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Friday, April 19, 2013

Stud - Stud (1971 ireland, gentle moods with jazzy undertow and harder proggy overtones, 2008 Esoteric remaster)

Stud began as a trio with Jim Cregan (ex Blossom Toes) (vocals, guitar), Richard McCracken (bass) and John Wilson (drums), the latter pair having split with Rory Gallagher's Taste on 31st December 1970. They were signed by Deram Records. 

Ex Family violinist John Weider joined the band in June 1971, in time to appear on the debut LP which was released to little acclaim. While the musicianship on show is top notch, some of the material lacks distinction and meanders too often. The LP sold poorly and Deram declined the option of a second LP. 

The band had more success in Germany, where Polydor had released the debut in different cover artwork.The album was recorded for Decca's Deram label and was an amalgam of rock and jazz and was an outstanding progressive album of its time. 

The sessions also featured guest appearances by Poli Palmer (of Family) and John Weider (ex-Eric Burdon & The Animals and Family). Although Stud never achieved the acclaim they deserved, their debut album remains highly sought after by aficionados of Progressive Rock.  

1. Sail On - 4:12
2. Turn Over the Pages - 4:17
3. 1112235 - 12:20
4. Harpo's Head - 7:35
5. Horizon - 11:07
.i. Here
6. Song - 2:33
All songs by Jim Cregan, Richard McCracken, John Wilson

*Jim Cregan - Guitars, Vocals
*Richard McCracken - Bass, Acoustic Guitar
*John Wilson - Drums
*John Weider - Violin
*Polli Palmer - Vibraphone

1972-73 Stud - September/ Goodbye (Live At Command) 
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  1. Great sample song! Thanks Marios and Laurent, nice share!!

  2. fabulous album, missed this one on release, I've got their other lp, but, this one is a killer, thanks for the listen.

  3. Thanks for this - I've never heard of the band, though I'm familiar with all the musicians' work. It has to be a rarity - I've never seen it listed in a Deram discography. Downloading now - I look forward to hearing it. Yhanks again.

  4. Oops - I meant "Thanks"!

  5. one of the finest bands ever. I have their whole discography on vinyl - and I mean all of it. Almosrt impossible to finmd. And After years as Rod Stewarts Band Director it is sad to me to me that Jim Cregan didnt soldier on like this. But actually making a life long career in music is a gift not to be denied. He now plays locally as Cregan & Company again its nit Stud but he does get butts in seats.

  6. I just read "the write up" more information:
    the band has 3 albums - on the Command Label.
    The playing and singing is brilliant. These songs dont meander they simply take you away. One of the best executed albums you can find
    - and there are others-
    Live at the Command &
    all magnificent.

  7. bk, for more Stud, see here:

  8. I looked forward with great anticipation to Jim Cregans autobiography. I love Stud...I cant say more. I have ALL of their albums on vinyl-even impossible to find Live at the Command. I love family- I was glad when he joined. I have all the Blossom Toes including live radio performances...from fair to Pretty Good. & Cockney Rebel .....and then he went to work for Rod Stewart. Im sure he was financially comfortable for the rest of his life. I believe that Cregan really is a popster, and thats about it- Ive been a long time friend of him for several years. I used to send him an email every time I got abscessed with Stud. He was always cordial. He also seemed shocked that anyone remembered them ...or cared...but cordial.
    So on to the book. Lot of childhood. All typical 50s UK stuff. then some early bands on to Blossom Toes. His memories were that they seemed to be a lot of work. They got at least 20 pages.
    And by about page 75 he talks about Stud. He totally dismisses the band as crap & fake. Stud gets all of 3 paragraphs.
    Within 5 more pages on all the rest of the bands afterwards we get totally into how wonderful & fulfilled he was with Rod Stewart. I didn't last 10 more pages. All the b.s crap. Trashing hotel rooms. Exotic resort vacations.......STUD??????
    lastly in the last few years Cregan has been playing with a Rod Stewart cover band. So much for our heroes

    A few months ago I decided to stop reading all music blogs. I am simply enjoying my music collection without any disparaging words that are all to frequent in these forums.
    peace to you all

  9. Hi Marie. Is there a chance that you can re-upload the MP3 version? Thank you.