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Yellow Dog - 1978 Beware Of The Dog

ARTIST: Yellow Dog
ALBUM: Beware Of The Dog
LABEL: Virgin
SERIAL: V 2104
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: Kenny Young - vocals, guitars, percussion * Herbie Armstrong - guitars, vocals * Phil Palmer - guitars * Mike Feat - bass * Peter Van Hook - drums * Peter Bardens, Pete Solley - keyboards * Paul Atkinson, Jimmy Hall - drums * Simon Phillips, Jack Spence - percussion * Jack Hall, Rod Demick - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Gee Officer Krupke * 02 Up In The Balcony * 03 So This Is Love * 04 Flying Saucers * 05 Beware Of The Dog * 06 Wait Until Midnight * 07 Just One More Night * 08 I Got Carried Away * 09 Masters Of The Night

After three albums with Fox, Kenny Young and Herbie Armstrong forged ahead without the ever-strange Noosha Fox, teaming up with guitarist Jim Gannon formerly of Sabbath-wannabe's Black Widow and releasing Yellow Dog's first album in 1977. I have never heard that debut and only came across 'Beware of The Dog' quite recently. It seems Gannon left after that first album, replaced by renowned session guitarist Phil Palmer. The group toured the pub circuit and even appeared on 'Top of the Pops' although two albums were all Yellow Dog could eek out and it's probably for the best.

The Songs
Critic Martin Popoff called Yellow Dog '10cc crossed with California roots pop' and he wasn't that far off the mark. Yellow Dog obviously had a sense of humor on tracks like 'Gee Officer Krupke' and 'Just One More Night' which became a modest hit single, but unlike 10cc nothing on 'Beware of the Dog' is all that memorable. 'So This Is Love' could pass for The Grateful Dead at their most accessible and 'Flying Saucers' is quaint and the most 10cc influenced track found here. I would toss in some City Boy references in the music of Yellow Dog as well, but again as creative as they were, some help in the song writing department might have been an improvement.

In Summary
Special mention for the cover art which shows what appears to be a good looking woman's backside and a startled band on the front cover with the back sleeve revealing the face of a dog - a Boxer to be exact and the band running away. Clever and the Boxers face is a raised emboss, one of the few albums I own where such a thing can be found on a back cover.

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#1 | Harvey Mettle on December 26 2007 12:57:45
I don't think it's 'fair' to call Black Widow Sabbath wannabees! They formed and released records quite some time before Sabs and contrary to popular belief (and god knows where it comes from) there is absolutely no musical comaparison to be made betwixt the two. Black Widow play straight prog rock with no hard rock at all until much later in their career and ven then it was nothing like Sabbath. If anything it would be the other way around, it's been said that Sabbath got gigs after promoters confused the names and booked the Brummie boys instead!
#2 | Eric on December 26 2007 14:57:34
I have the Black Widow debut, and it's pretty dark full of occult imagery, but yes more prog than Sabbath, yet Black Sabbath's debut came out in 1970, and Black Widow's first in 1971 (Pesky Gee-the group they morphed out of and their album came out in the late 60's sometime so you can't include that) and I am guessing they didn't live in a vacuum, so at least for the first BW album (Later albums were more hard rock as you pointed out) you gotta wonder if they didn't try to capitalize on Ozzy & company's image wise just a little bit?
#3 | Eric on December 26 2007 15:03:17
I stand corrected HarveyThumbs Up. 'Sacrifice' did come out in 1970, but still a few months after the Black Sabbath debut. The self titled album followed in 1971.
#4 | reyno-roxx on July 29 2008 15:56:53
That type of album cover would be deemed more typical of a rap album than a rock record these days. How times change!
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