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Nutz - 1974 Nutz

YEAR: 1974
CD REISSUE: 2007, Universum (Germany) Universum 5001 * 2018, Rock Candy Records, CANDY367


LINEUP: Dave Lloyd - lead vocal, guitar * Mick Devonport - lead guitar, vocals * Keith Mulholland - bass, vocals * John Mylett - drums, percussion * John 'Rabbit' Bundrick - keyboards * Chris Hughes - brass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Poor Man * 02 Ain't No Thanks To You * 03 Spoke In A Wheel * 04 I Can't Unwind * 05 Can't Tell Her Why * 06 As Far As The Eye Can See * 07 Love Will Last Forever * 08 Light Of Day * 09 Round And Round * 10 Joke

Seminal 70's Liverpool pub rockers that somehow latched on to the 'New Wave of British Heavy Metal' movement appearing on the first legendary 'Metal For Muthas' compilation alongside Iron Maiden and Angelwitch which were indeed strange bedfellows, but then again maybe not? Nutz as if searching for a second lease on life would change their name to the less comical sounding Rage in the 1980's releasing three albums worthy of note. That's not to say the group in their early days didn't have a fair amount of success although their record label might disagree. Tours with UFO, Black Sabbath, Budgie and most notably Queen gave the band decent exposure but the group's label was never quite happy with record sales and as usual expected more, even sending the band across the pond to America where the band's records could not be found outside the import bins. Smart move eh? Sometimes I just shake my head in wonder..

The Songs
Not a whole lot of surprises to be found on the group's debut, but it's a good effort very much influenced by bands like Free and The Faces with slight progressive rock touches ala Yes. The latter comparison is more due to the guitar playing on tracks like the folkie 'Love Will Last Forever'. Keyboardist John 'Rabbit' Bundrick (Free, Crawler) guests on a few songs here as the group for the most part flip flops between blues and heavy rock, the best of which is 'Can't Tell Her Why' a song that remarkably sounds like the Black Crowes at their sleazy best.

In Summary
Nutz were definitely an interesting band, but the problem was there were so many hopefuls playing this style of music during mid-70's, I can see why they struggled to break out on their native turf. After Nutz and Rage, vocalist Dave Lloyd formed 2 AM, bassist Keith Mulholland would eventually join up with Demon while drummer John Mylett spent some time with Nightwing, although I haven't a clue where any of these guys are now?

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#1 | trillion1999 on October 07 2011 02:56:33
Had all Nutz on CD but could not remember a single note so got rid of them.Would love to hear and read all about Rage though.Smile
#2 | super80boy on May 29 2013 22:41:14
liked this album. It was enjoyable melodic rockers throughout. 'Ain't No Thanks To You' and 'As Far As The Eye Can See' are standout songs, but there are others that come close. Interesting album artwork as well. Further research yielded the story of the cover - The woman was Linda Halpin, who was the wife of the photographer on the session. She was a professional model, specializing in leg shots for stockings and tights adverts. But there was a trick used here. If you turn the cover upside down, you can see that she is actually lying on a desk with her legs in the air. That's how they do this sort of shot, it's so much easier. And that's why her arms are so straight. Linda was also the model on the front and back cover of 2nd album 'NUTZ TOO'.
#3 | Explorer on March 04 2018 19:14:22
I see their albums are about to get the Rock Candy treatment. Fairly unremarkable affairs for me. I saw them supporting Queen back in 1974,and I always put these guys in the same bag as Hustler,both hard working bands but nothing special at all.

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