27 Nov Groundhogs – Thank Christ For The Bomb – Mini-LP Papersleeve CD Replica
Elemental Music proudly announces the first reissue ever on paper sleeve format of one of the most influential albums of the British 70’s Blues-Rock scene: Thank Christ for the Bomb. Recorded in 1970 and originally released by Liberty Records, this was the third studio album from the long forgotten British psych/blues band The Groundhogs, namely one of the most interesting and unfairly underrated UK Prog-Rock bands.
Formed in New Cross, London, circa 1962, by the Cruickshank brothers and Tony McPhee, they soon adopted the name Groundhogs when they backed John Lee Hooker on his 1964 UK tour. They later travelled with Little Walter, Jimmy Reed and Champion Jack Dupree when they also toured the UK. By the mid-1970s, the trio supported The Rolling Stones at the request of Mick Jagger, and had three Top 10 albums (including Thank Christ for the Bomb, top 9 on the UK chart in 1970) – they developed a baroque quasi-funk, just in time for punk sound. One of the highlights of the aforementioned album is that was engineered by Martin Birch, who had previously worked on albums by Jeff Beck, Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac and Peter Green, among others. Thank Christ for the Bomb enjoys a growing reputation among the likes of Julian Cope, Comets on Fire, Steve Malkmus, and Mark E. Smith – who were delighted, one could think, by the band’s schizophrenia, their unspooling riffs, and their laconic reportage. Listening to this great album it seems plausible to think of The Groundhogs as a hybrid of The Kinks and The Rolling Stones. No wonder this album is equally considered a classic by fans of The Yardbirds, Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
01. Strange Town (4:20)
02. Darkness Is No Friend (3:48)
03. Soldier (4:54)
04. Thank Christ for the Bomb (7:21)
05. Ship on the Ocean (3:28)
06. Garden (5:24)
07. Status Peo ple (3:34)
08. Rich Man, Poor Man (3:27)
09. Eccentric Man (5:04)
All compositions written and arranged by Tony (T.S.) McPhee.
Engineer – Martin Birch.