EXPLOSIVE POWER-MAD 1971 GUITAR TRIO !
SWIRL VERTIGO 1971 ORIGINAL!
== 2nd OF MAY ==
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RARE and sought after 1971 BRITISH swirl Vertigo FIRST PRINTING in gatefold cover .. includes the swirl VertigO plastic lined inner sleeve
One of the great powerhouse psych albums of the early 70's (1971) ... the crazed guitar trio from England had already one smoker Lp under their belt when they went a step further ... if the lead off track doesn't get your blood pumping, ya gotta be dead...and it's harsh reality from there....
The second and final May Blitz album basically picked up where its predecessor left off, with the thunderous and bloody first pounding "For Mad Men Only," and then bludgeoned on from there. Except, where May Blitz concentrated on weight, 2nd of May is more interested in mood and even fist of fury -- "25th of December 1969" would be almost jovial, if the lyrics weren't so harsh, while the balladic "Just Thinking" closes the album with the sweetest of whispers. It's a tighter disc than its first platter. Just two of the eight songs really top five minutes, as the band learned how to cram maximum impact into minimal space, and layered the virtuosity on from there. The massive overdriving helter-skelter blur of "Eight Mad Grim Nits" is as electrifying a guitar workout as you're likely to hear, with the powerhouse leads panning wildly while the rhythm section soars like a steeplechase behind it; while "High Beech" takes the opposite tack entirely, a psychedelic dream that builds so gently that the effect is almost boleric. "Honey Coloured Time," too, has a gentle mood that puts one in mind of labelmates Black Sabbath's "Planet Caravan," as performed by the Full House era Fairport Convention. 2nd of May remains one of those albums that you will find yourself returning to again and again, while wishing May Blitz had held on long enough to record more Lps.
The two Canadian guys ( guitarist/vocals James Black, & bassist Reid Hudson) would return to British Columbia (apparently to disappear from the music scene), and powerful drummer Tony Newman would find himself with other acts like Three Man Army.
May Blitz followed the power trio format of the likes of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, but unlike them, May Blitz was never all that successful, making it easier to enjoy their music without the fear of any song being overplayed on the radio.
LISTEN: click center of image below=> May Blitz -
For Mad Men Only May Blitz - For Mad Men Only
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For Mad Men Only 4:11
Snakes and Ladders 4:47
The 25th of December 1969 3:07
"In Part" 6:00
8 Mad Gim Nits 4:20
High Beech 4:50
Honey Coloured Time 4:09
Just Thinking 6:00
The cover: rated: The fragile UK gatefold cover is right near M- nice still after 50 years ... not with the normal dirt and soil that spare copies often have ... Very presentable as a collection possession. No alarming problems, colors are still there, no writing, no delete marks, no split seams
The vinyl: Rated: near M- great keeper copy that plays really nice -
both swirl Vertigo labels are clean
A cool addition to anyone's music library!
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