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Women & Children First [Extra tracks, Import]

Ancient Grease, Ancient GreaseAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00164PPCM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,185,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2008.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prog, Psych & Power Rock August 6, 2008
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Exceptional album of an experienced band combining powerful rock with prog & psycho, near to "King Crimson", "Procol Harum" etc. Foot-stomping anthems, guitar riffs, organ-driven psychedelic ballads - it's there. "Ancient Grease" are not unknowns - they started their life as a Welsh R&B band "Eyes of Blue" which had a couple of successful albums and as vocalist had Gary Pickford -Hopkins (later "Wild Turkey" and THE VOICE on Rick Wakeman's "Journey to the Earth")."Eyes of Blue" became "Strawberry Dust" and, finally, "Ancient Grease" (when they got signed by Mercury). The album didn't get enough support from brainless execs of the label - usual story - although it had a huge potential. The reminders of the band emerged in 77 as "Racing Cars" and even made it into British charts, but I am impressed with that one, from 1970. Re-released by "Angel Air" which has a motto "Where The Artist Has A Voice" - how very true! The voice of "Ancient Grease" got second breath with this CD
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of the best hard rock albums I've ever heard. Ancient Grease plays like there is no tomorrow and sounds like Led Zeppelin without inhibitions circa 1970. The lead guitarist, Graham Williams, sounds like Jimmy Page on overdrive. The lead singer, Graham Mortimer (Morty)is excellent and later was the main man in the group Racing Cars. On Freedom Train, Morty at the end of the song, does the best Paul McCartney imitation I ever heard. Buy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Band's sole album, originally came out in 1970. This four piece, coming from Welsh, UK may just be another one of those 'better '70's lp's that you've never heard'. Tracks that (sort of) threw me for a loop were "Freedom Train", the foot-stomping "Don't Wait", the semi-Zeppelin like "Eagle Song", the well-played acoustic "Time To Die" and the title cut "Women And Children First". Personnel: Morty Mortimer-vocals, Graham Williams-guitar, Jack Bass-bass guitar and Dick Ferndale-drums. Mortimer and Williams had notably formed the band - Racing Cars several years later. Recommended for fans of Free, Uriah Heep, early Zeppelin and maybe Humble Pie
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lets Clear Something Up February 20, 2012
By Rocky G
Format:Audio CD
There are two vocalists on this album Gary Pickford Hopkins sings the slower material. Somebody else whose name i cant remember sings the harder stuff. The album is ok but none of the songs seem to stick with me i have given this album numerous listens. For anyone intrested in early 1970's Obscure Hard Rock should give this a listen anyway we all like something different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated January 9, 2014
By Michael
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Around 1970 there must have been hundreds of bands churning out generic bluesy hard rock. Some were original, but plenty of them were just boring, repeating the same formula at louder and louder volumes. I actually feared that might be the case here, but the other reviewers were right - this is a great album of varied styles. There is some bluesy stuff, which is great too, but there are also folk, psych and prog inluences that make it a more interesting listen than expected. Although progressive purists may not find it progressive enough for their taste, if you like classic folk-psych-prog rock of that period, then this is an album worth picking up.
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