GROUNDHOGS - MEMPHIS 1972

May 5, 2022 – 6:37 am

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GROUNDHOGS
Memphis 1972 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN. June 8, 1972. Very good WMC-FM broadcast. [This show has also been wrongly identified as Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; June 1972.]

Thanks to mossa for sharing the tracks at Dime.

tsmcphee, Dime:

This was the first show the band played when arriving the America. They stayed at 3744 James Road which is on the out-skirts of Memphis (I have visited the property and had photos taken there) and obviously Tony wrote the song ‘3744 James Rd’ which appeared on ‘Hogwash’ later in 1972.

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This seldom seen, great-sounding bootleg, is of a live performance in front of what sounds to be a very small audience at Ardent Studios in Memphis Tennessee, which was originally broadcast on radio station WMC FM-100 June 8, 1972. You just have to hear the 22-minute version of “Still A Fool”. Awesome is the only word to describe this and every Groundhogs fan needs to get this. - toterallee.blogspot.com

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Bill Glahn, editor of Live! Music Review, noted of this British group: “Legends in Europe - cult favorites in the States, a friend once described The Groundhogs as ‘Grand Funk with a masters degree.’ Which may not be too far off as a description. For sure their extended jams were more interesting and dynamic.” But it was probably long-time Marvel comics fans who took notice of the group as artist Neal (X-Men) Adams did the artwork for the Who Will Save The World? album (1972).

While the group was originally formed by brothers Pete and John Cruickshank in London in 1962, it is vocalist and guitarist Tony McPhee who has been a mainstay of the group; with the current lineup including longtime bassist Dave Anderson. The group’s mix of blues, hard rock and explosive guitar work may recall Hendrix and if Hendrix had his Star Spangled Banner, at this 1972 gig, McPhee certainly gave Amazing Grace a sonic workout as part of the Still A Fool track.

According to the Groundhogs’ website, their 1971 album, Split, “went straight in the charts and would have made number one, however the record company had not re-stocked in time! Despite this ridiculous cock-up the album re-entered the charts and stayed for six months. It sold 100,000 copies; became the 6th best-selling album of 1971, and McPhee was voted 5th best guitarist of the same year. In that year they toured with the Rolling Stones and Glyn Johns, who was recording the Stones, recorded one of the Groundhogs’ sets and Mick Jagger presented Tony with the tapes. These were first used as a promo for the States (rare item as only 100 were produced) and released later as Live At Leeds.”

And the All Music Guide says: “Split harbors quite a bit of energy across its eight tracks, taking into consideration that so much atmosphere and spaciousness is conjured up by only three main instruments. This album, along with 1972’s Who Will Save The World?, are regarded as two of the strongest efforts from the Groundhogs, but Split instills a little bit more of McPhee’s vocal passion and dishes out slightly stronger portions of his guitar playing to emphasize the album’s theme.”

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Lineage:
unknown gen analog fm recording

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Track 01. Eccentric Man 5:00
Track 02. Music Is The Food Of Thoughts 5:29
Track 03. Still A Fool 11:32
Track 04. Amazing Grace 3:51
Track 05. Still A Fool 8:21
Track 06. Split pt 01 10:21
Track 07. Cherry/Red 11:23
Track 08. Groundhog Blues 5:37
62 mins

Lineup:
Tony McPhee - guitars, vocals
Peter Cruickshank - bass
Clive Brooks - drums

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  1. 16 Responses to “GROUNDHOGS - MEMPHIS 1972”

  2. Thanks, one of the greatest power trios ever.

    By SR on May 5, 2022

  3. Woah! Fantastic stuff. Thanks Big O!

    By Trevor Smith on May 5, 2022

  4. Yeah cool! As I say saw these guys back when and they were great live but it never really crossed over somehow . . . . . .What SR and T Smith said . . . . .

    Thanks Big O

    By swappers on May 5, 2022

  5. My mother played drums. She was almost as fast as Ginger Baker when I saw them but they never really crossed over

    By swappers on May 5, 2022

  6. I play the skin flute. Three at a time sometimes like that jazz guy did with horns.

    By The Anti Christ on May 5, 2022

  7. Hey, good day senores, que tal amigos, how’s it hangin’ today?
    I see El Swappero is back. He is the beegest pervert on a thees site. When I say beeg, soy hablando about hees many depravidades and not ze size of hees dic, which is, how you day in Ingles, microscopic. Hasta la vista, maricones

    By Rightup Dias on May 6, 2022

  8. Whats a Swappero? Is it the same as a maricon?

    By Jocko P on May 6, 2022

  9. Still a great band, went to see them lots of times over the years and never saw a less than stellar gig.

    By Bev on May 6, 2022

  10. We are all a bunch of maricons

    By swappers on May 6, 2022

  11. Very big fellas from what I heard . They all had foot long hoagies in their britches

    By ELU on May 6, 2022

  12. Who starts these rumors?

    By Jocko P on May 6, 2022

  13. Rumor has it this was a band of two Big Uns and one Average Un

    By U L E on May 6, 2022

  14. What’s a maricon? Is it like a macaroon?

    By Jocko P on May 6, 2022

  15. saw them 3 days later, in Atlanta, for the 1st time. Incredible.

    By Marty on May 19, 2022

  16. Hey ELU-the son of the supreme faggot U-L-E you must enjoy sucking coc k and giving head to men at the gloryhole

    By HHH on May 19, 2022

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