Tuesday, February 4, 2020

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Toe Fat" (1970)

"Toe Fat" - Toe Fat (1970)

A lot of music on Toe Fat's self-titled album has the feel of a forgotten classic rock album.  And I hate it when others play the comparing game...but forgive me, I can't help myself.  On my first spin, I could hear a bit of early Bad Company with a harder rock vibe going on.  Some of it anyway.  And that's not a bad thing.  I hope I haven't ruined it for you.  I thought this British album was going to be more psych, but no.  This is mostly straight-up hard rock.  The good kind.  Several songs from this debut could easily find a home on any legit classic rock radio staish.  And even though nothing on here is what one would call groundbreaking, for 1970...Toe Fat offers up some pretty solid rock.  Toe Fat was a British band that included future members of both Uriah Heep (Ken Hensley and Lee Kerslake) and Jethro Tull (John Glascock) so the playing level is definitely tight and taut.

Not an essential, but there are definitely moments of summer wrecking ball pleasure.  My corner-cut copy was rescued at Spektrum Muzik a few months back.  The original UK copies had a naked couple beaching-it on the front cover.  The US copies replaced the nudies with a little...lamb???  How about a beach umbrella or a hotdog stand?  It is what it freakin' is.

"Toe Fat" (back)

Rare Earth label

"But I'm Wrong" - Toe Fat / "Toe Fat" (1970)

A1  "That's My Love for You"  4:02
A2  "Bad Side of the Moon"  3:25
A3  "Nobody"  6:05
A4  "The Wherefors And The Whys"  3:44
A5  "But I'm Wrong"  4:00
B1  "Just Like Me"  4:12
B2  "Just Like All the Rest"  2:32
B3  "I Can't Believe"  4:00
B4  "Working Nights"  2:33
B5  "You Tried to Take It All"  4:25

Cliff Bennett - vocals, piano 
Ken Hensley - guitar, organ, piano, vocals
John Konas - bass, vocals
Lee Kerslake - drums, vocals
Mox Gowland - flute, harmonica

Good stuff.

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