Mike Cooper —
Oh Really!? ... LP Pye/Trading Places (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
An early classic from British guitarist Mike Cooper – an artist who was part of that unique moment of mid 60s British blues – part folk, part rock, and with a quality that definitely paved the way for many other modes to come! The set has Mike Cooper mostly on guitar and vocals, in a style that's part Piedmont, part Delta blues – but also given a more folksy spin, and graced with Cooper's unusual vocals – almost making the whole thing feel like a spare acoustic version of CannedHeat territory – with titles that include "Maggie Campbell", "Saturday Blues", "Electric Chair", "Crow Jane", and "You're Gonna Be Sorry". LP, Vinyl record album
Classic work from The Groundhogs – one of the heaviest-hitting of the UK blues rock groups, and still one of the best! The sound is lean and raw here – with guitar and vocals from TS McPhee and harmonica from Steve Rye – next to bass from Pete Cruikshank and Ken Pustelnik – all recorded in a spare setting by Mike Batt, who really keeps things nice and raw! There's less of the psych or hard rock elements that some of the group's contemporaries would soon pick up – and in a way, these guys might be the closest the UK ever came to the CannedHeat sound. Title sinclude "Man Trouble", "Married Man", "Come Back Baby", "Still A Fool", "Early In The Morning", "Nor More Doggin", and "Waking Blues". LP, Vinyl record album