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ANCIENT GREASE Women And Children First Angel Air SJPCD260 (2008)

Ancient Grease

A short lived project, this is not the squalling effort of clueless stoners you may think but the work of pedigree members of Wales's music 'Tafia', the core being future Racing Cars covers act Strawberry Dust (renamed hardly for the better by Lou Reizner of Mercury Records).

Penned largely by future Man drummer John Weathers, replete with the distinctive rasp of Graham 'Morty' Mortimer, it's a sub-Free period turn in meaty hard blues guitar-snarling rock from opener 'Freedom Train' to the concluding title track (with churning Hammond courtesy of Man's Phil Ryan) counterpointed by well-conceived melodies and even a singalong moment in the Lindisfarne-like 'Mystic Mountain'.

Released in 1970 on Mercury, the band was to succumb to the familiar tale of bust-luck but find better fortune elsewhere in the world of Rhondda rock.


Review by Peter Muir

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