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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dogfeet - Dogfeet (1970 us, fantastic psych blues rock, 2010 Flawed Gems extra tracks issue)




Here's one of those obscure outfits that collectors love to heavily hype. 

Bassist Dave Nichols, singer Alan Pearse, drummer Derek Perry and guitarist Trevor Povey first came together as Chicago Max, followed by brief stints as Sopwith Camel (not to be confused with the San Francisco-based outfit), Malibou and Armageddon. Working in a blues-rock vein (wasn't every early-1970s band dipping their creative toes in the genre), they were signed by the small Reflection Records, though the label immediately demanded a new name - hence the change to the deplorable Dogfeet.

At least to my ears that's way off the mark. Produced by Andrew Cameron Milla, 1970's cleverly-titled "Dogfeet" is surprisingly good. With Povey writing all of the material, the album's varied and pleasingly understated. Pearse exhibited an attractive voice, while Povey's slashing guitar was quite effective (check out some of the effects he used on 'Evil Women').

Musically 'On the Road' harkened back to the bands' blues-rock roots, but extended tracks such as 'Now I Know', the attractive atmospheric ballad 'Reprise' and the Western-inspired 'Since I Went Away' set them apart from most of their contemporaries. Not that it mattered. The album vanished without a trace, followed in short order by the band.


Tracks
1. For Mary - 2:03
2. On The Road - 5:58
3. Sad Story / Reprise - 8:14
4. Now I Know - 3:05
5. Since I Went Away - 2:56
6. Clouds - 5:06
7. Evil Women - 5:00
8. Armageddon - 4:14
9. For Mary And Child - 5:39
10.Theme (Studio Demo 1970) - 1:53
11.Armageddon (Studio Demo 1970) - 4:33
12.On The Road (Studio Demo 1970) - 4:56
13.Now I Know (Studio Demo 1970) - 3:06
All songs by Trevor Povey, Alan Pearse.

Dogfeet
*Dave Nicholls - Bass
*Alan Pearse - Second Guitar, Vocals
*Derek Perry - Drums
*Trevor Povey - First Guitar, Vocals

4 comments:

Hajul Ellah said...

I have Dogfeet but this one's with a different front artwork. This got to be something special. Many thanks, Marios!

mscmichael said...

Amazing stuff !!! Thanks for this expanded edition...

Laurent said...

I have the kissing Spell cd reissue, with a alternate cover ( less well in my opinion ), i have no idea what is the real original cover, but i feel this is this one. I don't know why, but i was thinking it was a UK group. Thanks Marios.

LuGerWolf said...

THANKS A LOT FOR THIS POST,MARIOS.I LISTENED TO THIS ALBUM IN THE 70'S AND MANY YEARS AGO I HAD THE CHANCE TO GET IT AGAIN AND WITH BONUS TRACK THANKS TO YOU.CONGRATULATIONS AND A BIG HELLO AND MY GREETINGS FROM TEZIUTLÁN,PUEBLA,MÉXICO.