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Ahead Rings Out Import, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (June 12, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000FGFUEA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,606 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It's Only Love
2. Dear Jill
3. Sing Me A Song That I Know
4. The Modern Alchemist
5. Up And Coming
6. Leave It With Me
7. The Change Song
8. Backwash
9. Ain't Ya Coming Home, Babe?
10. Sweet Caroline
11. Walk On The Water
12. Summer Day
13. Same Old Story
14. Slow Down
15. Meanie Mornay
16. Backwash

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2006 reissue of this classic 1969 debut album by the Blues Rock band formed by former Jethro Tull guitarist Mick Abrahams. Features seven bonus tracks: .'Sweet Caroline', 'Walk On The Water', 'Summer Day', 'Same Old Story', 'Slow Down', 'Meanie Mornay' and 'Backwash'. 16 tracks. EMI.

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I think the bonus songs are actually better or as good as some of the original ARO songs.
Frank J. Altschul
Also, the E.M.I. version contains the B-sides of the above mentioned singles and these have been released here for the first time since the vinyl days!
T. A. Shepherd
Mick Abrahams formally from Jethro Tull leads this group into a great mix of blues and and funky jazz/rock combination.
Larry S. Levine

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Jethro Tull's first album "This Was" was released on the now legendary Island label in October of 1968 with MICK ABRAHAMS on lead guitar. Dissatisfied with the result, Abrahams left and was replaced by the brilliant MARTIN BARRIE. Abrahams then roped in JACK LANCASTER on Sax, Flute & Violin, ANDY PYLE on Bass and RON BERG on Drums and formed the delightfully named and much revered BLODWYN PIG (Abrahams himself handling lead guitar, vocals and all the principal song writing).

In the middle of 1969, they popped into Morden Studios in Willesden in London and with Producer Andy Johns (brother of the famous Glyn Johns) promptly produced this much-loved gem. The "Blods" or The "Pig" as they're affectionately known over here in Blighty made only two albums before Abrahams finally went solo. This release "Ahead Rings Out" was their UK debut in August 1969 on Island Records ILPS 9101 (Stereo Only). The America equivalent went out on A&M SP-4210 on their famous Tan label but with a different track line up on Side 2. This CD as I outline below will allow fans to finally sequence either configurtion. The original vinyl album was housed in the now famous 'head and headphones' gatefold sleeve on both sides of the pond (slight variant in the USA) and the album's witty and detailed liner notes are reproduced fully on this CD also.

Vinyl Versus CD:
Initial runs of the LP were on the hugely desirable "Pink" Island Label Design here in the UK - followed by a second press on the "Pink Rim" Label. Both have been difficult to find across the years ("Ahead" was followed in the UK in April 1970 by their second and last proper album, "Getting To This" on Chrysalis Records ILPS 9122). "Ahead" was pressed up on a slab of a record for the time - I'd say about 200 grams.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Crommie on August 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is the third CD copy I've bought of the Blods first album - released in 1969 shortly after Mick Abrahams left Jethro Tull after their first album "This Was". The sound on this remaster is not exactly a revelation in that it's not a vast improvement, but there are several good reasons to choose this over previous versions - or get this new version to add to your complete Blodwyn Pig collection (as you'll see later in my commentary). First of all, "See My Way" IS on this redux, contrary to the Amazon track listing - making it the complete UK & North American version.Plus, this contains the A & B sides of a few singles not previously available on LP or CD, although they are in Mono. "Walk on the Water" & "Summer Day" are included on "Getting to This" in stereo, but these mono versions are the original single mixes. "Meany Mornay" was inexplicably left off "Getting to This" but is included here - finally! Now this is interesting: The version of "Ain't You Comin Home" is a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TAKE than has been previously available, and there is no note of this in the liner notes - which leads me to think it was an accident. It's a perfectly fine take with some very different sax work by Jack Lancaster & solos from Mick, but it's undoubtedly different. One puzzlement: it's weird having "Backwash" at the very end, instead of it's place as the intro to "Ain't You Comin' Home". Maybe Mick didn't really dig this one enough and left it as an afterthought... dunno. Good find & definitely worth picking up. OH yeah, the liner notes from Mick Abrahams makes it worth the price alone - he's a hoot.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Shepherd on June 1, 2007
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When I reviewed the BGO version of Ahead Rings Out, I may have mentioned this, the new E.M.I. version. Not only is "See My Way" on this one as well as on "Getting to This", but the one here has no fade, unlike its U.K. counterpart. Also included here is the U.K. mixes of "Change Song", "Ain't Ya Comin' Home, Babe?" and "Backwash" (Although the latter is out of sequence, but that can be remedied by manual programming.) The mono single mixes of "Walk on the Water" and "Summer Day" are included, but the stereo versions can be found as bonus tracks on "Getting to This". You will want to get both these discs to have the entire Island/Chrysalis output. Now, if you're a fanatic, you will want to get both the BGO and E.M.I. versions of "Ahead Rings Out" to have the both mixes of "Ain't Ya Comin' Home, Babe?" and "Change Song". Also, the E.M.I. version contains the B-sides of the above mentioned singles and these have been released here for the first time since the vinyl days! I'm not going to go on about the music here, because the crux is that this is the one you're looking for if you want the complete Blodwyn Pig recordings on Island/Chrysalis.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence A. Strid on July 9, 2010
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Supposedly Ian Anderson and Mick Abrahams had a control fight after Jethro Tull's debut release of THIS WAS, culminating in the decision of Abrahams to leave the group and form Blodwyn Pig. The next Tull album, STAND UP, while a five star effort on its own, eschewed the blues and jazz permeations of Tull's debut release and forayed into hard rock with folk and world music influences. If Abrahams wanted a more bluesy-jazzy outing then he got what he wanted with Blodwyn Pig's initial release of AHEAD RINGS OUT, and which (in my estimation) would have been the successor release to THIS WAS had Abrahams stayed with Tull and been able to infuse it with his vision instead of what Ian Anderson wanted to do. There isn't one clunker tune on AHEAD RINGS OUT, and it is worth the price of admission for "See My Way" all by itself, not to mention "Dear Jill" and "Ain't Ya Comin' Home Babe?". Abrahams is a technically proficient guitarsmith who doesn't overdo it and plays the requisite amount of notes to accomplish the point of the tune, a somewhat lost art shared only by Carlos Santana. He has major chops but he has restraint, and Jack Lancaster's reed contributions (he also weighs in with the violin on several tracks) are just as important to the sound of the group as Abraham's fretwork. While I consider THIS WAS to be a "desert island" disc, one of ten I would take to any designated venue of maroonment, BP's AHEAD RINGS OUT takes off where THIS WAS leaves off and is an unsung classic of late sixties rock/blues/jazz, and is highly recommended. The bonus tracks are truly a bonus, and don't represent bottom of the bin stuff that is sometimes used as "bonus" tracks on certain reissues.
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