Heavier Than Air Rarest Eggs - Various Live Radio Sessions
BBC In Concert at the Paris Theatre. 19/10/1972.
101. Rape Of The Locks
102. Rocking Man
103. Young Is A World
104. Hot As A Docker's Armpit
105. Recorded in 1976
106. Sky High Percentage
107. In The Grip Of A Tyrefitter's Hand
Friday Rock Show, 18/12/1981.
108. I Turned To Stone
110. She Used Me Up
John Peel Show, 25/2/1972.
111. The Author
112. Whiskey River
113. Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman
Recorded live at the Global Village, London, UK, 9/3/1974.
202. You're The Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk
Recorded live in Los Angeles, USA, 3/7/1978.
203. Melt The Ice Away
204. In The Grip Of A Tyrefitter's Hand
205. Smile Boy Smile
206. In For The Kill / You're The Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk
207. Love For You And Me
209. Who Do You Want For You're Love
210. Don't Dilute The Water
211. Breaking All The House Rules
Bass, Vocals, Written-By – Burke Shelley
Drums – Ray Phillips (tracks: 1-1 to 1-4, 1-10 to 2-2), Steve Williams (37) (tracks: 1-5 to 1-9, 2-3 to 2-12)
Guitar – Myfyr Isaac (tracks: 1-5, 1-6, 2-3 to 2-12), Tony Bourge (tracks: 1-1 to 1-6, 1-10 to 2-12)
Guitar, Written-By – John Thomas (6) (tracks: 1-7 to 1-9)
Budgie isn't a prog band, everybody knows it. It isn't a prog related band too. I really can't mention any more or less objective reason to get this wonderful HARD ROCK group here in PA. But here they are, so I just want to add my opinion about them, at least to help the unprepared to avoid a shock when listening to them.
Budgie's music is classic 70's hard-heavy rock. The singer Burke Shelley can sound to the novice as a Geddy Lee clone, but he came first. Good, large riffs, nice solos and a tight rhytmic session are others hard rock marks in what Budgie excels most of its peers.
This collection is composed by BBC sessions, outtakes and related material. The raw energy of the band alive is almost touchable thru the radio waves - those were the days. There's a couple of personnel changes in the middle sessions (drummer Ray Phillips out) and in the late ones (Tony Burge). This last change was a hard punch and the group soon quit, only to regroup in the nineties with just singer/bassist Shelley from the classic line-up.
If you like hard rock, go without fear. If you expect any progginess I think you should try another band - unless Parents and the middle of Breadfan deceive you about Budgie's merits in this field.
Final comment: to be honest this is the best Budgie collection I have ever met. The only track I miss is their final gem Panzer Division destroyed. If you can find it at a reasonable price (as I did) buy it without hesitation. If you can't try another way, but you can't miss this babe if you're into hard rock.