Ahead Rings Out [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
None of Jethro Tull's progressive rock tendencies or classical influences followed Mick Abrahams into his creation of Blodwyn Pig, even with the inclusion Jack Lancaster's sax- and flute-playing prowess. Instead, Abrahams built up a sturdy British blues-rock sound and used Lancaster's horn work to add some fire to the band's jazzy repertoire. Ahead Rings Out is a stellar concoction of gritty yet flamboyant blues-rock tunes and open-ended jazz centered around Mick Abrahams' cool-handed guitar playing, but it's the nonstop infusion of the other styles that makes the album such a solid listen. After only one album with Jethro Tull, Abrahams left to form this band, and it's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
None of Jethro Tull's progressive rock tendencies or classical influences followed Mick Abrahams into his creation of Blodwyn Pig, even with the inclusion Jack Lancaster's sax- and flute-playing prowess. Instead, Abrahams built up a sturdy British blues-rock sound and used Lancaster's horn work to add some fire to the band's jazzy repertoire. Ahead Rings Out is a stellar concoction of gritty yet flamboyant blues-rock tunes and open-ended jazz centered around Mick Abrahams' cool-handed guitar playing, but it's the nonstop infusion of the other styles that makes the album such a solid listen. After only one album with Jethro Tull, Abrahams left to form this band, and it's evident that he had a lot of pent-up energy inside him when he recorded each of the album's tracks. With a barrage of electrifying rhythms and fleeting saxophone and woodwind excursions, cuts like "Sing Me a Song That I Know," "Up and Coming," and "Backwash" whip up highly energetic sprees of rock and blues. Most of the tracks have a hearty shot of rock up the middle, but in cuts like "The Change Song" and "Backwash," the explosive riffs are accompanied by a big band style of enthusiasm, adding even more depth to the material. Andy Pyle's bass playing is definitely distinct throughout each track and is used for anything but a steady background, while labeling Ron Berg's drumming as freewheeling and intemperate would be an understatement. It's apparent that Blodwyn Pig's style is indeed distinct, releasing a liberated and devil-may-care intensity while still managing to stay on track, but the fact that each cut convokes a different type of instrumental spiritedness is where the album really gains its reputation. Wonderfully busy and even a tad motley in some places, Ahead Rings Out shows off the power and vitality that can be channeled by combining a number of classic styles without sounding pretentious or overly inflated. A year later, Blodwyn Pig recorded Getting to This before Abrahams left the band, and although it's a solid effort, it falls just a smidgen short of Ahead Rings Out's bluesy dynamism. [The 2006 edition features seven bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2006
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 094635768527
  • Catalog Number: 357685
  • Sales rank: 3,651

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Only Love (3:23)
  2. 2 Dear Jill (5:19)
  3. 3 Sing Me a Song That I Know (3:08)
  4. 4 The Modern Alchemist (5:38)
  5. 5 Up and Coming (5:31)
  6. 6 Leave It with Me (3:52)
  7. 7 The Change Song (3:45)
  8. 8 See My Way (5:06)
  9. 9 Ain't Ya Comin' Home, Babe? (6:04)
  10. 10 Sweet Caroline (2:51)
  11. 11 Walk on Water (3:42)
  12. 12 Summer Day (3:44)
  13. 13 Same Old Story (2:36)
  14. 14 Slow Down (4:20)
  15. 15 Meanie Mornay (4:45)
  16. 16 Backwash (0:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blodwyn Pig Primary Artist
Mick Abrahams Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Jack Lancaster Flute, Violin, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Ron Berg Drums, Group Member
Andy Pyle Electric Bass, 6-string bass, Group Member
Technical Credits
Larry Williams Composer
Mick Abrahams Liner Notes
Jack Lancaster Brass Arrangment
Andy Johns Producer
Chris Wright Executive Producer
Tom Wilkes Art Direction
Hugh Gilmour Reissue Design
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