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    ^Well, not Scratching The Surface which is basically a straight blues album with a different singer on some tracks. I'd say Thank Christ For The Bomb is the most accessible introduction. However, 'Cherry Red'- from Split- is their best known track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post

    A band that comes in mind is Edgar Broughton Band, but maybe this association is random.
    No, I was going to name them. There are other early 70s Heavy Rock that might interest you, but then again may be too far down the Hard Rock path.

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    BTW, what is their strongest album, or generally considered their best?
    Split and Hogwash are perhaps good entry points for some hard-rocking proggy blues. Thank Christ For The Bomb is their best in my opinion.

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    Keep On Scratching - Gus

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    Who will save the World...is an excellent start.
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    Split is my personal favorite
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    For me, it's a toss-up between Who Will Save the World? and Thank Christ for the Bomb. Split gets (very) honorable mention. Tony's raw, raunchy guitar work flies under a lot of people's radars, it seems, but I find him quite impressive. I also appreciate much of what he writes lyrically. Does anyone know how he's doing these days? He had a stroke a number of years ago that impaired his ability to speak, but as far as I've seen, he can still play guitar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koreabruce View Post
    Forme, it's a toss-up between Who Will Save the World? and Thank Christ for the Bomb. Split gets (very) honorable mention. Tony's raw, raunchy guitar work flies under a lot of people's radars, it seems, but I find him quite impressive. I also appreciate much of what he writes lyrically. Does anyone know how he's doing these days? He had a stroke a number of years ago that impaired his ability to speak, but as far as I've seen, he can still play guitar.
    That would be my choices too..WWSTW is Groundhogs new direction with TM getting more into keys..I like the mellotron parts too. I said earlier that I had met TM a couple of times back in the 60's..After his stroke, I corresponded with his wife Joanne, and he did recover enough to gig again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    A band that comes in mind is Edgar Broughton Band, but maybe this association is random.
    ...as is, probably, High Tide. Nevertheless, I often put them together; something about the guitars.
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    ^Those two were both part of that Ladbroke Grove 'underground' scene. The Groundhogs are sort of somewhere between that and the British blues acts like Ten Years After, Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown etc.

    McPhee is now retired I think. His last stroke was in 2009 as far as I'm aware. As noted above he gigged for several years after that, but with his wife singing. They'd done a blues album together in the early 2000s.

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    I turned a friend, a big blues fanatic, on to the Groundhogs several years ago. I lent him their Muddy Waters (Muddy Waters Songbook, 1999) and Howlin' Wolf (Hogs in Wolf's Clothing, 1998) tributes. He asked me if Tony were a black guy. I said no, why? All he said is, "Wow, what a voice."
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    I listened to The Edgar Broughton Band 3rd album. Not my cuppa for whatever reason. I need to listen to more by them and Groundhogs. Not really into either band but I dig 60s and 70s blues/psych/stoner.

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