Savoy Brown's own popularity peaked in the late '60s and early '70s, on the strength of such heralded albums as A Step Further and Hellbound Train. The band beat the odds, maintaining its success through changeovers of lead vocalists and, post-Foghat, complete revisions. Its early melding of blues and rock preceded the game plans of countless bands.
The 2004 Savoys are three-fourths New Yorkers -- David Malachowski (guitar), Gerry Sorrentino (bass), and Dennis Cotton (drums) -- with Simmonds now the frontman. In addition to a recently released "live" CD, You Should Have Been There, this edition appears on last year's Strange Dreams, on which the band favors a simmering, minor-key moodiness reminiscent of the music of Robert Cray. Simmonds's blues chops, like his survival skills, remain solid.