Sunday 5 August 2018
Birth Control - Hoodoo Man (1972)
The third album from this German band.
Birth Control was a quartet with a lineup of church organ, synth, vibraphone, keyboards, organ, bass, drums, guitars, percussion and vocals.
The band had help from numerous other musicians who provided extra bass, vocals, bagpipes, keyboards and guitars.
The band had shown great promise and fine form on their first two albums. Albums I rate pretty high.
So I was looking forward to sink my teeth this album.
The band combines psych prog, symphonic prog in the vein of ELP and hard prog on their first two albums. That also goes for Hoodoo Man.
There are even some hints of Focus on this album. An album who takes the blend above and runs away with it.
There is lots of organs and keyboards here. Lots of good vocals and some wild guitars. Lots of drums and keyboards too. The music is pretty hard throughout. There is still room for a lot of melodies too. The sound is this fine 1970s prog rock sound.
The result is a very good forty odd minutes long album. An album which knows how to delight fans of this era and hard and wild progressive rock. Check out this album.