Personnel: Martin Turner, Andy Powell, Ted Turner (vocals, guitar); Steve Upton (drums).
Liner Note Author: Dave Ling.
Recording information: De Lane Lea Studios, London, England.
Photographer: Gene Brownell.
Unknown Contributor Role: Kuni Takeuchi.
The debut album by the long running British rock institution finds their formula already in place - a little blues, a little folk, a little Yes style riffing, and some endearingly cosmic lyrics. The band's basis is the tag team guitars of Andy Powell and Ted Turner.
In what was a fairly innovative move in 1970 the two alternate harmony riffs a la the Allman Brothers ("Blind Eye") or play dueling solos in the manner of the San Francisco bands that preceded them. In fact, the album's centerpiece, the epic 10-minute "Phoenix," is precisely the sort of psychedelic jam that used to really wow them at the Fillmore during the Summer of Love--think the Grateful Dead with a tighter rhythm section.