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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Jethro Tull’s Mick Abrahams – Revived! (2015)



It’s something of a miracle that Mick Abrahams is recording again, after a 2009 stroke took him out of action. In fact, the founding Jethro Tull/Blodwyn Pig guitarist/vocalist wasn’t well enough to make a recovery until 2014. Revived!, with a funny album cover mocking Frankenstein, shows Abrahams hasn’t lost his sense of humor. The levity continues during recording sessions seen on the bonus DVD for Revived!, and in his own liner notes.
Broadly diverse, Revived! (Gonzo Multimedia) also features a number of Mick Abrahams’ famous friends, all of whom give him props by helping out with his first new album in 10 years. Featured songs include some of Abrahams’ personal favorites, as well as a selection of self-penned tunes.
A new solid take on Blodwyn Pig’s rockin’ “Summer Day,” in fact, shows up twice — with an organ and without, to start and end Revived!. I think I would’ve been satisfied with just one version, since they’re not all that different from each other; the organ version perhaps has the slightest edge. However, both versions are superbly sung by Pete Eldridge, who uncannily sounds just like Mick Abrahams did back in 1970. It’s tough to top the original 1969 Blodwyn Pig recording, but they have a go of it. The Canned Heat classic “On The Road Again” is given the proper blues treatment, with guest vocalist Patrick Walsh and Nine Below Zero’s Mark Feltham on harmonica.
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO
One
CD - £9.99

See My Way
CD - £9.99

The Best of ABY Vol 2
CD - £9.99

Leaving Home Blues/This Is!
3CD - £9.99

Live in Forli
CD - £9.99

All Said and Done
CD - £9.99

Mick's Back/Novox
2CD - £9.99

Mick's Back
CD - £9.99

Novox
CD - £9.99

Leaving Home Blues
2CD - £11.99

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