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EXCLAMATION MARK

Pesky Gee

 

Heavy Prog

2.78 | 13 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars I was drawn into this band after having discovered Black Widow and I decided to listen their one and only album !.

The sound of this album perfectly fits into the late sixties: psychedelic, bluesy and hectically rocking. It is undeniable that this band got some late recognition due to their follow-up career. Almost all members be featured into BW.

This work doesn't hold any jewel like Sacrifice for instance, but the album rocks alright and the opener is quite catchy: Another Country contains all the ingredients I have described and it is a wonderful shortcut from this period.

There are some close relation with Mark I: the jazzy instrumental Pigs Foots starts in the style of Wring That Neck. This is another solid number even if the jazzy mood is a bit too much marked.

When I listened to Season Of The Witch, there was no doubt that the Airplane was nearby. It is maybe due to the fact that Kay Garret sounds close to the great Grace Slick. This cover from a Donovan song is quite interesting. Actually, Vanilla Fudge already covered it on their excellent album Renaissance.

On this album, Pesky Gee is also covering a Fudge song '(Where Is My Mind) while the Airplane also covered Donovan a couple of times. Donovan being the centre of the circle here. I consider this version of Season. superior to the one from the masters of covers.Quite a difficult exercise.

I won't have the same feeling about their Tull reprise Dharma For One. Too much jazzy (but this feeling already took place before). I would say that this album is of interest for the ones willing to have a preview of the early Black Widow and therefore is more a fan only affair.

Five out of ten would be more accurate than the tree stars I am giving mostly thanks to Season. and Born To Be Wild (from Steppenwolf). But if you ever want to listen to a real wild version of this song, you'll have to grab the incredible live one from Slade Alive. This is dynamite!

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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