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Unleashed

Leaf Hound Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Nov 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rare Records
  • ASIN: B000X3SZDI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. One hundred and five degreesPeterFrench 4:370.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. BarricadesPeterFrench 4:550.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The man with the moon in himPeterFrench 5:310.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Nickels and dimesPeterFrench 5:490.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Stop, look and listenPeterFrench 6:010.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. OvertimePeterFrench 3:230.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Too many rock n roll timesPeterFrench 3:590.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. DeceptionPeterFrench 6:130.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. BreakthroughPeterFrench 7:260.69  Buy MP3 


Product Description

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The release of `Unleashed' on r.a.r.e. complements the band's original classic `Growers Of Mushroom', a legendary 1970s album, reissued on Repertoire in 2005. This newly recorded set of high-octane performances features powerhouse vocalist Peter French - after spells with Cactus and Atomic Rooster - now back with a new line-up featuring fleet fingered guitarist Luke Rayner, Ed Pearson (bass) and Jimmy Rowland (drums).

Dynamic tracks such as `One Hundred And Five Degrees', `Barricades' and `Too Many Rock'n'Roll Times' epitomise the band's allegiance to the legacy of Cream, Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Outstanding cut `Breakthrough' is a new version of a song originally sung by Peter French with Atomic Rooster in the 1970s

Review

Thirty-seven years for a follow-up? It may well have been worth the wait. Leaf hound's debut, Growers of Mushrooms, was roundly ignored upon it's release in 1970. It took a while for people to realise just how good it was, by which time copies were changing hands for a grand. Sole remaining original member Pete French was a singer on par with the likes of Paul Rodgers and David Coverdale, and saw stints with Cactus and Atomic Rooster; but now back with a new band - rather than looking back- their timeless classic rock finds them soulful, heartfelt and perhaps surprisingly, Mr French sounding better than a man of his age should. As good a rock album as you could hope to hear.
Kerrang - KKKK -- KERRANG!, November 7, 2007

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All That's Good About Classic British Rock Music 20 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
We British can always hold our heads up very high when it comes to the very high calibre of musicians our small island has produced - The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Free, Black Sabbath, Radiohead, to name but a few but all of them creating different music under the broad umbrella that is rock music.
And what's even better about British rock music is that when you fancy a temporary change from classic albums like "Sgt. Pepper's", "Led Zeppelin IV" or "Wish You Were Here", with a little digging around and a little research, you can usually find some choice little obscure nugget that you didn't know existed.
Leaf Hound's 1970 album "Growers Of Mushroom" is such a nugget - highly collectible on vinyl but recently remastered onto CD, it's a great piece of classic Free/Zep-sounding British rock.
Even better, the original singer Pete French (who by now must be nearing 60), formed a new band under the Leaf Hound name and released this second album in 2006 - and it's a DAMN FINE FOLLOW UP!
Pete's vocal sound young and fresh, a little Paul Rodgers, a little Dave Lee Roth without the American accent, perhaps a little Gary Moore in there also.
The new guys in the band are also excellent, a good bluesy & hard rock rhythm section with shades of Zeppelin and Free crossed with slightly more commercial American hard rock - maybe the merest hint of Ricky Medlocke's Blackfoot.
But on the whole, a great album - there's not a bad track on it, my personal favourites are Barricades, Nickels & Dimes and Too Many Rock n Roll Times.
So if you love good, 70s-based British rock music, get this & their first album "Growers Of Mushroom", you won't be disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unleash the hound 4 Dec 2007
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36 years after the release of their debut album Leafhound are back with their second. It's been a long, worthwhile wait. Singer/ songwriter Pete French is the only original member but he has chosen three musicians who elevate this masterpiece to the top of the rock music tree. It's in the style of Zeppelin/ Free and has all the elements of those early 70's rock classics. Unleashed is essentially a 'back to basics', guitar, drums, bass and vocals album with a sprinkling of keyboards on one of the eight tracks. Two tracks feature acoustic guitar but don't worry they sound good. The album was produced by Pete French and Luke Rayner (guitar) and they've done an excellent job. All too often albums with great potential are ruined with poor production and it always seems to be the bass and drums that sound as though they've been recorded in a padded cell. Not here,you can hear every note of Ed Pearsons bass guitar and what a nice sound it is too. I think he uses a Fender Jazz or Precision. Anyway he works very tightly with Jimmy Rowland on drums whose cymbols are never over used or too loud. These guys certainly know how to play good rock music and definately know how to present it to joe public. All in all a gem. Treat yourself for Xmas you'll love it .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great record! 1 Oct 2008
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Great record with great songs and a great sound. The Musicians are flawless with real soul. The partnership of Pete French and Luke Rayner works great with some classic sounding tracks.

An album that will not disapoint!
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