karma41: Recently bought Mick Abraham's "This Was" remake. Initially thought it might be a waste of money but am pleasantly surprised. His guitar is outstanding. Can anyone recommend another of his albums worth checking out.
If you have no other Blodwyn Pig or Mick Abrahams' albums in your collection, I'd certainly investigate the first two albums "Ahead Rings Out" and "Getting To This". Both were recorded after he left JT and show how his musical mind was working and I for one can't fault either.
If you'd like a taster of these albums both are on youtube which are included in the "Mick Abrahams and Blodwyn Pig" thread.
Following those two I'd go for his solo offerings but initially I'd avoid some of the live albums which were issued in the early 90s as some are no better than "lo fi" bootlegs.
Recent offerings that are good include "Cat Squirrel Blues" (a 2 cd live recording, cd 1 is mainly acoustic blues and cd 2 is with the full band line up) and "Radio Sessions '69 - '71" which are mainly from the BBC.
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Blodwyn Pig Release New PIGTHOLOGY Compilation September 19 3:53 2013 www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/Blodwyn-Pig-Release-New-PIGTHOLOGY-Compilation-20130919 British blues-rock legends Blodwyn Pig, featuring original Jethro Tull guitarist Mick Abrahams, have released a new compilation of rare unreleased recordings titled 'Pigthology' on Gonzo MultiMedia UK. Along with Abrahams (vocals, guitars), the band featured Jack Lancaster (saxes, flutes, violin, keys and wind controllers), Andy Pyle (bass), and Ron Berg (drums) and was later joined by Jethro Tull's Clive Bunker on drums. Produced by Mick Abrahams and Jack Lancaster, 'Pigtholgy' features re-mastered recordings of Blodwyn Pig's most beloved and successful songs "Dear Jill", "See My Way" and "Drive Me", along with unreleased live and studio material.
Blodwyn Pig in its first form was a legend in rock history hitting the top of the LP charts in Britain and elsewhere around the world. The band received new recognition and inspiration when the track "Dear Jill" was used in Cameron Crow's movie 'Almost Famous'. Many bands credit Blodwyn Pig with being a huge influence at the start of their careers, including rock legends Aerosmith. There are several fan sites across the internet which still attest to the group's popularity. Through the years several bands have recorded covers of Blodwyn tunes, the most noted being Joey Ramone's version of "See My Way".
Blodwyn Pig played alongside Led Zeppelin, The Who, Procul Harem, BB King, Miles Davis, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd and Joe Cocker at the Isle Of Wight rock festivals, and the Reading rock festival. The "Pig" completed two successful American tours, playing venues like the Filmores, numerous universities and the LA Forum. Most of the recordings on 'Pigology' are from this period.
A few notes from Jack Lancaster: "On 'Baby Girl' Mick played piano as an overdub, otherwise the track was played live in the studio. 'Cosmogrification', this was a reformed Blodwyn with Clive Bunker on drums. We only did a short tour. Clive joined because of Rin Berg's illness. I play piano on 'Monkinit' - I mention this because normally we never used keyboard on tracks."
See My Way - recorded at Mick Abrahams studio (date unknown) Baby Girl - recorded at BBC Maida Vale studios, John Peel show (1970) Dear Jill - recorded at Mick Abrahams studio (date unknown) Monkinit (A tribute to Thelonious Monk) - recorded at Verdant studios Hollywood, CA (date unknown) Drive Me - recording location unknown (1970) The Change Song - live at the Marquee Club Soho (1969) Cosmogrification - live at Luton Town Hall (1973) Same Old Story - recorded at BBC Maida Vale studios, John Peel show (1970) Hound Dog - recorded at Mick Abrahams studio (date unknown) Sly Bones - recorded at Mick Abrahams studio, Verdant studios Hollywood, CA (date unknown) It's Only Love - outtake, Morgan studios (1969) Stormy Monday - Mick Abrahams studio (date unknown)
"Ahead Rings Out" is one of the great "lost" classics of the late 60s. Love the fusion of blues and jazz stylings. Both "Stand Up" and "Ahead Rings Out" were released in 1969 -- what a massive explosion of talent from all involved!
geostrehl: Oh god - Secret Language of Birds is almost 19 years old!!!!
Jan 11, 2019 0:52:40 GMT
maddogfagin: Now where have they gone ?
Jan 11, 2019 16:55:39 GMT
futureshock: The secret language of birds: millions of yrs old. Just 18+ yrs ago, someone tackled that idea and radiated music back on the topic. That's why it's one of the best reviewed solo albums out there! Chirp that in your blender and take it to the riverside.
Jan 12, 2019 17:23:27 GMT
maddogfagin: And don't forget the owls
Jan 13, 2019 8:25:08 GMT
futureshock: "The Secret Silence Of Owls"...... second best album by Hoo-Hooo-HooooDat
Jan 13, 2019 20:21:05 GMT
JTull 007: A wallaby is a general name for about 30 species of macropod which are smaller than kangaroos and are found across Australia.
Jan 22, 2019 2:41:50 GMT
maddogfagin: And Devon & Cornwall for some reason. There have been multiple sightings of marsupials in the area over the years although not recently. Possibly been eaten by the legendary Beast of Bodmin perhaps ? 🐱👤
Jan 23, 2019 7:16:39 GMT
futureshock: "Macropod". That sounds like the ultimate. "Hello, my name is J.P.Carruthers, Macropod, Intended At Large. My podcast is in Wales. I play the glass harmonica in 7 languages and edit outgoing Sumerian braille. Please leave a message."
Jan 29, 2019 4:27:34 GMT
maddogfagin: Macropod sounds like an overlarge ipod, as opposed to a minipod used by small furry animals.
Jan 29, 2019 7:53:50 GMT
steelmonkey: I am seeing the great Richard Thompson tonight at a stand up venue, the Venerable Fillmore in SF. The gig should be fun... I should be strong.
Feb 1, 2019 18:00:29 GMT
nonrabbit: I'll be thinking of you.....Beeswing!! Hope he sings it twice. Enjoy BerniE
Feb 1, 2019 18:40:33 GMT
futureshock: Ages ago, I saw Mr. Thompson at the Vancouver Folk Fest, but I worked fence security and was far away, couldn't hear much. Just being there was amazing though, near the musicians all weekend, saw amazing things. Live music is BEST!
Feb 2, 2019 21:08:59 GMT
steelmonkey: 'Tragic busy at work but celebrating 44th anniversary of best Tull show ever: Feb. 5, 1975 in El Paso,Texas, one of two gigs inserted in between the famous, 5 night run in LA. Listened to War Child and think 'Two Fingers is better than 'Lick Fingers'.
Feb 5, 2019 20:34:31 GMT
maddogfagin: War Child is a great album, criminally underrated in the music press but loved by the vast majority of fans.
Feb 15, 2019 7:58:43 GMT
ash: I really like War Child. Skating Away plays every time I boot my PC
Feb 17, 2019 14:16:49 GMT
maddogfagin: Look how we balance the world on the tips of our noses, like Sealions with a ball at the carnival.
Feb 20, 2019 16:15:42 GMT