Thursday, June 16, 2022

Groundhogs - Hogwash (1972)

The sixth album from this British band.

The band was a trio with a lineup of drums, bass, guitars, synths, organ, mellotron and vocals.

During their first five albums, and my reviews of them, I have learnt that Groundhogs is one of the most interesting of the 1970s British bands. 

That status I am giving them is not so much because of the quality. But I am thinking about their music and their development from a hard rocking blues band.

The band is pretty hard rocking on this album too. But the very clever use of mellotron and more subtle melodies adds a lot to this album. That as per accident as the guitarist and vocalist Tony McPhee had been in an accident and damaged his hands. 

Hands and fingers is as we all know pretty essential when it comes to playing guitars. Which there is a lot of here. But he had to use mellotron to support the guitars too, due to his health.

The songs are quirky and really clever here. Progressive rock ? Oh yeah.

The vocals and the guitars are all good, despite of Tony's physical health. 

This album is a grower. But it is still a very good album.

Check out this album.

3.5 points

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