Budgie, Never Turn Your Back On A Friend

Finally nabbed a copy of "Never Turn Your Back On A Friend". Spent months at various places trying to get a decent price (and a reliable copy), but finally had to shell out $40 on ebay, which was still under the ~$90 that this album went for. Not really sure why, since I don't think the songs on it are any better than "In For The Kill" (which still regularly sells for over $100).

As usual with all Budgie albums, it's actually got a budgie on the cover, and also as usual, the cover art has nothing to do with the name of the album (except maybe "Impeccable", well, maybe not). This one was a gatefold and originally released in 1973.

But the one that I bought was the 1974 UK Reissue from MCA. The original UK MCA release had an all black label. I wasn't going to pay over $100 for the 1973 MCA release, so I'm more than happy owning the rainbow reissue.

For most people who was alive in the late 80's, they'll recognize that a band named Metallica did a single release (which was later packaged as part of that Garage Days re-re-release) of one of the songs off of this album called "Breadfan" (Metallica's cover). The original was from 1973. 1973. It was pretty progressive for what would later be called "metal". You had lots of rock bands rolling what was essentially blues and funk and disco (of which Budgie was not blameless, several of their albums had songs that sounded like the Bee Gees, I guess that's the price you pay for trying to make it in the 70's).

This album also had a cover of the standard "Baby Please Don't Go", which everyone and their mother covered and one point. I think it's probably one of the most covered blues songs ever. But here, we have one of the first "proto"-metal bands play a blues cover. Budgie is a trio, so you have only guitar, bass and drums, but it's more of a power trio style, where the bass is responsible for a lot of the rhythm. Though. I think in this recording, there may be overdubs of guitar, but not like some Black Sabbath songs where the overdub was an entire rhythm guitar track; instead, it's used just for effect.

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