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Music Bar, Brighton, 4 September 2009
witnessing their impressive set at the recent Cambridge Rock Festival, I
decided to make the trip down to the seaside resort of Brighton to see
Leaf Hound play a gig at the rather intimate and oddly named Latest Music
Bar. Just a stone's throw from the seafront, this is a great little
venue which had great acoustics with an in-house soundman who gave the
band a crystal clear sound.
For those of
you not initiated with Leaf Hound, the band first released the LP 'Growers
Of Mushrooms' on the Decca label way back in 1971, a year after they
actually split. Singer Pete French went on to join Atomic Rooster
and later Cactus, and the album was forgotten in the depths of time until
years later when many critics were raving about the debut citing it as the
best album Led Zeppelin never made. Q magazine quoted it as the most
collectable rock album ever, and recently a copy sold for £2,700 on
auction site Ebay.
us to 2009, only Pete French remains from the original line up, but has
amassed a band that bring full credit to the Leaf Hound name that is
talked in hushed tones amongst connoisseur rock fans.
aspiring guitarist Luke Rayner, who has a great future ahead of himself,
the band first played a few numbers from their critically acclaimed second
release from 2007 'Unleased' . An album released 38 years after the
first album, when the young guitarist wasn't even born.
songs are more in the Bad Company vein and are a little more polished, but
no one can argue with the quality of songs like 'The Man With The Moon In
Him' where Luke Rayner excells himself with a transcending solo. Pete
French is one of Britain's best kept secrets, with his bluesy rich voice,
who should be mentioned in the same breath as Paul Rodgers or an early
'Sad Road To
The Sea' was interpreted from the 70's original ,which was improved
greatly with a thumping mid-section bass line from Ed Pearson.
'Freelance Fiend' has a great riff that cuts right through you. 'Too
Many Rock'N'Roll Times' another newie sounds a little like Eric Claptons
'Crossroads', but you can't deny liking this rocking number.
stated that the band only play original songs, but they do play a track
that the singer originally performed with Atomic Rooster, 'Breakthrough' a
track that Leaf Hound have newly recorded was magnificent.
disappointed at the Cambridge Rock Festival when the band had run out of
time to perform the title track from that first release, but tonight it
was performed in all it's glory. The fans that had made the journey here
tonight, many from London, were treated to a quality night out.
by Mark Taylor
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