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The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world




JUNE 24 2014



Some stories are as strange as fiction and there’s a little of Spinal Tap about the tale of Rog and Pip two English musos who lived through a variety of bands in the sixties and seventies to never quite get that break and make it big. This album collects songs from throughout their career, though the fact that many of the songs are published by ‘Rise Above’ their current label (founded in 1988) suggest that some of these songs certainly hadn’t seen the light of day until recently.


Opening track ‘Why Won’t You do What I Want’ combines the thrust of The Sweet with the noise of Slade, and is rather good really in a 70’s Glam kind of way. ‘My Revolution’ the title track that follows is probably more Slade with a lighter vocal and distinct 70’s pub-rock riff.  And then we set of sailing through the seventies with the 12 bar boogie made famous by Status Quo done to a tee on ‘Rock With Me’ replete with harmonica solo and wailing solo. If you hanker after the seventies then this album is like taking a slice of the decade, and in truth it sounds pretty authentic sonically from Glam to Hard Rock.


‘Evil Hearted Woman’ which presumably predates the opening few tracks is real proto-Hard Rock in a light Sabbath mood, while ‘Gold’ that follows is more psychedelic and progressive but still with the underlying Sabbath guitar sound in the solo.  It’s the Glam Rock to be honest that works best though, with ‘Doin’ Alright Tonight’ and ‘Hot Rodder’ almost coming out like the bastard child of Kiss and the Glitter Band.


The blast of ‘A Little Rock and Roll’ really reminds you of the self-penned material Sweet produced in their heyday but ‘It’s a Lonely World’ is a rather forgettable 60’s style ballad which is nice enough, but that’s all. ‘Why Do You Treat Me Like That’ has that similar sixties sound and even though a far more rocking number it fails where bands like The Small Faces and later Humble Pie excelled.


Closing the album are the two heaviest tracks: the very psychedelic Sabbath riff rock of ‘From a Window’ and the poppier ‘War Lord’ that remind you a little of John’s Children the band Marc Bolan played in before starting out on his own; both are appealing enough to make you wonder what would have happened if they stayed on that track?


An interesting window on the past.



by Mark Diggins