Steamhammer – Reflection (1969) (@256)
17 Feb 2007
(Review from progarchives.com, allmusic.com)
Steamhammer formed in 1968 in the British town of Worthing. The band was made up of several blues and folk band veterans who were interested in playing something new. The band was pulled onto the road almost directly after their inception by blues legend Freddie King, who needed a backing band for his European tour.
Steamhammer’s debut is clearly entrenched into the second wave of British Blues Boom along with Ten Years After, Savoy Brown, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and others. However, this album has enough progressive overtones to indicate that the next albums will be of more interest for the progheads. There are many fine moments on this album full of good interplay and good songwriting making this album a sort of example of progressive blues and proto-prog.
Martin Pugh’s guitar is fluid and is generously featured in short, bluesy solos. Rhythm guitarist Martin Quittenton, bassist Steve Davy and drummer Michael Rushton are discret and efficient through all this album, allowing full space to Pugh and White to shine. As session musicians Harold McNair adds some jazzy flute and future Jefferson Starship member Pete Sears plays piano. White and Quittenton wrote almost all songs, leaving space to B. B. King’s “You’ll Never Know” and Eddie Boyd’s “Twenty-Four Hours”. A brief instrumental “Water” splitted in two parts, begins and ends the proceedings.
- Kieran White / vocals, harmonica, acoustic guitar
- Martin Pugh / lead guitar
- Martin Quittenton / guitar
- Steve Davey / bass
- Michael Rushton / drums
01. Water, Pt. 1 (0:52)
02. Junior’s Wailing (3:18)
03. Lost You Too (3:28)
04. She Is the Fire (3:10)
05. You’ll Never Know (3:27)
06. Even the Clock (3:49)
07. Down the Highway (4:28)
08. On Your Road (2:43)
09. Twenty-Four Hours (7:28)
10. When All Your Friends Are Gone (3:49)
11. Water, Pt. 2 (1:44)
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