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30 Jul 2017

Uncle Dog “Old Hat” 1972 UK Prog Rock

Uncle Dog “Old Hat” 1972 UK Prog Rock

Prior to its reissue on CD by an imprint of the estimable U.K. progressive rock label Voiceprint, Uncle Dog’s 1972 album, Old Hat, commanded a fair amount among collectors of ‘70s rock, due to the presence of Free’s lead guitarist, Paul Kossoff, alongside Malcolm Duncan and Roger Ball, who would shortly become the Average White Band’s horn section. The problem is that although lead singer Carol Grimes has a fine bluesy voice – she actually sounds a lot like a British version of the Joy of Cooking’s Terry Garthwaite, no bad thing – keyboardist Dave Skinner isn’t much of a songwriter, and all of the tunes are basically amiable jams on tired old blues progressions. One song is even called “Boogie With Me,” for goodness sakes! (To be fair, Skinner does lay into some good organ lines on that song, its saving grace.) This album isn’t actually bad, but the album title is distressingly accurate. For die-hard fans of the boogie only, and maybe Smiths completists who want to know what producer John Porter (rhythm guitar and bass) was doing a decade or so before “Hand in Glove.”…. by Stewart Mason……

This British band was short lived and was a partnership between composer Skinner and singer Carol Grimes. Carol was heavily influenced by Janis Joplin, especially by the emotive style, and had been a member of the band Delivery, the embryo of Gong and Hatfield And The North. The sound is a mix of prog and folk and the album has become particularly attractive to collectors for containing the participation of Rabbit Bundrick, Paul Kossof’s partner since Free, and Kossoff’s own uncredited participation. Another uncredited special participation would be Yes’s drummer, Alan White, but then I do not know, no…… 
A short-lived rock group including Carol Grimes, who fronted Delivery in 1970 and also made solo recordings. John Pearson played drums on four of the tracks and John 'Rabbit’ Bundrick, who was later with The Who, played piano on a couple of tracks. Most of the songs were penned by Dave Skinner, although there are a few covers, including Dylan’s “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” and Sam C. Phillips/Hermann Parker’s “Mystery Train”. Carol Grimes’ vocals are the most appealing thing about this album. John Porter is a producer nowadays and produced The Smiths and John Lee Hooker’s comeback album in 1989.The easy-going boogie-woogie feel is the main attraction of this early 70s album – a pretty standard fare of jazzy British blues-rock driven by guitars, saxes and honky-tonk piano, a bit like early Joe Cocker, instrumentation-wise. Because of Carol Grimes’ vocals, the whole thing sounds a bit like a tame, but still very enjoyable, version of Stone The Crows. Worth investigating!…Alex Gitlin…

David Skinner - piano, órgão, percussão, vocal 
Carol Grimes - vocal, percussão 
Phillip Crooks - guitarra 
Sam Mitchell - guitarra slide, Dobro 
John Porter - baixo, guitarra 
Terry Stannard -bateria 
Paul Kossoff (Free) - guitarra (5) 
John “Rabbit” Bundrick (Free) - piano (2, 4) 
John Pearson - bateria (3, 5, 6, 7, 9) 
Malcolm Duncan, Roger Ball (Average White Band) - metais

A1 River Road
A2 Movie Time
A3 Old Hat
A4 Boogie With Me
A5 We’ve Got Time
B1 Smoke
B2.a I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
B2.b Mystery Train
B3 Lose Me 

Old Hat (Signpost SG 4253) 1972 

River Road/First Night (Signpost SGP 752) 1972 

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