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Steamhammer [Import]

Steamhammer Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bella
  • ASIN: B0000086LC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British rock/blues at its most creative 22 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
It must have been 1969 or 70, my first ever rock concert - and what a treat. Steamhammer were one of those seminal creative bands like Caravan that helped define British rock music. This, their first album, sees Steamhammer still emerging from the ubiquitous blues scene of John Mayall and co. to embrace the unfettered experimentation of the late sixties without sacrificing melody and warmth - a rare combination indeed. The fuzzy electric rock sound blends well with the occasionally rough recording quality of the era. The songs blended well with my head at the time, as I recall. From the dreamy opening chords over trickling Water, through the slow blue feel of Lost You Too, hustling Down the Highway, the disturbing crash - what you gonna do babe, When All Your Friends Are Gone? Several albums later, a reformed lineup would later fail to recapture the magic, at least not for me. Kieran White's solo acoustic album Dark Star eventually came closest - spiritually if not musically. The trio of early albums - this one (also sold as "Reflections"), Mk II and the live Mountains are a fitting memento of a classic band.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential British Blues 16 Nov 1998
By bruceski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If your reading this you must already know something about one of the great unknown bands of the 60's British blues scene. On this, their debut album, the band blends blues, folk and psycheldelic elements into a wonderfully original mix. Somewhat more mature than contemporaries (such as Cream and early Zep) Steamhammer's 1st record made them farily substantial in Europe (particularly Germany) and they subsequently focused most of their energy on that market. The highlights of this record are the vocals of Kieran White (somewhat like John Mayal, but more soulful) and the interplay of the guitars. Martin Pugh on lead is especially outstanding as he alternates between acoustic and electric effortlessly. For trivias sake: One song, Junior's Wailing, was later covered by Status Quo and was fequently used as their opening number in live shows. Also, rhythm guitarist and song writer Martin Quittenton was recruited to play on Rod Stewart's debut album (along with Martin Pugh) and wound up staying and going on to co-write some of Stewart's best songs from the 70's including Maggie May.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL BRITISH BLUES ALBUM 6 Nov 1998
By bruceski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Steamhammer formed at the end of the British blues boom of the 1960's. On this, their debut album, they fuse blues, folk and psychadelic stylings into a unique musical vision. Less heavy than contemporaries such as Cream and Zeppelin, "Steamhammer" featuresa more sophisticated interpretation of the blues. The highlights of the album are the performances of Kieran White (vocals, rythm guitar and haromonica) who is reminiscant of John Mayal, but with greater range and Martin Pugh (leadguitar) who fuses dynamic aucostic playing with thoughtful electric leads. Every song is worthwhile and on the whole this is a wonderful record.This album made Steamhammer stars in Europe (particulary Germany) and subsequent releases and tours were focused on those markets. For trivia's sake: Rhythm Guitarist Martin Quittenton left after this album to play with Rod Stewart and co-wrote many of his mid 70's hits including Maggie May and one track, Junior's Wailing, was later covered by Status Quo and used as their opener in concert.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars bruceski is essentially right see his review 18 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Good thorough review bruceski. For fans of this era and type there is a strong blues feels but with that Jethro Tull debut (This Was) flair utilizing the services of guest flautist Harold McNair (The Fence B&C records long deleted)for that softer jazz approach on certain tracks. If you like the direction of those tracks the second album SteamhammerII with Steve Joliffe as a permanent member on flute and sax is marvellous.Kieran White and Martin Pugh are really reaching and succeeding compositionally as well as from a performing stance. The cd was available I can not attest to its continued availability.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steamhammer-Relections 19 Jun 2000
By Michael Mobley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had this album around 1970. It was originally titled "Reflections" here in the states. It had a blueish-purple cover with reflections of the group like off the waters surface. One friend told me it looked like an acid trip. It is a good album, especially for those who like early English BLUES-ROCK. Songs range from BO-DIDLY-MUDDY WATERS rock-blues prgressions to one song that has flute acompanyment that is JETHRO TULL like. ENJOY!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fusion Blues Combines High Energy With a Hint of Melancholy 16 Feb 2000
By Leonard F. Szubinski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In some aspects this album reminds me a little bit of "Cream". Or perhaps, maybe "Hawkwind"; with a little bit less psychedelia. In any event, this is one CD worthy enough for any Blues/Psychedelic Rock enthusiast's collection. The vocalist has a bit of an "earthy" sound but is more than adequate for this type of genre. The lead guitarist has a very clean and structured approach and a flowing style that compliments rather than detract from the music. This is definitely an obscure album in the States, but is certainly one worth obtaining!
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