Saturday 20 May 2017
Riff Raff - Riff Raff (1973)
The debut album from this UK band.
The band was a quartet with a lineup of organ, flute, piano, guitars, bass, drums and vocals.
This is not really their debut album. The band recorded an album back in 1972 which did not see the light of day until 1998. But Riff Raff is their official album, according to ProgArchives and Discogs.
Listed as a jazz/fusion band in ProgArchives, I was prepared for a..... eeh.......jazz/fusion album. Although there is some jazz and fusion here, and a lot of it, the rock and the pop elements is the most dominating feature on this album.
That is pop and rock which is leaning on blues, folk rock and hard rock. A lot of people has compared this band to the early days of Chicago. I am not sure because I have yet to give Chicago my full attention. But that seems reasonable to me.
The fusion and jazz elements here are pretty much leaning on the likes of Weather Report. But these elements is not the ones I will remember about this album. It is the rock stuff.
There is no really great stuff here. Let alone good songs. But this is still a decent to good album, well worth checking out.