Blodwyn Pig – Getting To This (1970) (@320)
24 Nov 2007
(Review from headheritage.co.uk, amazon)
“Getting To This” is in the same mould as its ground-breaking predecessor “Ahead Rings Out” but blessed with even more invigorating edge and energy. It’s a chaotic ball of noise from a wonderful era. The influence of Jack Lancaster’s jazzy saxophone is much more strongly felt. It is a sometimes gentle and thoughtful, sometimes rocking fusion of jazz, rock and blues.
“Variations On Nainos” with Jack Lancaster giving the one-legged, jockstrapped wonder a real run in the fluting race. The wind flourishes at the start of the song are a gas – pun not intended – and Andy Pyle’s bass licks during the band solos a wonder of the Western rock ‘n’ roll world.
The album’s heaviest song is ‘See My Way’, featuring Abrahams’ well lubricated larynx on fine form, great dynamics, and a central guitar solo that literally flies off the vinyl and soars round the ceiling like a cuttlefished canary while Pyle and Berg piledrive a backing.
All-too-short but delicious “Long Bomb Blues”, delightfully sardonic and catchy, leading straight into “The Squirreling Must Go On” – a reference to the guitarist’s “This Was” showcase of two years’ previous, but much, much harder and relentless — about as heavy as a band can get without getting heavy metal.
“Worry”, a rare Andy Pyle composition, is very intense with rising and falling unison lines, a belting sax solo in a far off key, and big, bad, jazz-inflected chords bursting through an orange amp to a fulcrum near you.
Whether Blodwyn Pig would have excelled in the same way as Tull at reinventing themselves at regular intervals and thus prolonging their career – who knows. Personalities went their separate ways long before the music lost its exuberance.
* Mick Abrahams – guitar, vocals, seven-string guitar, tenor guitar
* Jack Lancaster – flute, violin, electric violin, tenor sax, baritone sax, soprano sax, phoon horn, cornet
* Andy Pyle – electric bass, six-string bass
* Ron Berg – drums, tympani
* Graham Waller – piano
01. Drive Me – 3:19
02. Variations on Nainos – 3:47
03. See My Way – 5:04
04. Long Bomb Blues – 1:07
05. The Squirreling Must Go On – 4:22
06. San Francisco Sketches – 8:11
07. Worry – 3:43
08. Toys – 3:03
09. To Rassman – 1:29
10. Send Your Son to Die – 4:25
11. Summer Day (Bonus) – 3:48
12. Walk On The Water (Bonus) – 3:42
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