Monday, November 16, 2015

Sammy - s/t 1972

Co-produced by Louie Austin and Deep Purple's Jon Lord, 1972's Sammy offered up a competent, if slightly worn set of 1970's rock. Sammy were a short lived supergroup, featuring members of Audience, Quartermass, The Herd, Silverhead, Episode Six, and Ginhouse. Sporting a brass driven hard rock sound, the band released their sole album in 1972 to an apathetic record buying public. Though the band toured relentlessly for two years, their efforts were not met with success and the band folded by the end of 1974. In retrospect, this was a stellar effort despite the two prog interludes that are featured. At times the band sounded a bit like Audience, and there were elements of Deep Purple scattered throughout. This isn't a suprise considering the album was produced by Ian Gillan. In fact, drummer Mick Underwood would later join Gillan's solo project for a number of years. He ould also form Strapps, and a re-vamped Quartermass in the 90's. (60's & 70's Rock)

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