Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

BUDGIE

Prog Related • United Kingdom


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Budgie picture
Budgie biography
Originating from Cardiff, Wales, UK, Budgie first formed in 1967 under the guise of ' Hills Contemporary Grass'. This name was shortlived however and by 1968 they had renamed themselves Budgie, which still remains this to the current day, although line ups have changed from time to time. The original members were Burke Shelley (b.1947) on bass and vocals, Tony Bourge (b.1948) on guitars and vocals and Ray Phillips (b.1949)on drums.

As was often the case with debut albums from the late sixties and early seventies, "Budgie" 1971 was a mixed bag of hard rock combined with a strong dose of blues. Produced by Black Sabbath producer Roger Bain. " Squawk" 1972 and " Never Turn Your Back On A Friend" 1973 were further studio albums following in quick succession. The latter probably being the most well known of Budgie work." In For The Kill" followed in 1974 and by now the line up changes began with Ray Phillips departure and replacement by the soon departing Pete Boot. The band experienced further membership changes and in 1978 Tony Bourge moved on and in stepped John Thomas who also later worked with Glenn Hughes.

Classifying Budgie is no easy feat hence it being in the Prog related category but the blues rock influences are ever present especially up to the close of the 70's.Sometimes described as pioneers in metal, Burke Shelley's voice often compared to Geddy Lee of Rush and the progressive influences are particularly evident in " Squawk", " Never Turn Your Back On a Friend" and 1975's " Bandolier". Budgie became less active in the latter parts of the 80's and ceased live tours in 1988. The 90's saw a revival of the band and further studio albums ensued, the last being in 2006 called " Your'e All Living In Cuckoo Land". Line up changes remained unabbated but one thing remains is that Budgie continue to play high energy rock, progressive at times, bluesy and plain solid metal to a high standard. Metallica have had notable success doing versions of their work " Breadfan" being one song and " Crash Course In Brain Surgery" the other, Judas Priest being another band influenced by the outfit from Wales.

Two live shows of note were in 1982 when Budgie headlined the Reading festival and Live In San Antonio ( 2002).Recommended albums would be 1972's " Squawk", " Never Turn Your Back On a Friend" from 1973 and 1978's "Impeckable". Founder member and drummer Ray Phillips is scheduled to release his first solo album in the first half of 2009.

Budgie official website

BUDGIE MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

BUDGIE forum topics / tours, shows & news


BUDGIE forum topics Create a topic now
BUDGIE tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "budgie"
Post an entries now

BUDGIE Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Show all BUDGIE videos (1) | Search and add more videos to BUDGIE

Buy BUDGIE Music


Mca Albums 1973-1975Mca Albums 1973-1975
Import
Imports 2016
Audio CD$8.07
$11.08 (used)
The Best Of Budgie - BudgieThe Best Of Budgie - Budgie
Extra tracks · Import
spectrum 2016
Audio CD$2.09
$1.17 (used)
BudgieBudgie
Extra tracks · Import · Remastered
Noteworthy Prod. UK 2007
Audio CD$13.60
$13.59 (used)
SquawkSquawk
Extra tracks · Import · Remastered
Noteworthy Prod. UK 2006
Audio CD$13.14
$13.13 (used)
Never Turn Your Back on a FriendNever Turn Your Back on a Friend
Import
Imports 2014
Vinyl$22.99
$28.78 (used)
In for the KillIn for the Kill
Import
Imports 2014
Vinyl$29.39
$54.99 (used)
Deliver Us From EvilDeliver Us From Evil
Import
Noteworthy Prod. UK 2013
Audio CD$13.15
$13.14 (used)
ImpeckableImpeckable
Extra tracks · Import
Ais 2010
Audio CD$13.14
$13.13 (used)
Last StageLast Stage
Import
Noteworthy Prod. UK 2004
Audio CD$11.50
$11.49 (used)
BandolierBandolier
Import
Imports 2014
Vinyl$22.99
$38.56 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
BUDGIE 45 PICTURE DISC-" KEEPING A RENEZVOUS " - RCA LP6003 USD $1.28 [1 bids]
NEW BUDGIE Bandolier JAPAN MINI LP SHM-CD F/S USD $43.13 Buy It Now
BUDGIE - "In for the Kill" Lp 1974 USD $24.99 [0 bids]
BUDGIE - Poster 2008 Australian Tour USD $7.60 Buy It Now
BUDGIE Sweatshirt Jumper (S) 2009 Australian Tour USD $49.65 Buy It Now
BUDGIE Sweatshirt Jumper (M) 2009 Australian Tour USD $49.65 Buy It Now
BUDGIE Sweatshirt Jumper (L) 2009 Australian Tour USD $49.65 Buy It Now
BUDGIE Sweatshirt Jumper (XL) 2009 Australian Tour USD $49.65 Buy It Now
BUDGIE BANDOLIER AUSTRALIAN CASSETTE TAPE USD $15.12 Buy It Now
Reading Rock '81 Evening Post Special Newspaper (Kinks/Gillan/Budgie/Girlschool) USD $7.78 Buy It Now 44m 41s
NEW Budgie (Audio CD) USD $28.99 Buy It Now 1h 57m
The Best Of Budgie 0008811169824 by Budgie, CD, BRAND NEW FREE P USD $8.22 Buy It Now 2h 41m
If Swallowed Do Not Induce Vomiting (bonus Tracks) 0827565057177 by Budgie, CD USD $18.50 Buy It Now 2h 41m
You're All Living In Cuckooland 0805520211499 by Budgie, CD, BRAND NEW FREE P USD $24.61 Buy It Now 2h 42m
Budgie-Power supply-1980 poster size press advert USD $12.96 Buy It Now 3h 59m
Power Supply [Bonus Tracks] [Remastered] by Budgie (Metal) (CD, Nov-2012,... USD $13.89 Buy It Now 6h 52m
Impeckable [Bonus Tracks] by Budgie (Metal) (CD, Sep-2010, Ais) USD $13.89 Buy It Now 6h 52m
BUDGIE Deliver Us From Evil Reissue vinyl LP New/sealed USD $20.74 Buy It Now 7h 7m
In for the Kill! by Budgie (Metal) (CD, Jan-2005, Noteworthy) USD $13.75 Buy It Now 7h 23m
Budgie - In For The Kill [CD New] USD $16.15 Buy It Now 7h 26m
Budgie - Impeckable [CD New] USD $16.29 Buy It Now 7h 26m
Budgie - Power Supply [CD New] USD $16.29 Buy It Now 7h 27m
Budgie - Last Stage [CD New] USD $15.44 Buy It Now 7h 27m
Impeckable - Budgie 827565057016 (CD Used Very Good) USD $14.29 Buy It Now 7h 32m
Power Supply - Budgie (CD Used Very Good) USD $14.29 Buy It Now 7h 32m
BUDGIE~"IF I WERE BRITTANIA I'D WAIVE THE RULES"~AMLH 68377~A2/B2 1st~76'~ EX/EX USD $38.91 Buy It Now 7h 50m
BUDGIE lp LISTO PARA MATAR uruguay ID# 56332 1975-PROMO STAMP ON LABEL -WOL MCA USD $39.99 Buy It Now 8h 26m
BUDGIE lp SI YO FUESE BRITANNIA argentina ID# 51652 1976 A&M 8443 EX NM automat7 USD $39.99 Buy It Now 8h 26m
Last Stage - Budgie (CD Used Very Good) USD $13.44 Buy It Now 8h 41m
In For The Kill - Budgie (CD Used Very Good) USD $14.15 Buy It Now 8h 41m
BUDGIE Best Of CD Japan 10 tracks Cube 18DN-39 USD $15.50 [3 bids]
8h 44m
Metal Rock BUDGIE "Bandolier (Bandolero)" SCARCE & ORIGINAL 1976 LP Venezuela USD $79.99 Buy It Now 8h 45m
Budgie -Impeckable-Cd CD NEW USD $22.15 Buy It Now 9h 22m
BUDGIE-POWER SUPPLY CD NEW USD $21.59 Buy It Now 9h 22m
Vintage psych prog rock lp BUDGIE Impeckable A&M SP 4675 original 1978 EX/VG+ USD $25.00 Buy It Now 9h 56m
Budgie-Never Turn Your Back On A Friend CD NEW USD $21.96 Buy It Now 10h 25m
Never Turn Your Back on a Friend by Budgie (Metal) (Vinyl, Aug-2014,... USD $26.16 Buy It Now 11h 23m
Budgie - Never Turn Your Back On A Friend [Vinyl New] USD $28.18 Buy It Now 11h 28m
PRECIOUS METAL LP (BUDGIE GILLAN WISHBONE ASH LYNYRD SKYNYRD STEPPENWOLK STORM) USD $9.08 Buy It Now 11h 33m
Never Turn Your Back On A Friend - Budgie (Vinyl Used Very Good) USD $26.18 Buy It Now 12h 30m
BUDGIE Best of Budgie CD Japan 89 Shipping NOT $3! USD $49.99 Buy It Now 13h 16m
Radio Sessions 1974 and 1978 0805520211291 by Budgie, CD, BRAND NEW FREE P USD $26.59 Buy It Now 13h 47m
Reading Festival-Magazine Review-1982-Iron Maiden/Budgie/Blackfoot/Tank/The Who USD $3.23 Buy It Now 14h 8m
Budgie Keeping a Rendezvous 7" Vinyl Single Picture Sleeve BUDGE 3 USD $3.89 Buy It Now 14h 24m
Budgie "Power Supply" 1980 Active Cassette/ UK Release USD $10.99 Buy It Now 14h 52m
BUDGIE-Never Turn Your Back On A Friend VINYL NEW USD $37.17 Buy It Now 15h 4m
OZZY OSBOURNE Randy Rhodes Budgie 1982 London Gig Flyer USD $6.47 [0 bids]
15h 20m
Budgie [CD New] USD $16.15 Buy It Now 15h 26m
Budgie CD NEW USD $21.59 Buy It Now 16h 54m
BUDGIE Squawk LP VINYL 9 Track Reissue (Np22V) US Noteworthy USD $47.34 Buy It Now 17h 26m
BUDGIE Bandolier LP VINYL 6 Track Reissue (Np25V) US Noteworthy USD $47.34 Buy It Now 17h 26m
BUDGIE S/T LP VINYL 8 Track Reissue (Np21V) US Noteworthy USD $47.34 Buy It Now 17h 26m
BUDGIE In For The Kill LP VINYL 7 Track Reissue (Np24V) US Noteworthy USD $47.34 Buy It Now 17h 27m
13/12/80PN20 BUDGIE: POWER SUPPLY ALBUM ADVERT 5X5 USD $6.49 Buy It Now 18h 17m
BUDGIE Smile Boy Smile 7" VINYL B/w All At Sea (ams7342) UK A&m 1978 USD $9.52 Buy It Now 18h 23m
BUDGIE 36"X32" INCH MOSAIC WALL POSTER BANDOLIER HEAVY METAL BURKE SHELLEY USD $16.85 Buy It Now 19h 18m
BUDGIE Logo POSTER 12"X3.5" Promo Logo Strip Poster For Shop Use. Some Creasing USD $11.53 Buy It Now 19h 41m
BUDGIE Best Of CD 10 Track (Hmncd017) UK Spectrum USD $6.47 Buy It Now 19h 45m
Life In San Antonio: Reunion Concert 5022769294617 by Budgie, CD, BRAND NEW USD $27.37 Buy It Now 22h 49m
BUDGIE Cap Australian Tour 2009 Limited Edition - NEW! USD $26.70 Buy It Now 23h 50m
Never Turn Your Back on a Frie, Budgie, Vinyl, 0534274001758 USD $36.97 Buy It Now 1 day
Budgie In For The Kill - 1st - EX UK vinyl LP album record MCF2546 MCA 1974 USD $102.42 Buy It Now 1 day
Nightflight - EX Budgie UK vinyl LP album record RCALP6003 RCA 1981 USD $44.04 Buy It Now 1 day
Keeping A Rendezvous Budgie 7" vinyl picture disc single UK BUDGE3 RCA 1981 USD $14.21 Buy It Now 1 day
BRUCE FORSYTH I'm A Good Boy 7" VINYL B/W My Little Budgie But Has Name Written USD $6.47 Buy It Now 1 day
Budgie Best Of UK CD album (CDLP) DMCL1637 MCA RECORDS 1989 USD $29.19 Buy It Now 1 day
Budgie I Turned To Stone Polish 7" vinyl single record S-445 TONPRESS 1981 USD $16.80 Buy It Now 1 day
Deliver Us From Evil Budgie Audio CD USD $30.76 Buy It Now 1 day
BUDGIE 'IN FOR THE KILL' Remastered Vinyl LP 2014 - NEW & SEALED USD $28.40 Buy It Now 1 day
28/6/80PN54 ADVERT: BUDGIE IF SWALLOWED, DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING 15X5 USD $9.07 Buy It Now 1 day
BUDGIE concerts in Holland 1976 Dutch Press ADVERT 10x5 inches USD $12.91 Buy It Now 1 day
Budgie - Heavier Than Air Rarest Eggs 2CD Set USD $76.38 Buy It Now 1 day
Budgie - We Came, We Saw... 2CD Set USD $76.38 Buy It Now 1 day
THE CREATURES Rare Autograph LP RECORD Feast SIOUXSIE Budgie USD $299.98 Buy It Now 1 day
BUDGIE In For The Kill! 1974 UK VINYL LP A1/B1 EXCELLENT CONDITION USD $51.88 Buy It Now 1 day
mint unplayed ! BUDGIE original LP 1971 FRENCH PRESS MCA 510006 HEAVY HARD ROCK USD $129.99 [0 bids]
1 day
ROCK GIANTS CASSETTE TAPE JUDAS PRIEST ATOMIC ROOSTER UFO BUDGIE WARHORSE DOKKEN USD $5.18 Buy It Now 1 day
BUDGIE | "An Ecstasy Of Fumbling" 2CD definitive anthology in slipcase USD $44.54 [5 bids]
1 day
Bored With Russia Budgie UK 7" vinyl picture disc single RCAP271 RCA 1982 USD $14.21 Buy It Now 1 day
DIAMOND HEAD / BUDGIE 84 TOUR DATES small original magazine advert fridge magnet USD $3.88 Buy It Now 1 day
DIAMOND HEAD / BUDGIE 84 TOUR DATES small original magazine advert fridge magnet USD $3.88 Buy It Now 1 day
BUDGIE HEAVIER THAN AIR RAREST EGGS PROMO CD MINT AND SEALED USD $50.00 Buy It Now 1 day
BUDGIE & BERNIE TORME (Gillan,Ozzy) - Ticket Sun 28 Nov 1982,Gaumont Southampton USD $3.88 [0 bids]
1 day
BUDGIE CASSETTE TAPE - BEST OF BUDGIE - PAPER LABELS USD $25.93 Buy It Now 1 day
BUDGIE NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON A FRIEND NICE ORIGINAL BLACK LABEL MCA LP USD $59.68 Buy It Now 1 day
BUDGIE COLEMAN-PERFECT EXPOSURE(12 TRACK CD)STRUMPSHAW FESTIVAL-STICKY FINGERS USD $5.18 [0 bids]
1 day
Music Record"Impeckable"Budgie,1978, A&M SP 4675, 33rpm vinyl LP USD $10.00 [0 bids]
1 day
Budgie [Remaster] New CD USD $21.58 Buy It Now 1 day
Budgie-The BBC Recordings UK hard rock psych 2 cds USD $23.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Impeckable by budgie USD $22.00 Buy It Now 1 day
BUDGIE 45 RPM UK IMPORT CRIME AGAINST THE WORLD USD $5.95 Buy It Now 1 day
BUDGIE [REMASTER] [USED CD] USD $19.60 Buy It Now 1 day
Budgie JAPAN 3 titles Mini LP SHM-CD SS + PROMO BOX SET USD $131.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Budgie-Squawk UK hard rock psych cd 4 bonus USD $21.99 Buy It Now 1 day
BUDGIE - 5 CD BOX SET USD $259.00 [0 bids]
1 day
In for the Kill, Budgie, 8055202111230 USD $22.17 Buy It Now 1 day
Budgie If I Were Britannia I'd Waive The Rules 1976 ORIG UK LP a USD $37.00 Buy It Now 1 day
BUDGIE BEST OF BUDGIE MCF 2766 1975 UK LP 33 1/3 12' Rock USD $24.99 Buy It Now 1 day
BUDGIE.BORED WITH RUSSIA.7'' VINYL USD $3.23 Buy It Now 2 days
Budgie We came, we saw - 2CD Live Reading Festival 1980/1982 USD $29.99 Buy It Now 2 days

More places to buy BUDGIE music online Buy BUDGIE & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for BUDGIE DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)
BUDGIE has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

BUDGIE discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

BUDGIE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.70 | 105 ratings
Budgie
1971
3.25 | 103 ratings
Squawk
1972
4.17 | 167 ratings
Never Turn Your Back On A Friend
1973
3.72 | 113 ratings
In For The Kill!
1974
3.20 | 112 ratings
Bandolier
1975
3.16 | 70 ratings
If I Were Brittania I'd Waive the Rules
1976
3.20 | 62 ratings
Impeckable
1978
2.39 | 58 ratings
Power Supply
1980
3.58 | 53 ratings
NightFlight
1981
3.09 | 48 ratings
Deliver Us from Evil
1982
2.60 | 36 ratings
You're All Living in Cuckooland
2006

BUDGIE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.19 | 7 ratings
Heavier than air - Rarest eggs
1998
2.67 | 3 ratings
Life in San Antonio
2002

BUDGIE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

BUDGIE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.29 | 9 ratings
The Best of Budgie
1975
4.00 | 8 ratings
An Ecstasy of Fumbling: The Definitive Anthology
1996
4.08 | 13 ratings
The Best of Budgie
1997
2.75 | 4 ratings
The Last Stage
2004

BUDGIE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.00 | 1 ratings
Crash Course In Brain Surgery
1971
3.38 | 8 ratings
If Swallowed Do Not Induce Vomiting
1980

BUDGIE Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 In For The Kill! by BUDGIE album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.72 | 113 ratings

BUY
In For The Kill!
Budgie Prog Related

Review by Groucho Barks

4 stars We all have an album that we picked up for pennies off a market stall that sets us off on a journey and a devotion to something deeply unfashionable, even with the then long haired alternative music scene.....Ladeezz and genllmen I give you Wales finest power trio Budgie and their 4th album, 1974's In For The Kill! It was my first introduction and yes I eventually owned the lot...and it may not be their best...but it will always mean something to me. A line up change had introduced a new drummer who to me was more powerful if a tad less busy than Ray Phillips who was replaced. Maybe this was why we got perhaps the heaviest Budgie album ...yes IMHO...and it is none the worse for that. We can argue how 'prog' a classic power trio can be (Rush sort of step outside the box on that one) but to me this was filed under heavy as hell prog and still should be. The opening title track is a rumbling riff mirrored by guitar and bass and it chugs along at a fair lick...with a vocal/guitar twin line that underpins the verse. It also allows one of my favourite guitarists, Tony Bourge to show his prowess both as lead and riff player. Apparently Van Halen used to do a version of this before they 'broke through' but don't let that put you off! Next came the inclusion of an earlier single, 'Crash Course In Brain Surgery' (gotta love the title!) which was done and dusted in just over 2 and a half mins (Metallica covered it on their Garage Days Revisited EP). Then the acoustic interlude of 'Wondering What Everyone Knows' which is the breather we all needed before the epic 'Zoom Club'...a slinky riff built up by band dynamics to a crescendo then maintained on the intensity meter...with variations and diversions for 10 marvellous minutes...Bourge using a riff/rhythm/lead technique to cover all bases. If they ever ask me on Desert Island Discs....this track will be played. Side 2 barges in with 'Hammer and Tongs'...a Zeppelinesque blues riff of light and shade and heart wrenching intent...that fills out the start and middle before a more ethereal bridge takes us in to an unexpected straight 12 bar....which solos off in to the faders....It is one of those tracks that is all but cliché yet rises above that with its sheer chutzpah! It sort of keys you in to 'Running From My Soul' which has a swaggering blues based template with the bass (take a bow Burke Shelley) used as a Lemmy style rhythm machine...well before Motorhead! Finally the most complex track 'Living On Your Own'. This one has a measure of Man (fellow Welsh prog heads) thrown in to the mix although they were never this heavy...and it has several contrasting passages that again are built on a great band dynamic in to a satisfying whole to end the album! It even made #29 in the UK LP charts and as was the case back in the day, was a rushed affair between never ending tours, hence its length (short) and rough edges (charm). We can all argue over labels but why this band aren't under the 'Heavy Prog' sub header is beyond my comprehension!
 Bandolier by BUDGIE album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.20 | 112 ratings

BUY
Bandolier
Budgie Prog Related

Review by AEProgman

4 stars An under-rated influential band. How can you not like Budgie headed humanoids riding on horses in space suits on the cover!

For those not familiar with Budgie, the main guys are Burke Shelley on bass and Tony Bourge on guitars with various drummers. They are sometimes credited (along with Sabbath and others) as being at the beginnings or influenced the Metal genre. To me I always thought of them as hard rock (out dated term I guess) and blues with elements of prog along with bits of funk thrown in. They are also compared to Rush quite a bit as they are a heavy power trio with the bass player doing the vocals with a higher pitched range. However, Budgie came along before Rush did.

Now for their fifth studio album, Bandolier.

The first track, Breaking All the House Rules, is a straight forward hard, semi-blues type rocker with a few twists and turns along the way. It sounds like they were having fun with this one.

Next up Slipaway, a ballad that has become somewhat of a staple in Budgie albums and they are always well done with intriguing melodies. Burke's vocals have a nice way of weaving in and out of the song.

Who Do Want for Your Love is next. This song has a rather catchy, slow funky start which transitions into a heavier beat. There is some good guitar work in this along the way. I like this one.

I Can't See My Feelings is another hard rock song with some blues/funk tendencies. Burke and Bourge have a good chemistry of writing where the songs at times can sound or morph into two songs in one. This is evident in most of their albums.

I Ain't No Mountain is song that sounds like something T-Rex could have done, another hard rock blues/funk blend. Still fun to listen to.

Now the prize of the album, Napoleon Bona Part 1 and 2. Budgie also shows humor in most of their albums with some of the song titles and lyrics. This starts off slow and dreamy then turns heavy with some killer riffs. It is not hard to see where Budgie influenced some later bands like Metallica and Judas Priest. The song takes some nice twists along the way. The favorite of the album! Worth the price of admission.

I picked this album to review as it was my only exposure to Budgie back in the 70's (in 8-track no less). I have recently rediscovered them through a co-worker/friend who has a massive album and CD collection. He has them all and with the exception of one or two albums, I like every one of them including their 2006 album, You're All Living in Cuckoo Land (only Shelley from the original line up).

I give this one 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 (half star for fond memories). For anyone who has not heard Budgie, any of the 70s albums are worth listening to (Bourge would leave on the 80s albums). Never Turn Your Back on a Friend is their most 'proggy' and highest rating here in PA, but most of their albums have some prog tendencies mixed in. Squawk and In For the Kill are also excellent.

Man, I have forgotten how much I like this band! Thanks Wes!

 Budgie by BUDGIE album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.70 | 105 ratings

BUY
Budgie
Budgie Prog Related

Review by sukmytoe

4 stars I adore this band, there is just something about the music that grabs me and holds tight although I can't really decipher what it is - I just go with the flow without trying to analyse the music and what it is that makes me a full on band fan. The vocals, to me, are what a Budgie would sound like if it could sing rock music. Back in 1971 Budgie made up one of the five bands that were the core of what really made my music world start to swing - Budgie, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Grand Funk Railroad and Deep Purple.

"Guts" - A hard rock riff throughout drives a solid track of early head-banging pleasure. Burke Shelley reminds me of a budgie on steroids with his voice.

"Everything in my Heart" - short, nice, soft acoustic interlude from the band.

"The Author" - Starts off softly almost in the vein of the previous track before rocking out a third of the way in. Very "Led Zeppelinish" in places.

"Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman" - Slow heavy rock to start before soaring into speedier hard rock pyrotechnic territory just before the halfway mark. I love the Shelley vocal harmonising with the lead guitar section. Very reminiscent of some later Deep Purple live jams. Tony Bourge on lead throughout this track blows my mind.

"Rape of the Locks" - A way of describing an unwanted haircut I suppose. Lead guitar noodling to start before morphing into hard blues rock. At this point in the album I can pick up just how influential Budgie was relating to the rock music scene - maybe almost invisibly influential but massively influential all the same.

"All Night Petrol" - Interesting hard rock number. Shelley on bass is very prominent throughout.

"You and I" - Ballad from the band, beautifully done. The acoustic guitar and the vocals shine on this one.

" Homicidal Suicidal" - The hardest rock edged track on the album.

I'm really torn as to how to rate this album - if it were for pure love purposes I would give it a solid 5 however there are stronger Budgie albums after this one and this is the first studio release from the band. As this is a prog music site I am disposed towards a 3 rating but that would also not really be fair as although these guys aren't progressive here as I understand progressive to be they were obviously extremely influential. Settling on a 4 rating is the answer I guess being a 3.5 rated up to 4 however prog purists be warned this is not necessarily an album for you - it is an album for anyone who loved the early 70's Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple musical whirlwind.

 Deliver Us from Evil by BUDGIE album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.09 | 48 ratings

BUY
Deliver Us from Evil
Budgie Prog Related

Review by DeepPurplePL

3 stars Budgie. One of the most underrated among hard rocking and heavy metal bands on this planet. "Deliver Us from Evil" had been their last effort before the project was on hiatus for more than two decades? The album starts with a solid rocker "Bored With Russia" and this is a promising opener. Unfortunately next three tracks are of very poor musical quality. The band seem to try to follow NWOBHM standards, however, they are far behind Iron Maiden, Leppard and Saxon (to name a few) abilities to produce at least decent tracks. I would say, a relegation zone of the second division regarding NWOBHM at that time. The last song of the 1st side of the Lp is much better though; "Flowers in the Attic", a nice tune, comparable to "Bored With Russia". The second side of the vinyl is somewhat better. "N.O.R.A.D.", one of my favourite ones on the album. "Give Me The Truth" and "Finger On The Button" are poor again and easily forgotten. "Alison" is a quite controversial one for Budgie, more a pop song than a power ballad. Personally, I like it, and, surprise, surprise? I can hear a bit of John Lennon in it (hence his name at the back of the cover?). And finally, another Budgie classic and absolutely epic one ? "Hold On To Love". Fast pace reminds me a bit "Hard Loving Man" of Deep Purple. I hesitated between two and three stars for the album. Eventually for I am a fan of the Welsh trio I tipped the scale toward three stars. I am very pleased to add, that there is a short text at the back of the cover in Polish. "We would like to thank veeeeeeeery much to those in poland who came to see us live. You are the best audience we have ever played for. Budgie." The band was nearly as popular as Black Sabbath in my country (Yes, I am Polish). Why? There was no regular record market behind the iron curtain and courtesy of Piotr Kaczkowski, a radio DJ, me and legions of rock fans are familiar with the impressing flight of Welsh budgies.
 Bandolier by BUDGIE album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.20 | 112 ratings

BUY
Bandolier
Budgie Prog Related

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Budgie first came to my ears with their big Box set, the definitive anthology, 'An Ecstasy Of Fumbling', featuring a massive 29 tracks taken from albums during 1971-1982. This lead me to chack out some other Budgie albums and the first on my list was one that was recommended to me by Budgie fans, 'Bandolier'. This is perhaps their most popular album, certainly featuring some of their best songs and coolest guitar riffs, though it is inconsistent in terms of quality songs. The band revel in riffs that lock in with outstanding rhythmic 70s classic rock. 1975 was one of the great years for Prog and 'Bandolier' features the classic incarnation of the band; bassist/singer Burke Shelley and guitarist Tony Bourge, along with drummer Steve "Syco Steve" Williams, arguably their proggiest lineup before they turned to hard rock and AOR.

The album opens with the dynamic 'Breaking all the House Rules', a terrific sledge hammer attack of crashing riffs and very well executed vocals. The structure of the song detours into many directions and even changes feel in the middle sounding like a different song until it returns to the main riff.

'Slipaway' is next with gentle acoustics, followed by Bad Company sounds on 'Who Do You Want For Your Love' with a bluesy shuffle. There is more blues with 'I Can't See My Feelings' that has nice guitar licks but is nothing special really. After these rather lacklustre numbers it hots up with the wonderful cover by Andy Fairweather-Lowe from Amen Corner, 'I Ain't No Mountain'.

They save the best for last with the outstanding 'Napoleon Bona, Pts 1 & 2' that begins very slowly with gentle guitar and ambient swirls. Shelley's vocals are quiet, sounding like a bluesy version of Geddy Lee. When the distorted guitars crunch in with the chugging riff the song really picks up, especially the way the riff descends strangely giving it a dark feel. The lead break is always amazing, and Bourge blasts away with speed trills up and down the scales and high end string breaking bends. At 6 mins in there is a weird effect that muffles the sound and then it releases for more lead work.

Not many would disagree that the best Budgie stems from the early 70s years with "Squawk," "In for the Kill", "If I Were Britannia" and of course 'Bandolier'. These are the proggy innovative Budgie years, and 'Bandolier' is certainly one to hunt down for sheer hard rock riffing excellence with prog elements sprinkled thereabout.

 Never Turn Your Back On A Friend by BUDGIE album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.17 | 167 ratings

BUY
Never Turn Your Back On A Friend
Budgie Prog Related

Review by stefro
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Budgie's inclusion in the annals of ProgArchives may well raise a few eyebrows(not least by the group themselves who have on at least one occasional included the phrase 'We're not progressive' on their album notes) and their subsequent post-seventies career showcases a rather straight, proto-metal outfit more in love with sharp riffing than complex instrumental arrangements. However, whilst the bulk of their material tends to eschew progressive aesthetics, this 1974 album goes gloriously against the grain. Undoubtedly the high watermark of the Welsh power-trio's lengthy career, 'Never Turn Your Back On A Friend' is the group's most expansive, inventive and eclectic work, featuring a selection of crisp rockers, a charming ballad and the superlative Budgie signature piece 'Parents'. A fan favourite, 'Parents' finds Budgie taking rare strides into progressive territory as lead vocalist Burke Shelley gently recounts a bittersweet tale of parental guidance. Its a marvellous ten-minute epic with a strangely maudlin tone, featuring cleverly used acoustic guitars and some poignant lyrical statements regarding how the people who bring us up usually know best, even if we doubt it at the time of our growing up. Yet whilst 'Parents' may well be the album's stand-out number, elsewhere on the album you have the muscular 'Breadfan' - a track famously covered by Metallica no less - the groovy, steel- riffed funk-rock number 'In The Grip Of A Tyrefitters Hand' and the dreamy acoustic ballad 'You Know I'll Always Love You', three very different tracks that help make 'Never Turn Your Back On A Friend' a truly remarkable album. They may not be a genuine progressive rock outfit, yet for a brief moment Budgie's star shone super bright with this prog-tinged proto-metal classic. A real surprise; a fantastic album. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012
 Bandolier by BUDGIE album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.20 | 112 ratings

BUY
Bandolier
Budgie Prog Related

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars I only knew Budgie when they released this album in 1975 as one song from this album (I Ain't No Mountain) was featured in local cassette compilation titled as Rock Vibration. The song really blew me away at first listen as I liked the riffs as well as guitar solo. My first impression was that this band was more into the kind of Led Zeppelin music in its simpler form. But that song really created curiosity to me as I wanted to know who the band was until I finally knew that this song was taken from Bandolier album - the band's fifth album. Pity me, I was not aware there was this band until they produced their fifth album! Looking back finally I salute the band as they released their album every year - it's a very productive. The band itself was already established in 1967 and it reached recording deal with MCA for their first five albums.

The way I see the band's music is somewhat like a power trio with practically simple composition and straight forward in style. So, it's basically not a prog band. 'Breaking All the House Rules' (7:23) opens the album in a style that represents a trade mark of Budgie music where the straight composition of three instruments : bass, guitar and drums featuring vocal. 'Slipaway' (4:02) continues the style of previous track. The fourth track 'I Can't See My Feelings' (5:54) was quite known and covered by Iron Maiden as B side of their single. In fact, I would say that Iron Maiden developed their style heavily influenced by Budgie. Look at the ending track 'Napoleon Bona Part 1 & 2 ' where the rhythm section was then followed by Iron Maiden in most of their songs.

Overall, this is a good album of straight rock music. Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

 Squawk by BUDGIE album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.25 | 103 ratings

BUY
Squawk
Budgie Prog Related

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars This is another seventies band that I rarely paid attention at that time as I always compared it with another rock trio like Triumph, Grand Funk and Rush because in general they were alike in terms of instrument components: drum, guitar and bass. Of course I could not compare with ELP as it's drums - bass - keyboard. At first listen I was associated directly to the kind of Triumph music as the music they made was quite straight forward. I only knew this band when one of their song I Ain't No Mountain was one of rock favorites in my city of Madiun, Indonesia. Later I knew their other popular track like Breadfan.

This album offers similar in term of style what the band has typically made, i.e power rock trio that rely in itself in guitar solo backed with basslines and drumming. The second track Rocking Man is an interesting rock instrumental with good combination of guitar, bass and drums for most part of the track and only having vocal line at the ending part. Hot as a Docker's Armpit is also another good track.

Even though it's not something proggy, this band was one of the rock acts in the seventies that had their own fans base. For some reason I was much liking Triumph than this band. But it's OK for a change - sometimes. Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

 Power Supply by BUDGIE album cover Studio Album, 1980
2.39 | 58 ratings

BUY
Power Supply
Budgie Prog Related

Review by presdoug

3 stars With 1980's heavy metal onslaught Power Supply, Budgie stamp their authority on the new, expansive, highly competitive heavy metal scene of the early to mid eighties in an riveting and exciting way that left a lot of those other bands eating their dust. This album is just about the heaviest the band would ever produce, and leaves no doubt to the listener that this band just wouldn't die, and could still hang tough and create music that still mattered.

From the opening chords of Forearm Smash to the end of Crime Against The World, for me, this record gets to the heart of what made metal something not to be ignored, and must have been great music to hear live, like maybe at Budgie's first headlining gig at the 1980 Reading Festival, where they went down fantastically, and were supporting Power Supply at the time.

At the time of Power Supply's release, as an adolescent living in Canada, i had no way of getting to Reading, but this album has such an almost live sounding freshness and excitement to it, well, it is like being there, really. Alas, things were to change with their subsequent two studio albums, both good efforts, but not quite Power Supply. Well, what really was?

If you are looking for more progressive leanings, try elsewhere, like Impeckable or If I We're Britannia, I'd Waive The Rules, but if you want something heavy and in your face, but refreshingly positive in the same breath, this record is for you. I give it only three stars, because it is not the band's most progressive, and this is PA, after all, but if you want the best of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, this is it.

 Bandolier by BUDGIE album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.20 | 112 ratings

BUY
Bandolier
Budgie Prog Related

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Opening with the barnstorming Breaking All the House Rules, Bandolier kicks off well, but unfortunately Budgie were never the most consistent of bands and this is only underlined by Slipaway (A Parrot Fashion Ball), a horrible experiment in mixing acoustic soft rock with a little bit of blue-eyed soul. This is followed up with a similarly limp track in the form of What Do You Want For Your Love, which captures Burke Shelley doing an unconvincing Robert Plant impersonation in a horrible funk-tinged soft rock piece, reminiscent of a bad cover of The Crunge from Led Zep's Houses of the Holy with only a rather generic guitar solo or two to remind us that we're still at the edge of metal territory.

The album perks up on the second side with I Can't See My Feelings (featuring some honest to goodness cowbell), but slumps again with the simplistic singalong I Ain't No Mountain. The closing Napoleon Bona Parts 1 and 2 is padded out with uninteresting acoustic filler (such as the overlong intro) and doesn't stand up to Budgie epics from previous albums.

The bottom line is that on this album Budgie watered down their distinctive proto-speed metal sound with all the other influences third-string hard rock groups from the mid-1970s were dabbling in, with the result that the album ends up sounding anonymous, cliched, and at points downright dull. By the end of the decade Budgie would be regularly blown out of the water by far heavier and far more distinctive groups like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden; they should be remembered for more influential and important albums than this one.

Thanks to chris stacey for the artist addition. and to easy livin for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives