This is the third album from the underrated Keef Hartley Band. There had been some line-up changes since the previous year's `The Battle of North West Six
', which led to a slight change in the nature of the music. There is a slightly greater emphasis on the experimental/jazz feel, and a slight move away form the purer blues sound.
This is a classic record full of classy tunes. The basic combo (vocals/guitars/drums and bass) is augmented by a great horn section, which allows for more layers to the music, and gives more scope for a bit of experimentation and stretching out. The sound is very distinctively British blues, the natural progression from the sort of thing John Mayall was doing, but not quite full blown `prog rock'. The arrangements show a good variation from the urgent to the languorous. The stand out track has to be the title track - a good, solid workout for all concerned with a great rhythm and a catchy lyric.
This is another excellent release from Esoteric. The sound has been nicely remastered and restored, and sounds sharp and clean on my stereo. There is a booklet with some interesting notes from Hartley about the recording of this album. There are also a few photographs. Unlike other releases there are no extras in the form of contemporary singles, mainly because there weren't any, so this really is not a problem! All in all a great release. I've had a few discs from Esoteric now, and am consistently impressed with the high standards of their releases.
All in all a 5 star release of 5 star music.