Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Wild Turkey - Turkey (1972 uk, excellent prog rock, 2013 bonus tracks remaster)

Wild Turkey released their second album, Turkey, in October 1972 on Chrysalis. It contains two Hopkins cuts (“Tomorrows Friend,” “Chuck Stallion and the Mustangs”) and six numbers by Cornick, including “Telephone,” “A Universal Man,” and the lengthy epics “Eternal Mother/The Return” and “See You Next Tuesday.” The opening track, “Good Old Days,” is a group-written number. 

Cornick produced Turkey at Morgan Studios with engineer Robin Black, a sound tech for Red Dirt who later worked with Jethro Tull (Storm Watch, A), Mallard, and the Spanish band Ñu. The gatefold cover, designed by Alan Cracknell (Matching Mole), depicts a black Spanish turkey in wait (front) and the wooden stable cleared (back). The inner-spread, designed by Visualeyes (Traffic, Claire Hamill, Amazing Blondel, Vinegar Joe), assembles lives shots of the band in hippie regalia; Gurl sports a pinstripe tie and blazer.

Chrysalis released “Good Old Days” as a single, backed with the non-album track “Life Is a Symphony.” The a-side also appears on a Thai maxi-single with cuts by Slade, Blackfoot Sue, and Harry Nilsson. 
1. Good Old Days (Glenn Cornick, Gary Pickford Hopkins, Tweke Lewis, Mick Dyche, Jeff Jones) - 4:13
2. Tomorrow's Friend (Gary Pickford Hopkins) - 4:08
3. A Universal Man - 3:49
4. Eternal Mother/The Return - 7:59
5. Chuck Stallion And The Mustangs (Gary Pickford Hopkins) - 3:42
6. The Street - 4:45
7. See You Next Tuesday - 6:52
8. Telephone - 3:40
9. Good Old Days - 3:02
10.Life Is A Symphony - 3:44
All songs by Glenn Cornick except where noted
Bonus Tracks 9-10 

Wild Turkey
*Mick Dyche - Slide, Lead Guitar, Vocals
*Glenn Cornick - Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
*Gary Pickford Hopkins - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
*Jeff Jones - Drums, Percussion
*Alan "Tweke" Lewis - Guitar 

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