Friday, December 9, 2011


Track 1 - Big Hammer
Track 2 - Anna Purna
Track 3 - Devil's Stronghold
Track 4 - Rolling
Track 5 - Beat Norm
Track 6 - Heavy Lift
Track 7 - What's Coming
Track 8 - Blow Suck Blues
Track 9 - Gentle Swell
Track 10 - Bombilation

While "Big Hammer" doesn't quite hit as hard as it could have, this 1971 release from the Peer Music Library still contains some truly outstanding beats and grooves. The drums stand out as the glue that holds this record together with subtle guitar or flute accenting on the likes of  "Devil's Stronghold", "Gentle Swell", "Rolling" etc. As lovely as those tracks are I think the real highlights come in the form of the psych-rock infused "What's Coming", "Bombilation" and "Beat Norm". The breakbeats are electrifying, the organ playing out of control, the guitar licks irrepressible. It's no surprise that this record has become a favourite with library fans and beat junkies alike, so much so that it was re-released in 2005 with a limited edition of 500 copies ( some of which appear to still be available for a reasonable 25 Euros ). Check it out, you wont be disappointed!

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