“The Phoenix Tapes”, a new vibrant and solid collection of songs by Slim Chance, the Ronnie Lane’s original passion project

Recorded between 2010 and 2018, the album features notable guests such as The Who’s Pete Townshend

“The Phoenix Tapes”, a new vibrant and solid collection of songs by Slim Chance, the Ronnie Lane’s original passion project

Ronnie Lane, one of the most respected names in the Rock music scene of the 1960’s and 1970’s, a founding member of The Small Faces and The Faces, formed Slim Chance in the mid 1970’s and throughout the band’s history it featured friends and collaborators such as Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton and Ron Wood among several others. Slim Chance is now back with a new album “The Phoenix Tapes”, with the original members Steve Bingham, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson alongside Geraint Watkins, Brendan O’Neill and Billy Nicholls, taking the wheel of Lane’s lifetime project.

Every now and then, music fans are presented with excellent albums with what become timeless songs, and this is the case of the Slim Chance new album, “The Phoenix Tapes”, a journey through diverse music genres, styles and sounds that perfectly fit into each other thanks to the band talent and creativity. Slim Chance have been around for a while, their history roots back to the legendary 1960’s Psychedelic Rock band The Small Faces, that featured two of Rock’s most influential musicians, Steve Marriot and Ronnie Lane. During the 1970’s Lane became a founding member of the non-less legendary band The Faces, and in 1976 he formed Slim Chance, investing his passion for music and the art of musicians, crafting songs that remain as fresh and polished as when they were initially released. The sound of the Slim Chance never settled on one style in particular. Lane’s passion for so many different styles resulted in the fusion of all those sounds. One of the most respected names in the 1970’s Rock scene, Lane’s albums and projects featured famous friends and collaborators such as Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood among several others, with Slim Chance remaining his lifetime music project. After Lane’s timely passing in 1997, Slim Chance went on with Lane’s fellow musician friends, who helped shaping the band’s sound, taking the wheel to keep introducing Lane’s passion and artistry to new generations of musicians.

“The Phoenix Tapes”

This vibrant new album retains that same music spirit originally conceived by Lane, “The Phoenix Tapes” was recorded between 2010 and 2018 in several sessions held by the band, including songs recorded live in concert. Originally,  almost all the songs featured on the album were published on YouTube as a contribute of the band to music fans during the 2020 lockdown When we listen to these fine collection of songs, which include covers, originals and also new versions of Slim Chance’s songs, you get the real live music feeling through an intimate, attractive way. Slim Chance’s versions of songs such as “Black Betty” and the Stones’ “Connection”, couldn’t be more different between them, but you will love both with the same passion.
The album starts with Lane’s “Anniversary”, one of the most upbeat and finest tracks in the album, and when the listener thinks the journey is going in a certain musical direction, with the first tracks embodying the Country/Bluegrass/Americana style, is pleasantly surprising with Jazz, Blues and Rock N’ Roll among other styles. Notable guests on this album include the legendary The Who’s Pete Townshend, a longtime original collaborator of Ronnie Lane, featuring the Rock icon’s special distinctive signature sound in “Traveller’s Joy”, a straightforward solid fine Rock song. Ideally, we wish record labels still could offer us gems such as this album more often, but music fans can be happy to receive this gift from the Slim Chance and delight their ears to fantastic music by wonderful musicians and artists who can chronicle important moments in the history of Pop and Rock music, through every chord they play, and in every word they sing.

By David Warren for Pop Expresso


Get Slim Chance’s new album “The Phoenix Tapes” here


Listen to “Anniversary”, the opening track of “The Phoenix Tapes”

Look back at Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance performing “Anniversary” in 1975

Also watch one of the guests in the album, Pete Townshend, performing on Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert with The Jones Gang and Sam Brown

Slim Chance Upcoming Tour Dates in the U.K

June 23 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Water Rats 328 Grays Inn Road, London

June 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Chelmsford City Football Club Salerno Way, Chelmsford

September 23 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Duke of Cumberland High Street, Whitstable, Kent

September 30 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Farnham Maltings Bridge Square, Farnham

October 2 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Court Theatre Tring Station Rd, Tring

October 8 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Greystones Greystones Rd, Sheffield

October 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Wokingham Music Club The Royal British Legion Club, Woodward Cl, Winnersh

Line Up 

Steve Simpson: vocals, guitar, mandolin and fiddle,
Charlie Hart: vocals, fiddle, accordion and keys
Steve Bingham: vocals and bass
Geraint Watkins: vocals and keys
Brendan O’Neill: drums
Billy Nicholls: vocals, mandolin and acoustic guitar

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Read the exclusive Pop Expresso interview with Charlie Hart, original member of Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance

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