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Thank Christ For The Groundhogs: The Liberty Years 1968-1972 Box set

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  • Audio CD (26 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B003P6BB5E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,616 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Rocking Chair (1996 Digital Remaster)
2. Early In The Morning (1996 Digital Remaster)
3. Waking Blues (1996 Digital Remaster)
4. Married Men (1996 Digital Remaster)
5. No More Doggin' (1996 Digital Remaster)
6. Man Trouble (1996 Digital Remaster)
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Express Man (1996 Digital Remaster)
2. Natchez Burning (1996 Digital Remaster)
3. Light Was The Day (1996 Digital Remaster)
4. B.D.D. (Mono)
5. Strange Town (2003 Digital Remaster)
6. Darkness Is No Friend (2003 Digital Remaster)
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Cherry Red (2003 Digital Remaster)
2. A Year In The Life (2003 Digital Remaster)
3. Junkman (2003 Digital Remaster)
4. Groundhog (2003 Digital Remaster)
5. Earth Is Not Room Enough (2003 Digital Remaster)
6. Wages Of Peace (2003 Digital Remaster)
See all 12 tracks on this disc

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'Not just great musicians, the Groundhogs were also acute songwriters: and having sketched images of war, class obedience, suburban life, the band's torrential playing was ripe to break free from them...The high points of their campaign' **** -- Uncut, September, 2010

'Power-trio prog with a twist - crackling stuff.' **** -- Record Collector, September, 2010

'Proggy blues-rockers' first five albums in full'. *** -- Q Magazine, September, 2010

'T'Hogs' first five go into one. The enduring reputation of the Groundhogs rests on three remarkable albums recorded in the early 70s. 'Thank Chris For The Bomb', 'Split' and 'Who Will Save The World?' saw the band evolve...into a speed-crazed, post-psyche power explosion.' -- Classic Rock, August, 2010

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rob Brook on 20 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Forged in the white heat of the late sixties British blues boom, Tony McPhee's Groundhogs hitched the Delta to a fusion of punk, metal and progressive rock and this bargain box narrates that transition in a packaging of the band's first five releases for Liberty and United Artists: stepping stones, all, to a career unstalled to the present day.

Spurs won sessioning for touring US performers such as Champion Jack Dupree (citing the pasty power trio the best he had worked with), McPhee was soon splicing the traditional blues of 1968's debut Scratchin' the Surface with a more contemporary styling on the following year's ironically-titled Blues Obituary.

While the roots show in tracks like 'Times', the masterful 'Mistreated' and 'BDD' (a highlight of Liberty's 'Son Of Gutbucket' sampler of the day) are tipping points into the challenging waters of prog. The raw urgency in their playing templated a sound that the band would round in 1970's World War II concept piece Thank Christ For The Bomb with standouts in 'Soldier' and 'Strange Town', and then harden to iron the following year on the mind-bending 'bad trip' of finest hour Split. Each track here fires off with explosive opening chords, notably on the first two of the monster title 'suite' and Hogs' future calling card in the furious sawn-off shotgun that is 'Cherry Red'. With its gritty monochrome cover collage of a fragmenting McPhee, the pace only diminished by the industrial dischord of 'Junkman', this iconic record still ignites.

McPhee and cohorts dodged the 'follow that' in 1972 by returning to the conceptual in a more restrained and progressive effort exploring matters apocalyptic in Who Will Save The World? The Mighty Groundhogs.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Paul Freestone on 1 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This collection of the first 5 Groundhogs' albums is brilliant value. So it's a great purchase for anyone who doesn't already have these. Otherwise it will be another useful collection for completists and aficionados of Tony McPhee. In my opinion you can never have enough copies of 'Thank Christ For The Bomb'. However, the title (ie "The Liberty Years") is slightly misleading as only the first 4 LPs were released on the Liberty label. 'Who Will Save The World?' (1972) was issued on United Artists (UA). By the end of 1971 the Liberty label had disappeared, swallowed up by its larger parent company - United Artists.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
As with the Robin Trower set,packaging and information are minimal and the music is the master,5 original Groundhogs discs spread over 3 discs,once again a decent remaster,a very underated almost forgotten band by all but the die hards,still have a mate that comes over all misty eyed at the mere mention of the 'Hogs.

The classics are here such as 'Split 1-4 ' 'Cherry Red',do yourself a favour invest in this set,see what all the fuss was about,you wont regret it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. P. Jackson on 14 Aug. 2010
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What brilliant value! These five albums on original vinyl would set you back over £200 these days.

Agree with Paul's comments about the fifth being on UA, but like him, I'm not complaining.

If you're an aspiring heavy blues trio, listen to Cherry Red with the volume cranked up. That's what you have to match!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Burnett on 20 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This triple CD takes me back to my early teen years. Tony McPhee was a hero who I meet at a later date. My first Groundhog experience was the album Split that I bought second hand from an art teacher at school. This was the start of opened up my musical taste to all kinds of music and moving from the musical treadmill to experience some of life's great journeys.The groundhogs were a very underrated band of the later 60s and early 70s that people need to sample at sometime in their life and enjoy as much as I have
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