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5.0 out of 5 stars Blues forged into a juggernaut of sound-Mr McPhee and ensemble deliver a great 39 minutes of sound, 11 Jun 2012
This review is from: Split (Audio CD)
The three times I saw them live around 1970 they were showcasing this album. Live, Groundhogs were a very tight outfit. Fireworks guaranteed with explosive drumming, taut bass and incendiary guitar playing. Tony McPhee was one class guitarist, schooled in blues who never received the credit he was due. "Split" is as many reviewers noted almost in the heavy metal category, but it is the blues structures that differentiate it and that while many progressive bands trod the path towards metal, particularly those with centrepiece guitarists (think UFO, Uriah Heep-even Stray and of course, Pink Fairies), Groundhogs were in the category of Stan Webb's Chicken Shack and Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. And like Mr Webb, they played most guitar driven bands off stage and then some. In 2012, "Split" still carries a mark of genius. A great band at its best, all parts working to produce a dense wall of sound, driven by relentless energy that only pauses to deliver one of the better British traditional blues tracks "Groundhog". It has one of the most adrenalin pushing tracks in "Cherry Red"-play it loud, it will take the paint work off the walls with one full throttled roar of pulsing thrash. The "Split" suite carries the album with inventiveness and an attempt to forge past boundaries that made "Thank Christ For the Bomb" (their previous album)-water treading. For me, "Split" was Groundhogs at their most creative. It is rare in catching the live sound on vinyl. I think Tony McPhee deserved better than the reputation left by Groundhogs. They were more accomplished and better musicians than the likes of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple et al and with "Cherry Red" they had a theme piece of raging guitar and tight backing, strangled set back vocals, second to none.
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