Showing posts with label Bedlam. Show all posts
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Sunday, May 18, 2014

TDATS 102: Dance With The Devil [Cozy Powell Special]


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What we have here is a collection of the best and heaviest tracks from the early career of the legendary English drummer, Cozy Powell. Born Colin Flooks in 1947 in Cirencester, he started out in The Corals, playing in a local youth club. He spent a few years cutting his teeth on the German circuit and on return to the UK his career advanced very quickly. He gained a reputation as a great drummer, session work jobs and offers from respected bands and musicians were many and frequent. His career is quite unbelievable in summary, reading like a hard rock hall of fame. The stage name 'Cozy' was borrowed from the jazz drummer Cozy Cole.

Julie Felix Clotho's Web LP 1972
Julie Felix
Clotho's Web LP (1972)
Most of you will know him from his contributions in heavy metal heroes like Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath and the Michael Schenker Group, but he started out in more modest forrays. From the mid-sixties he honed his skills in beat groups like The Sorcerers and Young Blood, heavy psych with The Ace Kefford Stand, heavy funk soul in the brief, final incarnation of the Jeff Beck Group, and hard blues rock with Big Bertha and Bedlam.

Throughout these early times he also worked as a session drummer for diverse projects from folk singer Julie Felix, Donovan, Bob Sargeant, Ten Years After keyboardist Chick Churchill, Tony Ashton/Jon Lord and Harvey Adams to name a few. The Ace Kefford Stand was a vehicle for Ace who was previously the founding bassist/singer of successful Birmingham mods The Move. His story is a sad one, the rock lifestyle was too much for him and psychological problems curtailed his career for good. With Cozy he recorded an album's worth of material that was only released recently. This band would morph into Big Bertha (including Leaf Hound's Pete French), then Bedlam, both in this comp.
Below: 
Televised performance of 1974 single "The Man In Black".
With Bernie Marsden on the Les Paul and Don Airey on keys



John Bonham & Cozy Powell
John Bonham & Cozy Powell
I have chosen the best of his work from the early period. This covers 1969-1974, and will satisfy TDATS fans out there who can accept a bit of heavy folk and even glam mixed in with the usual big riffs. A few of these are Cozy Powell solo singles, with the likes of 'Dance With The Devil' (which reached #3 in the UK singles chart during January 1974) and 'And Then There Was Skin' designed to showcase Cozy's skills with drum and rhythm based tunes. Cozy worked with a bunch of great musicians in his singles and solo albums, and his never-released sessions dubbed 'Cozy Powell's Hammer'. Some of these were Bernie Marsden, Don Airey, Tony Martin, Gary Moore and Jack Bruce.

Ritchie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell in Rainbow
 Ritchie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell in Rainbow
Cozy tragically died in a car crash in 1998, at the age of 50. He clearly had plenty more to offer the world of rock. He was continuously prolific throughout his career, in the '80s and '90s he worked with Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Brian May, "Emerson, Lake and Powell", Cinderella, Warlock, Glenn Tipton & Pete Entwistle in "Tipton, Entwistle & Powell", Peter Green and Yngwie Malmsteen. At the time of his death, the English record producer Micky Most said: "Musically speaking he was one of the best drummers we've ever had in this country. He was a great guy, a fantastic musician and he always had a perfect disposition, always great fun. I spent a lot of time with Cozy in the Seventies and we went over to Detroit recording together. We had a lot of laughs and it was always a pleasurable experience to be around him. He was great fun. [The last time I saw him] he seemed in very good form. He was always a very `up' guy. Cozy worked with some of the greatest people and he was renowned as a great asset through both his attitude and his playing. It's a great loss. We're all gutted."

Further reading: www.cozypowell.com, biography, discography, wikipedia

There's a nice interview with cozy discussing his techniques and his early days here, and there's some welcome news about a planned Cozy Powell documentary here.

Tracklist:
01. Cozy Powell - Mistral (1974)
       Single
02. The Ace Kefford Stand - Gravy Booby Jamm (1969)
       Single
03. Big Bertha - Munich City (1970)
       Single
04. Big Bertha - Funky Woman (1970)
       Single
05. Jeff Beck Group - Ice Cream Cakes (1972)
       from album "Jeff Beck Group"
06. Julie Felix - Clotho's Web (1972)
       from album "Clotho's Web"
07. Bedlam - The Fool (1973)
       from album "Live In London 1973"
08. Bedlam - The Beast (1973)
       from album "Bedlam"
09. Donovan - Wild Witch Lady (1973)
       from album "Cosmic Wheels"
10. Cozy Powell - And Then There Was Skin (1973)
       Single
11. Cozy Powell - Dance With The Devil (1973)
       Single
12. Bob Sargeant - King Of The Night (1974)*
       from album "First Starring Role"
13. Cozy Powell's Hammer - Instrumental #2 (1974)
       from archival "Lost Reel Masters"
14. Cozy Powell's Hammer - Living a Lie (1974)
       from archival "Lost Reel Masters"

*A point of note on track 12: "King Of The Night". This great song also appears in a more heavy guitar-orientated version on the Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum, Freedom, Snafu) solo album 'Funkist' from the same year, on which Bob Sargeant also played. The song is credited to Bobby Harrison and Bob Sargeant.

RIP Cozy!

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Friday, February 12, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath 7: Rooms Behind Your Mind

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Here is my 7th compilation in the Day After The Sabbath series. I have recently revamped it; using some better sound quality files and adding a write-up, so here we go!

Bedlam
Bedlam was a short-lived band that made one album in 1972. They included Cozy Powell and Dennis Ball, who both played together briefly in The Ace Kefford Stand and Big Bertha. Cozy was of course a well-known drummer, later to be  associated with acts like Black Sabbath, Rainbow, The Michael Schenker Group and Whitesnake. There is an interview with Bedlam's bass player here at Psychedelic Baby webzine.

Crank are an excellent obscurity that was unearthed by the wonderful Rockadelic records and if you like this (you will) then get the whole thing here (you should).




Variations were by far one of the most accomplished French bands I have discovered and also feature on the French Vol45. They pulled-off a great Led Zeppelin-inspired sound.

Geordie was a long-running Newcastle, UK band that was the springboard for AC/DC's Brian Johnson. They were more of a gritty boogie rock/blues band and 'So What' has killer slide guitar which I always have a soft spot for.


Killing Floor
Killing Floor made two albums in 69-70 and their lineup reads like a bit of a TDATS who's who; they included Mick Hawksworth (Andromeda), Michael "Mick" Clarke (Toe Fat) and Chris Sharley (Sassafras) amoungst other notable names.

Thirsty Moon were a Krautrock band formed in Bremen, northwest Germany and this comp's namesake 'Rooms Behind Your Mind' is slice of heavy prog in the best way possible; evil, jarring and in-human.



September started out as psych band from Amsterdam who made few a singles and later recorded an album called 'Cargo', with a harder rocking sound. They also have connections to Brainbox and the more successful symphonic/jazz proggers Ekseption. "After releasing some singles under the September name they decided they wanted to record an album. Their manager, John van Setten, thought it would be a good idea to not put a bandname on the cover to make the media curious who would be behind it and by this, hopefully sell more albums. Unfortunately it did not work. Nobody gave a damn apparently, and it sold very poorly, making it a very rare album nowadays." Also the band is now generally referred to as "Cargo" rather than September, because of this. Thanks to Mark for this info.

Fire are one of those blogger's faves that there seems to be little concrete info on, but they were eastern europen (maybe Croatian or Yugoslavian) and reputedly recorded and album in the Netherlands called 'Could You Understand Me'.  All you really need to know is it's a manic fuzz monster! [EDIT: recently there has been an interview with Fire guitarist Juraj Havidić here at the Psychedelic Baby webzine]
Iron Claw
Iron Claw don't need too much of an intro from me, suffice to say 'Rock Band Blues' rocks like hell and I have interviewed guitarist Jim Ronnie on this very blog here so take a gander.

Pappo's Blues was the love child of legendary Argentinian guitarist Norberto Napolitano (Pappo). If you haven't acquainted yourself with him yet you are seriously missing out, and taking a look at the south american Vol43 would be a great way to start...


Sunbury Festival 1972
San Francisco's Shiver and their sludgy fuzz-wah jams are TDATS / Blue Cheerful heaven and another great revelation from Rockadelic while Thunder And Roses were a similarly excellent obscurity re-issued by Lizzard records, these guys coming more from the Creamy heavy blues angle.

We end on another TDATS familiar, Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs. 'Time To Live' is taken from their "Aztecs Live! at Sunbury" double-LP which documents their storming performance at the historic Australian outdoor festival in Victoria.


01. Bedlam - Putting On The Flesh (1973)
       from album 'bedlam'
02. Crank - Give You My Love (1970)
       from split ep 'a night in the cave'
03. Variations - Generations (1970)
       from album 'nador'
04. Geordie - So What (1974)
       from album 'don't be fooled by the name'
05. Killing Floor - Out Of Uranus (1970)
       from album 'out of uranus'
06. Thirsty Moon - Rooms Behind Your Mind (1972)
       from album 'thirsty moon'
07. September - One More Change [demo] (1970)
       from retrospective 'cargo'
08. Fire - Could You Understand Me (1973)
       from album 'could you understand me'
09. Iron Claw - Rock Band Blues (1970)
       from retrospective 'iron claw'
10. Pappo's Blues - Especies (1971)
       from album 'pappo's blues'
11. Shiver - Up My Sleeve (1972)
       from retrospective 'san francisco's shiver'
12. Thunder And Roses - Open Up Your Eyes (1969)
       from album 'king of the black sunrise'
13. Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs - Time To Live (1972)
       from album 'aztecs live! at sunbury'

Thanks for listening! Rich.

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