I'm a Freak 2 Baby - A Further Journey Through The British Heavy Psych and Hard Rock Underground Scene 1968-73
Released in 2016, I’m A Freak Baby – Grapefruit’s 3-CD overview of the UK’s late Sixties / early Seventies nascent hard rock / proto-metal scene – received rapturous acclaim from pundits and punters alike, with The Guardian’s “grim, grey and glorious” summary succinctly capturingthe general response to the set. Three years later, the woodwork squeaks and out come the freaks again. And, like all good follow-ups, I’m A Freak 2 Baby expands upon the original while simultaneously tightening the stylistic mesh.
In addition to further selections from some of the subterranean stars of the first volume (Iron Claw, the semi-housetrained Stack Waddy, the even more semi-housetrained Wicked Lady), it features many of the genre’s pioneers, with key tracks from The Jeff Beck Group, EdgarBroughton Band, Atomic Rooster and High Tide. Our scope ranges from Top Five hit singles (Love Sculpture’s manic, heavily influential Sabre Dance and the original brass-free demo version of The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown’s gothic masterpiece Fire) to a clutch of bands (Thor, Tonge, Tarsus and several others) that were active during our timeframe but didn’t get beyond locally-recorded demos. We also feature tracks from some of the rarest albums of the era (Red Dirt, Leaf Hound, Dogfeet, Bodkin, Human Beast, Astral Navigations etc).
During our journey, we stumble across Sabbath acolytes, Zeppelin wannabes, musicians’cooperatives, future legends, Satanism, shamanism, sham-Satanism, industrial-strength levels of reassuringly non-PC attitude and more cowbell than any sane individual could reasonably tolerate.
Boasting a lavish 40-page booklet full of rare photos and memorabilia from the era, many recordings making their first appearance on CD and several cuts gaining their first-ever release in any format, I’m A Freak 2 Baby is another essential addition to Grapefruit’s ever- increasing catalogue of UK late Sixties / early Seventies genre anthologies.