Alex Harvey,1935年出生与苏格兰,他的弟弟Leslie Harvey也是Stone the Crows的吉他手,70年代早期Alex Harvey带着他的The Sensational Alex Harvey Band(常简写为SAHB)成为了早期glam中的一支经典乐队,SAHB相比其他怪异唯美的Glam乐队更多了几分Prog rock和Hard rock的味道
The sixth album for the ensational Alex Harvey Band, released following a year-plus hiatus that nevertheless saw the release of two new LPs, the water-treading Live, and the odds'n'oldies collection Penthouse Tapes. Both portrayed the band in a light that had only a little in common with the group's true strengths - both, attended by major chart success and exposure, left the band uncertain quite how -- or even if - they should proceed. SAHB Stories suffers accordingly.
At its greatest, it shines alongside the very best of the band's past. The closing "Dogs Of War", though bombastically overwrought, nevertheless ranks alongside John Cale's similarly fear-lashed "Mercenaries" as one of the greatest ever examinations of the soldier of fortune, while the twisted history of "Boston Tea Party" - quite likely the only UK hit to mention George Washington's wooden teeth - is set to a pounding tomahawk guitar riff, and an extraordinarily contagious chorus. A positively spellbinding interpretation of Jerry Reed's "Amos Moses", meanwhile, drops the listener head first into the Louisiana bayou, hunting alligators and police chiefs alike.
Elsewhere, however, the sense of finality that gathered around the band's period live shows was echoed in the album's failure to ever get out of second gear. "Dance To Your Daddy" is catchy but a little too cute; "Sirocco" rumbles with pulsating eastern promise, but never quite delivers, and so on. The end of the band was nigh, and Harvey himself acknowledged that when he quit the group just a few months later. He would return, of course, but the dead horse was beyond flogging by then.
1. Dance to Your Daddy
2. Amos Moses
3. Jungle Rub Out
5. Boston Tea Party
6. Sultan's Choice
7. $25 for a Massage
8. Dogs of War