Blodwyn Pig Ahead Rings Out [Bonus Tracks]
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- Released: June 5, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: EMI Europe Generic
- 1.It's Only Love
- 2.Dear Jill
- 3.Sing Me a Song That I Know
- 4.Modern Alchemist
- 5.Up & Coming
- 6.Leave It With Me
- 7.Change Song
- 8.See My Way
- 9.Ain't Ya Comin' Home, Babe?
- 10.Sweet Caroline
- 11.Walk on the Water
- 12.Summer Day
- 13.Same Old Story
- 14.Slow Down
- 15.Meanie Mornay
Blodwyn Pig includes: Mick Abrahams (vocals, guitar); Jack Lancaster (violin, flute, saxophone); Andy Pyle (bass); Ron Berg (drums).
Recorded at Morgan Studios, London, England in 1969. Includes liner notes by Mick Abrahams.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Mick Abrahams (vocals, guitar); Jack Lancaster (violin, flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Andy Pyle (electric bass, 6-string bass); Ron Berg (drums).
Liner Note Author: Mick Abrahams.
Recording information: Morgan Studios, London, England (1969).
Photographer: Brian Ward .
None of Jethro Tull's progressive rock tendencies or classical influences followed Mick Abrahams into his creation of Blodwyn Pig, even with the inclusion Jack Lancaster's sax- and flute-playing prowess. Instead, Abrahams built up a sturdy British blues-rock sound and used Lancaster's horn work to add some fire to the band's jazzy repertoire. Ahead Rings Out is a stellar concoction of gritty yet flamboyant blues-rock tunes and open-ended jazz centered around Mick Abrahams' cool-handed guitar playing, but it's the nonstop infusion of the other styles that makes the album such a solid listen. After only one album with Jethro Tull, Abrahams left to form this band, and it's evident that he had a lot of pent-up energy inside him when he recorded each of the album's tracks. With a barrage of electrifying rhythms and fleeting saxophone and woodwind excursions, cuts like "Sing Me a Song That I Know," "Up and Coming," and "Backwash" whip up highly energetic sprees of rock and blues. Most of the tracks have a hearty shot of rock up the middle, but in cuts like "The Change Song" and "Backwash," the explosive riffs are accompanied by a big band style of enthusiasm, adding even more depth to the material. Andy Pyle's bass playing is definitely distinct throughout each track and is used for anything but a steady background, while labeling Ron Berg's drumming as freewheeling and intemperate would be an understatement. It's apparent that Blodwyn Pig's style is indeed distinct, releasing a liberated and devil-may-care intensity while still managing to stay on track, but the fact that each cut convokes a different type of instrumental spiritedness is where the album really gains its reputation. Wonderfully busy and even a tad motley in some places, Ahead Rings Out shows off the power and vitality that can be channeled by combining a number of classic styles without sounding pretentious or overly inflated. A year later, Blodwyn Pig recorded Getting to This before Abrahams left the band, and although it's a solid effort, it falls just a smidgen short of Ahead Rings Out's bluesy dynamism. ~ Mike DeGagne
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