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8 May 2017

Blitz “Oga Erutuf "1975 US Private Psych Hard Rock






Blitz “Oga Erutuf "1975 US Private Psych Hard Rock
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 Clevelands Blitz was formed in the early 70s. The band managed to release one album, on the private TEMA label in 1978, though it is noted that the material was actually recorded in 1975. The music is a mix of progressive rock and hard rock with a very forward thinking point of view. With hooks aplenty and a solid musical foundation, "Oga Erutuf" is strangely prophetic like its thinly disguised title (Future Ago) and stands as one of the most solidly assembled private recordings of its time. With straightforward rock and slight folk tendencies, Blitz put together an impressive album that stands the test of time, if a bit wacky to these ears...........

Like Roxx, Cleveland's Blitz have a similarly shrouded back story. Presumably formed in the early 70's, Blitz took on a theatrical image comparable more to early Sweet than Kiss, complete with tribal makeup and glittery outfits. The band managed to release one album, on the private TEMA label in 1978, though it is noted that the material was actually recorded in 1975. Considering the year of these recordings, there quite a progressive sound here. Not so much traditional "prog" as just hard rock with a very forward thinking point of view, Blitz laid down an album's worth of tracks that sound like they could've been recorded in the late 70's instead. With hooks aplenty and a solid musical foundation, "Oga Erutuf" is strangely prophetic like it's thinly disguised title (Future Ago) and stands as one of the most solidly assembled private recordings of its time. Though the production leaves something desired, the quality of the writing is good enough to overlook this flaw. With straightforward rock and slight folk tendencies, Blitz put together an impressive album that stands the test of time......by.....music emporium.......

In the early~mid 70's, Cleveland had their own variety of hard rock, which later came to be known as power pop. Though these guys really don't fall into that category, it can't be denied thay were clearly influenced by the sounds of their contemporaries. As witnessed on the front cover of their album, they apparently appeared at their live shows wearing heavy, Kiss style make-up, though in a much more primitive, tribal style than their better known counterparts. This record is somewhat hard, though not heavy, semi-power pop with Kiss and Babys elements here and there. And while none of it actually manages to creep into their music, even disco had an effect on their material. This is the kind of stuff I often heard playing at many of the parties I attended around that time. It was good and catchy, with lots of energy behind it, which always contributed to a good mood. But, alas, by the end of the set, much of that promising energy seems to have drained from the music. However, I would certainly call it consistent overall. As a side note, the back cover track order is not correct - refer to the disc label.........by.......tymeshifter........

This hard rock band performed in makeup that was similar to, but more tribal than, Kiss, making them a real product of their time. There is one truly putrid song here, “Don’t Wanna Be Bussed,” which couples an annoying speak-sing vocal with a horrid attempt at social commentary. Bands this dumb shouldn’t make attempts to be meaningful; they dare to insult some girl’s intelligence in one lyric, while elsewhere they think that the song title “Holden Me Down” is spelled correctly. An obvious explanation for their lack of brainpower can be found in the massive amounts of references to a stoner lifestyle. That said, considering the gimmick and the low IQ, other than that one song, the music on this album is very good, a pleasant surprise. It’s melodic, hooky, even tasteful hard rock. A few songs verge on good power pop and none of them are bogged down by slow paces or tedious soloing. The dreamy, spacy “Mr. Natural” is fantastic. So, as long as you skip track two on side one and don’t pay too much attention to the words, this is recommended. ..........

Tracklist
A1 Just A Singer 4:45
A2 Don't Wanna Be Bussed 4:50
A3 Holden Me Down 4:30
A4 Dear Honey 4:03
B1 Gemini Girl 6:25
B2 Jaymie 5:35
B3 Mr. Natural 4:25 

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