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May Blitz Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B0002ADW2Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,303 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Smoking the Day Away 8:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Don't Know ? 4:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dreaming 6:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Squeet 6:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tomorrow May Come 4:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Fire Queen 3:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Virgin Water 5:22£0.79  Buy MP3 


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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May Blitz's painfully overlooked debut packs about as much groovy attack as one would seek from any of these hairy-chested relics from the early 70's.

The Canadian trio's 1970 self-titled release immerses you in what seems like a perfect union of Sabbath's grinding power and Funkadelics irresistible grooves. The band have a serious penchant for nod-inducing riffs typical of this particular grubby unwashed brand of rock n' roll. So much so that you would have to be rhythmically impaired to not embrace almost anything on this early slab of sweaty power trio voltage.

The nasty strut of opening track `Smoking the Day Away' pretty much says it all. With an infectious bluesy riff straight out of the Hendrix toolbox, these guys get off to a good start...a good full 8:19 start. But the extended sections never cause the energy and serious catchiness to dwindle or lose its initial impact.

`I Don't Know' steps between plodding and sluggish until things eventually get good and fonky. Lovely stuff. `Dreaming' starts off...well, quite dreamy really. Suddenly, the drums pick up the pace and everything goes a bit mental in a very far out psych interlude. Sly and the Family Stone's hip shakin stamp is all over forth track `Squeet', in a display of chameleon-like musicianship.
Things take a more brooding turn in `Tomorrow May Come' with a very delicate, Gilmour-like guitar.
`Fire Queen' comes back to the frantic riffage of earlier tracks. Intense pulsating bass, schizophrenic drums and the wailing vocals of James Black- you can tell these guys are really having fun here.

`Virgin Water' closes the album, and drops the ball.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock prog 4 Aug 2014
By prog
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love May Blitz the rock with prog all together
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great music, lousy mp3s 12 July 2012
By jabular - Published on Amazon.com
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The first May Blitz lp is one of the great rock lps of the 70's. Driven by Tony Newman's drumming and James Black's great minimalist guitar work. Spacey, rocking, prog, it covers a lot of ground. I would give it 5 stars for the music, but I must rate the mp3's as low as possible. The reason: they cut the guitar solos from Fire Queen and Virgin Waters. That's right guitar solos gone.. The mp3's must be from the terrible May Blitz/2nd of May cd where the songs from the great first lp were cut to make room for the complete music from the awful 2nd lp. If you are looking for all the music from the first lp do not bother buying these mp3s.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent bluesy/progressive hard rock 10 April 2008
By Elliot Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
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May Blitz's self-titled first album is a mix of blues-influenced riffs (not usually straight blues structures) extended with some proggy time signature changes and some pretty wicked guitar solos. I've heard them compared to Cream on more than one occasion, but after a few listens I don't think that comparison is very useful other than as a very basic starting point--they're both bluesy British power trios, but beyond that it's not really that meaningful of a comparison. If you like Cream, though, and bands like Wishbone Ash (especially their earlier stuff), this might be a logical band for you to check out.

The album's opener, "Smoking the Day Away" is probably the strongest track of the lot, with a muscular descending guitar line that sets a pretty edgy mood. The chorus is pretty psychedelic with a pretty trippy vocal arrangement. The middle of the song is a pretty sweet solo break, with some fiery 12-string acoustic shredding that rocks just as hard as any electric solo could. By the time the main riff reappears, you'll probably be nodding your head like "yeeeaaah." The band shows their hand pretty early on, though; the vocals are a bit weak and bland, and the fact that they're pretty far back in the mix doesn't help much either. Also, the lyrics can tend to be somewhat lacking--the first song's pretty literally about getting stoned in the forest and enjoying it, which isn't exactly the deepest subject matter to wrap your head around as a listener. Luckily, the band's instrumental workouts generally make up for their relative weakness on the vocal end.

"I Don't Know" is a pretty rocking argument for country life with better-constructed lyrics. "Dreaming" comes up with some of the trippiest atmospheres on the album, with more crazy 12-string playing and some scary vocalizing. It's kind of aimless and loosely-arranged, though, which obscures whatever point they were trying to make (if there was one). "Squeet" treads more into funk territory, with a sweet clean funky guitar riff. The title and lyrics are so lame, though ("squeet all over the wall?" that sounds pretty gross), that it's hard for me to listen to them--the music rocks pretty hard though. "Tomorrow May Come" is a pretty good change of pace, building a dark, moody atmosphere. "Fire Queen" kicks it back into overdrive with pounding drums and absolutely manic guitar vamping and solo shredding--this one's a musical highlight of the album. "Virgin Waters" closes the album with another building atmosphere, starting with wave sound effects and whispered vocals, crescendoing into pounding drums and some more shredding.

Overall, May Blitz's debut rocks pretty hard and will probably satisfy fans of bluesy early 70's rock, although most of the songs are mid- to slow-tempo and are all of a similar mood. It doesn't really stand out a whole lot from the rest of the pack, and if lyrics and vocals are important to you, then you probably won't be impressed in that department here. I'm still deciding whether to check out their second album, The 2nd of May, but it's not super high on my list. If you're interested, you could always grab the 2 on 1 of both albums: May Blitz/The 2nd of May. If you're interested in an obscure album (reissued by the same label, Repertoire) that is similarly on the hard, guitar, bluesy rocking end of things, I'd recommend Patto's debut, which is slightly more jazzy, but delivers a bit better when it comes to lyrics, singing, and inventiveness with songwriting/chord progressions.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album, above the average powertrio... 23 Jan 2006
By Cervello - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This english trio (guitar/bass/drums) really shows of some incredible musiscianship. Good early 70's heavy rock with some different musical influences in their songs.

The first track, "Smoking the day away", opens with a great bluesy riff, powerful singing and strong refrain. This long track (8:19) quickly shows what this powertrio is all about; great guitarsolos built around heavy and strong themes. The track is heavy and hypnotic. A great opener.

"I don't know" has some more great solos and a time-change in there which leads to some really great guitarsolos.
"Dreaming" has the band change to a softer psychedelic sound, more "dreamy", and laidback. But thats just part of this track, for the rest it goes back to its heavier riffs and guitarsolos.
And the contrasts and dynamics between heavy and psychedelic themes make this track work very good also.

"Squeet" shows that this heavy rock band could throw in some jazzier sound in their melodies also, good and catchy riff, long and powerful track again.
"Tomorrow may come" is a great and softer track (again. It's a very good and much needed contrast to the previous heavy and guitarattacks. This shows that May Blitz were a diverse band that could easily write softer tracks that was as 'powerful' and good as their heavier work. "Fire Queen" is a bit disappointing after the previous good tracks. Here a single chord is repeated throughout the track, rather boring. This track could have been improved.
"Virgin Waters" is antoher track that balances between heavy rock and late 70's psychedelia. A pretty good ending track which also has some sounds of waves in it to make it more atmospheric.

I like early 70's hardrock, but not when it gets too plain and bluesy. I was afraid that this would be the case with May Blitz. Too much bluesrock a la CREAM or other bands. But even though the limited instrumentation here, May Blitz really puts forth and gets the most and best out of their instruments and arrangements. At a first listen of this album you might feel you want more timechanges, more shifting timesignatures, but in the end and after repeated listens, you will realise that this album is good the way it is. Hard rock with lots of different influences. Somewhere between 3,5-4 stars.
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