2006: SPOTLIGHT ON...
MAL'S BILL WHITTEN AND JAMES BEAUDREAU INTRODUCE BRITISH GUITAR
LEGEND BRIAN GODDING AND THE LOST CLASSIC, WORKER'S PLAYTIME
steady stream of 60s and 70s reissues gurgling over the shelves
of small, hip record stores all over the world washes up gold less
often than most marketing departments would have you think, the
ones involving British guitarist Brian Godding have sparkled.
in 2002 Polygram Japan issued a great sounding CD of the Blossom
Toes' We Are Ever So Clean, a baroque, Carnaby Street-dressed,
Giorgio Gomelsky-produced product of post-Sgt Pepper psychedelia.
Godding was the guitarist in the group, and a principal songwriter.
"Ever So Clean" was followed by a reissue of the Blossies'
second album, If Only for a Moment, which features a tougher,
progressive hard rock sound. The first reissue was better received
in a time when the Beatles were still on every third cover of the
big UK glossy rock mags, but the second is arguably the deeper record.
this year, to almost no fanfare whatsoever, the German label Long
Hair reissued what was, except in name, essentially the third Blossom
Toes record: B.B. Blunder's Workers' Playtime. It's the
gem of the bunch – a lost classic that manages to dip equally
into post-White Album hard rock, cosmic prog, tongue in cheek Stonesy-swagger,
and anthems worthy of Spiritualized – all with the tossed-off
nonchalance that marks some of the best music of the time. And the
band does it without taking itself too seriously for even one second.
not to mention the guitar work, some of the best, song-for-song,
of the era. Killer slide playing? A veritable library of classic
guitar tones? Guitar orchestration to rival Jimmy Page's? Check,
check, and check. And the era, exactly? 1971. Sticky Fingers,
Led Zeppelin IV, Who's Next, Hunky Dory,
and Layla, to name a few, were released that year. Workers'
Playtime hangs with that company, though it's quirkier than
any of them, and broader in stylistic scope too. Is the world ready
for Workers' Playtime now? We hope so.
up with Mr. Godding via email and asked him some questions about
Blunder, the universal mysteries, and grumpy old pop stars...
to the Bill and James' interview with BB Blunder's Brian Godding
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