Sunday, July 3, 2016

Budgie - 1971 - Budgie


01. Guts 4:20
02. Everthing in My Heart 0:52
03. The Author 6:28
04. Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman 8:41
05. Rape of the Locks 6:12
06. All Night Petrol 5:57
07. You and I 1:41
08. Homicidal Suicidal 6:41

09. Crash Course In Brain Surgery (Alternate Mix) 2:36
10. Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman (Single Edit) 4:08
11. Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman (2003 Version) 3:45
12. Guts (2003 Version) 3:53

- Tony Bourge / Guitar, Vocals
- Ray Phillips / Percussion, Drums
- Burke Shelley / Bass, Guitar (Bass), Vocals, Mellotron

While Welsh heavy rock band Budgie were formed in 1967 (under the name Hills Contemporary Grass), it took until 1971 for the band to release their first album. The line up indicates that the trio add mellotron to their basic guitar/bass/drums set up, but do not be fooled by this; this is an album of guitar driven rock. Produced by Rodger Bain there is a distinct relationship with the sound with Black Sabbath, who he also produced. Other bands who have clearly influenced or been influenced by Budgie are the likes of Led Zeppelin and Rush. In the case of the latter, the vocals of Burke Shelley bear a passing resemblance with those of Geddy Lee.

"Budgie" was recorded on 8 track tape in only four days, and while some overdubbing was subsequently added, this is essentially a live in the studio affair. The sleeve notes advise us that the band are "not particularly subtle", and that "They're not progressive (whatever you understand that to mean)", but the track arrangements can belie such statements.

The album is essentially a succession of blues rock numbers with the occasional softer counterpoint. The opening "Guts" is a heavy riff infested song which sets the scene well for both this and future albums. We are though caught off guard by the delicate acoustic "Everything in my heart" which follows, even if it does run for just a minute. The mood appears to continue on "The author", but the initial reflective nature of the track is soon replaced by a more orthodox heavy rock number.

It is though "Nude disintegrating parachutist woman" (what a wonderful title, it does actually feature in the lyrics!) which offers the first taste of the real Budgie. This superb 8½ minute romp takes us through an altogether more adventurous arrangement. The lead guitar here is the highlight of the track, but the driving nature of the song combined with a genuine raw excitement, make for a compelling piece of early metal.

"Rape of the locks" is the first of three 6 minute pieces which make up side 2, the song featuring another interesting arrangement of what is essentially a basic blues rock number. "All night petrol" slows things down slightly, sounding a bit like Led Zeppelin's "Lemon song" at times. The track features another fine lead guitar break, this time with some upfront complementary bass.

"You and I" is another brief acoustic number which sounds distinctly like a John Lennon demo. The album closes with "Homicidal suicidal", another Sabbs like riff infested blues rock piece.

Budgie's relationship with prog comes not from their raw guitar based sound, but from the relative complexity of the arrangements of songs such as "Nude disintegrating parachutist woman". This, combined with their willingness to occasionally reveal their softer side, offers an appealing diversity to what would otherwise be a straightforward guitar rock album. No one for the prog purists by any means, but those interested in discovering the roots of prog metal and those looking for some good old fashioned lead guitar magic should find much to enjoy here. Great sleeve too!



  2. It is a sin...without knowing anything about them,and blasphemy not appreciate them the acquis artistic,I say with full knowledge this is Absolutely cult the band with a distinctive sound and the vocalist voice with a very rarely encountered tones!

    Budgie - Welsh group was formed in Cardiff in 1967 Formed composed of bassist / vocalist Burke Shelley, guitarist Brian Goddard, drummer Ray Phillips and Budgie named Droppings, contested by the pastor, the musicians who make available a room for rehearsals. (Apparently the band name is taken from the television series.) History, however, denied that himself Burke Shelley in an interview with Only Rock magazine in 2004. Reportedly, the group initially called the Six Ton Budgie. In later years, under the same name performed original drummer Budgie - Ray Phillips. Soon the musicians joined by second guitarist Tony Bourge, and Goddard left the group. Originally inspired by the achievements of the band The Beatles, but soon began to strive to achieve a stronger wording in the style of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

    It seems to me that the budgie does not define the genre, but it is moving and can therefore still comparing them to Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. A similarities can not fail to notice (or rather hear) the band still has a lot of their great and original compositions and it is thanks to them it is commonly believed that the only ones able to compete with the giants of contemporary heavy music. Personally, this is one of my favorite bands of those years .. very nice to admit today that Poland was the exception in this regard, while appreciating the team in a timely manner and extent, mainly through invaluable radio station"3" Piotr Kaczkowski.

    This band really stand out with the 70s crowd. They move like no other, they rock like no other, and they feel the music like no other. There is some really great soul put into their music by each and every one of the three members. The music screams at me, or better put, SQUAWKS at me. Though I haven't listened to all of their albums, I can't imagine them going bad, if they keep their style. Pain medicine is weak compared to the abilities of this band. They play rock like the wind, and roll like the sea. They jam like the earth , and prog like the inner flame all of us.

    It's hard to believe today, but in 1982,band heavy rock broke the iron curtain ( was communism in Poland) and played concerts in my country, and in addition in Bydgoszcz in my town, I remember this event well, the tickets were expensive, but people were so hungry the music, that tickets diverged in the blink of an eye. At the time, I learn in school... and not earning own money,remember gathered a large group of young people and started to push the fence, despite the police protection... got the batons after the head and in fact... after throughout the body, but managed to... (Milicja) They me did not catch .. I was faster than a hurricane ... hehehe) it was a great day ... . will never forget!

  3. Burke Shelley is one of the highlights of the album. It roars like the throat of a monstrous whale. It rams the music forward into stardom. And it fills in perfectly where it is needed in the music. His voice is as eerie as the wind whistling upon the nooks and crannies of a mountain. His voice is as a flute. Strong and tremendous, but very pleasant to hear indeed. He keeps attacking the song with his voice as if every breathe he speaks he were actually eating the song up, grokking the music. His voice is soft cheese to my ears, and his bass is a fine donut.

    Tony Bourge adds a drop of whiskey to the music with his drowning guitar. His passion show fruitfully, and he truly is a beast. It jams with the infernal light of ingenuity. The guitar and bass truly act as throughout the entire album so well that you would think it was one guitar on one really fat neck.

    Ray Philips is a true drummer. He knows where to put the beats. And his drums are a true backbone to this music. THe drums are bloodbrothers with the bass completely. They work so well together. The true warriors, and barbarians dissappeared, rebirthing as rock and rollers! So every rock and roll fan is a true is a warrior at heart.

    The band until 1971, he had an amateur status, performing in clubs in Wales. Initially, the team was inspired by the achievements of the Beatles, but soon began to aim to make a more powerful sound in the style of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. The breakthrough came when budgie recordings found their way into the hands of well-known producer Rodger Bain. Thanks to the band signed with major label and able to enter the studio to record material for their debut album. The album was recorded in 1970', but album he saw a light-daily in 1971 simply called Budgie,effort by MCA.

  4. Album called simply Budgie appeared in June 1971, the MCA Records. group effort was recorded in 4 days to live in the studio on eight recorder tape track. He brought an interesting combination of heavy bass and guitar riffs and the distinctive high, somewhat infantile voice singer. Initiated the creation of common in Budgie kolażowych composition of several tempo and mood changes (here in the song The Author). Uniqueness complemented strange, humorous texts by Shelley and acoustic interludes. The album's longest track stood out, closing the first page of a vinyl album, which Disintegrated Nude Parachutist Woman (in late 2003 he recorded American Federation X syndrome with the help of the famous sound engineer Steve Albini). The album was recorded in rooms having an extraordinary acoustics of the Welsh studio Rockfield Studios, under the ear great producer Roger Bain (such as Black Sabbath) and was recorded in four days live in the studio for so-called. (eight path of) tape recorder. Do not look far attributed, to him Budgie name. Anyway, the basis the band's name, lies idea of ranked by whose she had to express "something light"on the principle opposites of musical style for the which the band undoubtedly keep up,but despite the interesting material and good opinions of critics, the album did not gain too much popularity.

    On the this album, as well as in the future can hear blues-rock climate, and sometimes severe (such as album opener 'Guts'), and sometimes lighter (eg 'Everything in My Heart'). He brought an interesting mixture of heavy bass and guitar riffs and distinctive high, almost child vocalist. It was started Budgie,frequent creating collages compositions.... few changes in tempo and mood. With the rest 'for the entire period,creation, characteristic feature of band was (give) many songs peculiar titles. It is worth mentioning that he in this album found themselves songs counted already into the repertoire the classics groups "Nude disintegrated Parachutist Woman" and "The Author" at the helm. Importantly, despite the class included on LP tracks, publishing has not led to a special success. In London by musical critics.. (and therefore, decisive about all) or go completely ignored, or mocked for the odd lyrics and Shelley Welsh accent.

  5. 'Guts'
    Composition Bourge / Shelley / Phillips, like everything on this record. Initially, the band sound like Black Sabbath. Riff is low, and so heavy. Vocals somewhat artificial, very expressive, anxious, uncertain. Instrumental parts are interesting, but the guitar solo is also afraid of freer solos. A song about the desire to understand and love in a partner. Why such a title? Probably the guy wants to hang on your partner and therefore has no eggs.
    'Everything In My Heart'
    Quick change of mood. The composition of the group. Curious, acoustic song. Burke of the vocals above the average. Text extremely simplified, the desire for love.
    'The Author'
    Introduction melancholy. Scorer Burke again. Great singing slow songs. After two minutes the machine starts to work. Burke, Robert Plant somewhat mimics. Guitarist produces blurred high-frequency sounds. The free and dynamic drums. Machine xylitol actually stops for a moment in the 4th minute to a minute to add potential rock and start a solo guitarist. Make the stuff up. It sounds interesting. The text deals with the relationship with a woman, quarrel and separation interrupted. As many as two mentions of ink in a single stanza. The first concerns the ink on the eyelids, the second ink pen.
    'Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman'
    Best riff combined with percussion. Walimy 3 times at random. Beginning under the influence of Black Sabbath. Burke fits perfectly this time in heavy music. In the middle dialogues and bass guitar solo in Zeppelin banter passing vocalist and guitarist. Around 3:30 sharp acceleration. After a minute guitar solo interesting from the beginning based on a constant theme, and then letting go of the reins fanatazji. The team forgives and releases somewhere a minute before the end, returning to the main riff from the triple blow of percussion. Definitely the best thing on the disc. The text deals with the feeling so strong that it materializes in the sky as a fugitive, a naked woman, covered in delicate garments, like a parachute. The figure, however, dissolves, it is totally virtual. Word of disintegration was then fashionable, talked about the negative and positive. Text very psychedelic, almost hallucinogenic, expressing ardent devotion. Possible reference to one of the works of Salvador Dali, lithographs Disintegrating Mother and Child. The word 'disintegrating' was abused by Salvador Dali and his paintings meant in the form of sudden disintegration of atoms, as if under the influence of a bomb explosion. Lithography presents the mother with a child, which disintegrates the horizon line. Perhaps the lithograph was the inspiration for the author of the text.

  6. 'Rape of the Locks'
    The original entrance of the solo guitar, which was extended to 45 seconds. Then Budgie moving full steam ahead on the basis of recording the guitar riff and a dynamic rhythm section. The team liked the early manner of conducting vocal and guitar melody that same line. Around 2:15 to accelerate the pace of the guitar solo. From the fourth minutes to return to the main topic. A lot of rock. In the text, long-haired boy's dilemma, which does not accept that his girlfriend and her tear generalizes to the whole world. Song about frustacji caused by lack of acceptance of such minor detail, which are long hair and come to terms with this, podążaniu further their own way. A deeper look at the song is about intolerance, imposing their own tastes and someone forgetting that freedom is the highest category.
    'All Night Petrol'
    Heavy riff-based rock in the style of the group Black Sabbath. This time, Burke tries to pick up some manners Ozzy. From 2:30 guitar solo causing all the trouble. Burke then some screams. The text raises the problem of homelessness among young people, thrown out of the house as a result of generational conflict. The title phrase of the petrol station clock symbolizes the street life, life on doday.
    'You And I'
    Another cutscene sound insane. Vocals with reverb. A brief history of compliance presented very romantic.
    'Homicidal Suicidal'
    Heavy, dynamic piece, a simple riff, guitar input dynamic and interesting. In the second part of the drum beats interesting enumeration from 1 to 6 Very good bass. A typical hard-rock. Burke exclaims seemingly disconnected phrases that describe an aggressive individual who leads a lifestyle balancing on the edge. He drinks, narkotyzuje is playing in the morning. Nieczego himself does not deny, but that someone else is in his eyes a bad character. Burke again, he copied an interesting feature of society. Homicidal Suicidal was copied in 1992 by the single Outshined Soundgarden, where he was a bonus track.