Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Budgie Vinyl Rips









BANDOLIER (1975)
Breaking All The House Rules
Slipaway
Who Do You Want For Your Love
I Can't See My Feelings
I Ain't No Mountain
Napoleon Bona - Part
OneNapoleon Bona - Part Two

IF I WERE BRITTANIA I'D WAIVE THE RULES (1976)
Anne Neggen
If I Were Brittania I'd Waive The Rules
You're Opening Doors
Quacktors And Bureaucats
Sky High Percentage
Heaven Knows Our Name
Black Velvet Stallion

IN FOR THE KILL (1974)
In For The Kill
Crash Course In Brain Surgery
Wondering What Everyone Knows
Zoom Club
Hammer And Tongs
Running From My Soul
Living On Your Own
ABOUT BUDGIE (special thanks to Axel Thomas)Late 1967 in Cardiff, John Burke Shelley bass/lead vocals) met up with Raymond Phillips (drums) and guitarist Tony Bourge to form Budgie establishing a substantial following within the South Wales college and club circuit.After a journalist commented Budgie's sound was more akin to a 'Six Ton' Budgie, their name became as heavyweight as their delivery. In 1970, Roger Bain was impressed by their raw energy and promise and via his company 'Hummingbird Productions', Dave Howels from MCA signed the band. Budgie were now back as Budgie with a five album deal.Many claim The MCA albums were arguably their finest work, with openers Budgie and Squawk providing the backbone of heavy riffs and melodic interludes which was to characterise the bands' style. Shelley's high-pitched vocals were first aired on the charmingly titled single 'Crash Course In Brain Surgery'. Their sense of humour was often reflected in their song titles, 'Hot As A Docker's Armpit' proving Budgie didn't take life too seriously. 1973's Never Turn Your Back On A Friend with its Roger Dean designed gatefold sleeve boasted some classic moments, from the thoughtful 11 minute epic 'Parents' to the blistering 'Breadfan', to be covered some 20 years later by Metallica. Ray Phillips departed in late '73. Pete Boot was brought in quickly to honour a Spanish touring schedule and record In For The Kill, Budgie's first to chart. Once Steve Williams on Drums stepped in, Budgie were once again in full flight. In 1975 we provided their fans with the astounding Bandolier, considered by many to be the pinnacle of their achievement. With additional Welsh guitarist Myf Issacs touring with the band, their stage sound was also fuller.Retrospectively a bad decision, their management elected to take a deal offered by A&M rather than re-sign with MCA. The more melodic If I Were Britannia I'd Waive The Rules followed, but it didn't chart. In 1977 Budgie re-located to Canada to crack the North American market and Impeckable became their most mainstream effort. In 1978 after the 'Hide Your Pussy' tour and Tony Bourge quit.Back in Britain Budgie enlisted Rob Kendrick (ex-Trapeze) and flew out to Texas, a trip paid for by Don Smith who would later produce their final album. In 1979 John Thomas repleced Rob on Guitar. An ex-George Hatcher player, "JT" injected the band with a new lease of life. Signing to RCA, their momentum was accelerated by the birth of NWOBHM which lead many younger rock fans to discover their back catalogue. In the next 3 years, Budgie released an EP, 3 albums (Power Supply / Nightflight / Deliver Us From Evil), headlined the Reading Festival and took Poland by storm.Budgie's next album was a brave commercial attempt with Lindsay Bridgewater on keyboards. Incredibly, 1983 saw the band without a record deal and without a live album to encapsulate their stage delivery. They soldiered on until our last gig in 1988 with Jim Simpson (ex-UFO), Williams having departed in late '86.Interest in Budgie continued as Iron Maiden, Soundgarden and Metallica covered songs and all their LPs became available on CD. In 1995, Shelley re-formed Budgie with Thomas and Robert 'Congo' Jones (ex-Love Sculpture) to headline the San Antonio music festival in front of 25,000 screaming Texans. Again, thanks to promoter Bill Lee, they returned to Texas in 1996 for another one-off show to celebrate 25 years since their first album.A lavish double CD anthology, An Ecstacy Of Fumbling came out in 1996. Via New Millennium Communications, a double live CD We Came, We Saw featuring the entire Reading Festival Performances from 1980 and 1982 was released. To be fair, this material should have come out as a live album at the time of their popularity in the early 80's.1997 and 1998 was a period of inactivity touring wise, and many fans thought Burke had called it a day once more. However, Heavier Than Air was released, a double CD of rare live recordings spanning their career from 1972 to 1978. It gave fans the first official release of live guitar work by the hugely popular Tony Bourge.Thanks to promotion from Ray Cordell and Alan Howard and management from Paul Cox, Letchworth 1999 and featured their first UK live performance in 11 years and the return of Steve Williams on drums. This was a warm-up show for the annual rock festival held in Sweden, with Budgie headlining on 12th June 1999. The 80's classic reformed line-up then played San Antonio for the 3rd time in April 2000.Tragedy then struck with John Thomas suffering a cerebral aneurysm in June 2000. For a period, no one knew whether he would ever play guitar again. For those fans who were aware of John's illness, his return to the stage at the Legends of Welsh Rock was an emotional one. Budgie headlined this gig in Wales in September 2001. JT, whilst not back to 100% top form, played a great show considering the treatment and recuperation he'd gone through.At the start of 2002, Burke Shelley was in the mood to get back on the road once more and to engage the band into some serious touring. Andy Hart, a Birmingham based guitarist well known to JT was enlisted to replace JT. In 2002, Burke, Steve and Andy played over 30 dates, two of these being in the States. The show at San Antonio on 2nd August was recorded and released as a live CD entitled Life In San Antonio in November 2002. Due to commitments outside of Budgie, Andy Hart left the band in Feb 2003 to be replaced by Simon Lees who toured the US, Sweden, Holland, Poland and the UK with Budgie and also played on, and co wrote, much of the bands first studio album in over twenty years entitled You're All Living In Cuckoo Land.Simon left in July 2007 and will be sadly missed. His replacement is now being sort and, when the three man line up is fully reinstated, Budgie will once again be in full flight.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

been looking for this one for so long now (if i were brittania...) - what an amazing band, and thanx for finally making it available again!!!

WVKayaker said...

Glad you found what you were looking for...enjoy!

Heavymusic said...

Hi,Thankyou for the comment on my site, could we add our sites as links.Many Thanks!!

WVKayaker said...

You have been added...

Dutchboy said...

More Budgie over at dudu2dovinil.blogspot.com.

Greetings from Holland.

WVKayaker said...

Thanks for the link Dutchboy!

Glosshead said...

Thanks for Sharing the AWSOME music of BUDGIE,cool blog!

WVKayaker said...

Thanks for the feedback glosshead!

Anonymous said...

Great, great stuff!

Camarillo Brillo said...

Your welcome~ Enjoy!

Adamoda14 said...

Thanks, I look forward to more of your hard work!

Camarillo Brillo said...

Adamoda,
Hope you find more stuff here...thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Come man, fuck...
Why you didn't use lossless codec or a higher bitrate for the WMAs.
This material deserves a better audio quality than this!
WMA sucks....use MP3 VBR 256kbps for your releases at least!

Camarillo Brillo said...

Opinions are like assholes...

Mukil said...

Ah, great stuff. I have been searching for these for so long. Thank you from India :)

-Mukil

Anonymous said...

Some guys are really.... what can I say?... They get stuff they couldn't imagine for free and they want FLAC or high bitrate..... You have done all the work, you gave it to us FOR FREE, and there are guys that instead of "thank you", they "fuck" you. If "This material deserves a better audio quality than this!", you don't deserve this material!...
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. A friend from Greece.

Camarillo Brillo said...

That's all true...and all they have to do is give it a listen! Sounds good to my old ears!
Thanks for the feedback from Greece!

What This Is All About

I've been collecting live music from various sources since the mid to late 70's. Radio shows, TV broadcasts, radio show pre-FM CD's and vinyl LP's and some trades. Most of the shows posted here, I recorded and ripped myself. I always had top of the line stereo equipment and cassette and open reel recorders for those on air broadcasts.

I've downloaded plenty of bootlegged concerts from various blogs. As a rule I will only post stuff from my collection and not what is already available out there.

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