Thursday, 5 December 2013

Budgie - Selftitled (1st Album Superb Hardrock UK 1971)


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Budgie is the debut album of British hard rock band Budgie. It was released in June 1971 through MCA Records. The US version on Kapp Records includes "Crash Course in Brain Surgery", originally released as a single and covered by Metallica on their 1987 EP Garage Days Re-Revisited. "Homicidal Suicidal" has also been covered by the Seattle grunge band Soundgarden. Canadian band Thrush Hermit covered "Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman" on the album All Technology Aside, included on the 2010 "The Complete Recordings Box Set". The opening track "Guts" as well as "Homicidal Suicidal" can be seen as precursors to doom metal.

Budgie has generally received moderately positive reviews. Sounds criticized the album as being somewhat nondescript, but praised it for having "a lot of good natured foot-tapping music" and concluded "I certainly find it infinitely preferably to Black Sabbath, and I have the feeling that Budgie might develop into something a lot more interesting."

In a brief retrospective review, Allmusic declared that "For those seriously interested in metal's development, bombastic treasures like 'Homicidal Suicidal,' and 'Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman' are essential listening."

Though not nearly as celebrated as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, or Deep Purple, Budgie was one of the finest heavy metal bands of the early to mid-'70s. The British power trio, formed in 1968, was influenced by Cream in the beginning, but by the time this self-titled debut album was released in 1971, Budgie was obviously paying close attention to Sabbath and Zep. In fact, it's hard to miss the impact that Robert Plant had on Budgie lead singer/bassist Burke Shelley. For those seriously interested in metal's development, bombastic treasures like "Homicidal Suicidal,"and "Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman" are essential listening.

Budgie - German Single 1971
Biography:
Budgie is a Welsh hard rock/heavy metal band from Cardiff. They are described by author Gary Sharpe-Young as one of the earliest heavy metal bands and a seminal influence to many acts of that scene, with fast, heavy rock (an influence on the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) and acts such as Metallica)
 being played as early as 1971. The band has been noted as "among the heaviest metal of its day". Notable Budgie songs include "Breadfan", "I Can't See My Feelings", "Crash Course In Brain Surgery", "Parents", "I Turned To Stone" and "Napoleon Bona - Parts 1 & 2".

Budgie formed in 1967 in Cardiff, Wales under the name Hills Contemporary Grass. Their original line-up consisted of Burke Shelley on vocals and bass, Tony Bourge on guitar and vocals, and Ray Phillips on drums. After performing several gigs in 1968, the band changed their name to Budgie the following year and recorded their first demo. The band originally formed under such names as Hills Contemporary Grass and Six Ton Budgie. Burke Shelley has said that the band's name came from the fact that he, "loved the idea of playing noisy, heavy rock, but calling ourselves after something diametrically opposed to that".

Budgie - Italian Single 1971
Their debut album in strong blues-oriented hard rock lines was recorded at Rockfield Studios with Black Sabbath producer Rodger Bain and released in 1971, followed by Squawk in 1972. The third album, Never Turn Your Back On a Friend (1973), contained "Breadfan", which was covered by Metallica in 1988, the band having covered another Budgie song, "Crash Course In Brain Surgery" earlier in their career. Ray Philips left the band before the fourth album In for the Kill! was recorded and was replaced by Pete Boot (b. Peter Charles Boot, 30 September 1950, West Bromwich, Staffordshire).

In late 1974, the band were joined by drummer Steve Williams for the album Bandolier, for live shows promoting this album and the follow-up, If I Were Brittania I'd Waive the Rules, the band were augmented by Welsh guitarist Myf Isaac, but both Bourge and Isaac left mid 1978 and were replaced by ex Trapeze guitarist Robert Kendrick. Music from the 1978 LP Impeckable was featured in the 1979 film J-Men Forever (shown frequently on the USA Network's "Night Flight" television series in the 1980s) which is now a cult classic. 

Budgie -  Promo Single UK 1971
In late 1978, having been dropped by A&M and with no new recording contract, this line up floundered, and after 12 months Kendrick was replaced by "Big" John Thomas (b. 21 February 1952) in late 1979. This line up recorded two albums for Kingsley Wards 'Active' label: Power Supply (1980) and Nightflight (1981). 1982 saw them signed to RCA for Deliver Us From Evil their final recording for a "major label".

The band continued to have success during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene, playing the Reading Festival in 1980 and then headlining the festival in 1982.

They built a particular following in Poland, where they played as the first heavy metal band behind the Iron Curtain, in 1982. Also notable was their tour support of Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard of Ozz Tour.

The band stopped gigging in 1988, members went into studio production, occasionally guesting on other projects; Thomas most notably worked on the Phenomena CD with Glenn Hughes out of the Black Sabbath studios.

Although the group has had very little commercial success in America, they have enjoyed a strong fan following in Texas and they have been known to receive radio airplay from Joe Anthony and Lou Roney on KMAC/KISS radio in San Antonio in the 1970s, the band reformed using various drummers for one-off gigs in 1995, 1996 for outdoor festivals 'La Semana Alegre' in San Antonio, Texas. They toured in 2002-6, mostly in the United Kingdom, the NYC/NJ area, Dallas, and with a few shows in Europe including the Sweden Rock Festival and a return to post-Communist Poland. In 1999 the band reunited in Letchworth and officially reformed.

In 2006 Budgie undertook a thirty five date United Kingdom tour and a new album, titled You're All Living In Cuckooland, was released in the UK on 7 November that year. In 2007 they played dates in Sweden and Poland.

On 4 July 2007 Lees announced his departure from the band to concentrate on his teaching and solo career.
Following the departure of Lees, Dio lead guitarist and songwriter Craig Goldy offered his services while Ronnie James Dio was completing commitments with Heaven & Hell on their World Tour.

In February 2008 Craig Goldy accompanied Budgie on their first tour of Australia and has continued playing with Budgie as 'guest guitarist' for all of their shows.

Budgie's November 2010 tour of Eastern Europe had to be cancelled as Shelley was hospitalised on 9 November in Wejherowo, Poland with a 6 cm aortic aneurism. After surgery, he returned to Britain for recovery. Since then the band halted any activities, as Shelley can`t sing and play at the same time.

Budgie's music is a cross between the progressive textures of Rush and heaviness of Black Sabbath. Burke Shelley's vocals have been compared to Geddy Lee due to his similar approach of high-pitched banshee wails (incidentally, Shelley and Lee are also the bass players in their respective bands). Although Budgie remained quite obscure during their early career, many future stars of hard rock/metal have cited them as an important influence and covered their songs, including Iron Maiden, Metallica, Van Halen, Melvins, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. [Wikipedia + AMG]

Personnel:
 Burke Shelley – lead vocals, bass guitar 
 Tony Bourge - guitars 
 Ray Phillips – drums

Early Discography:
1971 - Budgie
 1972 - Squawk
 1973 - Never Turn Your Back on a Friend
 1974 - In for the Kill!

01. "Guts"  4:21
02. "Everything in My Heart"  0:52
03. "The Author"  6:28
04. "Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman"  8:41
05. "Rape of the Locks"  6:13
06. "All Night Petrol"  5:57
07. "You and I"  1:41
08. "Homicidal Suicidal"  6:41

Bonus Tracks
09. "Crash Course Brain Surgery (Single Edit)  2:35
10  "Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman (Single Edit)  4:08
11. "Crash Course Brain Surgery (Bonus Track)  2:36

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14 comments:

Fernando said...

Man this band of parakeets is very crazy. I've had this album on CD, but not with bonus songs.
Bright, man.
Very Grateful!

adamus67 said...

Thanks! for SHM edition... Don't think I have heard this yet. I love their for over 30 years

Budgie - Welsh group was formed in Cardiff in 1967 Formed composed of bassist / vocalist Burke Shelley, guitarist Brian Goddard, drummer Ray Phillips and Budgie named Droppings, contested by the pastor, the musicians who make available a room for rehearsals. (Apparently the band name is taken from the television series.) History, however, denied that himself Burke Shelley in an interview with "Tylko Rock" magazine in 2004. Reportedly, the group initially called the Six Ton Budgie. In later years, under the same name performed original drummer Budgie - Ray Phillips. Soon the musicians joined by second guitarist Tony Bourge, and Goddard left the group. Originally inspired by the achievements of the band The Beatles, but soon began to strive to achieve a stronger wording in the style of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

It seems to me that the Budgie does not define the genre, but it is moving and can therefore still comparing them to Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. A similarities can not fail to notice (or rather hear) the band still has a lot of their great and original compositions and it is thanks to them it is commonly believed that the only ones able to compete with the giants of contemporary heavy music. Personally, this is one of my favorite bands of those years .. very nice to admit today that Poland was the exception in this regard, while appreciating the team in a timely manner and extent, mainly through invaluable radio station"3" Piotr Kaczkowski. It's hard to believe today, but in 1982 a heavy rock band first broke the iron curtain ( was communism in Poland) and played concerts in my country, and in addition in Bydgoszcz my town, I remember this event well, the tickets were expensive, but people were so hungry the music, that tickets diverged in the blink of an eye...it was a great day...will never forget!

This band really stand out with the 70s crowd. They move like no other, they rock like no other, and they feel the music like no other. There is some really great soul put into their music by each and every one of the three members. The music screams at me, or better put, SQUAWKS at me. Pain medicine is weak compared to the abilities of this band. They rock like the wind,and roll like the sea. They jam like the earth,and prog like the inner flame inside all of us.

Burke Shelley - is one of the highlights of the album. It roars like the throat of a monstrous whale. It rams the music forward into stardom. And it fills in perfectly where it is needed in the music. His voice is as eerie as the wind whistling upon the nooks and crannies of a mountain. His voice is as a flute. Strong and tremendous, but very pleasant to hear indeed. He keeps attacking the song with his voice as if every breathe he speaks he were actually eating the song up, grokking the music. His voice is soft cheese to my ears,and his bass is a fine donut.

Tony Bourge - adds a drop of whiskey to the music with his drowning guitar. His passion show fruitfully, and he truly is a beast. It jams with the infernal light of ingenuity. The guitar and bass truly act as throughout the entire album so well that you would think it was one guitar on one really fat neck.

Ray Philips - is a true drummer. He knows where to put the beats. And his drums are a true backbone to this music. THe drums are bloodbrothers with the bass completely. They work so well together. The true warriors, and barbarians dissappeared, rebirthing as rock and rollers! So every rock and roll fan is a true is a warrior at heart

adamus67 said...

The group until 1971, he had an amateur status, performing in clubs in Wales. The breakthrough came when budgie recordings found their way into the hands of well-known producer Rodger Bain and able to enter the studio to record material for their debut album. The album was recorded in 1970' called simply Budgie appeared in June 1971, the MCA Records. group effort was recorded in 4 days to live in the studio so. ośmiośladzie. He brought an interesting combination of heavy bass and guitar riffs and the distinctive high, somewhat infantile voice singer. Initiated the creation of common in Budgie kolażowych composition of several tempo and mood changes (here in the song The Author). Uniqueness complemented strange, humorous texts by Shelley and acoustic interludes. The album's longest track stood out, closing the first page of a vinyl album, which Disintegrated Nude Parachutist Woman (in late 2003 he recorded American Federation X syndrome with the help of the famous sound engineer Steve Albini). But despite the interesting material and good opinions of critics, the album did not gain too much popularity...

adamus67 said...

"Guts"
Composition Bourge / Shelley / Phillips, like everything on this record. Initially, the band sound like Black Sabbath. Riff is low, and so heavy. Vocals somewhat artificial, very expressive, anxious, uncertain. Instrumental parts are interesting, but the guitar solo is also afraid of freer solos. A song about the desire to understand and love in a partner. Why such a title? Probably the guy wants to hang on your partner and therefore has no eggs.

"Everything In My Heart
Quick change of mood. The composition of the group. Curious, acoustic song. Burke of the vocals above the average. Text extremely simplified, the desire for love.

"The Author"
Introduction melancholy. Scorer Burke again. Great singing slow songs. After two minutes the machine starts to work. Burke, Robert Plant somewhat mimics. Guitarist produces blurred high-frequency sounds. The free and dynamic drums. Machine xylitol actually stops for a moment in the 4th minute to a minute to add potential rock and start a solo guitarist. Make the stuff up. It sounds interesting. The text deals with the relationship with a woman, quarrel and separation interrupted. As many as two mentions of ink in a single stanza. The first concerns the ink on the eyelids, the second ink pen.

"Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman"
Best riff combined with percussion. Walimy 3 times at random. Beginning under the influence of Black Sabbath. Burke fits perfectly this time in heavy music. In the middle dialogues and bass guitar solo in Zeppelin banter passing vocalist and guitarist. Around 3:30 sharp acceleration. After a minute guitar solo interesting from the beginning based on a constant theme, and then letting go of the reins fanatazji. The team forgives and releases somewhere a minute before the end, returning to the main riff from the triple blow of percussion. Definitely the best thing on the disc. The text deals with the feeling so strong that it materializes in the sky as a fugitive, a naked woman, covered in delicate garments, like a parachute. The figure, however, dissolves, it is totally virtual. Word of disintegration was then fashionable, talked about the negative and positive. Text very psychedelic, almost hallucinogenic, expressing ardent devotion. Possible reference to one of the works of Salvador Dali, lithographs Disintegrating Mother and Child. The word 'disintegrating' was abused by Salvador Dali and his paintings meant in the form of sudden disintegration of atoms, as if under the influence of a bomb explosion. Lithography presents the mother with a child, which disintegrates the horizon line. Perhaps the lithograph was the inspiration for the author of the text.

adamus67 said...

"Rape of the Locks"
The original entrance of the solo guitar, which was extended to 45 seconds. Then Budgie moving full steam ahead on the basis of recording the guitar riff and a dynamic rhythm section. The team liked the early manner of conducting vocal and guitar melody that same line. Around 2:15 to accelerate the pace of the guitar solo. From the fourth minutes to return to the main topic. A lot of rock. In the text, long-haired boy's dilemma, which does not accept that his girlfriend and her tear generalizes to the whole world. Song about frustacji caused by lack of acceptance of such minor detail, which are long hair and come to terms with this, podążaniu further their own way. A deeper look at the song is about intolerance, imposing their own tastes and someone forgetting that freedom is the highest category.

"All Night Petrol"
Heavy riff-based rock in the style of the group Black Sabbath. This time, Burke tries to pick up some manners Ozzy. From 2:30 guitar solo causing all the trouble. Burke then some screams. The text raises the problem of homelessness among young people, thrown out of the house as a result of generational conflict. The title phrase of the petrol station clock symbolizes the street life, life on dziejszym.

"You And I"
Another cutscene sound insane. Vocals with reverb. A brief history of compliance presented very romantic.

"Homicidal Suicidal"
Heavy, dynamic piece, a simple riff, guitar input dynamic and interesting. In the second part of the drum beats interesting enumeration from 1 to 6 Very good bass. A typical hard-rock. Burke exclaims seemingly disconnected phrases that describe an aggressive individual who leads a lifestyle balancing on the edge. He drinks, narkotyzuje is playing in the morning. Nieczego himself does not deny, but that someone else is in his eyes a bad character. Burke again, he copied an interesting feature of society. Homicidal Suicidal was copied in 1992 by the single Outshined Soundgarden, where he was a bonus track.

@Chris:We're still here for you , always watching and downloading a big hugs buddy!

theoldman said...

Whow, Adamus67 that was great INFO many thanks. and yes Chris we are here for you.
Keep strong my friend
John

Back in Purple said...

One of my favourite album. Superb post, as always! Thank you Chris!

Anonymous said...

saw them in 1976. Always loved the album covers. Need to listen this again and posted same as fb status. A longstanding friend reminded me that he was at school with Burke Shelley :) spike418

Daniel said...

Wow, This is absolutely splendid! Any chance of new posts with the other albums by Budgie? Anyway thanks Chris !!

Rochacrimson said...

Please more Budgie, Chris!!!
I don't have many material from this band!!
Please give to us more material from this great band!
Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

You are a star Chris!

Anonymous said...

You are a star Chris!

Anonymous said...

Didn't knew them. Some parts are great. Rockn'roll !

Anonymous said...

Luv Budgie!