I have not listened to the CD which I did not even know existed until now. There is no song listing for this CD so I have no idea whether I'm even interested in buying it. If it is one and the same as the original LP then by all means GET IT! The backing musician lineup reads like a who's who of early rock, Jimmy Page, Nicky Hopkins, Noel Redding, John Bonham, Jeff Beck, and more..
These are short compact rock tunes, almost ditties. Sutch cannot sing, that much is true. That's why he is (was - suicide? late 90's) called Screaming Lord Sutch. It is not about his singing, he does lay down the appropriate urgent energy about such fun but trivial topics as Flashing Lights, A Union Jack Car, Gutty Guitars...backed by some of the most recognizable names in rock when they were in their early days is the most fulfilling.
I have no idea if they've sonically cleaned up or messed up the old LP version on this CD. Someone help out here or I'll be back after I purchase the CD.
I'm Back. I found out that this CD (I think...) (Waxin' Gold Records - Germany 1995 SD 9015/49) is actually the original "Heavy Friends" LP content and the "Hands of Jack the Ripper" LP combined into one CD. I can do without the Ripper (tracks 13-20) but the "Heavy Friends" part (tracks 1-12)is still a showcase for all of the young budding musical talent at that time in 1970. It's a fun ride through 12 songs then transitions to unlistenable amateurish mayhem from that point on. Screamin' Lord Sutch can sure scream but the quality musicians on Heavy Friends keep that unecessary excess to a minimum. I'm sure that "live" his show was a riot. However, on CD it loses something in the translation. Get the CD for the first 12 tracks, for those sonic gems alone the CD is worth it. Do yourself a favor, burn a partial copy and leave out the last 8 tracks, take those last eight tracks burn them separately and give them to your enemies...