Climax Blues Band - Plays On | RECORD STORE DAY

Thank you for choosing to buy locally from a record store!

Buy Now

Store Distance Phone Buy

You can explore 3 ways to buy:

Find and visit a Local Record Store and get phone number and directions (call first, there is no guarantee which products may be in stock locally)

Purchase now from a local store that sells online

Purchase digitally now from (which serves local record stores)

These Indie stores carry most genres and you may want to also check with them

Store Distance Phone

Find a local store

(Please call first)

More Info:

The Climax Blues Band (originally known as The Climax Chicago Blues Band) was formed in Stafford, England, in 1967 by vocalist and harmonica player Colin Cooper (1939-2008), guitarist and vocalist Pete Haycock (1951-2013), guitarist Derek Holt (b. 1949), bassist and keyboardist Richard Jones (b. 1949), drummer George Newsome (b. 1947), and keyboardist Arthur Wood (1929-2005). While jazz and later funk were also key parts of their sound, lead singer/saxophonist/harmonica player Colin Cooper had played in a garage group, The Hipster Image with guitarist Eric Leese. Forming Climax with guitarist Pete Haycock, keyboardist Arthur Wood, drummer George Newsome, rhythm guitarist Derek Holt and bassist Richard Jones. Their self-titled debut was a straight-up blues album that was far less rock-oriented than later releases. By the time, the follow-up 'Plays On' was released, Jones had quit, so Holt took over bass duties. Along with unusual adaptations of Graham Bond's 'Little Girl,' Ray Bryant's 'Cubano Chant' and the classic ragtime, 'Temptation Rag,' the album drifted between genres, with 'Flight' showing the band at their most jazzy and 'Mum's The Word' a 2001-influenced interlude of Moog-driven space-rock, contrasting the heavy blues of Marshall Paul's 'So Many Roads, So Many Trains.'