Sunday, July 3, 2016

Budgie - 1972 - Squawk


01. Whiskey River 3:27
02. Rocking Man 5:25
03. Rolling Home Again 1:47
04. Make Me Happy 2:37
05. Hot as a Docker's Armpit 5:53
06. Drugstore Woman 3:14
07. Bottled 1:57
08. Young Is a World 8:14
09. Stranded 6:17

10. Whiskey River (A Side Single Version)
11. Stranded (Alternate Mix)
12. Whiskey River (2003 Version)
13. Rolling Home Again (2004 Version)

- Tony Bourge / Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar, Vocals
- Ray Phillips / Drums
- Burke Shelley / Bass Guitar, Mellotron, Vocals

The second longplayer from the Welsh vintage heavy trio shows their power most best along with their third album. THere are some really ace smashers on the album like opener "Whiskey River" and "Hot as A Docker's Armpit", proving that their lyrics are silly but that bluesy distorted amplified acoustic guitar and double bass drum treatments give a good ride if your open to their sound and style. From these tracks search for the John Peel session versions, if you are not allergic to lofi sounds. The album has in the style of other early records of this band few shorter acoustic ballads, "Make Me Happy" being quite pleasant open to the following groovy heavy rock tune. "Rocking Man" and "Drugstore Woman" are quite decent rockers, but not as interesting as the other tracks. The favourite track here for me in adition of the heavier tracks is the long and romantic "Young is A World". The only flaw here is the quite poor lyrics, which sound that they could have been improvised during the performing. Anyway, the composition is pretty melodic minor piece with good structures, room for free playing. The album closer is also a nice menacing heavy rock piece, and the here and there played mellotrons do not make the record any worst. If you like the bluesy groove sligthly similar than in the first album of Black Sabbath, or the hard smashing of very early Rush records, check this one out.



  2. Sin does not to know what is this for band,and does not appreciate Budgie - it is blasphemy!
    Budgie was established in Cardiff (Wales) in 1967, composed of bassist / vocalist Burke Shelley, guitarist Brian Goddard, drummer Ray Phillips under the name Budgie Droppings (apparently the name is taken from the TV series.) contested by the pastor,who 'make available', hall to attempts for musicians. Soon to musicians joined a second guitarist Tony Bourge whereas Goddard left the group.

    A year later,after a debut Budgie recorded their second album,also under the watchful ear of prodecenta Roger Bain,as for me- sensational and very consistent LP "Squawk". His artwork has prepared one of the most talented artists working for show business - Roger Dean (gained recognition for its distinctive cover artwork depicting the SR-71 Blackbird aircraft with a bird skull.) . Thats creator, author of wrappers such as for groups such as: Yes, Uriah Heep and Osibisy,him painted striking images that found their way the cover of this LP and the next plate ("Never Turn Your Back On A Friend") .

    Here only throw in,that both of despite the fact that brought such great pearls track "Young Is The World", "Breadfan" and "Parents" in England have had moderate success. Budgie, attempt to branch out and explore a softer, more acoustic sound on a couple of songs here - 'Rolling Home Again' and 'Make Me Happy' - but aside from those folk rock-inspired numbers this is mainly a continuation of the bluesy proto-metal of their debut, though leaning more towards Led Zeppelin than Black Sabbath in terms of their sound this time.

    The first thing that draws attention is the better sound compared to the debut. Everything is more thoughtful,aware. Although still Budgie can not ascend to the heights of their abilities. ''Squawk'' is a balanced album,- without ups and downs...and hardly against any.. (on knees) and equally is difficult any of to mix of mud,and while it followed the same formula riff- rockers interspersed with acoustic numbers the production somehow doesnt have quite the same as on debut Budgie. Perhaps as a result of the move from 8 to 16 track recording But the material was still strong with classic riffs in abundance on rockers such as 'Whiskey River', 'Rocking Man', 'Hot As A Dockers Armpit', the bluesy 'Drugstore Woman', the slow burning 'Bottled' and 'Stranded'.

    The opening album, track 'Whiskey River' is a robust and lively spirited playing. The second song 'Rocking Man' so to speak similarly, but this time hit a remarkable resemblance to Beatles 'Come Together' - aware or not, at least not very desirable. The next two compositions - 'Rolling Home Again' and 'Make Me Happy' - subtle folk ballads with a slight tint, and so the team continues with the debut of the concept of duality. Next in order of 'Hot As A Docker's Armpit' in the introduction brings to mind Zeppelin work 'Communication Breakdown', but for the most part based on the guiding greatly interesting riff and here it is difficult there is to make comparisons, just it is expressive, original Budgie. The next, composition 'Drugstore Woman',band lowers flight falling into a little in mediocre,but then (end of the album) we face a very pleasant moments that accompany listening 'Young Is A World'. It's like the original song later 'Parents', but of course it's far from a class to it. We have here however a similar, the leave you drifting rhythms and reverie, and the final, solos Bourge'a appears even some magic. Almost equally successful is closing the album.'Stranded' is a compelling collage of soul-gospel chants with hard rock riffs. In addition, in the final unexpectedly we listen a fantastic guitar solos, a quite psychedelic hue the sound! - for fans of the band then, this remains indispensible.