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    Main » 2010 » April » 29 » Steamhammer - 1969 - Steamhammer (aka Reflection)
    Steamhammer - 1969 - Steamhammer (aka Reflection)
    Steamhammer - 1969 - Reflectiongenre: blues, prog
    country: uk
    quality : lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 47`04" size: 281 mb
    issue: Akarma Ak-234 (2002)

    Tapestry Of Delights:
    Steamhammer started out as a blues-rock band in Worthing, Sussex, but gradually developed into a more heavy progressive style. Their debut Steamhammer included the self-penned Junior's Wailing, which was later covered by Status Quo. Indeed it became an important part of Status Quo's live act as they evolved into a 12-bar boogie band. Pugh and Quittenton assisted Rod Stewart on his first album and Quittenton stayed with Stewart co-writing Maggie May with him and playing mandolin on the million-selling disc. When Steve Jolliffe (ex-Tangerine Dream) joined, their music on Steamhammer Mk II became jazzier and all the better for his harpsichord parts. At their best, as they proved on cuts like Supposed To Be Free, Turn Around, Passing Through, Windmill and Autumn Song, they were capable of melodic, progressive rock with some pleasant woodwind. Often, though, on tracks like Johnny Carl Morten and 6/8 For Amiran, they over-utilised brass and ended up with some very messy arrangements. They recorded a further album to these listed above, Speech, which was only released in Germany (Brain 1009, 1972) and was their magnum opus full of superb guitar work from a later member Martin Pugh. Brain also reissued Mountains and Speech as a double package, This Is Steamhammer (Brain 2/1043) in 1974. Certainly a band worth investigating.

    Side 1
    "Water (Part One)" — (Martin Quittenton, Martin Pugh) 0:52
    "Junior's Wailing" — (Kieran White, Martin Pugh) 3:18
    "Lost You Too" — (Martin Quittenton, Kieran White) 3:28
    "She is the Fire" — (Martin Quittenton, Kieran White) 3:10
    "You'll Never Know" — (B.B. King) 3:27
    "Even the Clock" — (Martin Quittenton, Kieran White, Graham) 3:49

    Side 2
    "Down the Highway" — (Martin Quittenton, Kieran White) 4:28
    "On Your Road" — (Kieran White) 2:43
    "Twenty-Four Hours" — (Eddie Boyd) 7:28
    "When All Your Friends are Gone" — (Martin Quittenton, Kieran White) 3:49
    "Water (Part Two)" — (Martin Quittenton, Martin Pugh) 1:44

    Kieran White - vocals, harmonica
    Martin Pugh - lead guitar
    Martin Quittenton - second guitar
    Steve Davy - bass guitar
    Michael Rushton - drums
    Session musicians
    Harold McNair - flute
    Pete Sears - piano
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