Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
2008 digitally remastered and expanded edition of this album from the Blues/Jazz Rock band, originally released in 1971. This reissue of Overdog features the bonus single edits of 'Roundabout', one of their best loved an... more »
2008 digitally remastered and expanded edition of this album from the Blues/Jazz Rock band, originally released in 1971. This reissue of Overdog features the bonus single edits of 'Roundabout', one of their best loved and most powerful works. Considered by many to be one of the finest exponents of powerful Jazz Rock, Keef's earliest engagement was as replacement for Ringo Starr in Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. He was also Mick Fleetwood's replacement in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and featured on many recordings by the band. In 1968 he formed his own group, recruiting the highly regarded Miller Anderson on guitar and vocals. Although they performed at Woodstock the band was not filmed. Esoteric.
EXCELLENT AND A HALF
William R. Nicholas | Mahwah, NJ USA | 01/04/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Not many mention Keef Hartley among the great early 1970s horn rock bands--Chicago, BS&T--and this is a real shame, because they are one of the best if not the best.
What makes the Keef Hartley band so great--and a glaring exception to a lot of his horn rock peers--is that his music is strictly geared for what waa then progressive radio. His music shows no interest in that magic, one big 45.
To say the music mixes rock jazz and R&B would be true, but completely undercuts the point. All of this is in the stew, but these arrangements are so good, Hartley's writing and pacing so seemless, he is able to SYNERGIZE all these elements, not just mix them. It is typical for a track to start with a BS&T like R&B feel, and meld into a wha wha, Santana like acid forey. But this never seems forced, is always a fantastic suprise; invarriabley, it works.
When most jazz rock bands were hiding both the jazz and the rock in a run towards AM radio, Keef Heartley put both, and a lot more, on wonderful, proud display."