Zoot Money was one of British rock 'n' roll's homebound heroes — admired, respected and sought after by his colleagues, and able to fill halls nightly in England, he never managed to sell lots of records, even in England. Born in Bournemouth in 1942 with the name George Bruno Money, he grew up in an Italian-immigrant (but, on his father's side, English-descended) family. He was musically inclined from an early age and his first instrument, taken up at school, was the French horn — he also sang in the choir as a boy. During the mid-1950's, he discovered rhythm-and-blues and its younger offshoot, rock 'n' roll, which quickly consumed his interest in music — he switched to the keyboard under the inspiration of Jerry Lee Lewis and ... Read More...
Zoot Money & His Big Roll Band - A Big Time Operator
George Bruno Money or better known as Zoot Money & his Big Roll Band, are very much underated in the music scene and often forgotten about as one of the key exponents of British R & B. In the same league as Georgie Fame and Alan Price, with the unmistakable Organ groove playing in the majority of tracks. This album focuses on the live sets and gives an idea of the energy let off at a live gig. There are many outstanding tracks on this album and if you havent bought a Zoot album. Good British Rhythm & Blues
Detailed and expansive compilation of the works of a true 'face' of the UK 60s music scene, rivalled only maybe by Brian Auger and Georgie Fame in his reputation as a master of groovin' Rn'B and psychedelic Hammond jazz. Disc 1, and the first 10 tracks of Disc 2, are the real megillah: 100 percent hard and fast Mod rhythm and blues the way that Meaden described it, played by the classic Big Roll Band lineup of Zoot, Andy Summers, Colin Allen, Paul Williams (not the American pianist), Herbie Goins, Nick Newall, Johnny Almond (later a Bluesbreaker) and Geoff Condon, recorded live in the ballrooms of London in 1965 and 1966. Close your eyes and smell the bubblegum!! The other tracks on Disc 2 are from Money's solo career circa 1972, and also from the 1995 Alexis Korner Memorial Concert, where not one ounce of Zoot's exuberance has diminished. Musicians on these cuts include Colin Hodgkinson (later of Back Door and, er, Whitesnake) jazz supremos Ray Warleigh and Alan Skidmore (the latter of whom was of course later known for Kate Bush's "Saxophone Song") and Tim Franks. Liner notes and interviews conducted by David Wells, and the booklet includes "rare ephemera".
1. Got You (I Feel Good) 2. Smack Dab In The Middle 3. Boot-Leg 4. Train Train 5. Ain't That Peculiar 6. People Gonna Talk 7. It Should've Been Me 8. Hallelujah I Love Her So 9. Self Discipline 10. Rock Me Baby 11. Stormy Monday Blues 12. Oh Mom (Teach Me How To Uncle Willie) 13. When I Meet My Baby 14. Blues March 15. You Don't Know Like I Know 16. Big Time Operator 17. Hide Nor Hair 18. Haunted House 19. La La La La La/The In Crowd 20. Barefootin'
1. Let The Good Times Roll 2. Hallelujah I Love Her So 3. Let's Run For Cover 4. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever 5. The Rock 6. People Gonna Talk 7. Smack Dab In The Middle 8. Nothing's Gonna Change This Love 9. Florence Of Arabia 10. Your One And Only Man 11. Look At You Now 12. Arkansas 13. Good To Be Alive 14. Following You 15. It Ain't Easy 16. Six Days On The Road 17. Wild Women And Desperate Men 18. Geneva/Good Luck Soul 19. Captain America 20. Let The Good Times Roll