Monday, August 17, 2015

Weed - S/T 1971

Between the release of Uriah Heep's albums, "Salisbury" and "Look at Yourself", in 1971, Ken Hensley went to Germany to work on a project simply called Weed. Aside from Hensley, the other musicians came from a band called Virus. All 6 tracks were composed by the bands promoter Bobo Albes, and Phillips' house producer Rainer Goltermann made sure the sessions in Windrose Studios were saved for posterity. The album is pretty straight forward hard/prog rock, with twin guitars and organ culminating in the kick ass long instrumental title track. Weed can be compared to other German heavy prog bands such as: Zarathustra, Blackwater Park, Epitaph, and Armageddon, as well as Hensley's obscure Head Machine album "Orgasm" dating to 1969 or 1970.

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