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Back Door Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Nov 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Esp
  • ASIN: B00004ZBZO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Waltz For A Wollum 2:230.79  Buy MP3 
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This music still thrills, drums, bass and sax have never sounded so good.
When I heard Back Door "In Session" on John Peel's radio program in November 1972, I was hooked. Back Door mixed rock, jazz and blues to produce a truly original sound that is still fresh today.
Originating in the age of extended guitar, keyboard and drum solos these short, stripped down tunes possess an energy that never fails to raise the hairs on the back of the neck. The incredible bass and drum playing of Colin Hodgkinson and Tony Hicks dynamically underpins Ron Aspery's mesmerising saxophone and flute lead lines. The demeanour of the tracks ranges from sedate and tuneful to upbeat and challenging with the quality of playing always impressive. The twelve tracks here are Hodgkinson/Aspery instrumentals, you will have to sample "8th Street Nites" to hear Colin Hodgkinson's dazzling vocal talents as Back Door pay homage to some classic blues songs.
For those out there who have cherished the music of Back Door this CD will come as a welcome relief to long over-stressed vinyl, those who have never sampled Back Door but appreciate music should buy this CD immediately.
Sorry to be pedantic but: Track titles are wrong with respect to the original album, tracks 7 to12 on the CD are side 1 of the album and CD tracks 1 to 6 are side 2 of the original. "Askin' the way" is titled "Askin' The Way (blues)" and the stunning bass solo "Catcote" is called "Catcote Rag" on vinyl.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's a pure wonderment that this terrific lp from 1972 has been unavailable for almost thirty years - but then when you recall it was first issued on lp by a local pub on the Yorkshire Moors that the three-piece band played at, it's incredible it ever saw much exposure at all. However, Warner records picked up on the word of mouth regarding this jazz-blues three piece and reissued the lp nationally to great acclaim in 1973, surprising considering this particular three piece did indeed have the then-regulation drums and bass, but instead of the then-normal rock-god lead guitar substituted an excellent saxophonist.
Ron Aspery was a brilliant saxplayer, but if anything the lead instrument was Colin Hodgkinson's electric bass, played fast and chorded like a guitar. Amazing then, much copied since, but rarely equalled. Drummer Tony Hicks was at least equal to the others, playing in the front line of the sound definately, but with a degree of taste, restraint, and delicacy that is unusual in either jazz or rock drummers, to whom more and louder is generally mistakenly believed to be better.
All twelve pieces on the lp are original instrumentals, all deeply melodic, perhaps more bluesey in feel than jazz, but without a standard blues lick between the lot of them. It's endlessly surprising to me how these cuts sound and feel both dense and open and spacey at the same time - the only image that comes to mind is the three musicians bunched closely together playing in the centre of an open plain. Quite apt, considering their Yorkshire Moors debut, perhaps. Each piece is short and to the point (was this jazz-blues punk? - no perhaps not...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boys From Blakey. 30 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
Originally the house band of The Lion Inn, situated on the highest point of the North Yorkshire moors, Back Door's eponymous debut was one of the most talked about albums of it's era.
Recorded as a keepsake for fans who attended their gigs, the album was picked up by the mighty Warner Brothers and was immediately branded album of the year by the NME.
The music, bass, drums and tenor sax, is jazz for people who don't necessarily like jazz.
Whoever is responsible for the cd pressed the original side two first, rendering the track listing redundant, but the album still stuns with it's staccato bursts of sax and impossible bass playing.
From the opening VIENNA BREAKDOWN to the closing rumble of BACK DOOR, this album is a gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars why did I hate this band 30 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
First heard this band on John Peel in 72-73 and hated them, hell it was Sabbath, Purple and the likes for me. A couple of years ago I picked up a shown they did in Germany and I was hooked. Their mix of Blues, Jazz, Rock and on occasions a touch of Prog Rock are still fresh exciting and a treat to listen to. All three players know how to play as a group but still manage to shine in their solo's (and they are not overlong solo's.)
The bass player really plays lead and rhythm guitar all on the bass. Basically they know that a band should be an ensemble not just a group of individuals. Why are you reading this when you could be listening to the record???
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dusty Back Drawer Back Door Gem 20 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
Occasionally whilst rummaging in the darker corners of my cave
I stumble upon hidden treasures so forgotten and dusty that it is
no small wonder that they have survived the ravages of time at all.

1972 was a good year for a young Wolf in ways too many to mention
but the release (on the Blakey label) of Back Door's eponymous
debut was certainly one of them. The album was later re-released by
Warner after the band had gained some recognition but neither love
nor money would part me from my original vinyl copy !

What an album it is !

Ron Aspery (Sax), Colin Hodgkinson (Bass) and Tony Hicks (Drums)
despite the economy of their resources create a wonderfully rich
and varied sound. Their virtuosity was astonishing.

The blistering 'Jive Grind' with its strummed bass chords, stuttering sax
and crisp percussion makes a huge noise for such a modest ensemble.

The elegant, almost baroque, simplicity of 'Human Bed', with its haunting
flute melody is an exquisite highlight.

Following the revving motorbike intro, title track 'Back Door's fearsomely
angular first subject gives way to a little wild and wayward improvisation
before a crisply satisfying resolution.

'Waltz For A Wollum' is a lithe, limber and humorous composition
which could not be anything other than English to its core.

I was very sad to discover, in researching the band's history and progress,
that Mr Aspery died in 2003 and Mr Hicks in 2006.

This wonderful little album bares solid testimony to the band's elusive creative genius.

It is such a treat to have rediscovered it.

Highly Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like it...
...before or since. Excellent musicianship combined with humour and passion. I regret that I never saw them play live. C'est la vie.
Published 18 months ago by charliegrim
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories
I saw or rather heard Back Door at the Coatham Bowl Redcar in I think 1975.I only saw them the once but what an impression they made. Read more
Published on 12 April 2011 by mikecum@globalnet.co.uk
5.0 out of 5 stars See my review of the vinyl version.
If anybody is looking for this album on vinyl, search Amazon > Music > s/t back door, and you should find the listing... Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2010 by P. Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
I listened to this non-stop while I was learning bass years ago. It's such a joy to have it on CD now - not just because of Hodgkinson's miraculous chordal bass playing but for the... Read more
Published on 7 July 2010 by spoombung
4.0 out of 5 stars Back Door
I bought this CD out of curiosity, as I used to go out at around the same time as this band was performing to see similar bands at similar venues and the picture on the cover... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2010 by Ronald Arthur Dewhirst
5.0 out of 5 stars my best buy ever !
I was in my first year of my apprenticship in the North East when I saw this album in a record shop in Middlesbrough. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2009 by Mr. Charles Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars Insanely great!!
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I heard some of this music in the seventies. Now that I bought the CD, I can't believe how astonishingly good music it is. Read more
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