November 21, 2011

Blodwyn Pig - loaded with potential - but sometimes that's not enough.

Most listeners these days have no idea who Blodwyn Pig were. Blodwyn Pig was the brainchild of former Jethro Tull lead guitarist Mick Abrahams, who fell out with Ian Anderson shortly after the release of their first album This Was. The association did give Abrahams some street creds and he was able to quickly sign a label deal with Island Records (A&M in the U.S. at the time) and start work on the classic Ahead Rings Out. The debut album landed chart success in both the UK and US and, due to the Jethro Tull aura, landed considerable airplay on FM stations in the States as the result. They also became quite popular on the "underground" concert circuit. Sadly, Blodwyn Pig were really only together for a little less than two years before packing it in, with Mick Abrahams going solo and the band dissolving shortly after. Even though they regrouped periodically over the next twenty or so years with two additional albums caming out in the 1990's, they failed to capture the initial momentum of their debut.

But during their two years together, they produced two memorable albums and several sessions for the BBC, which tonight's Roundtable includes from 1970. The three track set includes Dunstable Truck Driver, See My Way and The Leaving Song.

A good introduction to a band you may not be familiar with. The 60's and early 70's appear to be loaded with them.

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