Esoteric Recordings is releasing the Climax Blues Band albums released between 1969 - 1972 as a 5-CD set. These albums are: Climax Chicago Blues Band, Plays On, A Lot of Bottle, Tightly Knit and Rich Man
Formed in Stafford in 1968 by Colin Cooper, the band recorded their debut album in September and November 1968 with a line-up of Cooper (vocals, harmonica), Pete Haycock (guitar, slide guitar, vocals), Arthur Wood (keyboards) and Derek Holt (rhythm guitar, bass, organ), Richard Jones (bass) and George Newsome (drums)
The album was released early the following year on EMI's Parlophone label and brought the band considerable attention. The group shortened its name to the Climax Blues Band and recorded its excellent follow-up album, Plays On, later that year. In 1970, the band switched to EMI's "progressive" Harvest label and released their 3rd album, A Lot of Bottle, later that year. This was followed by Tightly Knit in 1971. It is arguably the best album from this period. The band's last album for Harvest was Rich Man, released in 1972. The album had commercial success in the U.S. and was the launching pad for the band's success there in subsequent years.
Reviews"With Tightly Knit 1971, the band had found its typical, unmistakable groove and displayed stylistic versatility, which now sounded more cohesive which now sounded more coherent. (...) All five early works are now available in a clamshell box set with plenty of bonus tracks (singles, live) Overall worthwhile." (Good Times, August/September 2019)