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Friday, March 2, 2012

Megaton - Megaton (1971 uk, good heavy prog rock with some glam flashes)



A thrilling, no-holds-barred, heavy rock treatment of a clutch of riff-based but fairly commercial pop tunes, Megaton'ssole album has plenty of admirers these days. Perhaps this should be a rock label staple, but the LPs origins are more pop than that with more akin to those ranks of over looked production library classics recorded for one purpose and taking on a different guise and importance to collectors years later.  

One of the rarest Decca albums gets a legit release. Megaton was a one-off hard rock exploitation album recorded by Les Humphries and JImmy Bilsbury with unknown musicians in tow. Apparently Humphries and Bilsbury have a bit of a history in the European music scene - and not in a good way. They hit on success right after this album with The Les Humphries Singers. They seemed to dabble in different genres looking for a hit. Megaton was one of those projects. Its a curious affair that is obviously influenced by Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Don't know who the singer is but he's pretty damn good! "Wanna Be A Hero" features a cool Iommi style riff with a neat flute solo laid on top.

Although the tracks aren't particularly long they do feature some killer guitar work and soulful "my woman don't understand" vocals. This is one to consider alongside Human Beast, Head Machine, Incredible Hog - although not quite of that caliber. Great liner notes spill the beans on the whole story of Humphries/Bilsbury. File under: Guilty Pleasure.


Tracks
1. Out of Your Own Little World - 3:45
2. Niagara - 4:32
3. Wanna Be a Hero - 3:43
4. Fairy Tale Song - 3:21
5. Coo Cooki Choo - 4:46
6. Carry It On to the End - 3:54
7. Woman I’m Gonna Make You Mine - 3:12
8. Man In an Aeroplane - 3:11
9. Life Was Easy Yesterday - 4:02
10.Tomorrow Never Comes My Way - 3:20
All songs written by John Lesley Humphreys and Jimmy Bilsbury.

Megaton
*John Lesley Humphreys - Vocals, Guitar
*Jimmy Bilsbury - Vocals, Keyboard
other musicians remain unknown.

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10 comments:

ARGS said...

Πολλά ευχαριστώ Μάριε, καταπληκτικός δίσκος! Τον είχα δει στο περιοδικό ΖΟΟ πολλά χρόνια πριν, αλλά ποτέ δεν έτυχε να τον πετύχω σε κάποιο μαγαζί. BTW, το "Niagara" θυμίζει πολύ Led Zeppelin. Kαι πάλι χίλια ευχαριστώ!!!!!!

Marios said...

Ειχε κυκλοφορησει παλιοτερα στην Ελλάδα μεσω της Hitch Hyke, αυτη εδω ομως ειναι νεοτερη (2008) εκδοση της RPM.

Laurent said...

This album don't left me an imperishable souvenir, i have the original German Lp press on Decca (SLK 16690-P), but the last time i listen it i found it better. So i will try this (upgrade?) cd reissue ,certainly better than my used Lp. Thanks Marios for the sharing.

juan manuel muñoz said...

muchas gracias marios

adamus67 said...

Ten heavy tracks,London exploitation moves, loud, acidy leads, echoing vocals catchy pop tunes that make a big impression on me! Maros Thanks a lot

Laurent said...

Good sound for this cd reissue,with precious informations on the booklet even if we always don't know who are the musicians behind. In the same genre (and even better ) i strongly recommend an another exploitation record, EQUINOX "Hard Rock"(1973), but prefer the "Wah Wah" Lp reissue (better press) instead the original on "Boulevard" (poor copie).

Anonymous said...

Mr.Marios,

FINALLY, THE MIGHTY MEGATON!

THANKS A MILLION FOR MEGATON!

ONE OF THE BEST EVER ROCK CD!

I HOPE TO SEE LEGIT RELEASE OF

"FALCON`S FEVER" (HANSA 1970) ONE DAY...

PEACE

PAUL.

DanP said...

Geez, it sounds like it's good and bad at the same time!

sorogan said...

Thank You MARIOS !!

Anonymous said...

Thanx a lot!