Friday, April 04, 2008

Tear Gas - Piggy Go Getter (1970)

Συνεχίζω σε Βρετανικούς ρυθμούς με την πρώτη δουλειά των Tear Gas που κινήθηκαν στο χώρο του rock με κάποια prog αλλά και ψυχεδελικά στοιχεία. Θα έλεγα ότι η πρώτη πλευρά μας «αγγίζει» μουσικά στα αυστηρά γούστα μας. Νομίζω πως ο επόμενος δίσκος τους (ο ομώνυμος) είναι λίγο καλύτερος. Τα τέσσερα πρώτα κομμάτια είναι αξιόλογα. Σίγουρο πάντως είναι ότι μπορούμε να ζήσουμε και χωρίς τους Tear Gas εκτός και μας ενδιαφέρει η rock πλευρά τους.

Originally known as Mustard. Their first vocalist Andy Mulvey had previously been with The Poets. However, he was soon replaced by David Batchelor and around the same time Gilson Lavis (their original drummer, who later played with Squeeze) was replaced by Richard Monro from Ritchie Blackmore's Mandrake Root. This line-up recorded Piggy Go Getter, which made little impact. In 1970 Hugh McKenna took over Batchelor's vocal role and Ted McKenna (ex-Dream Police) relieved Monro on drums. They recorded a second album and tried to establish themselves on the underground scene but were going nowhere with their brand of tired boogie heavy rock, until they teamed up with Alex Harvey in August 1972 to become The Sensational Alex Harvey Band.
(The Tapestry of Delights)

1(B) PIGGY GO GETTER (Famous SFMA 5751) 1970 SC
2(C) TEAR GAS (Regal Zonophone SLRZ 1021) 1971 R3
NB: (2) reissued on CD (Renaissance RCD 1005) 1993 and also reissued on LP (Fist 'n' Egg FNE 001 LP) 199?, as a limited edition of 1,000.

David Batchelor - Lead vocals
Zal Cleminson - Guitar
Ted McKenna - Drums
Chris Glen - Bass


1. Lost Awakening
2. Your Woman's Gone And Left You
3. Night Girl
4. Nothing Can Change Your Mind Living For Today
5. Big House
6. Mirrors Of Sorrow
7. Look What Else Is Happenin'
8. I'm Fallin' Far Behind
9. Witches Come Today

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