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2.09 | 22 ratings | 3 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1974

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Don't Call Me (3:44)
2. This Song's For All You Children (2:58)
3. Lady O (3:37)
4. Blue Blue Ships (5:13)
5. I Need a Hundred of You (3:37)
6. Hide Your Daughters (5:10)
7. Lost Without a Trace (5:54)
8. Easy Evil (3:29)
9. Blood on the Snow (2:01)

Total Time 39:43

Line-up / Musicians

- Esther " Jinx" Dawson / lead vocals
- Christopher Neilsen / guitar, vocals
- John Hobbs / keyboards
- Gregory "Oz" Osborne / bass
- Steve Ross / drums

- Frank Smith / sax (8)
- Alan Estes / congas (8)

Releases information

Artwork: Ann Miller

LP Buddah Records ‎- BDS 5614 (1974, US)

CD Nevoc Musick ‎- 666 ( ? , US)

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COVEN Blood On The Snow ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(18%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (23%)
Poor. Only for completionists (27%)

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Review by Epignosis
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
1 stars Coven's third album (like the second) is one I suspect would make fans of the first album cringe. Despite the album's artwork (which I have vividly remembered since the first time I spied it among my parents' record collection), it is conventional pop-rock with little experimentation. It's decent to listen or dance to, but bears little, if any, relation to progressive rock.

"Don't Call Me" A straight-ahead rock and roll number kicks this album off. The rockier sections are bridged by a piano part with vocals that are mixed very poorly.

"This Song's for All You Children" This is typical straightforward 1970s rock fare- it honestly sounds a good bit like Carly Simon.

"Lady O" Coven gives a song replete with pop-country music sensibilities. This music sounds like something that would be right at home on The Lawrence Welk Show.

"Blue Blue Ships" Lovely piano and violin introduce this unassuming song. The overall instrumentation is pleasant. There is a rocking part in the middle with some distorted vocals and a pretty good guitar solo through a wah peda; that whole part is muddy, like the band pulled a teenager off the street to mix it. The song ends interestingly enough, with a delayed vocal and a nice build.

"I Need a Hundred of You" Strings and piano begin this one, and soon the band gets back into the straightforward pop-rock delivery. The guitar solo is gritty but satisfying.

"Hide Your Daughters" Dawson briefly steps in the background, with a male taking lead vocals on the some of the verses for this one. This time, the band possesses a popular Fleetwood Mac sound. The lengthier number is dominated with piano and crunchy electric guitar.

"Lost Without a Trace" For little over a minute, "Lost Without a Trace" provides the listener with a hauntingly pleasant bit of music before becoming slightly heavier. There's a lengthy guitar solo during the second half over the main chords, with Dawson vocalizing over it some.

"Easy Evil" Yet another bouncy song with terrible mixing, this one features somewhat Latin percussion and a loud saxophone.

"Blood on the Snow" The title track is the shortest one, just a second over two minutes. There are lyrics, but it's main function is to give the lead guitarist the opportunity to jam, since apparently there was no such place elsewhere on the album.

Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
3 stars COVEN returned a bit to its Satanic rock origins of its debut "Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls" as evidenced by the devil playing the violin on the album cover however COVEN's third and final album BLOOD ON THE SNOW which came out in 1974, three years after its self-titled sophomore album only hinted at the occult themes of the 1969 debut which featured a complete recorded black mass along with an a gatefold spread on the original vinyl that featured a weird occult ritual. It seems the band simply invented occult rock and then got cold feet but then wanted to revisit those days without fully committing. The result is that BLOOD ON THE SNOW is a combo of the band's first two albums.

The first obvious different on BLOOD ON THE SNOW comes in the form of a slicker production job courtesty of Shel Talmy who worked with The Who. While the musicians provide the same hard and folk rock instrumentation, the tracks offer a more symphonic backing with all those tricks you can accomplish with a more advanced mixing job. COVEN proved a potential marketability with their cover of the song "One Tin Soldier" which was featured on the film soundtrack for "Billy Jack" and cracked the US top 40 singles hits however despite the attempts to follow in these commercial footsteps however once again the band sounds a bit dated offering a more polished 60s bluesy country rock sound than something contemporary.

Once again the star of the show is the eccentric vocal style of Esther "Jinx" Dawson whose vocal range was impressive. Also guitarist Christopher Neilsen also shares lead vocals resurrecting the flashback to the 60s psychedelic rock of Quicksilver Messenger Service however this time around there's a greater emphasis on the Elton John style piano parts which gets this album tagged as piano rock by some sources. The album also featured a guest saxophonist and a few conga parts. While the album is more focused than the self-titled predecessor, this one also jumps around from pop piano rock to hard rock, blues rock and kitschy over-produced pop. Whereas the previous albums had catchy melodies that you could grasp onto, this one feels more forced however once again nothing is really bad once you adapt to the stylistic shift.

While the musical side of the equation was clearly geared towards marketability, on the lyrics side that's where the band revisited its occult past with bizarre cryptic references and a gatefold spread that featured the the band in full Halloween regalia. The song "Blue Blue Ship" displays lyrics that suggest Dawson has already passed away and is left haunting the world from another realm. Despite the attempt the occult themes, the musical deliveries are more on the jocular side with honky tonk piano rolls, countrified slide guitars, easy on the ears blues rock grooves and Dawson sounding as if she had just enough to drink at a party and having the time of her life. The band seemed to throw caution to the wind following a hit single and in the process lost the gamble in following up the momentum created by spawning a hit.

In many ways this album sounds a lot better than the previous ones. The pop songs are more consistent, there are no lame filler songs (i'm talkin' bout you "Jailhouse Rock") and the musicians seem more confident and competent this time around however on the flip side none of these tracks are as memorable either as the first two albums featured some better songwriting skills that stood out. This one is more formulaic albeit with a much slicker production job. Once again Dawson shows she can do her best Grace Slick turned Janis Joplin at the drop of the hat but this album as with all album only gives one the impression that this band was highly misdirected and had so much more potential than they ever were allowed to capture. If you ask me, COVEN is the perfect example of a talented band that was dumbed down by the record labels to exploit. This is a good album but by no means one of the seminal releases of 1974. In the battle of COVEN vs Satan, looks like COVEN lost.

Latest members reviews

1 stars Horrible. I'm not deep into this band, I don't listen to their albums, but I tried once the three releases and this one is the worst, I have found nothing new here. And I prefer the Goblin logo than this ugly album cover. Coven was a pseudo wicca/satanic/evil band. They are from the 60 ... (read more)

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