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This review is from: Quatermass (Audio CD)
This album was one of the classics from the '70s.
The musicians had a strong track record of previous band membership including the Herd; the Don Ellis Jazz Orchestra and the Merseybeats. They were innovative in their time, adopting a variety of techniques and creating several different moods. Originally launched on the Harvest label, the album is every bit as fresh thirty years later as it was then. The musicianship is very strong, from Robinson's jazzy piano and thunderous organ solo in Post War, Saturday Echo to Underwood's drum virtuoso in Laughin' Tackle.
As far as the band being a one album wonder as another reviewer stated, this is inaccurate. Their second album was due to be launched to rave pre-reviews by John Peel and the music press. Just before launch date, the band broke up and the album was never published (thus I suspect the bonus tracks). The bass player, John Gustafson ultimately joined Roxy Music; Mick Underwood, the drummer joined Gillan and Pete Robinson, the master keyboard player of the band went on to be a member of the superb and prolific band - Brand X.
Yes, you can compare them to Nice; Deep Purple; Zeppelin or ELP - just don't. Enjoy Quatermass for what they are - good clean progressive rock.
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Initial post: 27 Aug 2008 11:52:24 BDT
P R Scott says:
If anyone is interested....John Gustafson was in Hard Stuff with Paul Hammond and John Can, formerly members of Atomic Rooster. Two albums..."Bulletproof" and "Bolex Dementia"....Drummer Mick Underwood was in Strapps...Two albums "Strapps" and "Secret Damage" (yet to be released on CD). Give them ALL a listen, particularly the "Bulletproof" by Hard Stuff...you won't be disappointed.
Posted on 23 Dec 2012 14:21:38 GMT
Three blind mice/punting was released as a single. I recall hearing a version of 'monster in paradise' by quatermass on good old Mike Hardings show in the early seventies, a far superior version to the one that turned up on the Hard Stuff album. If you can stand it youtube has a terribly recorded live version of said track recorded in Germany. Pete Robinson and John Gustafon played on a couple of Shawn Phillips albums and backed him as Quatermass whilst he was living in London.
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