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  • Audio CD (27 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B00C132UWA
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,193 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly remastered edition of the highly collectable 1971 self-titled album by GINHOUSE. Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne, GINHOUSE were a short lived Progressive Rock trio featuring GEOFF SHARKEY (Lead Guitar & Vocals), STEWART BURLINSON (Bass Guitar & Vocals) and DAVE WHITTAKER (Drums). This power trio played a highly imaginative and powerful form of rock, coming to the attention of B&C Records in 1970. The band recorded their only album at Abbey Road studios with producer Anders Henriksson (also producer of the legendary Quatermass). The resulting record featured excellent original compositions such as Tyne God , The Journey , The House and Sun in a Bottle , along with a highly effective reworking of The Beatles And I Love Her . Disbanding soon after the release of their only album, the music of GINHOUSE is now highly sought after by collectors of early 70s Progressive Rock. This Esoteric Recordings release has been newly remastered from the original masters and includes an illustrated booklet and a new essay.

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They were from Newcastle and took their name from the song"Ginh House Blues",wich had been recorded in 1966 by The Animals.The trio quickly developed local reputation as a live band.The album was recorded at prestigious Abbey Road studios.Their music is more than special,...imaginative arrangements,changing tempos with one important flavour-keys from their producer Anders Henriksson.You can imagine willows,captured winds,wild sea in two the best songs(for me)like The Journey and Portrait Picture.Other songs are as well mighty,mellowish and absolutely unique!Simply,there's so many proofs on this 46 minutes cd from Esoteric recordings.They were:Geoff Sharkey-g.,voc.,(still in music),Stewart Burlinson-bass,v.,and Dave Whittaker-d.
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Yes this a fantastic album of the old school rock of the early 1970's
There's not a bad track on the album
Shame the only made this masterpiece.
Right up there with heavies of the day, Sabbath, Purple, and Zep.
Proud to own this, everyone should have a copy!
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Good progressive rock .
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3.0 out of 5 stars "...THEY SHOUILD HAVE BEEN HAILED AT THE TIME AS SAVIOURS AND HEROES..." 10 Jun. 2014
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
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Ginhouse was a three piece band who recorded one album, played numerous gigs opening for more well known bands, and then broke up. The band consisted of --Geoff Sharkey-lead guitar/vocals, Stewart Burlison-bass guitar/vocals, and Dave Whitaker-drums, Anders Henriksson who produced the album is heard on keyboards. Their lone album was recorded at Abbey Road after the band won the Melody Maker Battle of the Bands competition in 1970. This reissue was digitally remastered but doesn't list the source used--usually master tapes. But the sound is very good--clean and spacious without any digital harshness. The booklet has an essay on the band, song information and uses the original album graphics.

Ginhouse (named from the tune "Gin House Blues") was a progressive/at times hard-rocking trio that could shift from progressive sounding music to crunching guitar-based rock at the drop of a hat. The drumming at times is reminiscent of early King Crimson. The bass was solid and deep and oftentimes kept to a song's melody. The guitars, depending on the arrangement, were either heavy or light sounding--both electric and acoustic. Sharkey could play fast when called for, but also used acoustic guitar to good effect. You'll also hear occasional judicious use of strings ("Portrait Picture") and flute ("Fair Stood The Wind") mixed in among some songs, which help flesh out the music The vocals are right out of the 70's British scene--nothing truly outstanding but (along with the lyrics) was a good example of progressive rock of the period. All the tunes save one (The Beatles' "And I Love Her") are by the band which helps give the band's overall sound and approach to the music more depth. With song titles like "Tyne God", "The Journey", "Fair Stood The Wind", and "Sun In The Bottle" Ginhouse is a good example of early 70's progressive rock.

Ginhouse was a good band that for whatever reason didn't "make it". Perhaps it's because there were so many other similar bands during this period--who knows? But listen to "Life" with it's short yet heavy guitar solo, a piano, and progressive style drumming. "Morning After" is another example of the band's hard-rocking progressive sound. But there's several good tracks here that make this album worth hearing--especially if you're (like me) a fan of this period of British music.

Why this album has never been reviewed is a bit of a mystery. Maybe it's because the band itself is a mystery. They recorded this album and then were gone. This album begins to grow on you the more you hear it--the guitars, the bass, the drumming, the strings and keyboards, the lyrics--it's all there. Fans of (sometimes) harder progressive rock should give this a listen, Ginhouse deserved better than to be almost forgotten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 18 Jan. 2015
By arnaldo - Published on Amazon.com
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Hard and excellent,,,
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Feb. 2016
By richard b. smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Great cd
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