måndag 2 maj 2016

Black Cat Bones - Barbed Wire Sandwich (Raw Bluesrock UK 1969)

260:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition, tung bluesrock, klassiker UK 1969. Utgången utgåva sen 2006.) 

Barbed Wire Sandwich is a psychedelic heavy blues rock album released by Black Cat Bones in November 1969. The original vinyl version of the album is now highly sought after by collectors of rock and heavy blues music of the late 1960s and 1970s.

Black Cat Bones were a typical British blues rock band playing late 60's raw progressive blues in the same vein as Chicken Shack and Ten Years After. Two of its original members, guitarist Paul Kossoff and drummer Simon Kirke, would later form their own band (Free). When they felt they had taken Black Cat Bones as far as it could go, they both left before the band even cut their album in 1969 (entitled "Barbed Wire Sandwich"). The album features Rod Price on vocals (Foghat's future vocalist), Phil Lenoir on drums, Stu Brooks on bass guitar, Brian Short on additional vocals and Derek Brooks on rhythm guitar.

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"Barbed Wire Sandwich" was originally released on Decca as a mid-priced album noted for its (then fashionable) gruesome cover. The cd re-edition is an excellent testimony to some of the best heavy blues rock of its time, a hidden gem full of soul and raw energy. Recommended for lovers of late 60's British blues boom.

London’s Black Cat Bones were one of those bands from the late '60s that served as an incubator for its various members’ later rock incarnations, in this case the bands Free, Foghat, and Bad Company, all of whom drew members from Black Cat Bones. As an intact band, they only released a single album, Barbed Wire Sandwich, on Decca Records in 1969, and then splintered into the future. 

The album itself is a collection of rather generic period British blues pieces, a bit reminiscent of Cream in sound, although that doesn’t hinder cuts like “Chauffer” and the best track here, “Please Tell Me Baby,” from taking off into some interesting territory. But it’s straight British blues, however well executed, and there’s really nothing prog rock about it, although the band has been given that label in some circles. 

Barbed Wire Sandwich, like the band that recorded it, is straightforward and professional, but also like the band, it seems to suggest that more is down the road than has actually arrived yet. That said, collectors of British blues-rock are going to love the sound on this reissue, which sounds full, rich, and immediate. Highly Recommended.


 Rod Price - lead guitar & vocal (on "Good Lookin' Woman")
 Phil Lenoir - drums
 Stu Brooks - bass guitar
 Brian Short - vocals
♦ Derek Brooks - rhythm guitar

01. "Chauffeur" – 5:15 (Andy Stroud)

02. "Death Valley Blues" – 3:52 (Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup)
03. "Feelin' Good" – 4:58 (Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse)
04. "Please Tell Me Baby" – 3:10 (Harrison D. Nelson Jr)
05. "Coming Back" – 2:32 (Rod Price)
06. "Save My Love" – 4:50 (Black Cat Bones)
07. "Four Women" – 5:09 (Nina Simone)
08. "Sylvester's Blues" – 3:45 (Price)
09. "Good Lookin' Woman" – 7:16 (Price)