These young British musicians, obsessed with an American art form that was mostly ignored by it’s own countrymen, revitalized the music and spit it out with their own unique stamp, thus popularizing the original American bluesmen and their legacy. These early blues-rock romps and garage bands of the time, in hindsight, seem like a distant precursor to the punk that would surface a little over a decade later.
The album Animalism was originally released in 1966 and chock full of blues covers from across the pond. Allegedly an American actually makes an appearance long before he would gain notoriety as a solo musician: Frank Zappa. Finally reissued after being long out of print, collectors can let their vinyl copies rest and spin a CD. How 2oth century, no? Hip-O-Select has the reissue which has also been remastered for all you audiophiles (myself included). I’ve also been eyeing The Animals Retrospective at Amoeba Records, but that’s for another time in another post.
I received a press copy of Joseph Arthur’s Nuclear Daydream in the post the other day having never heard a note of his music. There obviously must be a big PR/Press push behind this guy because he seems to be all over the place everywhere I look; TV, Web, Posters, etc. At first listen it seems to be an o.k. album, but I’m not particularly sold either way yet.
Thoughts? Any of you fans? Lovers/Haters? Ambivalent? Drop me a comment below.
MP3: Joseph Arthur :: You Are Free
Amazon: Joseph Arthur – Nuclear Daydream
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