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Excellent and about-time! reissue of BD's first album,
By A Customer
This review is from: Back Door (Audio CD)
It's a pure wonderment that this terrific lp from 1972 has been unavailable for almost thirty years - but then when you recall it was first issued on lp by a local pub on the Yorkshire Moors that the three-piece band played at, it's incredible it ever saw much exposure at all. However, Warner records picked up on the word of mouth regarding this jazz-blues three piece and reissued the lp nationally to great acclaim in 1973, surprising considering this particular three piece did indeed have the then-regulation drums and bass, but instead of the then-normal rock-god lead guitar substituted an excellent saxophonist.
Ron Aspery was a brilliant saxplayer, but if anything the lead instrument was Colin Hodgkinson's electric bass, played fast and chorded like a guitar. Amazing then, much copied since, but rarely equalled. Drummer Tony Hicks was at least equal to the others, playing in the front line of the sound definately, but with a degree of taste, restraint, and delicacy that is unusual in either jazz or rock drummers, to whom more and louder is generally mistakenly believed to be better.
All twelve pieces on the lp are original instrumentals, all deeply melodic, perhaps more bluesey in feel than jazz, but without a standard blues lick between the lot of them. It's endlessly surprising to me how these cuts sound and feel both dense and open and spacey at the same time - the only image that comes to mind is the three musicians bunched closely together playing in the centre of an open plain. Quite apt, considering their Yorkshire Moors debut, perhaps. Each piece is short and to the point (was this jazz-blues punk? - no perhaps not...), long enough to impress and surprise, and stick in the mind, but short enough to have deep impact and be as surprisingly groovy and stimulating as the best rock and pop always is. It's also astonishingly optimistic and cheerful-sounding in the best possible way.
I've had enormous pleasure from this lp ever since I first bought a vinyl copy in 1973, and I'm absolutely thrilled it's now out on cd - and I strongly urge everyone to try it - you'll like it!