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on 10 July 2011
This is the one and only real "Wicked Lady", formed in 1968 in Northampton by Martin Weaver (guitars, vocals), "Mad" Dick Smith on drums and Bob (aka Motorist) Jeffries on bass. It's not some anemic girlies' act, or doom/gooth formation of the later days. And this is the same power-trio which made "Psychotic Overkill" (Psychotic Overkill - the same album, with minor changes, is around as "Blow Your Mind").
There are many roumours (unconfirmed mainly*) about "Wicked Lady", but obviously they were born out of the heaviest and darkest side of British R&B, and fast evolved into self-abusive riotous power trio, which blossomed in bikers' clubs and enjoyed that aggressive, violent and unlawful athmosphere. The reputation of "Wicked Lady" was as menacing as their music (trivia: the frontman beat to pulp an A&M man, the drummer threw the kit into the audience, and had to be dragged by his bandmates from stage after shouting "Pink Fairies are sh.."** for 15 minutes - gross exaggeration - anyone who toured with rock band or at least went to real live gig should remember that the roadies and the security men were not recruited from good Samaritans, and same concerns the audience - anyone who tried that kind of attitude would have been trashed to dust in to time; furious club owners had to pull the plug on the band after they kept playing on and on the same song being totally stoned and drunk).
"Wicked Lady" might lack some finesse of Black Sabbath, and Martin Weaver's voice doesn't fit properly a hard rock band (it's more on mainstream side and has no hypnotising power), but music is excellent - mesmerizing tribal beat, fuzzy guitars, lengthy psychedelic improvisations... Definitely, this band deserves to be called doom-pioneers, or fathers of stoner rock.
The sound of the recording is not great (rumoured to be done in home studio), but is more than impressive - the hypnosis of pure adrenaline & amphetamines (au par with the sound of Shiver). The debut album has tracks from 1968-1972 (before "Psychotic Overkill").
Original "Wicked Lady" split in 1970, to re-surface same year with the new bassist - Del "German Head" ("Deutschekopf") Morley, and to produce in 1972 "Psychotic Overkill" with sex'n' drugs saga of "Sin City" and 21 minutes epic of sheer madness "Ship of Ghosts". The album was further step into depressing dark psychedelia (it was re-released as "Blow Your Mind" - Swedish bootleg - with minor changes in the order of songs, minus immortal "Voodoo Chile" , plus cheap sexy photo of well-worn whore on the cover).
Both albums had been bootlegged heavily (recently on Kissing Spell = Erebus Records = Radioactive), with the leaflets spreading pathetic lies and outright stupidity - Martin Weaver becoming soldier of fortune in Africa (in fact, after "Wicked Lady" he moved to Round the Edges***, and then - to On the Threshold of Reality; Weaver and "Mad" Smith being members of the same chapter of Hells' Angels - brothers, we are talking about 1968! Angels were introduced to London by George Harrison in 1969 only; "Psychotic" been recorded in the basement on a stolen 2-tape open reel deck.
Yes, I have to admit that the quality of the sound is sub-standard to a certain point, but don't get discouraged by that - it's still there.
I wish that "Angel Air" or "Rockadrome" will take the task to re-issue both albums with proper sound and proper booklets - "Wicked Lady" really deserves it, and this homage is long overdue
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* I failed to find a source of information able to corroborate these stories
** "Wicked Lady" obviously was billed together with "Fairies", which was a rather heavy act too - Neverneverland
*** The story of "Dark" is a bit confusing - apparently it was founded in the same 1968 by Steve Giles, and both very very close at that time; on "Round the Edges" Weaver appears not as main member, and is absent on bonus tracks
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on 13 September 2014
Unknown band but that was a heavy and 'killer' rock!
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on 15 April 2013
muy buen grupo, no los conocia hasta ahora pero me gusto, sobre todo el tono un poco pastoso de la guitarra mezclado con un sonido pop; voy por el segundo disco de este grupo que al parecer es mäs heavy.
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