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Ahead Rings Out (Remastered)

Ahead Rings Out (Remastered)

5 Jun 2006
4.8 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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Jethro Tull's first album "This Was" was released on the now legendary Island label in October of 1968 with MICK ABRAHAMS on lead guitar. Dissatisfied with the result, Abrahams left and was replaced by the brilliant MARTIN BARRIE. Abrahams then roped in JACK LANCASTER on Sax, Flute & Violin, ANDY PYLE on Bass and RON BERG on Drums and formed the delightfully named and much revered BLODWYN PIG (Abrahams himself handling lead guitar, vocals and all the principal song writing).

In the middle of 1969 - they popped into Morden Studios in Willesden in London and with Producer Andy Johns (brother of the famous Glyn Johns) promptly produced this much-loved gem. The "Blods" or The "Pig" as they're affectionately known over here in Blighty made only two albums before Abrahams finally went solo. This release "Ahead Rings Out" was their UK debut in August 1969 on Island Records ILPS 9101 (Stereo Only). The America equivalent went out on A&M SP-4210 on their famous Tan label but with a different track line up on Side 2. This CD (64:44 minutes) as I outline below will allow fans to finally sequence either configuration. The album was housed in the now famous and revered 'head and headphones' gatefold sleeve on both sides of the pond (slight variant in the USA) and the album's witty and detailed liner notes are also reproduced on this June 2006 EMI reissue CD (Catalogue No: 357 6852).

Vinyl Versus CD:
Initial runs of the record were on the hugely desirable "Pink" Island Label Design here in the UK - followed by a second press on the "Pink Rim" Label. Both have been difficult to find across the years ("Ahead" was followed in the UK in April 1970 by their second and last proper album, "Getting To This" on Chrysalis Records ILPS 9122).
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This album's simply great. With its iconic album cover and unique sound, it should be regarded as a stone cold classic (well, it is in certain circles anyway. Wake up Top 100 compilers of the world).

Its the lack of pretension that I like - its just a formidable band, who pretty much base their music on blues, but it being the late sixties, it takes some really interesting turns.

Not being one of these blues guitar purests, I'm not going to judge Mick Abrahams the axe god, but it does sound pretty juicy, and solos never outstay their welcome, and are integrated with the rest of the band, sometimes letting other instrument to take over.

The songs are great too, and it works as an album, and the extras are great too.
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Were I to be marooned on a desert island, this would be one of the ten albums that would help me while away the days. It has vibrancy, verve, panache. Mick Abrahams guitar work is like watching fireworks goes off. The reeds are as a cool as a white christmas and the rythm section just pulses. Yep, when I play this record the good times and feelings just roll.
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By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Aug. 2009
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I got this as a long time Jethro Tull fan. Having listened to (and loved) their first album 'This Was', I was intrigued by the disagreement between Mick Abrahams and Ian Anderson, which caused Abrahams to leave and form Blodwyn pig, and decided to get this as an indication of where Abrahams wanted to take Tull.

What a wonderful album this is! It's very much like early period Tull, I can't really see where Abrahams and Anderson disagreed musically. It doesn't take itself as seriously as Tull did, but is a great, light-hearted mix of blues and jazz, with a very British feel to it. Very hard to pigeon hole, this can only be described as a bit unusual, but very listenable. It's rarely been out of my CD player since I bought it.

The CD production is good, with some interesting liner notes from Abrahams. The remastering has been well done, and the sound is nicely balanced. The bonus tracks are worthwhile and add to the package.

A very worthwhile buy for anyone interested in British blues/jazz a la Jethro Tull, Alexis Korner and the like.
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Variously known as The Pig or The Blods, I first saw them at Swansea University c.1969 and thought they were one of the best blues-jazz-rock bands I had seen so immediately bought the vinyl album. I have now bought the CD and was amazed to find that the best track on it - the rocking "See My Way" wasn't on the UK version I owned. What a loss that was. It's even better than the classic "Dear Jill". The bonus tracks on this album I can take or leave - with the exception of "Backwash" which was on the vinyl album I owned and which I like very much. A truely superb album. But, being Welsh, and having had an Aunty Blod and a cat named Blodwyn, how did the name "Blodwyn Pig" come about? I wish I knew.
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a fantastic debut album with Mick's sublime slide guitar. Its a mixture of blues/jazz/rock that only the late 60s/70s has seemed to produce! Coupled wiv' a sly bit of Cockney/London/Estuary humour here and there, its a CLASSIC!!!! 'Getting to This' is almost as good and sadly the level that these two albums reached have never really been duplicated, though Mick has done quite a few albums since. Jack Lancaster's sax never intrudes but only adds to the quality of the music. Andy Pyle and Ron Berg add to the blend and if you purchase this album and the next one you will have 2 essential 70s albums! Supposedly there is also a 'Live at the Fillmore' out there somewhere but so far, I have been unable to find out too much about it...worth obtaining maybe if you can get it.....
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