For those looking for the prog or 'Prog related' side of the band, there will be little of interest here. After this one the group became a trio. A couple of real tappers on here too. Over the years, Tony McPhee has not strayed too far from his roots despite stretching into more progressive music. Named after a John Lee Hooker song, the band were also briefly called John Lee's Groundhogs when they backed the great bluesman on a tour. McPhee quickly took control of the band, guiding them towards a blues style.
I see this is the first in a progression from pure blues to rocking blues to rock and then back to blues again in later releases. Very much of its time, 'Scratching the surface' has similarities with what Creedence Clearwater Revival 'Susie Q' were doing around the same time. For those, like myself, who find the blues to be a rewarding diversion, this is an album worthy of investigation. But if you want to hear the blues sluicing straight out of the Southern England Delta, there are precious few better introductions. Original album recorded at The Marquee Studios, London, between 5th and 13th October 1968 using no overdubs.
Packaging All items are shipped brand-new and unopened in original packaging. Oh Death - 3:12 11. Rock Me - 2:45 13. No More Doggin' - 4:51 06. Man Trouble - 6:20 07. Walking Blues - 2:22 04. Married Men - 4:33 05.
Still A Fool McKinley Morganfield - 6:32 Bonus Tracks: 10. Early In The Morning Steve Rye - 4:45 03. Indeed, the mellow classic blues through which the band pursues its nine tracks offer the unsuspecting listener little more than a direct blast from the peak of the British blues boom past. With a simple line up of vocals, lead guitar and harmonica, backed by bass and drums, the songs here are straightforward blues songs adapted for a rock environment. We have simple repeating verses, regular lead guitar intervals, and harmonica intermissions. That's all they offer here, from hard rockin' blues, to slow and lethargic traditional blues, highly influenced by early black American artists.
Scratching The Surface is pure blues but later albums included a rock element. As their sound progressed, so did their musical style. Every record is shipped in original factory-applied shrink wrap and has never been touched by human hands. Good cover of Muddy Waters Still A Fool which would be a live set staple for many years. Rocking Chair - 4:04 02.
Indeed, McPhee's lead guitar style is similar to that of John Fogerty. Posted Monday, February 14, 2011 Review 400567. Recorded in a very short time, it's a raw, bare-bones sound of the late 60s. Come Back Baby - 3:47 08. Tony McPhee's talents as a singer are shown to be adequate here, and his guitar prowess unquestionable The title though was in retrospect more accurate than intended, this album doing nothing more than scratch at the surface of what the Groundhogs would go on to achieve.
There are a few odd timings here and there to add unique twists to the usual twelve bar structure and for the first time ever, I heard a different vocalist on a Groundhogs song in Steve Rye on two of the cuts. The guitarist is top notch and the material is blues, all blues. The pace varies between foot tapping rockers and more traditional blues standard swaggering, but the music is unashamedly blues throughout. Don't Pass That Hat Around - 3:43 Personnel --------- Tony McPhee - guitar, vocals Steve Rye - harmonica, vocals Peter Cruickshank - bass Ken Pustelnik - drums All thanks to original releaser. If you are looking for the roots of British blues, this is a great start. Product Details 1968 debut album by the British blues band.
But if you want to hear the blues sluicing straight out of the Southern England Delta, there are precious few better introductions. Indeed, the mellow classic blues through which the band pursues its nine tracks offer the unsuspecting listener little more than a direct blast from the peak of the British blues boom past. . Early Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, and Savoy Brown all haunted precisely the same corridors as Scratching the Surface, with only the occasional burst of fuzzed Tony McPhee guitar to distinguish the sonics from the rest of the pack. The album features a dearth of period flavour. Make no mistake about it - this is a blues album. Early , , and all haunted precisely the same corridors as , with only the occasional burst of fuzzed guitar to distinguish the sonics from the rest of the pack.
You Don't Love Me - 4:05 09. They toured for several years, releasing the odd single, but it would be 1968 before this their first album appeared. Mellow, classic blues on these nine tracks made their mark on the British blues boom along with Fleetwood Mac, Savoy Brown and others. The latter was released in edited form as a single the single edit can be heard on the remastered album , but both tracks are simply slightly longer variants on the blues themes which prevail throughout the album. . .
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