When Welsh-based covers band Strawberry Dust got some gigs supporting The Eyes Of Blue they impressed John Weathers and he approached their then record company boss, Lou Reizner, about signing them. This he did but he changed their name to Ancient Grease. When they entered the studio to record Women And Children First Weathers and other Eyes Of Blue members also helped out. After the album was released in July 1970 the band reverted to its original monicker, Strawberry Dust, and spent a short while in Hamburg. They disintegrated on their return but Mortimer and Williams later lined up in Racing Cars.
GARETH 'MORTY' MORTIMER vcls
JACK BASS bs
DICK 'FERNDALE' OWEN drms
GRAHAM WILLIAMS gtr
1 Freedom Train 4:05
2 Don't Want 5:08
3 Odd Song 5:45
4 Eagle Song 5:01
5 Where the Snow Lies Forever 5:12
6 Mother Grease the Cat 5:16
7 Time to Die 4:07
8 Prelude to a Blind Man 5:06
9 Mystic Mountain 3:34
10 Women and Children First 6:39
11 Freedom Train [bonus track] 3:28
This album features everything you'd expect from an album made at the time...heavy heavy heavy. 'The Eagle' still gives me shivers!
It was released in 1970, and it's right up there with other UK bands from that era such as 'Leafhound', 'Hard Stuff' or 'Incredible Hog'. If you like those bands, you'll most definitly dig this.
The band was from Wales, and featured a young Gary Pickford Hopkins(pre-Wild Turkey) on vocals, and John 'Pugwash' Weathers on drums, before his long career with Gentle Giant. John also wrote most of the music. Phil Ryan is on keyboards, later to join 'Man', another great Welsh band. Other members went on to form 'Racing Cars' in the mid 70s.
A great example of what was happening in the UK heavy rock scene of 1970.
If you are a hard core KISS fan, and think of that as a means to measure other bands...then don't go here!
There is more talent and originality in 1 song off this album of honest raw raunch, than there is on all of KISS's over produced and way over rated teeny bopper crap any day! And I've heard it all, I had two younger brothers in the 70s, and thank God they've finally grown up!
If you like good honest early 70s hard rock, this is for you!
Thanx for Nelson
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