Chicken Shack: OK Ken?

Not really OK, Stan.

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It’s probably politically incorrect to say so, but much of Chicken Shack’s success in the 60s was down to the chick playing the piano and sharing the vocals with guitarist Stan Webb.

On this, the band’s second album, Christine Perfect’s cool, haunting voice manages to distract from the somewhat leaden performances around her.

If they’d spent as much time perking up the band as they did on Webb’s ill-advised imitations of contemporary comedians and politicians to link the tracks, Chicken Shack’s trajectory could have been different.

As it was, the band’s first hit single, Perfect’s cover of I’d Rather Go Blind, included here as a bonus track, was the prelude to her changing her name to McVie and leaving the band./o:p

Hugh Fielder

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.