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Bobby Keys – Bobby Keys


Producer: Bobby Keys, Andy Johns, Jim Gordon

Key Tracks: “Sand & Foam,” “Steal from a King,” “Bootleg”
Release date: 1972
Label: Wounded Bird Records (originally released on Warner Brothers Records)
Catalog#: WOU 6141

Condition: disc = Near Mint+; jewel case = NM


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The Skinny: Best known for his work with the Rolling Stones and others in the ’70s, Bobby’s solo turn from 1972 is jammy as hell, featuring an all-star cast and non-stop groovy riffing soul rock.

Sounds like: Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Delaney & Bonnie, Tower of Power, Ides of March, Maynard Ferguson

Deeper Thoughts: Currently out of print, this album features tons of Bobby just blowin’ his ass off. If you dig “Brown Sugar,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’,” and “Bitch,” or any of the countless classic tracks on which Bobby played, you will like this instrumental set. Bobby got a bunch of his high-profile rock party buddies together and it sounds like everybody played on every track. The mixes are jammed with stuff, which is fitting for Bobby. He got his break with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, so the rockin’ soul collective format is fitting. And I swear it’s D&B’s boy Slowhand trading licks with Bobby on “Sand & Foam.”

The Sonics: This disc sounds fine. I wish I could say that this Wounded Bird Records press revealed some hidden magic on this recording, but I can’t. My benchmark on this album is the brassy and raucous section of “Altar Rock,” which always sounds distorted in just about any format. Perhaps that’s just what went onto tape, but I had kind of hoped that this would be the pressing that polished this gem. Especially since it’s out of print, this is a record worthy of addition to any collection.

Track list

Steal from a King
Altar Rock
Key West
Command Performance
Crispy Duck
Sand & Foam


Bobby Keys, saxophones
George Harrison, guitars
Ringo Starr, drums
Dave Mason, guitars
Leslie West, guitars
Nicky Hopkins, keyboards
Jack Bruce, bass
Felix Pappalardi, bass
Klaus Voormann, bass
Corky Laing, drums
Jim Price, trumpet & keyboards
Jim Gordon, drums
John Uribe, guitars
Charlie Freeman, guitars
Mike Utley, keyboards
Carl Radle, bass
other uncredited guests


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