May Blitz - s/t. 1970 England

May Blitz - s/t. 1970 Vertigo. Also 1970 Paramount (USA)

CD reissues: 1990 Line (Germany); 1992 BGO w/The Second of May; 1994 Repertoire (Germany); 2005 Universal (Japan mini-LP)

Packaging details: Like all Vertigo "swirl" albums, May Blitz's debut is quite collectable and expensive. Personally I think the cover is hideous and I can do without one. The best CD on the market remains the two album set which includes their second album on the excellent BGO label. The Beat Goes On, a label that still exists today, has always put out a quality product. This one features great sound and unique liner notes.

Notes: May Blitz were a prototypical hard rock / progressive band on Philips' Vertigo label. Long tracks, based in the blues, but with plenty of room given for psychedelic soloing is the order of the day. Their debut is considered one of the greats of the early 1970s UK hard rock era. Though I agree it is essential, I do think there are better works to be discovered from the time and place - for example, their second album.

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