Friday, September 21, 2012

May Blitz - May Blitz (1970 uk / canada, standout hard rock, japan SHM remaster)

May Blitz was a short lived British-based trio that consisted of two Canadians and an Englishman. The two Canadians were guitarist and vocalist James Black and bassist Reid Hudson, with the Englishman being drummer Tony Newman, formerly of the Jeff Beck Group. This band basically combined psychedelia with blues and hard rock that's not unlike the Jimi Hendrix Experience or Cream.

May Blitz only released two albums, this one, which is their debut, and The 2nd of May in 1971 before breaking up. The opening song, "Smoking The Day Away" sounds a lot like Hendrix, in fact, my brother was convinced it was Hendrix when he first heard it. The song has tends to be drug-oriented, and you can practically smell the marijuana smoke hearing this. The song is also loaded with some killer guitar jams. "I Don't Know" is much in the same vein, with rather strong hippie overtones (the lyrics deal with the back to the land movement of the hippies of that time).

"Dreaming" starts off acoustic and mellow, but before you know it, you get blasted with some truly insane drumming and more killer solos. "Squeet" is one of my favorites, I can't really explain it, but the lyrics are pretty silly, it keeps "Squeet all over the walls" over and over, then the band goes off soloing again.

"Tomorrow May Come" is another favorite of mine, it's a really cool and mellow psychedelic piece. "Fire Queen" is a totally wild song that sounds a whole lot like The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (James Black sounds a whole lot like Brown on this song), the only difference is this song is dominated by guitar rather than Hammond organ.

The album closes with "Virgin Waters", it's the closest thing to prog rock on this album, but still sticks to their bluesy hard rock roots. I really love that spoken dialog. This is a truly wild album and if the description of their music sounds interesting to you, get this album. 
by Ben Miler
1. Smoking The Day Away - 8:19
2. I Don't Know? - 4.52
3. Dreaming - 6:40
4. Squeet - 6:51
5. Tomorrow May Come - 4:47
6. Fire Queen - 4:14
7. Virgin Waters - 6:56
All compositions by  May Blitz and Mark Hudson.

May Blitz
*James Black - Lead Vocals, Guitar
*Reid Hudson - Bass
*Tony Newman - Drums

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  1. Awesome! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Thank you so much, rockin' my azz off AGAIN, thanks to you!
    Both May Blitz albums are a headphones must.
    Peace Bro.
    There is a GOD, and I thank him for you.

  2. Great albums! Thanks a lot for sharing it!

  3. Thanks, Marios, for sharing this great album!

  4. Link has been suspended.. Huh? Doesn't sound too good ;-( Any way you can reup?