Friday, June 02, 2006

Back Door - "Back Door" [1972] var btr (British Blues Jazz Rock)

There was a request for this one and who am I to argue.
This is truely a legendary album. Three great musicians with there own take on the Blues, Ron Aspery on saxes, Tony Hicks on drums and a bass player. And what a bass player. Colin Hodgkinson is a revelation, a true original and it is safe to say that he is up there with Jaco Pastorious as one of the great electric bass players. Just listen to this and the follow-up "8th Street Nites " [1973] to be convinced.
It was because the band had no keyboard or rhythm guitar that Hodgkinson felt the need to take on the role of both bass and rhythm. He uses chords and fast lead lines to fill out these short, gritty tunes and he does it perfectly.
That's not the only reason this is such a good album. Aspery is a tough saxophonist with real jazz credentials and Hicks is a free and inventive drummer. All in all, the complete package.
The album was roughly recorded and independently released. It soon generated a real buzz and picked major label backing. The reviews were universally glowing focusing on the lead and rhythm bass of Hodgkinson and the supburb musicianship of Aspery and Hicks and this mix of blues with a rock feel, but jazzy overtones.
You should do yourself a favour and get this masterpiece.

32 / 20 Blues

Keep Listening!


Anonymous said...

These guys opened for ELP on their Brain Salad Surgery tour (Baton Rouge) in ,I think, 1974. I was impressed enough to seek out the record. Couldn't find it locally but found a copy in London in '75. These guys were fantastic live. I'd never heard anything like it. I think they made a bigger impression than ELP.
Thanks for posting this blast from the past. I've long since lost the disc.

the6070Rock said...

Great post man, I like all BACKDOOR albums


Anonymous said...

Muchos gracias hombre! Haven't heard this one in a while.

"Colin Hodgkinson is a revelation, a true original and it is safe to say that he is up there with Jaco Pastorious as one of the great electric bass players."

I totally agree!

And if anyone wants to check out Jaco's debut solo LP, they can do so here:

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much. I've been looking for this a long time. Any chance of their other album(s)? I think they made one or two more.

micaus said...

Thanks for the comments. They made 2 more albums, the excallent 8th Street Nights, with an incredible version solo bass version of Leadbetter's "Roberta" and "Another Fine Mess" which is, unfortunately, just that, despite Michael Gibbs imput (see "Another Chrome Waterfall Orchestra" in this blog

ProgDemon said...

Wow, what a surprise! I was not familiar with this band, and I hesitated downloading it as the cover and description didn't grab me at first, but, boy am I glad I did. This is a gem. The complexity these three musicians acheive is astounding. The music is rich, but never crowded, and the mastery these guys have over their instruments is jaw dropping. The pieces are all very short- little dabs of paint on the sonic canvas of this rare, bluesy, jazzy masterpiece.

Anonymous said...

Saw them once as the frontband for Miles Davis in London

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