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BLODWYN PIG was one of the core bands of the underground music scene of the late sixties. Main man Mick Abrahams was involved with several R&B bands including THE HUSTLERS throughout the decade and he even played some gigs with SCREAMING LORD SUTCH. In 1967 he co-founded JETHRO TULL along with Ian Anderson but was then ousted from the band in November of the following year, shortly after the release of their debut album ''This Was''. After leaving JETHRO TULL Abrahams formed BLODWYN PIG, the unusual name apparently coined by a rather stoned friend of the band. The original line-up consisted of Abrahams (guitar, vocals), Jack Lancaster (saxophones, flute, violin), Andy Pyle (bass) and Ron Berg (drums). Pyle had played in Luton blues band McGREGOR'S ENGINE, a band that Abrahams had in fact formed earlier in 1967; it also included future JETHRO TULL and BLODWYN PIG drummer Clive Bunker.

BLODWYN PIG had an extensive live activity that included appearances at the Isle of Wight and Reading rock festivals. They also completed two US tours that took in performances at both Fillmores and the LA Forum. After recording two successful albums the dreaded musical differences resulted in Abrahams' departure from the band in September 1970. He was actually replaced by two guitarists; one was Barry Reynolds and the other was former YES guitarist Peter Banks, who went on to form FLASH. The quintet failed to see the year out and only managed three or four gigs. With the arrival of replacement guitarist Larry Wallis (UFO, PINK FAIRIES, MOTORHEAD) the band changed its name to LANCASTER'S BOMBERS (later simply LANCASTER) and toured with YES in 1971.

In the meantime Abrahams had formed WOMMETT and THE MICK ABRAHAMS BAND, the latter of which released two guitar-driven rock albums; Jack Lancaster featured on the second of these albums. Despite the fact that this group enjoyed success across Europe it also split due to some less than enthusiastic record company support. BLODWYN PIG then briefly reformed in February 1974 with the aforementioned Clive Bunker on drums, but old differences resulted in another split and a disillusioned Abrahams temporarily withdrew from the music business.

The two albums released by the original incarnation of BLODWYN PIG, ''Ahead Rings Out'' (1969) and ''Getting To This'' (1970), were a fusion of heavy progressive blues and jazz, with Jack Lancaster's brass and woodwind providing most of the distinctive jazz colourings. Speaking ...
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Ahead Rings OutAhead Rings Out
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Getting to ThisGetting to This
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All Said & DoneAll Said & Done
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Live at the LafayetteLive at the Lafayette
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Head Rings OutHead Rings Out
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3.94 | 19 ratings
Ahead Rings Out
1969
3.24 | 13 ratings
Getting To This
1970
4.00 | 5 ratings
A Musical Evening With (Mick Abrahams)
1971

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2.00 | 2 ratings
Six Days On The Road
2006

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 A Musical Evening With (Mick Abrahams) by BLODWYN PIG album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.00 | 5 ratings

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4 stars Abrahams, Sargeant and Walt..and Dharma

Having left Jethro Tull and recorded two solid albums with his new band Blodwyn Pig, Mick Abrahams decided it was time to move on again, albeit temporarily. He put together a new band, choosing the moniker the Mick Abrahams Band. There is though a degree of confusion over the use of name, as this album is simply credited to Mick Abrahams on the sleeve, but to the band on the LP. Likewise, the album title is not entirely clear either, the front of the sleeve bearing the notation "A musical evening with..." but the spine and the actual LP showing no album title at all.

The band is a four man line up, but is more rock orientated than that of Blodwyn Pig with no brass at all. The multi-talented Bob Sargeant is the second principal musician (after Abrahams), his organ and piano contributions being the main alternative to Abrahams fine lead guitar. In keeping with his band leader status, Abrahams writes all the songs here, with Sargeant receiving two co-writing credits.

The opening "Greyhound bus" reflects Abrahams growing ambitions Stateside, where Blodwyn Pig had enjoyed a degree of success on tour. The song is a mid-paced slice of blues rock. Probably identified early on as a potential single, the track boasts a decent vocal melody and some excellent lead guitar. "Awake" is the first of the two feature tracks, running to almost 9 minutes. The song is a majestic blues anthem featuring a killer vocal performance by Abrahams and some wonderful Ken Hensley style organ playing by Sargeant.

"Winds of change" changes the mood completely, this soft acoustic folk style ballad being Tim Buckley like in its beauty and simplicity. "Why do you do me this way" is almost onomatopoeic, the title betraying a simple blues funk rock number. The song is far from original, but enjoyable nonetheless. "Big queen", which opens the second side of the LP, is a variant on "Greyhound bus", Abrahams fine vocals being the focal point. Bob Sargeant co- writes and takes lead vocals on "Not to rearrange". The song has a country blues tinge, but while the performance is competent the song is the weak point of the album. The problem with it has more to do with its anonymity, the steel guitar only serving to distance the song from its peers on the album.

The final track is a 15 minute monster entitled "Seasons". Here, Abrahams vocals bear comparison with the great David Clayton-Thomas. The piece has a fine multi-part progressive structure, and is by far the most ambitious thing Abrahams had done up to this point. The extended nature of the track gives both Abrahams and Sargeant ample space to add a variety of solos, all of which are consistently high in quality and appeal.

Overall, an excellent album which benefits from Abrahams taking tighter control over the content and sympathetic production by Chris Thomas.

While the LP sleeve is at best prosaic, the rear image of Abrahams is nicely embossed like a mosaic.

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 Six Days On The Road by BLODWYN PIG album cover Live, 2006
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2 stars Recorded six rows back

"Six days on the road" is one of those obscure releases for which it is virtually impossible to garner any reliable information. Apparently only released in digital format (albeit on legitimate download sites) in 2006, the track list has a significant overlap with "Live at the Lafayette", which captures a performance by the reformed line up in the early 1990's. Whether or not the tracks on this album are the same as those on ".. Lafayette" I cannot say, but I would assume that these recordings date from around the same time. It also seems safe to assume that Mick Abrahams, Alan Lancaster and Andy Pyle are in situ, but the occupier of the drum stool is less clear. I am working on the assumption that it is former Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker.

Whatever the source, this is one of the few releases to capture Blodwyn Pig playing live, and is therefore of interest regardless of where and when it was recorded. That may be the plus side, the down side is that these recordings are truly awful, clearly originating from bootleg tapes which have now taken on semi-official status. The album consists of nine tracks only a few of which appeared on Blodwyn Pig's two early studio albums. Each track is self contained, removing any feel that this is a continuous recording of a gig.

The opening "Slow down" is one of many bonus tracks which appear on expanded versions of the band's first album. A decent blues rocker, this version, when you can hear it through the fog, captures the energy of the band playing live. "It's only love" was the first track on that same album, this version removing any fineness which might have existed there.

"Cat's squirrel" is a song written by Mick Abrahams during his brief tenure with Jethro Tull. This 10 minute rendition is an extended blues rock jam very much in the way of bands such as Creedence Clearwater revival and Ten Years After from around the same time. The main focus is on the lead guitar of Abrahams, with even Alan Lancaster taking a back seat, or perhaps even a comfort break! The blues funk of "Baby girl" continues the CCR overlap, while the 8 minute "Cosmogrification" is simply an opportunity for Lancaster to take centre stage for one of his fusion based outings.

"See my way" from the second album is kept comparatively tight, while "I know" begins in similar fashion before veering off into something of a shambolic jam. The title track is a straightforward cover of a rock and roll standard. The album closes with the 13 minute "Dharma for one", which is little more than a vehicle for Clive Bunker to display his prowess in the time honoured but oh-so-dull manner of a tedious drum solo.

Overall, it is just about possible to appreciate some of the dynamic nature of a Blodwyn Pig gig, despite the truly bad sound quality which prevails throughout. Clearly this is one for fans only, and even they should approach with considerable caution.

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 Getting To This by BLODWYN PIG album cover Studio Album, 1970
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Review by Easy Livin
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3 stars They also served

Less than a year after the release of their début, Blodwyn Pig returned with what would prove to be their final album (although further material would eventually appear in the Blodwyn Pig name as a result of a reunion many years later). Once again, the band revolves around the blues leanings of Mick Abrahams and the jazz influences of Alan Lancaster.

Abrahams dominates the early song-writing, composing all the tracks (one with Andy Pyle) on the first side of the LP release. The opening "Drive me" mixes jazz rock with blues rock to come up with a catchy up-beat introduction to the album featuring a gritty vocal. The contrast with the vocal style on the following "Variations On Nainos" is quite stark, the latter being more in line with Abrahams subsequent solo album. In an obvious effort to out -Tull Abrahams former band, "Variations On Nainos" features prominent flute alongside some good lead guitar. The singing through a glass of water verse is an indulgence too far though!

"See My Way" is the longest of the Abrahams songs at a shade over 5 minutes. There is a bit of an American feel to this steam-rolling blues rocker, which makes it among the most appealing of the set. The brief "Long Bomb Blues" takes the American feel south, with picked guitar dominating. The relentless pace of the Abrahams songs continues on "The Squirreling Must Go On", another powerful slice of guitar rock. The lack of a vocal leaves the song feeling a bit like an unfinished backing track, but it is enjoyable nonetheless.

Alan Lancaster is restricted to writing a single track, but he comes up with an eight minute suite in four parts entitled "San Francisco Sketches" . The sections feature mainly San Francisco related sub-titles, setting off with a a semi-improvised jazz workout. Surprisingly, the "Telegraph Hill" section features a Ray Conniff singers style vocal, but apart from that the track is instrumental. Many will probably find this to be the high point of the album, but for me it is prosaic. Andy Pyle receives a rare sole writing credit for "Worry", a song which sounds for all the world like another Abrahams composition. "Toys" is something of an oddity, being a soft reflective acoustic number. The singer-songwriter feel to the track makes for a pleasant contrast.

Drummer Ron Berg also gets a writing credit for the brief "To Rassman", a nonsensical calypso song. The album closes with "Send Your Son to Die", a track which featured on the Island records sampler "Bumpers". The track sums up the band well, blending the blues rock and the jazz rock with an infectious rhythm section.

Overall, an album which is the equal of its predecessor. Blodwyn Pig were never going to be the most original band of the early 70's, or the best. As bands who also served go, they were however one of the better ones.

Following the release of "Getting to this", Mick Abrahams left the band. While the name was briefly retained and later resurrected, Blodwyn Pig's bacon was effectively cooked.

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 Ahead Rings Out by BLODWYN PIG album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.94 | 19 ratings

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4 stars Thickening out the sound

Blodwyn Pig will probably forever be considered an offshoot of Jethro Tull, as the band was put together by Mick Abrahams. Abrahams was a co-founder of Tull, but his desire to retain the direction that band took on their début album "This was" was at odds with that of Ian Anderson. Anderson prevailed, Abrahams left after just one album, and as far as Tull are concerned the rest is history.

Abrahams did not sit on his hands though, and quickly put together a band to take his vision forward, and indeed initially to rival Jethro Tull in terms of success. We should not though consider this Abrahams plus backing, the rest of the line up is strong including Andy Pyle ex of the Kinks and a future member of Wishbone Ash. The multi-talented Saxophonist Jack Lancaster brings to the band the opportunity for a diversity of sounds, Lancaster going on to become an accomplished session musician.

This, Blodwyn Pig's first album, consists of 9 tracks primarily written by Abrahams and/or Lancaster, with the other band members (including drummer Ron Berg) receiving co- writing credits on a couple of tracks. The music is firmly rooted in the blues which Abrahams had grown to love, the opening "Its only love" being an upbeat blues rocker with a big band style sound. Abrahams recalls that at the time of recording, he exploited the recent availability of 8 track recording to "thicken out the sound".

If the first track is unashamedly commercial, the second "Dear Jill" is a delightful downbeat blues with sleepy sax and atmospheric slide guitar. Abrahams vocals here are among the best he has performed. "Sing Me a Song That I Know" is relatively prosaic, and very much of its time (over 40 years ago!).

Without even checking the credits, it is apparent that "The Modern Alchemist" is the first of the Jack Lancaster compositions, the track being a jazz based instrumental with sax and guitar leads. It is hardly original, even for back then, but the frantic pace does allow the band to let their hair down. "Up and Coming" is the first of the songs to be credited to all the band members. Here they revert to the atmospheric blues of "Dear Jill", the track being similar to Uriah Heep's "Lucy blues" recorded around the same time.

"Leave It With Me" is the second of the Lancaster written instrumentals; once again the track is a semi-improvised workout for the band, Lancaster's tracks being noticeably different from the main blues pull of Abrahams. "The Change Song" opens with some undecipherable cockney chatter before settling down to a folk tinged acoustic ditty. The USA version of the album differed from the UK release through the inclusion of "See my way", a song which would appear on the band's second album in the UK. The track certainly has a bit of an American feel, being a driving blues rock number. Abrahams is in good voice on the track, which benefits from an adventurous arrangement, including what Abrahams refers to as a "Bolero" section.

The album closes with the 6 minute "Ain't Ya Coming' Home, Babe?", where Lancaster's jazz drive meets Abrahams blues thrust head on. The result is an oddly progressive melting pot of sounds which works in the main, but can sound a bit messy.

Overall, an impressive début from a band who failed to achieve all they were capable of. One of the highlights of the album is the stereo separation of the main instruments, which makes for a wonderfully clean, uncluttered sound overall. Not necessarily an album for Jethro Tull fans, but those with a bent towards blues, perhaps through bands such as the Groundhogs, should find much to enjoy here.

The CD remaster has a fine supply of bonus tracks. As most of these are written by Mick Abrahams, they inevitably lean towards the blues side of the band, but most would have made for worthy additions to the original album. "Walk on the Water" shines particularity well, although the sudden fade implies a work in progress.

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 Getting To This by BLODWYN PIG album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.24 | 13 ratings

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Review by giselle

3 stars Ahead rings out had enough pent-up frustration to be at least interesting, but by this point, Mick has lost his way for the moment. Anything he does is bound to have some class, but this is all rather routine and lacks real sparkle. Without a classy act like Ian Anderson around, Mick has no springboard to launch himself from, and that perhaps is the difference in the split between the two egos. Ian had his vision, his determination, and most of all his top-notch arranging skills to build a career on (with the advantage of image and stardom already in hand). Mick really needed to join a top band, not form his own. Pig metaphors abound, but it really is a shame.

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 Ahead Rings Out by BLODWYN PIG album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.94 | 19 ratings

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Review by giselle

4 stars I regard it as a tragedy for Jethro Tull as well as Mick that he had to leave the band, for they were never the same force again creatively. The recording craft improved - anything involving Ian Anderson would be beaten into submission sooner rather than later, but the live performances, though grandoise and great fun, never carried that same authenticity as it did when Mick was around.

A genuine original, Mick vents his spleen here to good effect, showing what a great guitarist he is, and some great vocals too. It's the writing that suffers, it's not really his forte, his eccentricities shine through too much to make sense to the rest of us more than fleetingly, but it's all great fun. Never could understand the name though. Another weird Mick-take.

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