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Emerged out of two other bands, and indeed this was a fortunate companionship. This album has such good music, full of sax, organ and guitar riffing all the way with very memorable melodies. Its a loose groove of jazzy rock mixed with more late 60's musical tendencies and feelings. The vocals are handled by either a female vocalist, a male vocalist or more often just a blend of voices.
This album seems to be sadly unknown which is sad since this music is so joyous and full of good vibes. Off the 9 tracks, 2 are over 5 minutes, but they all have a very high standard throughout the entire album. MR. ALBERT SHOW has been compared to the English band Colosseum, and I also hear resemblances to bands like Affinity (UK), the charming early 70's rock of Gravy Train or the spacey sound of italian/german band ANALOGY.
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time: 1:07'53" misc.: '08 deluxe
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"Looking On" (Wood) – 7:48
"Turkish Tram Conductor Blues" (Wood, credited to Bevan ) – 4:38
"What?" (Lynne) – 6:42
"When Alice Comes Back to the Farm" (Wood) – 3:40
"Open Up Said the World at the Door" (Lynne) – 7:10
"Brontosaurus" (Wood) – 4:25
"Feel Too Good" (Wood) – 9:30
8. "Lightnin' Never Strikes Twice" (Price/Tyler)
9. "Looking On Part 1" (take 3; rough mix) (Wood)
10. "Looking On Part 2" (take 12; rough mix) (Wood)
11. "Turkish Tram Conductor Blues" (take 5; rough mix) (Wood)
12. "Open Up Said the World at the Door" (take 4; rough mix) (Lynne)
13. "Feel Too Good" (take 11 extract; rough mix) (Wood)
14. "The Duke of Edinburgh's Lettuce" (take 2; rough mix) (Wood/Lynne)
Roy Wood - vocals, oboe, sitar, slide guitar, cello, guitar, bass & saxes
Jeff Lynne - vocals, piano, guitar, percussion, drums ('Feel Too Good')
Bev Bevan - drums and percussion
Rick Price - bass
P.P. Arnold and Doris Troy — backing vocals on 'Feel Too Good'
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Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
This Chicago-based outfit were sued by Mountain for stealing the name. In actual fact they had the name first but never really recovered from the law suit which required them to state on their album cover that they were in no way connected with Mountain. If you like The Grateful Dead you should like this album because it's very similar in style. The title cut, in particular, includes some beautiful ringing guitar work but almost all the tracks are good and the album, which is now rare, is recommended listening.
Ed Mooney recalls that "Our plan, when we recorded, was to have a seamless transition between the last three songs - I Know You Rider - Apache Canyon - Hexahedron. That idea never made it on to the LP but we often did this for live shows, with the three songs often ending up being 45 minutes to an hour long, depending on the quality & quantity of substances we ingested!" Incidentally, the new Gear Fab CD features these final three tracks, run together as originally intended.
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Mad Shadows was the second album by Mott the Hoople. It was recorded in 1970 and released in the UK on Island Records in September 1970 (catalogue number ILPS 9119) and in the US by Atlantic Records (cat. no. SD 8272). It was subsequently re-released by Angel Air in 2003 (SJPCD158).
As with their debut album it was produced by Guy Stevens. The album title "Mad Shadows" was originally planned for Steve Winwood's solo project that evolved into Traffic's John Barleycorn Must Die. Mott The Hoople's original title, Sticky Fingers, was dropped when The Rolling Stones used it for their own record. Indeed, Mick Jagger sang backing vocals on the song "Walkin' With A Mountain". The album was notable for its darker, heavier sound, and oppressive cover artwork. The final track of the original album, "When My Mind's Gone", was allegedly performed by Hunter under producer Stevens' hypnotic influence. Although the album received mixed reviews and sold poorly, "Walkin' With A Mountain" remained a live favorite until the band folded.
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