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Very accomplished organ quintet with an added horn section. Mick Weaver's robust, muscular approach to the B-3 is a joy. Solid support from Joe Cocker's Grease Band: Neil Hubbard on guitar, Alan Spenner on bass and Bruce Rowland on drums with soon-to-join Traffic, Reebop on percussion. Strong horn arrangments using John Mayall's horn section: Dick Heckstall-Smith and Chris Mercer on saxes and Henry Lowther on trumpet. The songs are a mix of standards and original songs that hold up well next to American originators like Big John Patton and Brother Jack McDuff. The two stand out tracks, Green Door and Hi Heel Sneakers, were produced by the legendary Jimmy Miller and have a nice "Spencer Davis Group" type of vibe. The remainder of the cuts were produced by Gus Dudgeon, who later became famous as Elton John's preducer. Very enjoyable set from an unjustly forgotten artist.
This lineup impressed audiences and critics alike, and got to record an LP, Out of the Frying Pan (1968), co-produced by Miller and Gus Dudgeon. That record featured them covering established compositions ranging from "Alexander's Ragtime Band" to "Jumpin' Jack Flash," as well as a pair of Mick Weaver pieces. They got a fair amount of notice for their pounding rendition of "Green Door," and their instrumental version of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" also achieved considerable cult popularity as a single. And their single-only release of "I'm a Man" has proved enduringly popular as well.
Like a lot of jazz/blues hybrid groups of the era, Wynder K. Frog were able to achieve serious recognition in London, but were running against a musical tide from America that was moving in the direction of arena rock and big-scale, high-volume sounds with which they could never compete, at least with their brand of music. The classic lineup started to split in late 1968, but not before Shawn Phillips came aboard on guitar and vocals for a time. Spenner went on to become part of Joe Cocker's Grease Band along with Rowland, the two in that capacity playing an extended tour of the United States, culminating with the Woodstock festival in August of 1969, and they and Neil Hubbard were subsequently the core of the reorganized, free-standing Grease Band. Meanwhile, following the dissolution of Wynder K. Frog, Weaver and his record label issued the posthumous album Into the Fire (1969).
01. Jumping Jack Flash 04:05
02. Gasoline Alley 03:05
03. Willie And The Hand Jive 02:24
04. Harpsichord Shuffle 03:58
05. Baby I Love You 02:47
06. This Here 06:24
07. Green Door 02:27
08. Bad Eye 02:37
09. Alexander's Ragtime Band 03:37
10. Tequila 01:58
11. The House That Jack Built 02:33
12. Hymn To Freedom 04:19
13. High Heel Sneakers 03:34