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For some reason, the two Groundhogs albums that charted best, when originally released ("Thank Christ for the Bomb" and "Who Will Save the World"), are hailed as classics by many reviewers, but don't waste your time on them. They really sound dated , and the lyrics are pedestrian, compared to the psychological wisdom displayed on all but the last two studio tracks of "Split": "Junkman" is a throwaway tune, while "Groundhog" is a marvelously-done old blues number. Speaking of which, any of their live albums that contain "Mistreated" are worth the price of the CD, just for that song.
After you give "Split" a few thorough plays, move on to their live stuff, which is the essence of the Groundhog experience: which is Tony (T.S.) McPhee, and whatever sidemen he enlists for the gig. (The best overall live performance, I've located, is "No Surrender": the one issued by Magnum of America).
Tony "T.S." McPhee weaves in lots of good guitar solos in these studio albums through excellent use of overdubbing, with a deft technique for the early 70's. The rhythm section might sound simplistic in comparison, but the music moves with lots of power (did I say that before?). I've heard some of their live renditions of this same music and the complexity they achieved in the studio could not be done on stage.
The lyrics on all of their work are unusual, intelligent and thoughtful. The whole first side of SPLIT is about schizophrenia from the sufferer's point of view.
Give them a listen. They were definitely different than most other bands of the time, and no one has come close to their sound since then. I wonder if TS is still playing/writing?
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The Groundhogs were a British Blues band in the early 1970s--one of the countless bands who were very good, but just never gathered more than a cult following
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"The Split" is my all-time heaviest acid blues album. When I purchased the LP back in 1971 I amazed my friends with its incredible trio. Read morePublished on March 20, 2009 by B. A. Dilger
The Groundhogs are not for everybody from the get go. They are unusual. Not their worse album, but I certainly think it is weak as compared to "The Mighty Grounhogs" or songs like... Read morePublished on July 7, 2008 by Michael Cavenaugh
This is a very creative, unique and original record. It's hard to describe, you just need to hear it for yourself. Read morePublished on June 20, 2008 by Woodrow
This is grunge with a bluesy tone. The production is quite rough which contributes to the grunge. Not a bad album but would not call it a classic. Read morePublished on July 9, 2006 by The Honky Tonk Man
originally i heard this masterpiece in the early 70s-i ve played it ever since.The guitar and vocals are out of this world.Tony still performs the tracks brilliantly to this day. Read morePublished on June 9, 2001
I am a Hogs fan of long standing starting with "Scratching the Surface" - their first album as the Groundhogs. Read morePublished on February 12, 2001 by ian hunter
Split part two is posibly the best British blues records ever. let me know if any one else has heard it.Published on August 22, 2000 by patrick lawton