Blodwyn Pig — Ahead Rings Out
(EMI 357685 2, 1969/2006, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2007-03-01Perhaps one day this classic by the Jethro Tull offshoot led by original guitarist Mick Abrahams will get a proper reissue, but until then this latest remastered version from EMI will have to do (and it's far better than the earlier booklet-less picture disc version that BGO put out about 15 years ago). Starting with a blues-rock style not far removed from much of This Was, the four-piece which included woodwind player Jack Lancaster, as well as the hot shot rhythm section of Andy Pyle (b) and Ron Berg (d) brought that sound far closer to the jazz axis than Tull was ever willing to go, especially evident on opener "It's Only Love" and the brilliant "The Modern Alchemist." Abrahams is a commanding vocalist, perfectly suited to the material presented, which includes all songs from the British and U.S. releases of the LP, "Sweet Caroline" (b-side of the "Dear Jill" single), a-and b-sides of two additional singles, and a lost track from the second album sessions. So what’s wrong? "Ain't Ya Comin' Home" is a completely different recording than the one on the LP (which incidentally, Black Sabbath nicked for "Fairies Wear Boots" a year or so later). The main track order is neither the U.S. or British version of the LP (though the booklet claims it's the latter!), with "Backwash" being relegated to the bonus track section. And they used that horrendous magenta background U.K. artwork instead of the clearly superior U.S. "target" cover. Extensive liner notes by Abrahams.
Related artist(s): Blodwyn Pig
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more