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Barbed Wire Sandwich is the only album released by the British hard blues band Black Cat Bones, a lot of this band would go on to make up the heavy psych band Leafhound, something worth knowing before you are put off by the insanely horrible album cover which consists of a gremlin like monster eating a sandwich made of sliced white bread, something about it is just disgusting!!
Fortunately the music is pretty good, the singer sounds like a sort of mixture between Ian Gillan and Joe Cocker whilst the music sounds occasionally like Deep Purple or Cream but tracks like "Black Cat Blues" are going to appeal to Santana fans too, it's definitely stuck in the era it was made in but it's enjoyable all the same.
Rod Price is an awesome guitarist that plays some great riffs, often rather high pitched which compliment the heavy damp bass lines. "Chauffeur" is one of my favourite tracks, the vocals are fairly limited so a large part of the song is instrumental, it's simple stuff but effective.
Now I'm not quite sure if it's just because this album doesn't get the same air-play as certain contemporaries that it's not considered a classic or if there's something genuinely missing but the only thing that comes to mind is that although the songs are good, there's nothing particularly catchy about them.
The tracks in general on this album are more upbeat with little in the way of quiet melodical parts, so it's more intense than the likes of Free whose guitarist Paul Kossoff in fact played for Black Cat Blues a couple of years before this album was recorded.