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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Atmospheric Blues / Rock Record, 21 Feb. 2001
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I have enjoyed listening to this compilation cd containing 16 songs from Steamhammer, a band that first surfaced in 1969, I was a bit disappointed that there were not more tracks from their first album, there are two recordings of Juniors Wailing, one the LP version and the other which was apparently a single release,one word Brilliant ! There is a variety of songs from other albums, and you can track the changing influences of the band from the blues of Juniors Wailing, Just Passing Through, Lost You Too, to the more Jazzy, Johnny Carl Morton. If you were to ask me what other bands sounded similar, I would say that Wishbone Ash, Taste, and the Groundhogs could have been influenced by these guys or vice versa, even Jethro Tull fans could enjoy this CD. The CD starts with a 50 second track called Water which lulls you and then shocks you awake with the start of track2 Juniors Wailing which pounds it's way through one of the best R&B tracks I have ever heard, and which apparently formed the basis for Status Quo's style after they covered this one and had a hit with it! Track three Riding on The L&N is the longest at 10.11 and reminds me somewhat of Cream and then goes of in a sort of rock jazz fusion style, I have to say that this was the track I liked the least, although there is a good bass guitar solo, and driving drum rythym, which you could almost call tribal, before the lead guitar comes swirling in to join them. Hold That Train starts slowly and gradually builds itself to resemble a train clattering along the tracks, a great boogie song in the Canned heat tradition. Track 5 Passing Through there's a lovely freewheeling feel to this one, with almost a hint a of Indian influence here, a really lovely track . Autumn Song I was not so keen on this one, there is a lot of flute playing going nowhere. Track 7 When All Your Friends Are Gone another jazzy song . Lost You Too Brilliant I loved this one when I first heard it in 1970, I still love it now, a great sad Blues/rock song . Track 9 Supposed to Be Free A good melody line flows through while the guitars play a twin lead line, saxophones join later and give it the air of a late night smoke filled club. Johnny Carl Morton track 10 a driving beat and jazzy harpsichord a bit of an over indulgence. Some of Martin Pugh's guitar breaks carry heavey echo and this combined with the flute playing on track 11 Even The Clock gives a spacey feeling, great to chill out too. Track 12 Contemporary Chick con song starts off with a really folky acoustic guitar, that then soon blends into a real driving R&B song with some excellent Saxophone playing, just enough, without taking over the song. Track 13 apparently the single version of Juniors Wailing , it sounds just the same as the LP version to me. Track 14 Windmill Lots of flute to start with, drifting guitar in the background,
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Initial post: 12 Mar 2010 14:59:33 GMT
R. E. Farrow says:
Fully concur with your comments here.Fell in love with thei first album first time I head it. I am also a mega Taste and Wishbone Ash fan, On the Boards Being one of the greatest albums of that genre. INteresting comments thanks.
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