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McChurch Soundroom



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4 stars MCCHURCH SOUNDROOM came from Switzerland, another band which only recorded one single album - produced by the almighty Conny Plank by the way - and then disappeared into the middle of nowhere. I would describe their style as british blues and heavy rock influenced, though featuring distinct progressive elements while covering traces from Jethro Tull, Keef Hartley Band, Savoy Brown and similar. They are firing the title track as the opener immediately ... wow ... nothing to regret - this is thrilling really, I'm impressed.

Acoustic guitar and distinctive Ian Anderson flute are to state on one hand - the blues roots are remarkable here for sure - groovy moments are also given ... as for that here we have a really entertaining exemplar. Vocals are nearly accent-free, not a self-evident issue in these days. The Dream Of A Drummer is to reach for his own song on an album, which is almost consisting of one solo exclusively. About ten minutes dedicated to a drummer - you may call this a weak spot ... it depends ... Norbert 'Nobbi' Jud got it - the (early) 70's approach made this possible, yeah!

Then Time Is Flying is speaking from experience, you know ... let's face it - the older you are, at least. Organ, guitar and flute are excellently complementing each other - the song structure is rather complex. What Are You Doin' opens with church organ, what attracts my attraction here is the double tracked guitar in between, even implemented with delay technique. Both Trouble Parts finally resemble some Jethro Tull influence again, nothing unusual though regarding this time.

Whilst filed under the krautrock category here and there, I personally would deny any references on this occasion. I find 'Delusion' a highly enjoyable album nonetheless. The musicians are skilled without any doubt ... and exception, especially the fantastic guitar and hammond organ presence is to state. The compositions are quite unique and well thought out. When listening, Keef Hartley's 'Halfbreed' comes into my mind on every occasion as for a rough orientation. A recommendable item, in particular when you are searching for some fresh and elaborated stuff which documents the transition from common heavy blues to the progressive rock department.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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