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GROUNDHOGS Scratching The Surface


After several years on the road, as a band and supporting the legendary John Lee Hooker, some unsuccessful singles, the Groundhogs recorded this debut set in 1968, live.

With the white blues boom at its peak, the Groundhogs were already a name band and this album quickly cemented their reputation. Led by singer and guitarist Tony McPhee, this earthy blues/rock set featured 9 uptempo and often gritty numbers, augmented by Mike `Womble' Batt's production.

The sound is bolstered by Steve Rye's harmonica, and the rhythm section of Pete Cruikshank and Ken Pustelnik are solid throughout. Rockin' Chair and Married Men stand out, showing what a truly great blues guitarist McPhee is.

A good debut, which set the template for the early 70s classics. A damn good start.


Review by Joe Geesin

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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