May Blitz – Same (1970)

FrontCover1May Blitz is a British heavy rock power trio that was active in the early 1970s.

The group was formed in 1969 by bassist Terry Poole and drummer Keith Baker, the rhythm section of the blues-rock trio Bakerloo, both of whom left the group when guitarist Clem Clempson departed to join Colosseum. Jamie Black joined the group on vocals and guitars but both Poole and Baker left this group as well before it recorded anything, Poole joining Vinegar Joe and Baker Uriah Heep. Black then added fellow Canadian Reid Hudson on bass and Tony Newman, who had played with Jeff Beck, The Hollies and Sounds Incorporated, on drums.

After some time playing pubs in the UK, the group signed with Vertigo Records (in the US they were on Paramount Records) and released their debut album in 1970. A second album followed early in 1971 but the group did not see success quickly and decided to disband in late 1971. Black and Hudson, both originally from Canada, returned to their native country while Newman went on to join Three Man Army (by wikipedia)

MayBlitz1970May Blitz (alongside Rory Gallagher’s Taste) were among the first of the newly formed hard rock power trios to take up the challenge of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience; that is, making the biggest possible noise with the smallest available lineup, but never losing sight of melody and finesse while they did so. Certainly anyone catching their early live show was guaranteed to leave with their ears ringing but their brainbox humming, and the band’s debut album was a seamless reiteration of their in-concert impact, all the way down to the extended riffing and miniature solos. May Blitz’s strongest point, in terms of audience recognition, was drummer Tony Newman, and fans of the jazz-inflected style that he injected into the Jeff Beck Group certainly won’t be disappointed by what they find here — indeed, with guitarist James Black beside him, it’s not difficult to compare May Blitz to the Beck band’s Beck-Ola, and find the better-known disc come up wanting every time. The epic “Smoking the Day Away” kicks things off in dynamic form, laying down the grinding, almost proto-metallic assault that was May Blitz’s raison d’etre; later in the set, “Dreaming,” “Virgin Waters,” and “Squeet” all howl with a vengeance that might sound a little old-fashioned today, but was breathtakingly fresh at the time. Even better is “Fire Queen,” which essentially blueprints the best parts of every metal act from Judas Priest to the Cult, except it doesn’t hang around long enough to spoil the effect. Rather like May Blitz themselves, in fact. (by Dave Thompson)

MayBlitzPromoPicPersonnel:
James Black (guitar, vocals)
Reid Hudson (bass, vocals)
Tony Newman (drums, percission, vibraphone)

Inside1Tracklist:
01. Smoking The Day Away 8.21
02. I Don’t Know? 4.45
03. Dreaming 6.35
04. Squeet 6.51
06. Tomorrow May Come 4.48
07. Fire Queen 4.18
08. Virgin Waters 6.34

All songs written by James Black – Reid Hudson – Tony Newman

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