Raw Material

Raw MaterialRaw Material (UK, 1970). While not as accomplished as Time is Rare, I’ve gradually come to favor this, Raw Material’s first of two releases. The balance of late ’60s melodic craft (“I’d Be Delighted”, “Fighting Cock”) with turn-of-the-decade symphonic ambitions (“Time and Illusion”) makes for a better clutch of individual songs, and their tunefulness is so tight that even a conventional blues rock ditty, “Pear On an Apple Tree”, can’t be deprived of a strategic key change, giving it a special ‘hook’ factor well outside the Mayall school (think of Rory Gallagher and his initial band Taste for further examples of tuneful, melodic blues rock.)
Raw Material

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