I’ll skip the review of the material – clearly one of Budgie’s best albums(“In The Grip of the Tyrefitter’s Hand” alone justifies the purchase). What blew me away was the sound quality of the remaster vs. the original release. With most of these remasters the difference is barely perceivable, such that you wonder why you’d pay more when you already have the original CD release. Here it’s money well spent, even at import price. Crank it up on a decent stereo and hear for yourself. It breathes, you can hear everything crystal clear. Why can’t all remasters sound this way, and why can’t all albums sound this good from the very first issue? This is the best thing since powdered milk.
Full title – Never Turn Your Back On A Friend. 2004 remastered reissue of 1973 album includes three bonus tracks, ’Breadfan’, ’Parents’, & ’Breadfan’ (1973 video). Noteworthy.
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this album is awesome, these three guys from wales are excellent musicians and song writers…..what everyone wrote before me is very true,you have everything here….hard drive rock with the coolest riffs you’ll hear, a few mellow cool tunes, and songs with that spacey sound…i’m very picky about my music , and was very impressed by this cd, which is remasterd great.
This is Budgie’s third album, and I think it is one of the best albums Budgie has ever released. All the Budgie albums released in 1971-75 are great but this (which was originally released in 1973) was a great step in studio quality. The sounds are much clearer and better. Still, I think that “Squawk” and “Budgie” were great releases too but this one brought them to the wider audience. Unfortunately, Budgie has never been a major band – although they would have deserved it. “Breadfan” (which has been covered by Metallica) is a great opener, and one rocking track. “In the Grip of a Tyrefitter’s Hand” and “You’re the Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk” are just classic Budgie. The drum solo before “…Powdered Milk” is absolutely fantastic! “Baby Please Don’t Go” was originally made by Van Morrison And Them. I haven’t heard the original one yet but Budgie’s version is great! “Riding My Nightmare” and “You Know I’ll Always Love You” are good pecaeful, acoustic tracks – near The Beatles. “Parents” is a great peaceful track, a power-ballad, one of the best tracks by Budgie.
Stars: Breadfan, Parents, In the Grip of a Tyrefitter’s Hand
The band truely found it here with what is usually considered their best album. The production was better, although the sound of Budgie never differed too much from record to record. Withstanding all that, the main reason this album is so popular is because of it’s bombastic opener Breadfan, which arugably along with other early jewels like Queen’s Stone Cold Crazy, Deep Purple’s Fireball, and UFOs Let It Roll was the first thrash song. Made famous by Metallica’s cover, this one is much better. The riff itself is worth the purchase. their cover of Baby Please Don’t Go, is pretty straightforward but highly entertaining, and appearing once more is their splash of folk squandering You Know I’ll Always Love You, although I feel their “folk” songs were better on Squawk. This isnt bad either, and lends way to two of Budgies best songs You’re The Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk and In The Grip Of A Tyrefitters Hand, still keeping with their oddly amusing songtitles found on all the bands releases.These tracks offer some amazing guitar from riff master Tony Bourge who easily belongs up there with Iommi, Leslie West, Michael Schenker, and Frank Marino. Riding My Nightmare adds a more mystical prog/rock approach to the last taste of folk found here, a great little song by the way. Things wrap up with the ten minute Parents. Though this was never one of my fav Budgie songs, I appreciate it’s message and the musicianship and structure involved. It’s the bands most mature composition. No record collection go without having this one
On this 3rd album is where Budgie really left the slugish sloppiness behind and turned in a good studio effort. And this latest remaster sounds nice. The Repetroire imports sound good also. On even the simple material like “Baby Please dont Go” or the wild and speedy “Breadfan” there is a lusty thick confident attack. And a spacier more mature sound on the vocal/acoustic guitar interludes.This was a nice LP in the ole’days. I purchased this twice on cd since the ’90’s, once in 2007and the first time was on an MCA import vinyl in the fab ’70’s and it still a treat to have. Try to find in digipak to really appreciate the Roger Dean artwork.