Wednesday, August 12, 2009

High Tide - Sea Shanties (1969)

This is a folk-metal record from 1969. So yeah it sounds like early metal stuff like Blue Cheer, Wicked Lady, Groundhogs, or Sabbath with a violin player (Simon House, later in Hawkwind). It's like Mahavishnu Orchestra doing an album about pirates. That said, there's no stupid gimmicky stuff, this is straight powerhouse electricity rock and roll. "Futilist's Lament" opens the record with a swash of fuzzed out guitars, quickly joined by stomping bass, shredding violin, drums that seem to be filling half the time, and a singer who sounds a little like Jim Morrison. "Death Warmed Up" stays on a similar keel but is instrumental and goes on for twice as long. Then, on "Pushed, But Not Forgotten", the band drops into a surfy ballad. This turns back into an ampstackscreechfest by about the minute mark, but there are a few more periods of calm like this smattered throughout the rest of the record. "Pushed" is probably my favorite track on the record, but it's all pretty good.

Track Listing...
1. Futilist's Lament
2. Death Warmed Up
3. Pushed, But Not Forgotten
4. Walking Down Their Outlook
5. Missing Out
6. Nowhere

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