"Getting To This" - Blodwyn Pig (1970)
Brit blues rock, a bit of prog/jog
2nd (and final) album
Gatefold w/tracks, credits, board game
A&M Records-Chrysalis (gold)
Horse Head Vinyl..."Dig and Spin" (#2)
Blodwyn Pig was formed by Mick Abrahams (guitarist, vocals) after doing a sudden 23-skidoo from Jethro Tull after Tull's debut album, "This Was." (1968)
I found this Blodwyn Pig album loitering in the "P" section, misfiled or misplaced by somebody. It was an album I'd had on my want list for some time...but for whatever reason...was never quite ready to pull the trigger. Either something else would catch my eye or the green paper in my pocket was being shy. Anyway...it's mine now.
"Getting To This" - Blodwyn Pig (back cover)
"Getting To This" is an okay album. Nothing will blow you away, but it does have its moments. This was Brit blues rock, for sure...but there were flashes of prog and tangents of jazz that I had not expected.
There lies the small rub. The album was enjoyable, if a little helter-skelter. And it benefits from repeat listens. Once I went through the deck a few times, my mind found its happy place and relaxed. In other words, it's a grower.
A&M Records / Chrysalis
The gatefold is bright and fun, too.
It has a strange boardgame inside with vintage b/w photos of naked ladies in the middle. (I'm guessing from the '20s.)
No instructions, however, you are required to "throw up" before you can start the game.
There is also a dot-to-dot of an obvious pig and a box maze to entertain the messed-up mind.
"Getting To This" - Blodwyn Pig
(inside gatefold)For Cherry-pickers:
"Meanie Mornay"...Rocks balls with tasty bottleneck thrown in. (added to U.S. copy)
"Variations on Nainos"... might be a thumb-nose to ex-band mate Ian Anderson. With the flute work and "time will tell" refrain...who the flip knows. Doesn't matter. It's fantastic.
"Toys"...a sweet look-back on childhood siblings. Acoustic little gem...and I dug it.
"San Francisco Sketches"...is the 8 min. prog jazz snowball.
This was my first taste of Blodwyn Pig. Glad I picked it up. I'm still waiting to find their '69 debut, "Ahead Rings Out" which many fans consider to be the stronger album.
A1. "Drive Me" – 3:19
A2. "Variations on Nainos" – 3:47
A3. "Meanie Mornay" – 4:45
A4. "Long Bomb Blues" – 1:07
A5. "The Squirreling Must Go On" – 4:22
B1: "San Francisco Sketches" – 8:11
B2. "Worry" – 3:43
B3. "Toys" – 3:03
B4. "Send Your Son to Die" – 4:25
"Variations on Nainos" - Blodwyn Pig / "Getting To This" (1970)
- Mick Abrahams – guitar, vocals, seven-string guitar, tenor guitar
- Jack Lancaster – flute, violin, electric violin, tenor sax, baritone sax, soprano sax, phoon horn, cornet
- Andy Pyle – electric bass, six-string bass
- Ron Berg – drums, tympani
- Graham Waller – piano ("Drive Me", "Beach Scape")