songs. Again we get another re-record of "Big city blues" this time around it's given an almost disco make over, which really should be heard by any fan to be believed. I put off buying this one for along time and I can see why it's not making any top ten lists, but I am glad I bought at least for one song called "Earthquake". It which shows Simon commanding a much larger and more Vegas type band, I can only speculate about how this came about in real life. Who knows really, Simon was hanging out with a weird crowd, I remember seeing a photo of him with Sammy Davis Jr. around this time so maybe had his sights set on the ageing rat pack who really knows, all we have are the albums. So give Simon a listen and see what you think!
Just like the knights of old, the wolf pack rides the night!
Simon stokes and the nighthawkshttp://www.mediafire.com/download.php?zidaid14wjq
Simon Stokes and the black whip thrill bandhttp://www.mediafire.com/download.php?ydmgzfjywfz
Simon Stokes- Buzzard of love LP