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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Budgie / Original recording remastered / Audio CD released 2005-01-17 at Noteworthy

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      27.03.2010 16:44
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      Heavy Man!

      This week I have been mostly listening to Budgie's 1971 debut album imaginatively titled 'Budgie'. Budgie were and are considered one of the first heavy metal bands and have had a lasting influence on in particular NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Bands like Metallica now cite Budgie as one of their favourite groups, even covering classics like Breadfan on their Garage Inc record.

      Their sound is heavy man, and probably sounded a LOT heavier back in June 1971 when the album was released. Hot on the heels of albums like 'Led Zeppelin 1' and Sabbath's 'Black Sabbath' the whole album sounds like an amalgamation of both of those brilliant debut albums. And like Sabbath and Zeppelin, Budgie knew not to make everything heavy, but interspersed their albums with acoustic numbers and quieter interludes. In fact Sabbath producer Rodger Bain worked on this album giving it its distinctive sound.

      Budgie also managed not to totally rip off blues legends either (unlike Zep) and created their own sonic landscapes such as can be heard on the amazing 'The Author' or the epic 'Homicidal Suicidal'.

      Burke Shelley's distinctive vocals are a cross between Robert Plant and Focus' Thijs van Leer. They aren't as rounded and sometimes you can hear him strain quite a bit to match the screaming guitar parts, but then that can be forgiven for being their first proper LP.

      'Homicidal Suicidal' is my favourite track on the album and kind of sums up the Budgie sound in a nutshell.

      'Budgie' also boasts some clever album art which would continue up until the awful cover for 1982's 'Deliver Us From Evil'.

      The strange thing about the song titles is that they more or less have no real relation to actual words. It's amazing then that Budgie manages to get the words 'nude disintegrating parachutist' into the song of the same name. But then thats the beauty of Budgie and where most of the humour comes from their song titles - best of all must be the clever 'If I Were Britannia I'd Waive the Rules' from their 1976 album of the same name.

      Anyone with a healthy interest in rock, or anyone who wants to investigate the beginnings of metal would enjoy 'Budgie'.

      'Budgie' is available from amazon.co.uk for £18.99.

      1. "Guts" - 4:21
      2. "Everything in My Heart" - 0:52
      3. "The Author" - 6:28
      4. "Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman" - 8:41
      5. "Rape of the Locks" - 6:13
      6. "All Night Petrol" - 5:57
      7. "You and I" - 1:41
      8. "Homicidal Suicidal" - 6:41

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        31.12.2008 12:04
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        Budgie's debut album with the same name as the band is a 1971 album. Like the 2nd album by the band, it features a superbly named track, in this case it is "Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman".

        The final track on the album is a slow track with a whiney voice which I really don't like - Homicidal Suicide, not a single catcy riff in there at all. The same goes for Everything in My Heart, which is frankly just terrible. The rest of the album though is solo heavy and despite the occasional squawk from the vocalist, it's largely instrumental and therefore has a tendency for tracks to blend in with one another - particularly considering that the riffs don't vary a great deal.

        That's not to say there is no variety as the band alternate between deeper, darker Sabbath like music and the more commercial hard rock style of Led Zeppelin. The vocals are very similar to Robert Plant and the lyrics more mainstream than any of the metal bands which were supposedly influenced by these Welsh rock stars.

        1. "Guts" - 4:21
        2. "Everything in My Heart" - :52
        3. "The Author" - 6:28
        4. "Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman" - 8:41
        5. "The Rape of the Locks" - 6:13
        6. "All Night Petrol" - 5:57
        7. "You and I" - 1:41
        8. "Homicidal Suicidal" - 6:41

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        04.04.2008 11:25
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        Budgie's first album (1971).

        Budgie are a significant but overlooked band in the history of heavy metal, having participated in its development alongside bands like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest throughout the seventies, before becoming justly forgotten in the eighties. Their self-titled debut doesn't have the classic appeal of Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid,' but it does share a noticeably similar sound that will cause it to be of interest to rock historians and headbangers alike. It's really very good, even though it's named after a particularly rubbish bird.

        The most immediately striking thing about this album is how dingy and heavy it sounds, comparable to Sabbath's definitive 'Master of Reality' and even sharing the occasional riff, but Budgie's sound is clearly striving for more commercial acceptance that never really happened. Burke Shelley's high vocals are typically seventies and don't have any of the fury later associated with metal, but his bass work is impeckable (a bird-based pun there, expect several more before the day is through) and really fleshed out by the low-end production that makes Tony Bourge's sludgy guitars the highlight of the album. He's no Tony Iommi, but Bourge's slow, blues-tinged riffs in 'Guts,' 'Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman,' 'Rape of the Locks' and 'Homicidal Suicidal' compliment his cleaner, more commercial style on 'The Author' and acoustic strumming in the ethereal 'Everything in My Heart' and 'You and I,' the latter of which sounds almost exactly the same as Pink Floyd's 'Pigs on the Wing' released six years later.

        There's nothing particularly spellbinding or creative here, but there's an enjoyable mix of material that keeps things nicely uneven in the way all early heavy metal albums ought to be as the musicians experiment with the fledgling sound. The lyrical subject matter is as low-brow as can be expected, 'Rape of the Lock' being an anthem against haircuts for example, but this is still an effective album of proto-heavy metal that should be enjoyed by Sabbath fans, even if every other song sounds like an inferior version of 'Children of the Grave.'

        1. Guts
        2. Everything in My Heart
        3. The Author
        4. Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman
        5. Rape of the Locks
        6. All Night Petrol
        7. You and I
        8. Homicidal Suicidal

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        1. Guts / 2. Everything in My Heart / 3. The Author / 4. Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman / 5. Rape of the Locks / 6. All Night Petrol / 7. You and I / 8. Homicidal Suicide