This high-water mark by the band finds them softening their rougher edges and stretching out into jazz territory, yet still retaining a blues foundation. There's not a bad cut here, with enough variety (bottleneck slide, acoustic guitar, horns, and strings) to warrant frequent late-night listenings. "A Hard Way to Go," "Needle and Spoon," and "Stay While the Night Is Young" are especially strong, as are two instrumental numbers. Unfortunately, leader Kim Simmonds
lost his greatest asset when vocalist Chris Youlden
quit for an ill-fated solo career after this recording. Youlden
had one of the most distinctive voices in British blues, and Savoy
would never fully recover from his exit.