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2.97 | 31 ratings | 6 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Three Days After Death Pt. 1 (9:28)
2. Three Days After Death Pt. 2 (7:09)
3. Aunty Mary's Trashcan (10:48)
4. Aftur Yur Lumber (5:12)
5. Plastic Man (5:59)

Total Time 37:39

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Line-up / Musicians

- Doug Rome / organ
- Mick Riddle / guitar
- Bill Anderson / bass
- Dick Sneddon / drums
- Zeik Hume / vocals

Releases information

World Wide Records W&W001 (1991)
re-released on Akarma Records
Akarma 11872 11-2000

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BODKIN Bodkin ratings distribution


2.97
(31 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
20%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
27%
Good, but non-essential (33%)
33%
Collectors/fans only (17%)
17%
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)
3%

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Review by DamoXt7942
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Moderator / Psych Team
2 stars As I've said before - feel the historical flow of heavy progressive rock.

Actually 37 years before, this album has been in this world - with such an impressively heavy opening. As you can realize with listening, BODKIN could shoot the organ-based heavily symphonic sounds tinged with some psychedelic spice. In the early 70s such a musical style might come into fashion by Ken Hensley of URIAH HEEP or Jon Lord of DEEP PURPLE. On the contrary, we cannot say "progressive" without overtaking the pioneers or cutting the way of the new approach of keyboard-oriented rock style(s). Indeed they did a good play and their sounds are comfortable and exciting for me on listening to the album, but sadly as a typhoon has blown away, there's nothing IMPRESSIVE left after listening. Yes, their style already has shown by the pioneers as mentioned before. This album is a good item for some collectors or fans who love heavily organ-based symphonic rock style. (Anyway, I'm more surprised such a rare CD could be sold in a countryside used-CD-shop than everything hahaha.)

Surely you can feel oldies and goodies.

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Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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2 stars An obscure scottish one shot band from the early 70īs that I had never heard of until I read a review here on PA. I was attracted to it because it said their sound was based around the great Hammond organ. And it is! The organ is the sole keyboard used on the whole LP, besides being the main instrument of the band. Its rich sound is undeniable, and I just love it.

Well, and what about the group itself? They were good musicians, no doubt. But hardly outstanding or very creative. It is easy to understand why they never made it: they just played what a lot of bands were playing in the late 60īs and early 70īs. Nothing wrong to that: the guitar is good, the singer is ok, the rhythm section is strong and the keyboards player is also good. They simply donīt add up anything to their sound that could differ them from dozens of other outfits of that period (in fact theirs was becoming a bit dated alreadty). Groups like Atomic Rooster, Traffic, Badger and Paladin, among others, were doing hte same thing with more personality a little while before them.

If Bodkin could have another chance to develop their songwriting skills maybe they could come out with something more of their own and that could be more than just pleasing. As it is I found Bodkin an ok group. There are no bad tracks, but also there are no highlights either. Pretty common stuff. If you like bands centred around the Hammond Organ, that might be of interest. But actually this is more for collectors and fans of the style only .

2,3 stars.

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Posted Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors and Omissions Team
3 stars Raw sound, rocking out high, but it's all in vain, for this album doesn't have a soul inside. It is simply flat, endless solos, occasional singing, drum solos, weird keys solos, so I was able to listen this album, but there is not much what would help people to return and listen again. Yet I am trying to find something enjoyable on this album. Keys, that's probably it. Nothing else of bigger consequence here. The Jam is almighty here and when I overlook the fact that there is no strong track, I come to conclusion that there are no weak tracks here as well. They are just average, so

3(-) is in order. Why not.

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Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
4 stars Arriving in a roar of hellfire, brimstone and occult unease, the sole 1972 release for Scottish band Bodkin is a wicked and infectious Hammond organ-drenched heavy rocker. Their self titled release was in the manner of bands such as Atomic Rooster, Nosferatu, Bram Stoker and Deep Purple, and anyone familiar with those groups will know what to expect here. Hard rocking riffs, psychedelic flavours and bluesy guitar wailing with confident vocals and strong melodies means Bodkin and their album can sit perfectly alongside those acts on the shelf for fans of that sort of early prog-related music.

The first side opens with the intimidating and plodding (but in a good way!) two parter `Three Days After Death'. Tin-can drums patter away as the listener is instantly blasted with Doug Rome's Hammond fury, with grubby snarling heavy guitar riffs and cymbal fury crashing all over that scratchiest rough-as-guts organ. Energetic whirring blasts of fury, stomping mud-thick bluesy stomping, noisy dirty grooves and even some more sedate and reflective moments all fall together, yet despite the relentless muscle and noise throughout, the piece always remains melodic and catchy - that's the strength of this album overall. The second part is particular has a very melancholic and moving vocal from Zeike Hume, the downbeat melody sorrowful and despondent.

The ten minute `Aunt Mary's Trashcan' on the flipside is up-tempo, relentless and full of life. Although it's bookended with a slightly hostile lead vocal melody, it's really an extended improvisation utterly dominated by Rome's Hammond organ orgasm over every sweaty inch of it. It reverberates with thrumming rippling distortion, taking on a malevolent glee, powered along by Dick Sneddon's frantic chasing battery of drumming, Bill Anderson's fluid bass rumbles and Mick Riddle's gorgeous sleazy strutting bluesy guitar. Foot-tapping and effortlessly cool, fans of the extended jams on the early Birth Control albums will dig this one. `Aftur Yur Lumber' is a shorter punchy Yes-like vocal rocker at heart, a little more restrained for the actual tune with a call out repeated melody, chiming guitar and symphonic touches, but with a wild F-off swooping Hammond break as well. Symphonic majesty keeps on throughout moments of `Plastic Man', a creeping bass line and swampy guitar stalking behind the lead voice, the whole band letting rip with a gutsy jam in the middle.

Special mention must go to the incredible, if borderline blasphemous album cover that adorns the original LP or it's couple of vinyl reissues. A massive cross that folds out several times to form a crucifix with a goats head at it's centre burning with infernal flames certainly makes a huge impression and grabs plenty of attention! If that worries you, there is a CD reissue with a safer (yet dull!) alternate cover. As for the album itself, some may have trouble with the slightly rough production quality, but it's perfect for this sort of music and anything cleaner and more polished wouldn't have been appropriate at all. This album has long been a personal favourite of mine and a treasured, essential part of my collection, and if music driven by Hammond organ is your thing, then `Bodkin' will likely cast it's devilish spell on you.

Four stars.

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3 stars I don't know why I was attracted to this after seeing the low ratings. I have listened to it several times, but for some reason it does not leave a lasting impression. It is well played with loads of leaf Hammond and support guitar. To my mind the tracks seem like the middle of classics with the ... (read more)

Report this review (#1030199) | Posted by spikey123 | Saturday, September 07, 2013 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I came across this LP much by chance, without any knowledge of this (Scottish) group. Lots of Hammond Organ in the opening track "Three Days after Death pt1" and a sound that is far more mid-to-late 60's rather than 1972. With echoes of The Nice and Keith Emerson, its a powerful track that pulls y ... (read more)

Report this review (#142680) | Posted by malcra | Monday, October 08, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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