Two of the most enigmatic band's to emerge from the British Blues revival, these bands had more in common with Captain Beefhart than John Lee Hooker but still their perspectives on the blues were unmatched. Truly reason to celebrate the Brit's obsession with the American form.

Edgar Broughton Band - Wasa Wasa
The Brothers Broughton were integral in their merging of British Blues with an emerging emphasis on hard rock that continued with Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, etc. Though, unlike these contemporaries, the
distinctive yawp of singer Edgar Broughton had cut in the frenzied vein of Beefhart and Zappa but with a political charge that echoed Americans like Country Joe and the Fish and The Fugs. The band went on to more success with later albums, penning a hit on their follow up with "Out Demons Out," but they were never more evisceral or scathing than right here on Wasa Wasa. The reissues include some great unreleased interpretations of old blues numbers like "Messin with the Kid" that balance nicely the band's more political leanings like the notable Anti-Vietnam anthem "American Boy Soldier." This sits nicely in time with offerings from the Pink Faeries and The Deviants as a perfect time in the skewed history of British hard rock, a time before it became mired in prog, or bathed in the tapestries of rock god aesthetics. This is an essential snapshot of time and if you don't own it you'd do well to pick it up soon.

[MP3] Edgar Broughton Band - Death of an Electric Citizen
[MP3] Edgar Broughton Band - Evil

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Stack Waddy - Stack Waddy
Equally frenzied and also carrying an impassioned howl from singer John Knail, was Manchester's Stack Waddy. The band released this explosive debut with help from John Peel's Dandelion Records. The record is raw and mostly recorded live in
the studio. Pairing a desperate blues rumble with Knail's unconventional vocals, the band developed quite a reputation as a live act. Their penchant for throwing bottles at crowd's added on top of an inability to get some records in to shops with titles like "Bugger Off" led ultimately to their demise but in the long run build their reputation as an incredible band that was cut down too short. If anyone in their time had foresight and tast it was Peel and this record proves just that. A true lost classic that needs to be heard; raw, impassioned and totally above many of the more traditional aspects of tired British Blues imitators. If anyone shared the ideals that American innovators before them treasured, it was Stack Waddy. This is a necessary album in any fan's arsenal.

[MP3] Stack Waddy - Bring it to Jerome
[MP3] Stack Waddy - Love Story

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent stuff. The British heavy blues rock was some of the best music in the rock era. Excellent stuff

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