ANCIENT GREASE Women And Children
A short lived project,
this is not the squalling effort of clueless stoners you may think but
the work of pedigree members of Wales's music 'Tafia', the core being
future Racing Cars covers act Strawberry Dust (renamed hardly for the
better by Lou Reizner of Mercury Records).
Penned largely by future Man drummer John Weathers, replete with the
distinctive rasp of Graham 'Morty' Mortimer, it's a sub-Free period turn
in meaty hard blues guitar-snarling rock from opener 'Freedom Train' to
the concluding title track (with churning Hammond courtesy of Man's Phil
Ryan) counterpointed by well-conceived melodies and even a singalong
moment in the Lindisfarne-like 'Mystic Mountain'.
Released in 1970 on Mercury, the band was to succumb to the familiar
tale of bust-luck but find better fortune elsewhere in the world of
www.getreadytorock.com (March 2008)
With powerful groove
and charm in spades, 'Women and Children First', both the track and the
album, come as buried treasure timely discovered for all to relish.
It's a heady mixture of pub rock, hard-rocking R&B, blues, psychedelia,
and San Francisco prog rock, with nods to the British hard rock scene
along the way.
The album is enormously
diverse...The gritty voice of Morty, the dirty guitar of Graham Williams
and the heavy organ of guest musician Phil Ryan (Man) determined the
rough and ready and (for the time) very heavy sound of the band. But the
band also proved to be very good at the more mellow stuff...
An obscure record, finally on CD. A must have for fans of the
psychedelic blues of the time
Rock Advice (www.rockadvice.org),
...gritty blues-rock outings tempered by the occasional slice of mellow
Kevin Bryan, Mid-Sussex
Chronicle (March 2008)
This 60s West Coast
Americana influenced album is decent enough rock and roll/psych fare
with definite reminders of Welsh counterparts Man in the sound.
Classic Rock Society,
...a solid blend of
tough blues-rock complemented by the versatile voice of frontman Graham
Mortimer, sometimes adding Beefheart-style ballsiness and, elsewhere, an
A great example of what was happening in the UK heavy rock scene of
1970. If you've even half an interest in good raunchy rock mixed with a
healthy dose of hippy stylings it's worth checking out.
Feedback (April 2008)
A well informed booklet...the spirit of the 70s...