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Cozy Powell's Bedlam,
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This review is from: Bedlam Years (Audio CD)This review is for the triple box set release of Cozy Powell's Bedlam.
Bedlam were formed in 1972 and consisted of Frank Aiello (vocals), Dave Ball (guitars), Dennis Ball (bass) and of course Cozy Powell (drums) The first album in this triple box set is Bedlam and was released on Chrysalis Records in 1973.
This is a no-nonsense ballsy 70's rock/blues rock album in the Deep Purple (mkII), Baker-Gurvitz Army, Nazereth, Stray mould, if you like any of the mentioned bands you should have no problem with this album.
The opener 'Believe in you' is a cracking hard driving rocker and could have graced any Mk II Deep Purple album. The next track (2) 'Hot Lips' is a funky rocker, think the guitar from "Shaft' inserted into a rock song with a rock singer instead of a girly chorus. Next up is 'Sarah' (3)(not the Thin Lizzy one) a soulful rock song, then it's 'Sweet Sister Mary' (4) a similar mid-pace rock song with a funky backing. A typical Cozy intro into track 5 'Seven Long Years' a song of betrayal and love lost. Track 6 'The Beast - well what do you think it sounds like? A rocking opening with a blues rock mid section when Aiello joins in with his blues wail. "Whisky & Wine' (7) a blues rock song about drinking just how you think it should sound. 'Looking through love eyes' a soft rock song about looking thro' love eyes I suppose nicely played tuneful song but not my favourite. 'Putting on the Flesh' and 'Set me Free' a pair of rockers to finish off this fine album. I'm would this album a 3 ½ star rating if I could but Amazon don't allow that so I'll have to give it 4 as 3 wouldn't be enough.
CD2 of this collection is a set of studio tracks that feature Cozy & the Ball brothers occasionally joined by vocalists. The studio tracks include a number of covers, including Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," Cream's "Swalbr," the Yardbirds' "For Your Love," and Freddie King's "Hideaway."
CD3 is a live set from 1973 (original Bedlam line-up) that first saw light of day in 2003 (to my knowledge), this set includes a few titles from the debut LP and a 21-minute hard-rock jam based around Sanford Clark's "The Fool." and is Spinal Tap-esque in its long guitar solos.
So three CD's including all known tracks released by BEDLAM for the price of a single CD, so overall 3 or 4 stars for the music, 4 stars for value. Do you like 70's rock music? If so this is for you, if you don't then buy the latest ****** release (insert name of latest indie rock band) after all "it's only rock 'n' roll (but I like it).