Zior – Every Inch A Man (1972) (@256)
09 Dec 2008
(Review from rateyourmusic.com)
This is the unreleased second album of Zior, mainly recorded in 1971.
Every band should want their first album track to be a doozy, one to remember as well as possibly set the course of the album. “Entrance to the Devil”, expertly named, can do just that with its intro of phantasmal screams, devilish laughter, feedback, and a nifty heavy riff that reminds of Sabbath. Keith Bonsor’s vocals are a low-end, garbled mess.
“The Chicago Spine” begins heavy enough with some one-shot power chords, then ambles to a moderately paced rocker Steppenwolf could’ve easily conjured. The vocals remain low, even guttural compared to most of that period. Harp, played by drummer Peter Brewer, kicks off the more timid, yet heavy undertoned “Have You Heard the Wind Speak”. Partially high-pitched whispered vocals swirl within pseudo wind effects, chinking tambourine, and a quirky rhythm.
Probably one of the most interesting tracks is “Time is the Reason”, a serene, yet dashing display of folksy paired acoustics, clean mid-range vocals imploring disheartening lyrics to life, and a strange up-tempo forlorn feel. “She’ll Take You Down” abandons the clean vocals for the original husky ones and is one of those patented blues tracks that gives me time for a four minute snooze. “Dudi Judy” is in old-time rock mode, a hand clappin’ hip shaker that doesn’t do all that much for me. Heavy grooves hoof forward for the fuzz-addicted rhythms of “Strange Kind of Magic”, a slow churner with memorable rhythms and chorus that can easily eat into your head.
Some psychy sound effects announce the coming of “Ride Me Baby”, a short, lively ditty streaked with harmonica, meanwhile “Evolution” is best remembered for its anthemic chorus and low, distorted guitar tone. The title cut is the only organ-lead track and comes complete with stints of Arthur Brown/Jim Morrison bassy, neurotic narrative. The “Evolution”-esqe “Cats Eyes” takes you into the spacey, psychy, aptly-titled and absolutely placid “Suspended Animation”. Finale “Angel of the Highway” harks the album’s end with another heavy blaster, the most Sabbathy of the bunch especially at the start with total power chords and sounds like a duck overdosing on ephedrine.
- Keith Bonsor / Vocals, Keyboards, Bass, Flute
- Peter Brewer / Drums, Piano, Harmonica
- Barry Skeels / Bass, Vocals
- John Truba / Guitar, Vocals
01. Entrance Of The Devil – 2:11
02. The Chicago Spine – 4:05
03. Have You Heard The Wind Speak? – 3:35
04. Time Is The Reason – 2:49
05. She’ll Take You Down – 3:47
06. Dudi Judy – 2:52
07. Strange Kind Of Magic – 3:04
08. Ride My Baby – 2:20
09. Evolution – 3:37
10. Every Inch A Man – 4:37
11. Cat’s Eyes – 2:59
12. Suspend Animation – 3:21
13. Angel Of THe Highway – 6:24
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(Review from forcedexposure.com, rateyourmusic.com, Tapestry of Delights, last.fm) Zior had their roots in Southend’s early sixties R&B scene. Kevin Bonsor had previously been in a local R&B outfit, The Essex Five, and then classical/rock fusion outfit, Cardboard Orchestra. Pete Brewer had been in another Southend R&B band, The Night Riders. He and Bonsor were Zior’s…