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- ADLP 1091
- ADLP 1091 / Remastered 180g vinyl LP + bonus 12" on Acme in metallic silver sleeve
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 01 August 2014
I continue my trawl through this week's reissues with this forgotten bit of hard rock from 1969. There's a picture of five hairy nerds on the back cover and the music on the album is full of energetic Hammond organ and big chugging electric guitar riffs with psychedelic vocal harmonies and a self-assured proggy feel that brings to mind Iron Butterfly or the Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
It's somewhat generic and of its time but this long after the fact that's part of the charm and there's no denying the band's impressive chops (particularly the vigorous Hammond action) and lively, gnarly delivery. A timely reissue, too, since the retro testosterock of bands like Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Satan's Satyrs and Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell is all the rage as these pre-punk hard rock sounds find themselves influencing a new generation of musicians. Not bad at all.
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