CD Reflection [Steamhammer] (CD 1295934),
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Reflection [Steamhammer]

  • 1. Water, Pt. 1
    2. Junior's Wailing
    3. Lost You Too
    4. She Is the Fire
    5. You'll Never Know
    6. Even the Clock
    7. Down the Highway
    8. On Your Road
    9. Twenty- Four Hours
    10. When All Your Friends Are Gone
    11. Water, Pt. 2
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4871

  • Credits
    ProducerMichael Vestey
    EngineerHenry Fletcher

    Steamhammer includes: Martin Quittenton, Martin Pugh (guitar).
    Personnel: Kieran White (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica); Martin Pugh, Martin Quittenton (guitar); Harold McNair (flute); Pete Sears (piano); Steve Davy (bass guitar); Michael Rushton (drums).
    Audio Remasterer: EROC.
    Liner Note Author: Chris Welch .
    Recording information: Pan Sound Studios Ltd., London, England.
    Reflection is also-ran late-'60s British blues-rock, with more rock-oriented takes on the kind of approach used by heroes Freddie King and B.B. King. B.B. King's "You'll Never Know," in fact, is covered here, though most of the material was penned by the band. Steamhammer doesn't put much of an original spin on its sources, or on the British blues-rock form, though this is competent and does generally have a moodier, more downbeat feel than most of the band's competition in the genre. The expressive qualities of Kieran White's voice, though, are limited, as though he's being pinched by something that keeps him from letting go too much. The best moments come when they venture just a little outside of the ordinary U.K. blues-rock model, particularly when Harold McNair adds some jazzy flute; "Down the Highway" sounds a little close to some of early Jethro Tull. Future Jefferson Starship member Pete Sears plays session piano. The 2002 CD reissue on Akarma adds two bonus tracks from 1969 singles, "Windmill" and "Autumn Song," which are more explicit forays into the more melodic jazz-blues-rock direction mined by the likes of Jethro Tull, Colosseum, and Davy Graham in the late '60s, again with prominent flute. ~ Richie Unterberger

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