Bodkin - Bodkin CD

SKU SCD 002
Although it has been issued in 14 OTHER versions, this is apparently the first legal re-edition of this mega-rarity from 1972 (only 100 copies were made), made with the band members collaboration, from original master tapes.
HEAVY progressive hard rock with lots of progressive/proto progressive elements, all driven forward by relentless Hammond organ/guitar work. An essential album from the days when hard rock could be as proggy as prog rock!

"It seems like all these lost proto-doom bands can be compared or related back to one of the big three - Zeppelin, Purple, or Sabbath. And Bodkin clearly sit in the Deep Purple camp thanks to the absolutely fantastic Hammond organ throughout. The other instruments don’t lag behind at all though. The heavy guitars and drumming, and the wonderful vocals and poetic lyrics all hold their own nicely alongside the organ. But Hammond is definitely the star of this show.
The album contains five long, jammy tracks and not a moment is wasted. Like many Scottish groups of the day (Iron Claw, Writing On The Wall, Soho Orange, etc), this band creates a dark, gloomy, and overall mysterious atmosphere with the music they present us.
The album opens up with a two-parter entitled Three Days After Death. Both of these extended jams are emotionally powerful and devastating affairs, with guitars and organ that nullify your speakers. I don’t know if it’s the lyrics or the music, or both, but these first two tracks always hit a note of sadness within me; the music is definitely of the downer variety. Next up, we have Aunty Mary’s Trashcan (some reissues, including mine, have their track order messed up, so Plastic Man, the final track of the album, appears instead). This is the longest cut of the album, but the band knows how to keep things interesting throughout. After some heavy thudding, some fantastic organ playing, and some interesting lyrics about the contents of Aunty Mary’s Trashcan, the band erupts into more jamming. They lock you into the energetic groove right away while the organ blares and the lengthy running time of the song is quickly lost.
After Your Lumber seems to be the most upbeat song here, with it’s vocal harmonies and almost “cruisin’ down the highway” vibe. But it still retains the heaviness and energy in spades, and all the instruments are once again fantastic - especially Doug Rome’s organ playing. If you happen to be listening to the version of the album I have and want to hear the proper track order, you’ll need to rewind back to track three for the album’s final piece. But trust me, the effort to go back a couple tracks will be more than worth it.
Plastic Man is yet another fantastically gloomy piece of downer prog that seals up this bleak package quite nicely. There you go, five amazing and powerful tracks that do all sorts of pummeling throughout. This is a personal favourite of mine, so I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone. But if the Hammond organ is your bag than you should definitely not be passing this one by.”-RYM
  • LabelSeelie Court
  • UPC5033281011590
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