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The Very Best of Budgie

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  • Very few compilations deliver as well as this one but it’s hardly a career-spanning epic, that said the ten songs featured, representing three albums from the mid seventies, clock up an amazing seventy minutes of raw, hard rock from a band sadly overlooked, under-rated and often ignored.

    It must be stated that Budgie existed before Led Zep and around the same time as Cream but like many UK regional bands suffered the ignominy of London record companies. Budgie, Taste and Stud all had similar experiences of low profile marketing and low budget recording deals. The comparisons often levelled pale in light of this.

    This album kick starts with “Breadfan” and maintains the momentum with “In The Grip of a Tyre-fitter’s Hand”. It’s enough to reel the listener in and apart from an attempt at a single, Andy Fairweather-Low’s ‘I Ain’t No Mountain’, the album offers some truly great moments in arguably Budgie’s best period. All ten minutes of ‘Parents’ and the epic ‘Zoom Club’ too, not to mention Napoleon Bona Parts I & II. Shelly’s vocals may be an aquired taste but they work in this framework along with some amazing guitar from Tony Bourge. Drum duties are split between Ray Phillips and Pete Boot but I defy anyone to spot the difference.

    Highly recommended especially to casual listeners, real fans would have all this material already.

    Posted on February 26, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I haven’t listen to any Budgie since the late 70’s, not long ago my 13yr. old daughter was listening to Metallica’s remake of Breadfan, I’d forgotten how Budgie rips so I pulled out the old LP’s put on the Best of and enjoyed the great selection of songs! If your a Budgie fan this is a good representation on of early Budgie tunes. My daughter thinks it rocks!

    Posted on February 26, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Ive been working in the entertainment business for year’s(live sound)and had the extreme pleasure of working with budgie back in the 70’s.the best of budgie disc is a great representation of songs they wre playing then.THIS BAND is straight ahead no frill’s kick [butt] rock at it’s finest,and this disc showcases there talent nicely….n fan forever

    Posted on February 26, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • They may not have been Zeppelin, but they could rock! This album is a good overview of the three albums it covers, but to really appreciate Budgie at their raw, rockin’ best, you should get the first, eponymous album – it’s basic and brilliant! That said, you should BUY THIS NOW!!

    Posted on February 26, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This title is one of the best the “The Best Of” compilations I’ve ever heard. I own other “best of” CDs but they usually deliver the commercial songs of the band or artist. I don’t really know if it’s due to the fact that Budgie was not a commercial blast, but this CD shows the essence of the band and is certainly a very good acquisition for anyone who likes true hard rock / heavy metal.

    Posted on February 26, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now