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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Ice “Saga Of The Ice King"1979 UK Private Prog Psych

Ice “Saga Of The Ice King"1979 UK mega rare Private Prog Psych

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Another English band with the same name "Ice”.  Formed in 1978 in Tamworth (Staffordshire County) and first played concerts in the surroundings of the town.  They became the first team playing in Tamworth Arts Centre. The original lineup consisted of Mick Rutherford (vocals), Colin Richardson (bass), Paul Watts (guitar), Andy Radek (guitar) and Steve Sheldon (drums).  Steve left the band in 1979 and instead of it came Paul Reeves.  The band played before disbanding in 1982.  Mick Rutherford called the “godfather” Temvors rock ( “Godfather Of Tamworth Rock”).  The album was recorded in the range in October 1978 - February 1979 and released on the label “Storm Records”.  Known fact that the original recording was made in the garden shed Colin Richardson ....~


This album is not bad but not a very good one either. The original pressing is a mega rarity nowadays but the musical quality of this record isn't anything exceptional. The band offers pretty nice instrumental work but the songwriting isn't that special. These songs are quite listenable but they suffer from a pretty poor sound quality. 

Nothing unique here I think but as I said this is not a total disaster either. It's actually quite close to three stars but the fact that the sound quality is so weak I'm gonna go with 2,5 stars instead. If you decide to give this record a try don't expect too much so you won't be disappointed...by...CooperBolan....~


This British group is propably unknown to many, but it had a great live activity around the Staffordshire area back in late-70's.It was formed in early 1978 by five out of the six members of the disbanded act Willow, these were guitarists Andy Radek and Paul Watts, bassist Colin Richardson, drummer Steve Sheldon and singer/guitarist Mick Rutherford.After several gigs and press references Ice moved on to record their debut album ''Saga of the ice king'', inspired by the Ymir figure of the Icelandic mythology.It was recorded at the Curbough Sound Studios in Linchfield between October 78' and February 79' and it was released privately in 1979.A few guests appear on horns, cello and violin, while strings were provided by the Staffordshire Youth Orchestra. 

''Saga of the ice king'' is a decent Psychedelic Rock album, pretty much outdated during the time of its release, but the basic reason of its obscurity was that the efforts of the group were actually buried by an unacceptable production and a bad sound quality.Ice played an emphatic Psychedelic Rock with progressive tendencies and plenty of harder overtones akin to mid-70's RUSH, while the album contains also some evident rural influences.This work is characterized by the nice collaboration between the guitarists, offering psychedelic textures with background solos and folky, acoustic soundscapes, leading eventually to a mass of changing climates, from hypnotic and pastoral lines to Hard Rock-oriented material with sharp electric themes.Sometimes the music tends to be very simplistic and rather uninspired, while the vocals could have sounded a lot better if they were not buried by the awful mix.Tracks are quite short with guitars in the forefront and lots of shifting tempos, but the flexibility of the album is almost zero.The compositions are at a good level, but again the below average sound prevents the listener from trully enjoying this album. 
Ice kept playing until 1982 with new drummer Paul Reeves.Rutherford went on to form Dickens, a short-lived Psych/Blues Rock band, and since mid-90's he has been performing with his own combo, the Mick Rutherford Band.Bassist Colin Richardson sadly passed away in 2006. ....by...apps79 ...~ 




Personnel: 

Mick Rutherford - guitar, vocals
Andy Radek - guitar 
Colin Richardson - bass 
Paul Watts - guitar 
Steve Sheldon - drums, percussion 












Tracks: 

01. Early Days - 3:12
02. The Ice King - 3:18 
03. Asgard - 6:28 
04. The Bridge - 3:28 
05. The Feast - 3:01 
06. Dawn / The Battle - 5:17 
07. Aftermath - 0:55 
08. Journey Into Exile - 2:20 
09. Reprise - 2:44 

2 comments:

  1. Colin passed away in 2002. Mick Rutherford passed way about a year ago. I can remember them recording this album in my Dad's shed.

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  2. Got given a copy of this yesterday autographed and with insert its fantastic

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