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Split Import, Original recording remastered

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Digitally remastered 2003 reissue of 1971 album that's unavailable domestically featuring 12 tracks including 4 bonus tracks taken from BBC in concert 1972, 'Split - Part One', 'Split - Part Two', 'Split - Part Four' & Cherry Red'. EMI.

1. Split - Part One
2. Split - Part Two
3. Split - Part Three
4. Split - Part Four
5. Cherry Red
6. A Year In The Life
7. Junkman
8. Groundhog
9. Split - Part One (BBC In Concert 1972) (Bonus Track)
10. Split - Part Two (BBC In Concert 1972) (Bonus Track)
11. Split - Part Four (BBC In Concert 1972) (Bonus Track)
12. Cherry Red (BBC In Concert 1972) (Bonus Track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B00009L1OD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daddy-o on October 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is classic- if you love classic, heavy, thought provoking, rock and roll you need this. The live tracks are the heaviest and loudest I have heard and I am a huge Black Sabbath fan. Get this now before it is no longer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MojeeMoj on March 16, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Not only this band's finest effort, but a masterpiece by any hard-rock standard!! And, as a bonus (which is why you want to buy the CD, rather than download it from Amazon), you get live performances (the band's forte) of four of the tracks.
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).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ts@shertila.globalnet.co.uk on September 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The album Split is a veritable masterpiece in the field of progressive rock. From the writing to production, each and every track deserves the well placed position on this album. Split has for many rock artists, been one of rocks benchmarks. Still today the album holds up as well as it did nigh on thirty years later. The apex of McPhee's recording career. There have been many memorable albums since this. But non quite equalling the overall presence of this volume. A definite must for all serious rock collectors. In the short interval from his first record release in 1964, the talents of McPhee have been honed down to perfection. Particularly, the production is masterful, with skilful use of multi-tracking and restrained use of some of the then new gadgetry, to achieve innovative sounds. Tony has been recording now for over 30 years with a new Album out in early 1999 The Muddy Waters Song Book, also not to be missed
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Groundhogs were a favorite of my crowd in college. A British power trio that really never made it in the U.S. (no touring), despite impressive popularity in the U.K. This album, along with HOGWASH and THANK CHRIST FOR THE BOMB, make up a good, definitive Groundhogs collection. If you like music loud, turn any of these way up.
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ian hunter on February 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I am a Hogs fan of long standing starting with "Scratching the Surface" - their first album as the Groundhogs. I bought "Split" after seeing them live at College in 1970 and have bought everything else since. To me, this is their signature recording and I still play it loud and often at home and in the car.
In answer to a previous reviewer, TS is still very active as a live performer with the current Hogs line up (TS, Dave Anderson & Mick Jones) and also with a strong solo acoustic blues set. At almost 57, he can still play the "Split" riffs live and make the hairs on your neck stand up. This album will never date !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JOHN SPOKUS on August 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Wow !! The Groundhogs were quite a band; blues based, more than slightly psychedelic hard rock is the characteristic of their classic 1969-'72 period. Along with Rory Gallagher (another favorite) they were inexplicably ignored by mainstream American radio. Both artists should have been as huge here as Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Just think, this was recorded on only an eight track with probably a meager budget, yet Tony McPhee gets a timeless sound to match his awesome compositional talent. The four part title cut that makes up Side One of the original vinyl is a great extended piece that rivals early Rush and Budgie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "Belgo Geordie" on September 18, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The three times I saw them live around 1970 they were showcasing this album. Live, Groundhogs were a very tight outfit. Fireworks guaranteed with explosive drumming, taut bass and incendiary guitar playing. Tony McPhee was one class guitarist, schooled in blues who never received the credit he was due. "Split" is as many reviewers noted almost in the heavy metal category, but it is the blues structures that differentiate it and that while many progressive bands trod the path towards metal, particularly those with centrepiece guitarists (think UFO, Uriah Heep-even Stray and of course, Pink Fairies), Groundhogs were in the category of Stan Webb's Chicken Shack and Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. And like Mr Webb, they played most guitar driven bands off stage and then some. In 2012, "Split" still carries a mark of genius. A great band at its best, all parts working to produce a dense wall of sound, driven by relentless energy that only pauses to deliver one of the better British traditional blues tracks "Groundhog". It has one of the most adrenalin pushing tracks in "Cherry Red"-play it loud, it will take the paint work off the walls with one full throttled roar of pulsing thrash. The "Split" suite carries the album with inventiveness and an attempt to forge past boundaries that made "Thank Christ For the Bomb" (their previous album)-water treading. For me, "Split" was Groundhogs at their most creative. It is rare in catching the live sound on vinyl. I think Tony McPhee deserved better than the reputation left by Groundhogs. They were more accomplished and better musicians than the likes of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple et al and with "Cherry Red" they had a theme piece of raging guitar and tight backing, strangled set back vocals, second to none.
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