British blues-rock legends get compiled. You know you want it, Kanye and Justin fans.
By Blurt Staff
Blodwyn Pig, featuring original Jethro Tull guitarist Mick Abrahams, have released a new compilation of rare unreleased recordings titled Pigthology on Gonzo MultiMedia UK. Along with Abrahams (vocals, guitars), the band featured Jack Lancaster (saxes, flutes, violin, keys and wind controllers), Andy Pyle (bass), and Ron Berg (drums) and was later joined by Jethro Tull’s Clive Bunker on drums. Produced by Mick Abrahams and Jack Lancaster, Pigthology features remastered recordings of Blodwyn Pig faves like “Dear Jill”, “See My Way” and “Drive Me”, along with unreleased live and studio material.
Blodwyn Pig in its first form (late ‘60s/early ‘70s) hit the top of the LP charts in Britain and many years later eceived new recognition and inspiration when the track “Dear Jill” was used in Cameron Crowe’s movie Almost Famous. Through the years several bands have recorded covers of Blodwyn tunes, the most noted being Joey Ramone’s version of “See My Way”.
(The “Pig” played alongside Led Zeppelin, The Who, Procul Harem, BB King, Miles Davis, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd and Joe Cocker at the Isle Of Wight rock festivals, and the Reading rock festival, also completing two successful American tours, playing venues like the Fillmores, numerous universities and the LA Forum.)
A few notes from Jack Lancaster: “On ‘Baby Girl’ Mick played piano as an overdub, otherwise the track was played live in the studio. ‘Cosmogrification’, this was a reformed Blodwyn with Clive Bunker on drums. We only did a short tour. Clive joined because of Rin Berg’s illness. I play piano on ‘Monkinit’ – I mention this because normally we never used keyboard on tracks.”
- See My Way – recorded at Mick Abrahams studio (date unknown)
- Baby Girl – recorded at BBC Maida Vale studios, John Peel show (1970)
- Dear Jill – recorded at Mick Abrahams studio (date unknown)
- Monkinit (A tribute to Thelonious Monk) – recorded at Verdant studios Hollywood, CA (date unknown)
- Drive Me – recording location unknown (1970)
- The Change Song – live at the Marquee Club Soho (1969)
- Cosmogrification – live at Luton Town Hall (1973)
- Same Old Story – recorded at BBC Maida Vale studios, John Peel show (1970)
- Hound Dog – recorded at Mick Abrahams studio (date unknown)
- Sly Bones – recorded at Mick Abrahams studio, Verdant studios Hollywood, CA (date unknown)
- It’s Only Love – outtake, Morgan studios (1969)
- Stormy Monday – Mick Abrahams studio (date unknown)