söndag 1 mars 2009

Ancient Grease - Woman and Children First (Mkt Bra UK Bluesbased Hårdrock 1970)

200:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition, utgången utgåva, svår att hitta nu)

Ancient Grease were actually a band named Strawberry Dust from Neath in South Wales. This album was a collaboration between a few people from the hippyer band Eyes of Blue and Stawberry Dust. The result features some fine dirty rock'n'roll alongside with a number of mellow songs, such as the dreamy, psychedelic-folk of 'Time To Die' and the rootsy 'Mystic Mountain'.

What's interesting about Ancient Grease is that the album was intended to be released on the famous Vertigo Swirl label (catalogue nr VO5?). You can still see the VO Price Code on the reverse of the album sleeve. For some reason, the record company changed it the last minute and released it on the black Mercury label in July 1970. The album was also curiously credited to Ancient Grease, not Strawberry Dust.

Unfortunately, Mercury Records did not give 'Women and Children First' the amount of push necessary to get a brand new act noticed by the record buying public. Insted they focused on Rod Stewart's 'An Old Raincoat Will Never Let You Down'.

01. Freedom Train
02. Don't Want
03. Odd Song
04. Eagle Song
05. Where The Snow Lies Forever
06. Mother Grease The Cat
07. Time To Die
08. Prelude To A Blind Man
09. Mystic Mountain
10. Women And Children First
11. Freedom Train (Alt.Take)