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6 Jun 2017

CWT “The Hundredweight” 1973 UK Hard Prog released on the Kuckuck label Germany

CWT “The Hundredweight” 1973 UK Hard Prog  released on the Kuckuck  label Germany
UK group (released only in Germany) who play an unusual mix of hard rock with a horn section. This isn’t horn rock in the tradition of Chicago or other such bands, but rather they are utilized as tight accent instruments, similar to what Tower of Power would do for bands later in the decade. A little heavier than most from the era, but nonetheless a fairly straightforward rock album with few surprises. Vocalist goes for the Ian Gillan domination trick. Organ and flute round out the standard rock and horn .......

"This is the only album of this English hard progressive rock band. It was released in 1973 only in Germany by the legendary Kuckuck label and produced by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Oldham. A must have for all early '70s heavy progressive fans. Limited edition, deluxe 180 gram vinyl, exact reproduction of the original first pressing.".....................

CWT was a three piece British band that somehow ended up on Germany’s Kuckuck label, home to such acts as Armaggedon, Ihre Kinder, and Out Of Focus. Adding to the mystery is that this was co-produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. I suspect that CWT was one of the many British bands that were able to support themselves only by playing the club circuit in Germany.This is some serious ass-kicking early 70’s British rock, with the guitarist and bassist doubling up on keyboards, and some fierce brass parts that were apparently recorded at Motown Studios. Heavy riffing abounds, the singer is gruff and aggressive, the rhythm section is way solid, and the lead guitar playing is awesome. No credits as to who the players are in the driving brass section, but they have no problem finding the groove and sticking with it. Great use of flute and chimes in a brilliant cover of Love’s ‘Signed D. C. ’Even though the brass parts were apparently recorded separately they definitely don’t seem tacked-on. All in all this is a real good example of heavy-duty early 70’s rock..............

Originally released in 1973, as this was the band's only record they ever put out, keep in mind that I was unable to locate much info about this group. Best described as good / decent blues rock with a soul element. I gave it a four-star rating because I felt that 'Hundredweight' is a fine effort in it's own right. Tracks worth mentioning are the jamming "Widow Woman", "Roly Poly", Steam Roller" (reminds me of Humble Pie) and "Simon's Effect". Line-up: Graham Jones - guitar, organ & vocals, Peter Kirk - bass, Cy Payne - brass and Colin White - drums. Might make a somewhat lasting impression on fans of Ten Years After, Ancient Grease and Blues Creation......By Mike Reed..................

Graham Jones - lead guitar / organ
Peter Kirk - bass guitar / piano
Colin White - drums / percussion
Cy Payne - brass arrangements

A1 Widow Woman
A2 Take It Slow
A3 Roly Poly
A4 Signed D.C
B1 Steam Roller
B2 Simon's Effort
B3 Mind Cage
B4 Mephistophales

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