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FUZZY DUCK

Fuzzy Duck

 

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3.36 | 88 ratings

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Psychedelic Paul
4 stars With a bizarre and humorous bandname that sounds like a warm and cosy family pub, the comically-titled FUZZY DUCK were a shortlived, London-based, Hard-Rock band with just one self-titled album to their name. A Fuzzy Duck is a very rare bird indeed and it's a rare album too because there were only 500 pressings made of the original 1971 LP album with its very silly cover. The CD reissue added four bonus tracks to the original eight songs on the album. So, what can we expect from this bizarrely-named band with the even more bizarre album cover? Well, there's the ever-present sound of a powerful Hammond organ combined with wild and fuzzy guitar riffs, and when you reach the final track on the album, you might even hear the rare sound of a Fuzzy Duck too!

The album opens with the energetic rocker, "Time Will Be Your Doctor", a song that was also covered by Tucky Buzzard. This song is your prescription for a good healthy dose of booming and bombastic solid British rock. The dynamic keyboard player and wild fuzzy guitarist are really in their element with this powerful percussive piece. It's upbeat, it's up-tempo, and it's uplifting, and it's just what you need to keep the doctor away. The curiously titled "Mrs Prout" is another stentorian blast from the past that sounds like it's on anabolic steroids. It's a song with a powerful throbbing rhythm with all the explosive energy of a stick of dynamite, so light the blue touch paper and stand well back because this song is a blast. The unrelenting pace continues with "Just Look Around You". There's no time for a breather as this is another thunderous foot-stomping forte that barrels along at full velocity. This is sonorous supersonic British Rock that's as solid as a block of granite. We're nearly halfway through the album now with "Afternoon Out", another full-force fortissimo with a pulsating rhythm going full speed ahead and building up into a dramatic crescendo of sound for the powerful finale. I doubt if many people have actually witnessed the powerful drummer on this album in action, but judging from his frenetic non-stop energy displayed here, he must be as lively and animated as Animal from The Muppet Show.

Side Two opens with "More Than I Am", an uplifting and upbeat song that's positively overflowing with optimism as these lyrics reveal:- "I try to be more than I am, I'm doing all I can, And I'm more happy than, The greater could be man." ..... It's another lively, high-powered song, driven by the unstoppable power of the Hammond organ. There's no let-up in the incredible pace of this album with "Country Boy", a rammin' slammin' rocker with all the power of a hydraulic ram, so stand well clear because this is music with a ballsy take-no-prisoners attitude. There's no let-up either for the timeless "In Our Time", a window-rattling, wild guitar and keyboard jamboree. This is rollicking rock & roll as it's meant to be, so play it LOUD! The album closes with the short playful piece "A Word from Big D", in which we get to hear the quack of the Fuzzy Duck!

This powerful album is as solid as a proverbial rock with an unrelenting pace from beginning to end. It's an album with timeless appeal, featuring a glorious combination of the powerful Hammond organ sound and psychedelic fuzzy guitar riffs. The "Fuzzy Duck" album is not particularly proggy - it's just a good old-fashioned slice of Classic British Rock.

Psychedelic Paul | 4/5 |

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