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Oh How We Danced

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Jim’s debut studio album established his identity as a solo artist, and was well received for his soulful interpretation of strong songs. Jim first used the Muscle Shoals Studio Band here, and they were to feature on subsequent Traffic and solo releases.

"Capaldi hits a new creative peak"

Tony Stewart, NME


01 Eve

02 Big Thirst

03 Love Is All You Can Try

04 Last Day Of Dawn

05 Don’t Be A Hero

06 Open Your Heart

07 How Much Can A Man Really Take?

08 Oh How We Danced


Produced by Jim Capaldi & Chris Blackwell

All songs written by Jim Capaldi , except “Big Thirst” written by Capaldi / Mason; and “Oh How We Danced”, written by Chaplain / Jolson.

Recorded during December 1971 at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Alabama (Engineer: Jerry Masters) and Island Studios, London (Engineer: Brian Humphries)


Electric Guitar: Paul Kossoff, except on “Eve” - Jimmy Johnson, “Love Is All You Can Try” - Steve Winwood, and “Open Your Heart”. Additional guitars on “Oh How We Danced”: Jimmy Johnson. Solo on “Don’t Be A Hero”: Dave Mason.

Piano and organ: Barry Beckett, except on “Open Your Heart”: Jim Capaldi and “How Much Can A Man Really Take”: Bob Griffin

Organ on “Eve” and “Open Your Heart”: Steve Winwood

Bass: David Hood, except on “Open Your Heart” - Rich Grech and “How Much Can A Man Really Take” - Trevor Burton

Percussion: Rebop Kwaku Baah on “Last Day Of Dawn”, “Open Your Heart” and “How Much Can A Man Really Take”

Drums: Roger Hawkins, except on “Open Your Heart” - Jim Gordon, and “How Much Can A Man Really Take” - Mike Kellie

Acoustic Guitar on “Last Day Of Dawn”: Jim Capaldi

Harmonica on “Big Thirst”: Dave Mason

Electric Sax on “Open Your Heart” and Flute on “How Much Can A Man Really Take”: Chris Wood

Backing Vocals on “Big Thirst”: Sue and Sunny

The Muscle Shoals Horns play on “Eve”, “Love Is All You Can Try” and “Oh How We Danced”

String arrangements on “Big Thirst”, “Last Day Of Dawn” and “Don’t Be A Hero” by Harry Robinson

Cover photography: Neal Preston

Graphics and inside layout: CCS

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