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Stamp Album (Audio Cassette)


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  • Audio Cassette (July 28 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Plum
  • ASIN: B000009MZZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Format: Audio CD
I'll forgive the reviewer below who didn't like this album. As with many such bands of the early 1970s, CBB was in transition from a blues format to a more pop-rock style, and he obviously didn't care for that format. He's welcome to his opinion.
As for the rest of us, the CBB touchstone is their #1 U.S. hit "Couldn't Get it Right," which came out a year or two after this collection was released. If you're familiar with that and like that tune and/or if the samples you can listen to on this page, then I promise you'll enjoy this set as well as the later "Flying the Flag."
At the time of the release of the "Stamp Album" in 1975, they had enough of a fan base in the States to lift this LP to #69 on the bestseller chart, which is pretty good for a band that hadn't had a hit single at the time. Most of the radio people were caught up with the disco craze at the time, and CBB's tasty pop-rock style, with its excellent bass end and tasty guitar, work didn't fit with what they were shoving down the throats of the mass audience of that day. Their style during this part of their career still carried some of the blues feel of their earlier work, but they had subjugated the overt trappings of that form and tightened up their sound to commercialize it. The result was a very pleasant style that often brought out some excellent tunes, but more often was just, well, pleasant.
The appropriately soaring "Sky High" and optimistic "I Am Constant" are perhaps the best known tunes in this set, and they have the most substance of the tracks here. The rest, other than the throwaway instrumental "Cobra," are pleasant, alternately bouncy and slithery, all enjoyable but not terribly memorable. Still, if this style of music is something you enjoy, you will not at all be disappointed with this set.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Delivering the goods Aug. 23 2000
By tony berry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This fine album from 1975 captures the talented English outfit at a fascinating stage in their career. Encouraged by the huge success in the US of the FM Live double album (the cover of which, incidentally, was seen in most episodes of the Robin Williams comedy Mork and Mindy, pinned to the wall in the record store where Mindy worked, but I digress) this finds CBB in confident mood. Having stuck pretty rigidly to a blues formula for their early albums, this record sees them incorporate jazz, funk, even Latin and Cuban rhythms, to create a marvellous sound, albeit one which is sometimes obscured by the over-elaborate production. This experimentation and departure from straightforward blues resulted, one year later, in the deliciously funky worldwide smash hit Couldn't Get It Right. Peter Haycock's inspired guitar playing is well to the fore, while Colin Cooper delivers a suitably mercurial vocal on Rusty Nail/The Devil Knows. The album's stand-out track is Running Out Of Time, on which Haycock and Cooper's synchronised guitar/sax work is at its fintst. The lyrics speak of financial worries, tax worries, life on the road and the fear that the band were "running out of time". You should definitely find time for Stamp Album.
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Downhill after this one Dec 8 2011
By Kil Roi - Published on Amazon.com
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Climax Blues Band hit its creative peak with the 1975 release of Stamp Album. Granted, you won't find much Chicago blues on this one, as you did on Plays On, A Lot of Bottle and Tightly Knit.

But Stamp Album shows a band that has tastefully matured. With seven albums behind them before this LP, Climax Blues Band finally enjoyed a brush with commercial success with minor hits "Using the Power" and "I am Constant." Both are decent tracks, but really the album features much better material, namely "Mr Goodtime," "Running Out of Time," and the instrumental "Cobra."

What you'll hear on this relatively short but solid album are songs with deep grooves; judicious use of sax, clarinet and flute; Peter Haycock's brilliant guitar playing (he's one of the most criminally overlooked guitar players in rock history); and a band that truly seemed to enjoy itself cutting this one in the studio.

If you have the back catalog of CBB albums, you'll hear parts on Stamp Album that could fit on Sense of Direction and Rich Man (my favorite CBB LP).

If you're looking to build a Climax Blues Band collection, get Tightly Knit, Rich Man, FM Live and of course, Stamp Album.
They could get it right May 28 2004
By Brian Hulett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'll forgive the reviewer below who didn't like this album. As with many such bands of the early 1970s, CBB was in transition from a blues format to a more pop-rock style, and he obviously didn't care for that format. He's welcome to his opinion.
As for the rest of us, the CBB touchstone is their #1 U.S. hit "Couldn't Get it Right," which came out a year or two after this collection was released. If you're familiar with that and like that tune and/or if the samples you can listen to on this page, then I promise you'll enjoy this set as well as the later "Flying the Flag."
At the time of the release of the "Stamp Album" in 1975, they had enough of a fan base in the States to lift this LP to #69 on the bestseller chart, which is pretty good for a band that hadn't had a hit single at the time. Most of the radio people were caught up with the disco craze at the time, and CBB's tasty pop-rock style, with its excellent bass end and tasty guitar, work didn't fit with what they were shoving down the throats of the mass audience of that day. Their style during this part of their career still carried some of the blues feel of their earlier work, but they had subjugated the overt trappings of that form and tightened up their sound to commercialize it. The result was a very pleasant style that often brought out some excellent tunes, but more often was just, well, pleasant.
The appropriately soaring "Sky High" and optimistic "I Am Constant" are perhaps the best known tunes in this set, and they have the most substance of the tracks here. The rest, other than the throwaway instrumental "Cobra," are pleasant, alternately bouncy and slithery, all enjoyable but not terribly memorable. Still, if this style of music is something you enjoy, you will not at all be disappointed with this set.
CBB Aug. 22 2013
By DapperDan - Published on Amazon.com
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My favorite Climax Blues Band Album from back in the day. Great for jogging or when I work from home.
Fantastic! Aug. 13 2012
By jalapanese - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album. Not one dud in the bunch. I bought it when it was released in 1975, and it was money well spent! The opening song "using the power" is worth the price of admission and should have been a #1 hit. Why it wasn't released as a single is beyond me. By all means buy this cd, you will not be disappointed!

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