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: Do you guys and gals think Ian likes Steely Dan? I've been thinking about this recently. Ian has stated that he doesn't listen to much music, but I'm sure he's heard a lot of the Dan.
Apr 9, 2019 18:16:31 GMT
steelmonkey: Back from vacation just in time to buy tickets for the first anniversary tour of the fiftieth anniversary tour. Tull countdown to July 9th !
Apr 10, 2019 19:19:54 GMT
JTull 007: Irvine FivePoint Amphitheatre on July 6th ?
Apr 12, 2019 1:17:14 GMT
tryin2b: Hi Geostrehl U gotta luv Steely.have u heard "everything must go"? but i gotta say as a player, I don't feel the same groove. It's the difference between Cajun and Appallacian. I love them both
Apr 12, 2019 5:12:50 GMT
geostrehl: Everything Must Go is a fantastic album. Behind Tull, Steely Dan is my fav. It's busy and complicated, but not in a prog way (like Tull), but more in a jazz way. I just wonder what Ian thinks of Donald Fagen, and the other way around.
Apr 12, 2019 14:13:33 GMT
nonrabbit: Steely Dan were a huge part of my teenage years in the early 70's. Had every album - listened daily - dreamed of seeing them Live.
Apr 14, 2019 12:01:38 GMT
botanicman: Great show from Martin and the gang in Lebanon NH tonight. Fantastic setlist...with Clive and Dee on board!
Apr 19, 2019 4:38:32 GMT