Sunday, July 19, 2020

Bullet - The Entrance To Hell (1970 uk, awesome pre stoner funk rock blended with the sound of a traditional blues rock power trio, 2010 remaster)

The Entrance to Hell is one of those legendary exhumations at which the Angel Air label has become so adept, delving into archives that even their owners have seemingly forgotten, and emerging with treasures whose very reputations are the stuff of mythology. The jewel this time is the debut album by Bullet, the band formed by John Du Cann and Paul Hammond immediately after departing Atomic Rooster, but whose lifespan was cut short by the emergence of another, better-known American band of the same name. Bullet U.K. changed their name to Hard Stuff, and promptly re-recorded their already complete debut album, renaming it Bulletproof, and leaving the original tracks in the vault. 

Arguably, they made the correct decision -- Bulletproof, as it eventually emerged, is very much a classic of its ilk, a hard-hitting metal rocker that compensates in sheer bludgeoning power for what it lacks in finesse or musicality. The Entrance to Hell retains those same qualities but somehow seems to lack the same glue that held its successor together; not quite an album's worth of demos (although that would be a joy), it is instead a rough sketch of what was to come, an excellent collection that would soon be even better. 
by Dave Thompson
1. Door Opens  - 0:08
2. Millionaire - 6:04
3. No Witch at All (John Gustafson) - 5:39
4. Taken Alive (John Gustafson) - 3:15
5. The Soul That I Had - 5:37
6. Entrance To Hell - 4:30
7. The Orchestrator (John Du Cann, John Gustafson) - 3:24
8. Hell, Demonic Possession - 3:45
9. Fortunes Told - 3:29
10.Sinister Minister (John Gustafson) - 3:36
11.Jam - 1:39
12.Time Gambler - 6:15
13.Monster in Paradise (John Gustafson, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover) - 4:41
14.Jay Time - 2:53
15.Mr. Longevity (John Gustafson) - 4:40
16.Door Slams - 0:03
17.Jam (The Taker) - 7:12
All songs by John Du Cann except where stated

*John Du Cann - Vocals, Fender Guitars, Acoustic Guitar, Cello
*John Gustafson - Vocals, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Tuners
*Paul Hammond - Drums, Sticks, Other Walking Aids

1971-73  Hard Stuff - The Complete Purple Records Anthology (2017 double disc remaster) 
Related Acts
1967-68  The Attack - About Time (2006 remaster with unreleased material)
1967-69  The Attack - Magic In The Air
1967-69  Andromeda - The Definitive Collection
1968  The Five Day Week Straw People - The Five Day Week Straw People
1970  Atomic Rooster - Atomic Rooster (2016 Japan Mini LP SHM remaster) 
1970-72/81  Atomic Rooster - Devil's Answer / Rare Live Recordings 
1970  Atomic Rooster - Death Walks Behind You (2016 SHM remaster with bonus tracks)

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