genre: hard / jazz
quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers, size: 201 mb)
Heavy '70: Argus was formed in the U.K. in 1972 by bass player Mick Pearl and drummer Dave Wagstaffe. They recruited guitarist Del Watkins who used to play in the band Julian's Treatment who had some success with an album, "A Time Before This." Del had also been in the ska band The Skatalites, as well as Polydor band Rare Amber and a back up musician for Ben E. King. A singer was eventually found in Bill McRae from Scotland and the band put together a set of original material, with influences from Deep Purple, Wishbone Ash (who's third album inspired the band's name) They developed a good reputation around and appeared on The Old Grey Whistle Test to good reviews.
After about a year, they replaced their singer with Ken Lewis, who was a more experienced performer and had a much stronger voice. The band continued getting some good support slots for the likes of Thin Lizzy, Pink Fairies, Brinsley Schwartz (with Nick Lowe), and The Equals among others. A demo was recorded at the band's flat and the newly formed Rocket Records were slated to release the band, but Del's sudden departure brought things to a grinding halt. They got a few replacement guitar players, but the band ultimately timed out after the bass player left. The recordings were not released until 28 years later on the 'Audio Archives' label.
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Credited to Argus should have be titled "Dave Wagstaffe's first bands" because comprises material of two very different groups of this drummer, actually playing in "Landmarq and The Oliver Wakeman Band, plus sessions, and drum teaching." as he pointed in his MySpace page.
The first band is Argus with material recorded in 1973, a hard rock outfit that sounds like Free, included the singing. Above average band, whose best talent is... the drummer!!!... great drumming by Mr. Wagstaffe in its 5 tracks (small solo in track 4... beautiful).
Second band is Anaconda with live material recorded in 1977, a jazz-rock outfit!!!... that sound like any jazz-rock band... if we discard the horrible singing we found a good guitar playing (showing that Randy Spence plays as good as bad he sing), a little persistent participation of flute (not bad at all) and a rhythm section really competent, where the best talent is... the drummer!!!... great drumming by Mr. Wagstaffe in the 7 tracks (long solo in track 4 (9 of the compilation)... beautiful).
Argus: 01. Friend Of Mine 5:54
02. Road Of Life 3:26
03. Tweny-Four Hours 6:09
04. Same Old Story 4:04
05. Superstition 3:44
Dave Wagstaffe - drums
Mick Pearl - bass
Del Watkins - guitar
Ken Lewis - vocals
Anaconda: 06. Funk Song 6:05
07. Why Can't They Leave Us Alone 4:16
08. Take No Chance 8:26
09. Drum Thing 8:23
10. Jubilee Shuffle 3:10
11. 77 St. Thomas Road Part 1 5:16
12. 77 St. Thomas Road Part 2 3:25
Dave Wagstaffe - drums
Randy Spence - guitar, vocals
Rod Newington - bass
"Mad" Reg - flute
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