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Halfbreed
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2009
At last, this all-time classic album is back, and I recommend it highly: I've known this album since I wore out the original vinyl many years back, and have remembered many of the tunes note-for-note all that time.... I have searched for the CD also for years, and now, here it is and sounding just as good as ever - and, despite my fears of over-remembering it in the rosy glow of history it really is still a great blues album with some good jazzy bits: Miller Anderson never made it as big as he should have, his solos have immaculate timing, he's a hugely underrated guitarist. The timing of Peter Dines' organ work drives the band along with the combined powerhouse of Mr Hartley's drums and Gary Thain's bass - just try and sit still while this is playing, I don't think so... highlights (for me) have always been Leavin Trunk, Sinnin For You, Born To Die. With some interesting liner notes written by Keef hisself (Yow, Keef, thanks for a very fine album, I've loved it for over 30 years!), this album encapsulates the British blues sound around 1969, and a distinctive sound it was - I reckon your collection deserves this one, it really is not like all the rest. Go on, click that button....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2009
I used to listen to this on vinyl in the 70's at a mate's who had bought it. It's a blues record, but Keef Hartley's arrangements are different and interesting. It has a novel start and finish which some will probably see as being a bit gimmicky, but it gives the cd some character I feel. My favourite tracks are Heart and Flowers Confusion Theme the Half Breed, and Born to Die, but that isn't to say the rest is naff. I think we all have favourites don't we? Give it a try if you are into blues, it's different. The re-mastering has done an excellent job.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2008
Great first album from the Keef Hartley Band.I brought the album 1st time around when it first came out in 1969. Great mix of Blues,Jazz & rock.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2010
Halfbreed is a massively overlooked album - rarely have i heard it mentioned in conversations regarding British Blues rock other than in hushed tones with furtive side glances. The tracks on this album that hit the spot are some of the best of the genre, with the album marred only slightly by a couple of weaker songs later on. All the musicians are obviously at the top of their game - that guitar tone is to die for!

I was given a copy of the first generation CD transfer and this remastered version sounds a lot better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2013
Haven't heard this for such a long time and was even better than I remembered. Is it really that old!
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on 16 February 2015
as good as I remembered, with an excellent version of 'Leavin' trunk'. I really wish they would do a cd of the double lp/cassette of which I have copies. This might well be all the Keef Hartley that one really needs......Just to Cry is also a stand-out track with haunting, bitter-sweet memories for me.....Top-notch musicianship throughout
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on 28 December 2014
I've been listening to this album for at least 45 years and Born to Die still sends shivers down the spine. Listen carefully for the fingers sliding down the strings in the 2 seconds of quiet, then the soaring guitar at the end....for me it is the finest moment of any electric blues track ever
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on 19 June 2015
One of the great albums from the era. Great musicianship, and Miller Anderson's fantastic voice. "Born To Die" and "Sinnin' For You" are worth the price of the album alone.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2008
Deleted for far too long, this excellent album is finally re-released. And, that's great news for anyone with even a passing interest in the UK's late 60's R&B scene because it contains some of Keef Hartley's, Henry Lowther's & Chris Mercer's best post John Mayall work and in "Sinnin' For You", "Just To Cry" and the superb jazz/blues jam "Hearts And Flowers/Confusion Theme/The Halfbreed" it has three absolutely classic tracks that, after 40 years, still grab space on my hi-fi and, I suspect, many others. A worthy contender for much more interest...
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on 30 April 2015
Has been my favourite blues album since it first came out on vinyl, saw them at Klooks Kleek, don't make them like this anymore.
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