Happy Saturday. This record was $5. I bought it, despite already having a copy which I bought for $10, because I really wanted to post it and at the time, I was really sticking to my journalistic guns of keeping records at $5 or less. Such idealism. Anyway, it was my pal Hugh who first turned me on to this record. He played the first track and made me guess who the lead singer was. This is also one of the records I found laying around my apartment on Christmas last year when I had company over the night before and I woke up to a place in massive disarray.
Keith Relf, born in Richmond, Surrey, UK in 1943, had one of the more interesting careers in music, if not one of the more underappreciated. As the lead singer of the Yardbirds, his efforts were overshadowed by his more famous band mates, namely, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. After the group’s demise, Relf first took up with his sister and Yardbird Jim McCarty in the acoustic group Renaissance (a version of which has been posted on this blog). However, after producing other artists, he formed this super group of sorts in 1974 with Martin Pugh and Louis Cennamo of Steamhammer as well as Bobby Caldwell of Captain Beyond.
Armegeddon released on album (this one) and played two shows before disbanding. Relf, who was working on reforming his version of Renaissance, would die of accidental electrocution in 1976. He was 33 years old at the time. This record would be his last recording.
But here we are with this, which is a hard driving rock and roll album that is really comparable to anything his ex-Yardbird band mates were doing at the time. The album was a critical success, but since there was no tour behind it, it really did not sell. So, it has been relegated to a special place in the annals of the history of 70’s rock.
For a sample, I went with one of the shorter songs, “Paths and Planes and Future Gains”. It should be noted that the opening song posted above, “Buzzard” is my favorite song on the album.
Great album. Top Rated.