Monday, October 29, 2012

Uncle Dog - Old Hat (1972 uk, blues rock with jazzy feeling, 2005 japan remaster)

Old Hat,album(Signpost Records – SG 4253) by Uncle Dog was released again Dec 18, 2005 on the Air Mail Music label. Prior to its reissue on CD by an imprint of the estimable U.K. progressive rock label Voiceprint, Uncle Dog's 1972 album, Old Hat, commanded a fair amount among collectors of '70s rock, due to the presence of Free's lead guitarist, Paul Kossoff, alongside Malcolm Duncan and Roger Ball, who would shortly become the Average White Band's horn section. 

Old Hat music CDs The problem is that although lead singer Carol Grimes has a fine bluesy voice -- she actually sounds a lot like a British version of the Joy of Cooking's Terry Garthwaite, no bad thing -- keyboardist Dave Skinner isn't much of a songwriter, and all of the tunes are basically amiable jams on tired old blues progressions. Old Hat songs One song is even called "Boogie With Me," for goodness sakes! (To be fair, Skinner does lay into some good organ lines on that song, its saving grace. Old Hat album ) This album isn't actually bad, but the album title is distressingly accurate. For die-hard fans of the boogie only, and maybe Smiths completists who want to know what producer John Porter (rhythm guitar and bass) was doing a decade or so before "Hand in Glove."

The times, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight and "Mystery Train" (Junior Parker and Dylan) are crisp and invigorating. The first is characterized by a combination of country / New Orleans - slide guitar, honky-tonk piano, pampilleux shares of saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and the second by his exuberance, vitality, cohesion, prancing and playing feisty musicians his pace to cut stroke charleston, piano hutin boultinant and finally the vehement lined Carol victorious bestial confusing! 

The compositions are excellent, especially "River Road", beginning this duo album, a boogie woogie CCR, with beautiful of acoustic guitar, sax most smoking, and always this brazen piano, growling titillating Carol, hitting drummer stubborn and concise; "Old hat" also driven by the piano, towed by David, seconded by Carol with passion, one of those ballads that heckle you and invade the heart of a fierce and itching desire for space and freedom, and finally "We got time," which presents the full range of the genre with an organ and an emphatic sax, a guitar solo barbaric and twisted lyrics celebrating love - this wondrous love, limestone and myrophore! There, Carol does not sing, she opens roared, bubbling, expels his words with a force portentueuse grabs you and you empeint to sacred pleasures. 

It is the flagship of the cake, the other titles are warm in comparison, note all the same "Movie Time" gambillant, smelling the 30s, and "Boogie with me," a lonely spruce lament that nor gin, nor TV, nor his "collect" the console discs: two songs accompanies John "Rabbit" Bundrick on piano - yes! yes! the same one who became famous this year with Free and later know fame with The Who.
by Adamus67
1. River Road - 3:06
2. Movie Time - 2:36
3. Old Hat - 3:44
4. Boogie With Me - 2:51
5. We've Got Time - 5:35
6. Smoke (D. Skinner, J. Porter, J. Pearson, P. Crooks, C. Grimes) - 4:46
7. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight - 3:44
8. Mystery Train (J. Parker, S. Phillips) - 4:32
9. Lose Me - 4:59
All tracks written by David Skinner unless as else stated

Uncle Dog
*Carol Grimes - Vocals, Percussion
*David Skinner - Vocals, Piano, Organ, Percussion
*Terry Stannard - Drums
*John Porter - Bass
*Phillip Crooks - Guitar
Additional Musicians
*John Pearson - Drums (tracks: 3, 5 to 7, 9)
*Sammy Mitchell - Side, Dobro Guitar
*John Rabbit Bundrick - Piano
*Paul Kossoff - Guitar

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