Ray Fenwick – Playing Through The Changes: Anthology 1964-2020 (2021)

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RAY FENWICK is one of rock’s archetypal journeymen. A guitarist of some renown, but also a singer, a multi-instrumentalist, a songwriter, a producer and noted session musician, he has played on countless records across the decades.

PLAYING THROUGH THE CHANGES is the most comprehensive anthology of Ray’s multi-faceted musical output to date. Compiled by the man himself, this 3-CD set boasts many of his best solo recordings from the 1970s, some of which are new to CD.

Ray’s early career back in the 1960s is represented by tracks from The Syndicats (produced by Joe Meek and also featuring Steve Howe), authentic Ska combo Rupert And The Red Devils, Tee-Set, After Tea and a later incarnation of hit R&B band The Spencer Davis Group (including the track ‘After Tea’!).

The 1970s saw Ray at his most prolific. In addition to solo albums such as Keep America Beautiful Get A Haircut, his work with acts such as Fancy, The Musicians Union Band, The Guitar Orchestra, a reunited Spencer Davis Group, several bands with Deep Purple affiliations (Wizard’s Convention, Ian Gillan Band, Roger Glover And Guests’ The Butterfly Ball and Marlon is represented).

The late 1970s saw Ray work with Safari Records, on a compilation of Ska and Mod Revival material Uppers On The South Downers (a couple of tracks appear here). Other notable names here include R&B legend Bo Diddley, soul/blues singer Geno Washington, rock drummer Cozy Powell and ex-Spencer Davis singer Eddie Hardin. Playing Through The Changes also includes some brand new tracks by Ray, as well as a unique edit of his guest appearance with electronica act Amorphous Androgynous.

Tracklist:

01. Minute By Minute – Tijuana Holiday
02. The South Coast Ska Stars – Range Rider
03. Ray Fenwick – The Dream: The Exotic Escape / The Working Man’s Dream / Nightmare / Reality
04. Fancy – She’s Ridin’ The Rock Machine
05. Clem Cattini, Ray Fenwick – Swingin’ Low
06. The Spencer Davis Group – The Screw
07. Ray Fenwick – Blues Never Gonna
08. Rupert & The Red Devils – Everytime I Do
09. The Syndicats – Crawdaddy Simone
10. After Tea – Long Ago (Live)
11. Spencer Davis Group – After Tea
12. Tich Turner’s Escalator – Are You Wiv
13. Musicians Union Band – Bad Boy
14. Guitar Orchestra – Ghost Town
15. Ray Fenwick – Apache
16. Spencer Davis Group – Mr. Second Class (Stereo Mix)
17. Ray Fenwick – Cartwheel Rag
18. Minute By Minute – Three Times Your Age
01. Angel Montgomery – I Can’t Let Go
02. Wizard’s Convention – Money To Burn
03. Ray Fenwick – I Wanna Boogie
04. Ray Fenwick – Walk Don’t Run
05. Rowdy – High Class Baby
06. Tee-Set – Don’t You Leave (Re-recording)
07. Ray Fenwick – Between The Devil And Me
08. Roger Glover – Fly Away
09. Roger Glover – Love Is All
10. Geno Washington, The Purple Aces – The Blues Walks With Me
11. Summer Wine – One Fine Day (First Mix)
12. Ray Fenwick – Queen Of The Night
13. Eddie Hardin’s Wizards Convention 2 – Hot Head Of Steam
14. Hardin & York – Have Mercy Woman
15. Guitar Orchestra – Stewing My Wine
16. Marlon – Broken Man
17. Wizard’s Convention – When The Sun Stops Shining
01. Eddie Hardin’s Wizards Convention 2 – Sultana
02. Eddie Hardin’s Wizards Convention 2 – Try A Little Tenderness
03. Mike Hurst – Show Me The Way To Georgia
04. Ray Fenwick – Stateside: Mr Straight / The American Way / $ Jesus Saves
05. The South Coast Ska Stars – In The Hall Of The Mountain King
06. Spencer Davis Group – Letters from Edith
07. Geno Washington, The Purple Aces – Bad Love
08. Eddie Hardin – Maybe Baby
09. Clem Cattini, Ray Fenwick, Dave Samson, James Burton – Milk Cow Blues
10. The Wheelin’ And Hammerin’ Band – Back U.S.A.
11. Ray Fenwick’s White Lightning – Shine It On Me
12. Ray Fenwick’s White Lightning – Mail Box

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