Thursday, March 31, 2011
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TDATS 40 is a collection of music from ye olde England. It begins with a track from The Way We Live. This duo recorded one LP under this name before changing to Tractor, who some of you may know from the excellent track 'All Ends Up' on TTTDF vol 5. There is an interview with Tractor/TWWL members guitarist/vocalist Jim Milne, percussionist Steve Clayton, bassist Dave Addison and band manager Chris Hewitt here at Psychedelic Baby webzine. Ugly Custard appear to be one of those rock exploitation bands that were brought together to record a bunch of covers and standards in the popular sound of the time, their version of traditional folk song Scarboro' Fair offers a great variety of sounds and really is a little epic in itself. Slowbone were a band doing the rounds in the east end of London around the early seventies. It is alleged that young soon-to-be members of NWOBHM icons Iron Maiden were fans. You can certainly detect a hint of the trademark Iron Maiden gallop here so who knows?
T2, first appearing on Vol 2, have a track taken from a bootleg that is often named 'Fantasy', touted as their 2nd album that never saw the light of day, it is probably just a collection of outtakes, but showing the band's brilliance, T2 outtakes are more than worthy! The Norman Haines Band features the ex-singer/keyboardist of a late 60's band some of you may know, Locomotive, he had a cool wah'd up hammond sound. July offer us some funky drumming in their lump of heavy psych from 1968 and Ace Kefford Stand have some history. Ace Kefford was a founding member of influential psych band The Move, and this short-lived band also features the drumming talents of Cozy Powell, making another appearance after Vol 38.
The intriguing story of Universe is that the little-known band were driving through Norway and after breaking down were offered assistance by a gent living near-by who happened to have a recording studio in his house. True or not their single album is a great slice of blue-collar rock and the comp ends on another contemporary stoner rock band's cover, this time California's Earthless and their excellent rendition of The Groundhogs.
01. The Way We Live - King Dick II (1971)
02. Ugly Custard - Scarboro' Fair (1971)
03. Red Dirt - Brain Worker (1970)
04. Slowbone - The Last Goodbye / Tales of a Crooked Man (1973)
05. The Dog That Bit People - The Monkey and the Sailor (1971)
06. T2 - Highway (1970)
07. The Norman Haines Band - When I Come Down (1971)
08. Camelot - Time Around Me (1972)
09. July - The Way (1968)
10. Bare Soul - Flash (1972)
11. Ace Kefford Stand - Gravy Booby Jamm (1969)
12. Universe - The Annexe (1971)
13. Earthless - Cherry Red [Groundhogs cover] (2007)