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5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty indeed, 31 Dec 2007
This review is from: A Jug of Love (Audio CD)
Martin Stone for me ranks as one of the UK's most interesting and underrated guitarists. Having been in Stones Masonry and the early raw Savoy Brown Blues band he left before the latter made it big in the States. He progressed literally to the Action which then transformed into Mighty Baby. Seemingly always ahead of the curve and ever moving here we find him in Jerry Garcia/Byrds west coast meets country territory. Intricate, tasteful playing which is a joy. I was previously only familiar with the the first harder edged Mighty Baby album so this was a treat to discover.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a delightful surprise..., 4 Jun 2007
This review is from: A Jug of Love (Audio CD)
What a delightful surprise to have this gently magical album available once more.

For this recording, the band had moved on from the driving psychedelic sounds of the previous album, eponymously titled 'Mighty Baby'. Their sound now hovered somewhere in that dreamy-hippy world between the gentle country rock of The Byrds, the unhurried and extended nature of The Grateful Dead and the eclectic Englishness of early Caravan.

Along with other alternative / progressive bands (eg The Edgar Broughton Band, Hawkwind, Gong, et al) in Britain at this time, Mighty Baby often knowingly eschewed mainstream commercial logic - but, did enjoy a favoured reputation as one of the most talented of the regular free festival troubadours. They played at the first 1971 Glastonbury Fayre - 'A Blanket in my Museli' is enshrined on the enigmatically rare triple LP of the occasion (which has coincidently been recently re-released on Akama in both LP and CD formats, inspiringly once again with all the goodies and stuff which made the originals such fantastic artifacts. The CD includes the DVD of the David Puttnam film of the festival - absolutely do check it out!)

As for Jug of Love, the feel of this album deliciously epitomises their spiritual release from the frighteningly dark world of fame and success. Much of this recording is a gentle celebration of their new found Sufism, with most members having recently undergone spiritual awakenings fuelled by their intellectual idealism. The result is a band musically painting in washes of watercolour and is a truely peaceful hippy vibe!

In this re-issue you get the original album, plus A and B sides of the pre-album publicity single and two unreleased demos. This CD amply demonstrates the high standard that all re-releases could be: properly re-imaged original cover art, a wonderfully informative booklet with an insightful interview with the band, some cracking rare photos and the bonus tracks are (for once) really worth having!

As an album it still works as a conceptual whole - but there have to be stand out tracks and for me it has to be Virgin Spring. What I was not prepared for was the brilliant alternative recording of Virgin Spring, the B side to the single, nor the haunting ambience of one of the un-released demos: Ancient Traveller. After numerous listenings, its hard to tell which of the Virgin Springs I like most: the original album's acoustic guitar is bliss itself...but then again the deftness of the electric guitar on the single's B side is literally devine...but the again the melancholic and etheral beauty of the Ancient Mariner is fragile and mantric...!

Its all great stuff - delightfully understated British progressive, acid folk, mildly psychedelic, country rock.

Suffice to say, treat yourself - go and buy it right now!

Postscript: after Mighty Baby, their guitarist Martin Stone, went on to fire up Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers (the infamously talented but again financially unlucky 1970s Pub Rock band). Again, do check out their CDs: Bongos over Balham and I'll be Home. Bongos is just brilliant - by far the best Pub Rock album made; I'll be Home is an equally delightful collection of alternative takes and live material. Though a very 'different music': upbeat, dancey, frivolous, you can hear the 'Mighty Baby sound' of Martin's guitar. Nice!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow, 20 Dec 2008
This review is from: A Jug of Love (Audio CD)
This is the most exciting find since "American Beauty" They should not be from the uk, this is West Coast Rock, Jerry Garcia would be proud of this.
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