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on 6 February 2001
Between me and my mate, Nick, we have just about every album this band ever released (and thats lots). I just went back and bought the CD as I lent the vinyl to someone years ago and they never returned it! Gold Plated is probably the most commercial album Climax ever released and includes their one and only UK Chart single "Couldn't get it right". It also sees them at the height of their powers and with the classic line up. Production is better than some of their more ropey efforts, and the music is a mix of rock, blues and funk. The main reason they never made it is that some of their lyrics are the naffest you have ever heard (Savry Gravy from this album and the legendary track "Mole on the Dole")However if you like good musicianship and believe that one day you will find the ultimate blues combo in a pub in some God forsaken hole (such as Stafford) get on this!
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on 13 August 2009
Excellent blues flavoured album which includes some great funky tracks and their only real hit "Couldn't Get It Right". Peter Haycock remains a truly gifted guitarist who has never really achieved the recognition he so richly deserves. A great opportunity to hear him along with Colin Cooper's sax and gravelly vocals at their absolute best!
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on 13 July 2015
Funky blues not really my genre but got this in 76 after seeing them at the Reading festival - despite the mega line-up Climax Blues Band shone out with their brilliance live. Worth it for the first two tracks and they stand up well - very confident playing by proper musicians.
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on 1 October 2015
I used to have this on vinyl. Briefly when it came out but thanks to the astouridng Raw live and Rare 3rd set in have rediscovered this all over again along with the stamp and reel to reel albums
Firstly it sound simply fantastic thanks to a beautiful remaster by Mark Poxwell at Esoteric whose climax reissue programme this is a part of plus it has 7 worthy bonus tracks that add almost 28 minutes extra music and a very informative booklet this band has a very subtle oomph to their music and it's a album that grows in stature as you ilsten to it more and more ad on Peter Haycock they had a guitarist of texture tone and taste and with Colin Coopers sax an extra element to their sound
Top class album.
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on 12 September 2012
Certainly, in these modern, made to order musical times it is more than a little refreshing to re-sample traditional Blues rock from a band that might not be the founders of the genre but who have certainly mastered the effortless, laid back bass rifts required.

An excellent album that comes highly recommended.
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on 1 May 2014
They're both sadly gone now, but while they were active together between 1968 and 1984, ace guitarist Peter Haycock with his clear high voice and falsetto skill, together with Colin Cooper, prime saxophonist and vocal counterpoint to Pete with his guttural, Alexis Korner type baritone voice, supplied the Blues and more - Soft Funk that touched the souls and minds of the people, especially in America - they accepted these coals from Newcastle, or rather Stafford, with joy.
"Together And Free", the opening track, sums it up, and more jewels like "Mighty Fire" and the mega hit "Couldn't Get It Right follow on. Great cover, too - this short and sweet album is a must-have from 1976. Then again, get them all.
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on 27 February 2014
This band certainly deserves its own radio station. This album is truly fantastic, will certainly be buying their other ones.
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on 8 October 2015
Once again brilliant it had one of the songs I had forgotten about
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on 25 July 2014
excellent
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on 26 October 2015
couple of good tracks but that's it
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