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Formed by Glen Cornick, Jethro Tull’s Bassist for their first three albums (“This Was”, “Stand Up” and “Benefit”) along with talented newcomer Guitarist Jon Blackmore – WILD TURKEY promptly pumped out two albums in the early Seventies on Terry Ellis’ Chrysalis Records to favourable press but commercial indifference.

The rest of the band featured Jeff Jones the former Drummer with Man, Lead Vocalist Gary Pickford-Hopkins from Eyes of Blue (to whose memory the reissue is dedicated) and new Lead Guitarist Alan “Tweke” Lewis. Produced by Roger Bain of Budgie and Black Sabbath fame – their debut album ‘Battle Hymn” actually dented the top 200 in the USA in early May 1972 (they were touring with Sabbath as the opening act) and that’s where this straightforward CD remaster on Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2413 (Barcode 5013929451346) comes in. It pans out as follows (43:23 minutes):

1. Butterfly
2. Twelve Streets Of Cobbled Black
3. Dulwich Fox
4. Easter Psalm
5. To The Stars
6. Sanctuary [Side 2]
7. One Sole Survivor
8. Battle Hymn
9. Gentle Rain
10. Sentinel
Tracks 1 to 10 are their debut album “Battle Hymn” – released April 1972 in the UK on Chrysalis CHR 1002 and in the USA on Reprise MS 2070

The 16-page booklet repro’s front and rear artwork, the inner gatefold and new liner notes from MALCOLM DOME that features an interview with Glenn Cornick on the formation of the band from out of British pubs and the difficulty of recording the album with an indifferent producer. The BEN WISEMAN remaster is typically excellent – great audio – remastered from original tapes.

As much as I want to like this band and this album – it’s not Budgie by any means. I say this because unlike Budgie – Wild Turkey neither rocked nor rolled and didn’t really have any great tunes of worth. Stuff like “One Sole Survivor” had some swagger for sure while the ballads “Dulwich Fox” and “Gentle Rain” feature pretty acoustic guitars accompanied on the latter by Cornick on Harpsichord. But tracks like “Butterfly” and “Battle Hymn” sound laboured musically and vocally. Better is the Side One finisher “To The Stars”.

If you’re a fan – don’t think twice – the presentation and audio is top notch...others I would advise a listen first...
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on 17 January 2014
I have given this 5 stars even though " the production" could have been a lot better but to be fair this is not the fault of the band.
I bought this album on its release in 1972 and this re-mastered edition is a very good improvement.
A clear theme about the total waste of life that war causes - there are no winners!
A really good mix of Folk/Rock but predominantly Rock and Gary Pickford Hopkins wonderful vocals particularly stand out.
If you did not hear this album the first time round - do try it now - you may well be very impressed!
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Formed by Glen Cornick, Jethro Tull’s Bassist for their first three albums (“This Was”, “Stand Up” and “Benefit”) along with talented newcomer Guitarist Jon Blackmore – WILD TURKEY promptly pumped out two albums in the early Seventies on Terry Ellis’ Chrysalis Records to favourable press but commercial indifference.

The rest of the band featured Jeff Jones the former Drummer with Man, Lead Vocalist Gary Pickford-Hopkins from Eyes of Blue (to whose memory the reissue is dedicated) and new Lead Guitarist Alan “Tweke” Lewis.

Produced by Roger Bain of Budgie and Black Sabbath fame – their debut album ‘Battle Hymn” actually dented the top 200 in the USA in early May 1972 (they were touring with Sabbath as the opening act) and that’s where this straightforward CD remaster comes in.

UK released 30 September 2013 – “Battle Hymn” by WILD TURKEY on Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2413 (Barcode 5013929451346) is a straightforward CD Remaster of their 1972 album and pans out as follows (43:23 minutes):

1. Butterfly
2. Twelve Streets Of Cobbled Black
3. Dulwich Fox
4. Easter Psalm
5. To The Stars
6. Sanctuary [Side 2]
7. One Sole Survivor
8. Battle Hymn
9. Gentle Rain
10. Sentinel
Tracks 1 to 10 are their debut album “Battle Hymn” – released April 1972 in the UK on Chrysalis CHR 1002 and in the USA on Reprise MS 2070

The 16-page booklet repro’s front and rear artwork, the inner gatefold and new liner notes from MALCOLM DOME that features an interview with Glenn Cornick on the formation of the band from out of British pubs and the difficulty of recording the album with an indifferent producer. The BEN WISEMAN remaster is typically excellent – great audio – remastered from original tapes.

As much as I want to like this band and this album – it’s not Budgie by any means. I say this because unlike Budgie – Wild Turkey neither rocked nor rolled and didn’t really have any great tunes of worth. Stuff like “One Sole Survivor” had some swagger for sure while the ballads “Dulwich Fox” and “Gentle Rain” feature pretty acoustic guitars accompanied on the latter by Cornick on Harpsichord. But tracks like “Butterfly” and “Battle Hymn” sound laboured musically and vocally. Better is the Side One finisher “To The Stars”.

If you’re a fan – don’t think twice – the presentation and audio is top notch...others I would advise a listen first...
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on 1 December 2014
Not to be confused with Battle Hymns by Manowar. Wild Turkey, formed by one time bassist with Jethro Tull, the late Glenn Cornick were a guitar/bass/drums (no flutes for this lot) hard rock/prog band that released 2 albums in the early 70s and a CD in 1996. Battle Hymn; thier debut offering from 1971 lacks the self indulgence found on a lot of records at the time and concentrates on shorter ( mainly all under 5 mins) progressive hard rock tunes.
Highlights include the riff laden title track and Butterfly. Easter Psalm. The acoustic Sanctuary. And Gentle Rain; with a great solo at the end, that song should have been the album closer, but they opted to end this fine record with Sentinel instead!
Another classic underrated album. A pity the follow up (turkey) wasn't as good.
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on 3 October 2012
This is an old album that I have been looking for on CD. When it arrived I could not wait to play it. It sounds as good as I remembered I saw the band in the early 70`s. I bought the album on vinyl. When CD`s came out I started looking for it. Now I have it.n It is well worth a listen.
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on 4 April 2015
Just a must have. Melodic rock.
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on 8 January 2014
It had to sound like Tull!
But a very poor Tull at that!
Very poor sound quality as well.
If you've had a hard day this will send you to sleep!
All in all a bore!
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