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Mk II (Bonus Track) [Import]

Steamhammer, Steamhammer Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Jun 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Abraxas Records
  • ASIN: B00008LEEF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,473,990 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's go travelling with some tunes 17 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
Personnel changes led to a broader range of musical styles for this second album, Mick Bradley replaced Mick Rushton behind the drums, but the real difference was rhythm guitarist Martin Quittenton, who left to work with Rod Stewart was replaced by multi instrumentalist Steve Jollife, who added sax, flute and harpsicord to the mix.
The boogie rock of 'Reflection', still evident in tracks like 'Contemporary chick con song' but with the added bonus of some fine sax play to support Martin Pugh's guitar lead, were supplemented with a mixture of light and heavyish rock with some jazz added to the mix here and there.
Highlights! 'Supposed to be free' and 'Passing through' are well worth a mention, but the albums killer track has got to be the wonderful 16 minute plus of 'Another travelling tune' which makes this a must have album on its own. From the rambling flute opening through the laid back bluesy guitar riff that follows, this sets the trend for wonderful guitar/sax interplay, with Kieron White's distinctive vocals adding to the mix before the guitar/sax/flute combination takes it through highs and lows to its conclusion. I once heard this described as the first example of 'progressive blues', have a listen, you'll see why.
The bonus tracks are the a & b sides of their two single releases, and do not let the side down.
If you think 1969 was all blues and psychadelia, try this, you'll see it wasn't. Gripping stuff from a band who were vastly underrated.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite album of all time 22 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
All right, I'm biased. The first band I ever saw, and one of the first albums I ever bought. And to be honest the vocals on side 1 are a little, uh, homespun. But the sheer inventiveness of this seminal British rock band forgives all. With a more laid-back acoustic/electirc sound compared to their first album, the blues receding into the past, on this their second album rock music finally spreads its wings without losing that warm, fuzzy feeling in your heart. And that flute. Silvery, mystical, breathy - not raunchy like Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull but misty like a river valley at sunrise. Side 2 is mostly instrumental and I would kill to keep it, it is simply sublime. Even the vocals on Passing Through get it right this time. Down Along the Grove, Travelling on - like Vaughan Williams' lark ascending, or Caravan's Land of Grey and Pink, nothing evokes that languid Summer afternoon feeling better than English music in its gentle melodic prime. If you ever buy one English rock album, buy this one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute gemm 9 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
From the great era of British Rock/Blues, Steamhammer never hit the heights of Free or Jethro Tull but I think their 1st 2 albums - this one and Steamhammer - Reflection are amongst the best of the genre.

Mk 2 also created an almost ambient rock atmosphere akin to Roxy Music's Avalon, I know I listen to a lot sitting on planes or beaches. Please give it a try Steamhammer may be long gone but I'll always love this album....
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5.0 out of 5 stars delight to the ears 4 Aug 2014
By prog
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Super great album. Psychedelic prog rock all combined with delight to the ears
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Steamhammer release 14 May 2001
By bruceski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Steamhammer's second offering featured new drummer Mick Bradley, who added a sense of timing similar to Ginger Baker, and saxaphonist/flutist Steve Joliffe, who brought some jazz touches. The band stretched into new territory on this one and mostly did so successfully. A couple of the arrangements get a bit "busy" ("Johnny Carl Morton" in particular), but the rest of the disk is an excellant blend of blues, jazz and folk. Kieran White's vocals continue to have a warm/earthy feel and his lyrics have a searching troubador quality to them. Guitarist Martin Pugh is excellent throughout and his acoustic/ instrumental gem "Sunset Chase" rivals Steve Howe's "Mood for a Day" and Jimmy Page's "White Summer/Black Mountain Side" in terms of beauty and emotionalism. Other highlights are the extended jam (clocking in at 16:30) "Another Travel Tune," which is a hypnotic reworking of "Louisiana Blues," (and features a strong performance from bassist Steve Davy), "Supposed to be Free" and "Contemporary Chick Con Song." The later two feature the contemplative lyrics of the late Kieran White. The CD release contains four bonus tracks. The best to my ears being the wonderful jazz/blues instrumental hybrid "Blues for Passing People." This one contains all the best elements of Steamhamer: great playing, experimentation and an appreciation for a variety of influences. It starts out jazzy, brooding and slow and progresses into a fine tasteful blues jam without ever being flashy. Mark II is another fine disc from this 70s band that deserved more attention.
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4.0 out of 5 stars all the right ingredients 18 Jun 2009
By Matt K - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I picked this album from a department store discard bin when I was in my teens. Playing it recently made me realize again how good this stuff is, and how much ahead of its time. Steamhammer is a truly jam-band that deserves its proud place among its own peers (The Dead, Allman Brothers) as well as among the current batch. The album has all the right ingredients, including gently grooving mid-tempo rockers, good musicianship and a gradual progression toward dreaminess and longer improvised pieces.
5.0 out of 5 stars mkii steamhammer 5 Sep 2012
By Fergus Costello - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
to me this cd is a must for any rock collection this band slipped away but have left some great tracks like another travelling tune 16.23 long, hard to believe 1969 one for the older guys to listen to now
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