Somewhere Down The Line' is the first of two albums by a group that was a contemporary of fellow Island Records' signing Free and created a similarly, powerful blues sound. Micky looks back on his early adventures with Tramline in an exclusive new interview with Repertoire’s Chris Welch for the informative liner notes: 'On the blues tunes we sounded like 60-year-old black guys from the Mississippi, which is odd when you’re only 17 and from North Yorkshire!'
Signed to Chris Blackwell's Island Records (A&M acquiring US distribution rights), Tramline featured the talents of singer John McCoy, lead guitarist Mick Moody, drummer Terry Popple and bassist Terry Sidgwick. Produced by Blackwell, 1968's "Somewhere Down the Track" showcased the band's intense commitment blues genre. The only non-blues selection was a strange cover of Stephen Stills 'Rock and Roll Woman'.
Still in his teens, Moody was certainly a talented slide guitar player though the band's full hearted devotion to the blues didn't exactly give him a platform to showcase those talents. Similarly, as lead vocalist/harmonica player McCoy was a decent, if somewhat anonymous performer.
1. Harpoon Man (McCoy, Atanbridge, Butler, Wilburn) - 4:05
2. National Blues (Moody, Thomas) - 3:25
3. Sorry Sorry (Moody, McCoy, Sidgwick, Popple) - 9:00
4. Look Over Yonder Wall (Moody, McCoy, Sidgwick, Popple) - 4:39
5. Rock And Roll Woman (Stills) - 4:01
6. Somewhere Down The Line (Taylor) - 3:35
7. Mazurka (Popple, Sidgwick, Moody) - 2:45
8. Statesborough Blues (Taj Mahal) - 3:36
9. Killing Floor (Burnett) - 4:50
*John McCoy - Harmonica, Vocals
*Micky Moody - Guitar
*Terry Popple - Drums
*Terry Sidgwick - Bass, Vocals