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Patto was a progressive jazz-rock band formed in England in 1970 formed by vocalist Mike Patto with a lineup taken from TIMEBOX consisting of vocalist Patto, drummer John Halsey, guitarist and vibraphone player Ollie Halsall and bassist Clive Griffiths. In 1970, Patto was formed using members of Timebox and was signed to the newly formed Vertigo label. With Muff Winwood as producer, they recorded their first album live in studio in an attempt to capture the raw virtuosity of Ollie Halsall's guitar playing and Mike Patto's voice, the latter having a voice between Rod Stewart and Paul Rodgers. The album Patto although not a commercial success is thought by some to be an important contribution to prog rock. In December 1971, Patto entered the studio again to record their second album Hold Your Fire after which they were dropped from the Vertigo roster. Despite poor record sales they were becoming known an exciting live act. Through his connections in England Muff Winwood was able to have the band signed to Island and they recorded the album Roll 'em Smoke 'em Put Another Line Out during 1972.

In 1973, the band began to record their fourth album. Mike Patto used more of his songs which were less cynical than the usual Patto material and much more commercial. The ensuing album Monkey's Bum was not released (until 1995). Without Halsall and with each member now involved in other projects Mike Patto chose to disband Patto, going on to form BOXER with Halsall. Olie Halsall would soon go on to later in John HISEMAN's TEMPEST, but the young guitar wizard would find an untimely death, later on in the 70?s.


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Repertoire 2004
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Hold Your Fire [Vinyl]Hold Your Fire [Vinyl]
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Akarma Italy 2006
Vinyl$50.79
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Roll'Em Smoke'Em Put Another Line OutRoll'Em Smoke'Em Put Another Line Out
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Edsel Records UK 1996
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PattoPatto
2005
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Monkey's BumMonkey's Bum
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Akarma Italy 2002
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Warts and AllWarts and All
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Black and white (1983) / Vinyl single [Vinyl-Single 7'']Black and white (1983) / Vinyl single [Vinyl-Single 7'']
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D.a.n.c.i.n./T.a.n.z.e.n. (1984) / Vinyl single [Vinyl-Single 7'']D.a.n.c.i.n./T.a.n.z.e.n. (1984) / Vinyl single [Vinyl-Single 7'']
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3.99 | 24 ratings
Patto
1970
3.48 | 16 ratings
Hold Your Fire
1971
2.45 | 10 ratings
Roll 'em Smoke 'em Put Another Line Out
1972
3.15 | 9 ratings
Monkey's Bum
1999

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

2.22 | 4 ratings
Warts And All
2000

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

4.88 | 6 ratings
Sense Of The Absurd
1995

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 Hold Your Fire by PATTO album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.48 | 16 ratings

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Hold Your Fire
Patto Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by stefro
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2 stars Another one of rock 'n' roll's great ironies - the highly-collectible record that musically-speaking isn't particularly good - Patto's second album is apparently almost as rare as it's superior, textured-covered predecessor, making original vinyl copies extremely hot property for serious record collectors and rock geeks. Released in 1971, 'Hold Your Fire' would sadly fail to build on the promise of 'Patto', featuring a dispiriting pop edge that jars badly with the groups trademark, vibraphone-inflected jazz-rock sound. Whilst the first album was fresh and different, 'Hold Your Fire' seems lightweight and unfocused, made up mainly of short, uninspired numbers that fail to properly utilise the considerable talents of criminally-underrated guitarist Ollie Halsall or even Mike Patto's husky vocals. The creative juices that flowed in such a carefree fashion on such nuggets as 'Government Man' and 'Hold Me Back' have here simply run dry, leading to a dull collection that falls somewhere between weak psychedelic pop and ballroom jazz - a definite backward step. For a group this talented, 'Hold Your Fire' is a serious disappointment.

STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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 Patto by PATTO album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.99 | 24 ratings

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Patto Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by stefro
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4 stars Upon it's initial release, this curious blend of jazz and rock(which is not, as is the norm with jazz-rock, in the Bitches Brew/Mahavishnu Orchestra style) sold just an estimated 5,000 copies on it's initial 1970 debut. Released by the famous old Vertigo Label(them of the 'spiral')with a special-edition-style textured sleeve, original vinyl copies have become highly-sought items for collectors, with some editions changing hands for up to £500! As has become their style, Germany's Repertoire Records has released 'Patto' on a special edition original vinyl-replica CD - complete with the yellow, textured cover - and have once again captured the mystique of the original album for those rock-enthusiasts who can't find or afford original vinyl copies. The band themselves formed from the ashes of the 1960's singles group Timebox, and was built around vocalist Mike Patto and the hugely-talented guitarist Ollie Halsall, who's eccentric personalities seem to dominate the album. The sound is very much jazz-scaled rock, with the guitars and basses very much to the fore, with catchy rock-soul numbers interspersed with smoky jazz tunes and quirky, improvisational experimentation. Whilst 'Patto' does retain a certain mythical affection from some record collectors, it's not an essential prog-or-jazz album, but nevertheless is a highly-original and enjoyable one. The cool jazz-pop of 'Government Man' is possibly the best indicator of group's prediliction for combining catchy-choruses with proggy guitar-jazz, if not for the song's slight commercial potential that comes in the form of a catchy chorus built upon solid rock foundations, then for the crisp guitar-and-bass interplay that bristles with a funky gusto that gives 'Government Man' a unique, low-slung vibe. Later tracks tend to doodle a bit, especially the ten minute 'Money Bag', but on the whole this is a nicely-judged debut. It would, however, prove to be the peak of the group's recorded output. Follow-up 'Hold Your Fire' failed to re-produce the jazz-gustom and low-slung-rock of it's predecessor, whilst later efforts tended towards a sillier, less-progressive form of strange rock that saw the band incorporate a feature of their popular live show, known as 'Looning'(don't ask) into their already leftfield music. A minor band they may have been, but for one piece of vinyl Patto became, to some, genuine stars, thanks to their unique brand of chameleonic jazz-soul-rock and their sensational live shows. The hit-single or million-selling album may have aluded them, but they have at least contributed an impressiev album to the overall canon of prog, and genuine cult item as well. ST

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 Sense Of The Absurd by PATTO album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1995
4.88 | 6 ratings

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Sense Of The Absurd
Patto Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

5 stars Sense Of The Absurd, released in 1995 was the first time any Patto music had been made available on cd. The original albums having sold poorly were also hard to come by and pricey if you did manage to find one in decent condition. In these days of ebay their first two albums on vinyl regularly sell for £200 plus. Although the albums are now available individually Sense Of The Absurd gives the buyer an opportunity to get their eponymous debut and Hold Your Fire, presented here on two discs in the original running order with the addition of some welcome bonus tracks which are worthy of inclusion.

Patto's music was an adventurous blend of rock and jazz with a bit of blues thrown in now and then for good measure. Any guitar enthusiast cannot fail to be impressed by the dazzling and inventive playing of Ollie Halsall, surely one of the most criminally overlooked guitar hero's deserving of far more recognition than he gets. In Mike Patto they had a great singer in the rock tradition with powerful and gritty tones though capable of subtle restraint. The versatile rhythm section of Clive Giffith's (bass) and John Halsey (drums) cannot be underrated and form an essential and dynamic base for Halsall's guitar excursions, laying down a solid foundation or equally at home playing subtler jazz patterns.

The music contained on these two discs is pretty much the essential Patto, their first two albums being easily the best of the four available. I've already done detailed reviews of these albums individually so instead I'll concentrate on the bonus material. Of the four tracks three of them capture the band in their more jazz orientated territory. Hanging Rope which appears at the end of the first disc is the first of these. At almost fifteen minutes long, although containing some vocals it's largely instrumental in a similar vein to Money Bag. It has the feel of a jam but reaches some fantastic highs with some particularly blistering guitar work from Halsall. At the end of the second disc Beat The Drum features no guitar with Halsall playing vibes (and a little piano) instead. It's a pretty sparse sound but with some excellent playing from all and jazzy vocals from Patto, works well. Bad News also features vibes but introduces some guitar after a restrained start. It's a more rocky song with jazzy overtones and builds nicely with a strong melody. Finally Air Raid Shelter closes with an alternative version of the most jazz orientated cut of the Hold Your Fire album. It's perhaps not quite as good as the original but not vastly different either.

Unless you're particularly bothered about having the original artwork of these first two albums (I also have them both on CD in lovely LP replica gatefold sleeves) then this is probably the best way to own them. Not only for the superior sound quality; this version is taken from the original master tapes; but also for the bonus tracks included which while not essential for the casual listener certainly are for the dedicated Patto fan.

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 Warts And All by PATTO album cover Live, 2000
2.22 | 4 ratings

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Patto Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

2 stars It's difficult to be objective about Patto's only Live album, Warts And All due to the poor quality of the recording which is at best of mediocre bootleg quality. It was released in 2000 by drummer John Halsey from a recording he made on a cassette recorder at The Black Swan in Sheffield. As it's the only live recording available of Patto it is of interest to fans of the band but unlikely to appeal to anyone else.

Despite the poor quality it's clear that the band put on an enjoyable though not perfect performance and each instrument can be heard clearly enough at least. They run through a selection of the jazz/rock tracks that appears on their first two and best albums as well as a few tracks that weren't like the rock n' roll standards Let It Rock and Route 66. Despite a great guitar solo from Ollie Halsall on Let It Rock I nearly always find these sort of cover versions a bit tedious. Much better are the Patto originals: the laid back You, You Point Your Finger although an unusual choice to kick things off is played in fine style. There's the jazz orientated tracks like Money Bag, Magic Door and Air Raid Shelter. Magic Door is perhaps the best of the three. Of the rockier moments after a ropey start San Antone features another excellent Halsall solo. Government Man, Tell Me Where You've Been and Sitting Back Easy also all make welcome appearances.

It's a shame that this is the only official live recording available of this excellent and under appreciated band. Despite the ropey quality I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to buy this cd which has now long since sold out. In accordance with the PA rating system I can't award it more than 2 stars but for fans of the band, for the music and performance 3 ½ stars.

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 Monkey's Bum by PATTO album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.15 | 9 ratings

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Patto Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars Monkey's Bum is the fourth Patto studio album but never received an official release at the time. While being a vast improvement on the sillyness of Roll 'Em, Smoke 'Em, Put Another Line Out it's not quite up to the excellence of their first two albums.

Where their eponymous debut and Hold Your Fire were mainly a powerful blend of rock and jazz, Monkey's Bum while having some of those elements has a more songwriterly approach, mainly down to vocalist Mike Patto having a higher profile in the writing. Be warned however that the sound quality is not great. Whether it comes from a deteriorated master tape or other sources I don't know but it does have a bit of a muffled sound and some dropouts.

The band play well and it's great to see more of Ollie Halsall's inventive guitar playing than on the previous album. My Days Are Numbered makes a great opener. A mid paced rocker with some tastefully picked guitar from Halsall as well as some nice jazzy fender Rhodes. Last Night I Had A Dream is a cover of a Randy Newman song, once again there's some nice electric piano. Sugar Cube 1967 is light weight rock which uses a brass section and is fairly average. Better is the uptempo I Need You with some fine fluent guitar work and Clive Griffith and John Halsey provide a strong rhythm section.

Good Friend is a really lovely song with a strong melody played with subtle restraint. One of the album highlights. Get Up And Dig It is another uptempo song with lots of electric piano and sax with Mel Collins guesting. Sausages also has a good helping of electric piano as well as some tasty slide guitar work. Another uptempo number Halsall takes over from Patto for lead vocal duties. Hedyob has an offbeat feel and one of the quirkier songs here. It slips into straight time later for a superb Halsall solo which totally burns. Pick Up The Phone is weaker and is a piano led mid paced light rock song. Closing the album is the rockier General Custer; not bad but unexceptional.

It's a shame this album didn't receive better treatment at the time and received an official release as it's a strong record. Then we may have a better representation of it than the substandard tapes being used for the current release. Nevertheless, if not for the casual listener, essential listening for Patto fans who'll find much to enjoy here. 3 ½ stars.

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 Roll 'em Smoke 'em Put Another Line Out by PATTO album cover Studio Album, 1972
2.45 | 10 ratings

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Roll 'em Smoke 'em Put Another Line Out
Patto Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

2 stars Patto's third album was to see a radical departure from the style of the first two where Ollie Halsall's brilliant guitar work was such a prominent force in their blend of rock, blues and jazz. On stage Patto were known for the humour they injected into their shows and no doubt Roll 'Em, Smoke 'Em, Put Another Line Out is an attempt to put some of that over on record.

Unfortunately what may have been great in a live setting doesn't transmit to making a good album and this is easily their weakest album. Another downside is the lack of guitar from Halsall, opting to play far more keyboards instead.

Song titles like Flat Footed Woman, Mummy and Cap'n 'P' and the Atto's - Sea Biscuits parts 1 & 2 give you some idea of the humorous aspects at play here. Actually Flat Footed Woman isn't as daft as it sounds but is a less than inspiring piano dominated straight rock song. Singing The Blues On Red sees them going into James Brown territory on a throwaway funk song. At least it does feature some decent guitar playing from Halsall though far from his best work.

Mummy is just plain silly and is a spoken word piece with the word mummy repetitively used as backing vocals and no other instruments. It starts off as what sounds like an ode to a mother and then develops into perverse territory. I think they may have been hearing too much Monty Python and Bonzo Dog Do Dah Band.

Perhaps to make up for the lack of guitar playing on the album Halsall attempts to fit it all into one song! Loud Green Song is a powerhouse of a rock song and features some of the wildest guitar work on any Patto album with an over the top solo. It's not one of their best songs but is the best on the album.

Turn Turtle is another piano dominated rocker, a bit better than Flat Footed Woman but nothing brilliant. I Got Rhythm has a laid back bluesy vibe and is one of the better moments. Peter Abraham is another attempt at humour but ultimately a bit of a mess. Cap'n 'P' and the Atto's - Sea Biscuits parts 1 & 2 which although quite funny does wear a bit thin and ends a weak album.

After the lack of success of their first two albums I guess you can't really blame Patto for trying something different. However if this was an attempt to change their fortune then it was misguided. As already stated it's their weakest album, even including the unreleased (in their existence as a band) Monkey's Bum. Dissapointing to say the least. 2 ½ stars.

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 Hold Your Fire by PATTO album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.48 | 16 ratings

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Hold Your Fire
Patto Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

5 stars Hold Your Fire, Patto's second album is not a radical departure from the style of the first one but it does have a bit more finesse and not such a bare exposing warts and all production. There is more complexity but it's still the powerful mix of rock and jazz they blended so successfully on that previous album.

Things get off to a great start with the title track; a song that all would be guitarists should listen too. It's not a complex song but Ollie Halsall's fluent guitar work is stunning as he weaves and bobs with a style that sounds like he's almost soloing through the entire piece. The mellower You, You Point Your Finger follows and is a lovely piece with a excellent vocal performance from Mike Patto and suitably subtle playing from the rest of the band. How's Your Father is another mellow song and along with Halsall's fluent guitar work he also adds piano. It seems he could play any instrument he turned his mind to. See You At The Dance Tonight is more of a straight ahead rock song, or as straight as Patto ever played them, once again Halsall turning in a fine inventive performance including a fantastic solo.

Side 2 of the original vinyl version opened with another rocking song Give It All Away which is played with a swing feel and at the risk of sounding repetitive another great guitar solo. Air Raid Shelter is the band in jazz mode with a strong and dynamic performance from drummer John Halsey and bassist Clive Griffith's who really take off when Halsall goes into solo mode. Tell Me Where You've Been subtly shifts the time around yet still retains a solid rhythm and is another inventive track; wonderful stuff. The album closes with Magic Door and Halsall lets his guitar take a back seat in favour of piano and vibes. Another laid back tune, it's played extremely well and a great way to end.

Patto never managed to get the success they deserved but Hold Your Fire and their eponymous debut are two early seventies gems that fans of great guitar playing in particular should check out. Highly recommended.

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 Patto by PATTO album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.99 | 24 ratings

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Patto
Patto Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

5 stars The band Patto sprung from the ashes of sixties band Timebox who's soul tinged pop/rock was to find them little commercial success. After the departure of keyboard player Chris Holmes the remaining members took the surname of vocalist Mike Patto as the new name for the band and continued in an altogether different direction.

Although Timebox had shown signs towards the end of a more adventurous direction there was no mistaking it with Patto. They were much more of a rock band fusing powerful (sometimes) heavy rock with a good dose of jazz and a sprinkling of blues into songs with inventive structures and extended guitar workouts courtesy of their trump card, the brilliant Ollie Halsall, surely one of the most underrated guitar players to have come out of the UK. On drums John Halsey and bassist Clive Griffiths made up a fine rhythm section that could play it straight in the more rocky moments or follow the subtle twists and turns of Halsall's complex jazz excursions with ease. On top of this they had the benefit of the powerful and gritty vocals of Mike Patto who was an excellent vocalist in the classic rock tradition; another under appreciated talent.

The production of the album, courtesy of Muff Winwood is very bare and spacious and really captures the band in the raw allowing the listener to hear every little nuance.

The album gets off to a great start with the slow build of The Man. From restrained beginnings it gradually increases in intensity into a powerhouse of a song and also introduces one of Halsall's other talents; playing vibes. Hold Me Back is a much more straightforward rock song but certainly not ordinary as Halsall's fluent guitar playing weaves as it fluctuates between riffs, licks and lead runs with few overdubs with a superb solo. Time To Die sees the band in a more mellow mood. Acoustic guitar and delicate work from the rhythm section underline a fine vocal performance. Red Glow is an album highlight and another powerful rock moment. It features perhaps Halsall's greatest solo on the album which really burns.

San Antone is a lighter but more uptempo moment which really swings with jazzy overtones and Government Man is another moment of subtle restraint; both great songs. Money Bag captures the band jamming in jazz mode, Patto's vocals not arriving until late and closing track Sittin' Back Easy is another gem moving from delicately picked guitar to a powerhouse of a riff.

Patto were also known for the humour they injected in their performances, something that doesn't really come across on this album or follow up Hold Your Fire. For that you'd need to investigate their third album Roll'Em, Smoke 'Em, Put Another Line Out which however is musically inferior to this gem of a debut and its follow up. They were never a band blessed with luck either with poor album sales, Patto died of cancer in 1979, Halsall died of a drug overdose in 1992 and Griffith and Halsey were involved in a serious car crash while touring with Joe Brown which left Griffith paralysed down one side and no memory of the Patto days apparently. A truly sad story but at least we have this startlingly good debut and even better follow up to remind us what a fantastic and undiscovered gem of a band Patto were.

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 Monkey's Bum by PATTO album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.15 | 9 ratings

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Monkey's Bum
Patto Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars After their ill-reputed album (unconfirmed by this writer, since I've never heard it) Roll 'Em (which does give a hint of the group's pre-occupations), the group was o the verge of a break- up, but managed to record a fourth album, but since the group was on ots last stand, it never saw the light of day until the mid-90's, when Audio Archives chose to publish it from a fairly bad tape, which means that you shouldn't expect great sounds. In either case, AA does pull a very interesting recording into the sunlight, much like it had done with fantasy's second album. On the downside, they used a fairly crummy partial artwork of one of their previous album's covers.

Basically the music stays relatively close to the jazz-influenced blues rock developed in the first two albums, giving it a prog edge at times! While the opening tracks suffers from the tape's condition, it convinces us that Patto might have had still something to say and if not the group, at least Halsall when he's pulling a great jazz-tinged solo from a hard-edged rocker. The following Dream starts on en electric piano from Olie, then dubbing himself with another cool guitar part. Not everything is good with this album and tracks like Sugar Cube come with a horn section, others like I Need You are just plain going-thru-the-motions (too fast), and many less-inspired tracks. Patto's raspy voice is a cross of Rod Stewart and Paul Rodgers, but history will retain he could not fit in the niche between those two. Halsall's always excellent guitar always manage to salvage something, even in the worst like Good Friend. Most of what would've been the flipside is made of boogie-blues-rock that will certainly not revolutionize you're your world, let alone shake it a tiny bit. Hedyob is the only track managing some (enough) interest to match the album's first two, with its superb guitar solo.

Patto would go on to form Boxer (you know the naked woman with the boxing glove), a group with impressive people going through: Patto, Halsall, Boz Burrell (Crimson), Newman (May blitz), Tim Bogert (Fudge) and a few Beck collabs from the second group; but that's another story. This fourth album should have the right to sit on your shelves with the three historical releases, and is certainly as good as the first two.

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 Hold Your Fire by PATTO album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.48 | 16 ratings

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Hold Your Fire
Patto Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

Patto's second album, Hold Your Fire album comes with two artworks, the one you're seeing here and a green & purple artwork but both are ugly anyway. This second effort may strike as straighter rock than their JR/F debut, but when listened to carefully it still comes with plenty of with plenty of jazz vibes.

Compared with the debut album, Mike Patto's voice is more dominant in this album as his raspy Stewart/Rodgers vocals were often what the RnR crowds were looking for. Starting with the rolling title track, somewhere between a Rolling Stone romp (circa Sticky Fingers) and a Jeff Beck Group (with Cozy Powell on drums), it gives the tone of the album. If it wasn't for Halsall's expert guitars, we could often be on a Stones or Faces album. BUT there is Halsall's masterful guitars that makes the difference, even when the man is also playing piano on the same track. The following Point Your Finger is a much quieter affair, even if the lyrics are definitely setting points to detractors. Around the same sonic point, we're dealing with the blues & jazz-inflected guitar of Olie on How's Your Father, where both his piano (sometimes resembling Nicky Hopkins') and guitars shine out over a fairly average songwriting effort. The side-closing See You At The Dance is a good ol' rnr track where Patto's voice dominates.

The flipside's opener is mo less a rocking Give It Al Away and the midway solo reminds me of Jeff Beck's group (Middleton-Powell), with Griffith's inspired bass work in the semi-funky mode Where You've been is again right in the Stones/Free/JBG/Faces area. Only Air Raid Shelter differs quite a it and takes a careless Hendrix twist, but once the track gets going, the improvs are definitely veering into jazz frames. Being the longest track of the album with its 7-minutes, it is also the track that lets the instruments at their freest, while the closing Magic Door starts out very jazzy, but the chorus is actually quite annoying, some finding it maybe a good hook, but this writer finding it plain boring. Halsall's vibe playing saves this track and gives it its much-needed jazz flavour.

Almost as good as the debut album, but minus the surprise of the debut, HYF is an interesting album for those wanting to hear raw guitar jams with raw accompaniment, but I wouldn't call this album anymore essential than its predecessor.

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