BEDLAM – the last hurray

1974 was the year when the mighty BEDLAM ceased to exist. Not that there weren’t fire anymore in the interplay of the Ball brothers, bassist Denny and guitarist Dave, and the drums of Cozy Powell; it was the latter’s success with a solo single, “Dance With The Devil,” that made the band, who had to play it in concerts – as suggests "In Command 1973" – that made the heavy blues quartet, fronted by Frank Aiello, break up. Cozy joined RAINBOW, while Dave (for interview with him watch this space), who’d come there from PROCOL HARUM, and Denny moved on to Long John Baldry. But now, a recording from the ensemble’s last tour, with BLACK SABBATH, will be made available as “Live In Binghampton 1974,” in November.

Laid down during the band’s only American trek, this Angel Air release is a unique document providing an insight in the band’s never-fully-realized potential and featuring sleevenotes by Dave Ball and, as a bonus, a remixed track from BEDLAM’s only studio album. The review is here.

BEDLAM - Live In Binghampton 1974

Live In Binghampton 1974

1. I Believe In You
2. The Beast
3. The Great Game
4. Set Me Free
5. Interview
6. The Fool
bonus track:
7. The Beast (remix)

Also on Angel Air in November: SWEET’s "The Answer", the out-of-print album by Andy Scott’s band from 1992, with three additional tracks – all alternative versions of the LP cuts.

August 16, 2013

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