Tuesday 12 September 2017
Sir Lord Baltimore - Sir Lord Baltimore (1971)
The second album from this US band.
Sir Lord Baltimore was a quintet on this album with a lineup of guitars, drums, bass and vocals.
I was not particular impressed by their 1970 debut album Kingdom Come. See my review here.
Kingdom Come is the album which probably started the stoner genre and the band therefore deserve some attention in this blog and all other music places.
The band was a hard rock band. Indeed, a review of this album in a magazine coined the phrase "heavy metal" and that is the first ever use of that phrase in public.
I am not sure if I would use the phrase "heavy metal" on this album. There is a lot of blues on this album. But the music is very hard indeed. The drummer also doubles up as the vocalist here. The vocals are very raw. The double guitars are very raw too.
Maybe heavy metal is the right phrase for the music on this half an hour long album. Nevertheless, there are still some more psychedelic moments here too.
The difference between Sir Lord Baltimore and the likes of Black Sabbath is simply the quality of the output and the albums. Sir Lord Baltimore was (at best) a second rate band and this album is a second rate album. Black Sabbath was first rate in every sense of the word.
This album is merely a decent album and only that. That is because the songs are crude and not much worth any attention. But the band had a decent standard and this album is not too bad. Hence my verdict.