Sunday, February 1, 2015

Blues Addicts - 1970 - Blues Addicts

Blues Addicts
Blues Addicts

01. 5/4
02. Ba-Ba-Dar
03. Bottleneck
04. Hailow
05. Jazzer - Simple Expression
06. Coward Way
07. Smukke
08. Electric
10. 5/4 (Alternate Version)
11. Ba-Ba-Dar (Alternate Version)
12. Hailow (Alternate Version)
13. Train Kept Rollin'
14. Saxo
15. Kong Midas

Tracks 1 to 9 originally released by Spectator in 1970 (SL 1015).
Tracks 10 to 15 previously unreleased.

 Bass – Mich Brink*
Drums – Henning Aasbjerg*
Guitar, Vocals, Kazoo, Photography, Other [History] – Ivan Horn
Mastered By [Remastering] – Andreas Blegnæb
Producer [Original Album] – Carsten Meinert
Vocals, Congas – "Gibber" Thomsen*

They definitely live up to their name. A bluesy power trio here whose tendencies are more towards the harder edge of the Cream-Hendrix sound. "Ba-Ba-Dar", "Simple Expression" and the opening track (a mathematical equation that I can't type on my keyboard) suggest hard rock with their riff based structures. While the rest is more blues based heavy rock it has a feel to it that keeps their sound from becoming run of the mill ordinary unlike so many other bands that plied this style. There's a little tendency towards excess on the two longer tracks that keeps it from being all killer but not enough to dampen the overall strength of the record. This is not psychedelic rock, if pressed I'd call it hard rock with some progressive tenedncies. Saying that, if more imaginative, hard blues based sounds are the thing for you then this will hit the spot.

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