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5.0 out of 5 stars All That's Good About Classic British Rock Music,
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unleash the hound,
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 .
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great record!,
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!
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Return,
A Kid's Review
Peter French was gone a long time. Always a consummate hard rock singer, his voice is totally unchanged from when last we heard it in the late 70's with his solo discs. This album captures the spirit and sound of the one great and only original Leafhound and album (Growers of Mushroom) from early 1970. The group of young guns he employs are much more than a back up band. Each player has soul and fire for rock - english style, and French's co-written songs and singing drive and solidify a great album. Anyone seeking some new, early 1970's hard rock should check this out. All songs are worthy of inclusion on the album. It is a true shame there was not a second from this lineup. Perhaps if we wait another 35 years Peter French will blast out Leafhound's third. I'll wait.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unleashed by Leaf Hound,
What a brilliant album ! One of the best I have heard in a very long time. If you need to have a copy in your collection !!!
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST ROCK,
An excellent follow up to their masterpiece, Growers of Mushrooms. Tight and perfectly played. Stomping good running music. Especially good to hear 'Breakdown' again (though the Atomic Rooster original is still the best).
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