Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Groundhogs - Black Diamond/Crosscut Saw

Groundhog day, in a way

Having started with Baldry's blues, it is a repetition of sorts to continue the day with the Groundhogs, though this is the '76 reincarnation of the band, and these two combined albums contain as much rock as blues, often merged of course. Tony McPhee's guitar playing is as significant as ever - virtuoso and wild on 'Fulfilment'; the foot-stomping acoustic blues of 'Mean Mistreater'; Troweresque on 'Eleventh Hour' - though across these recordings it is probably less intense when compared with the earlier Hogs days where McPhee and the band ground out their expert British hard-core blues.

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