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Godz, The - 1978 The Godz

ARTIST: Godz, The
ALBUM: The Godz
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 2010, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY075


LINEUP: Mark Chatfield - guitars, vocals * Bob Hill - guitars, keyboards, vocals * Eric Moore - bass, vocals * Glen Cataline - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Go Away * 02 Baby I Love You * 03 Guaranteed * 04 Gotta Keep A Runnin' * 05 Under The Table * 06 Cross Table * 07 Candy's Going Bad


Straight out of the biker/gonzo heavy rock brigade are this mob from Columbus Ohio called The Godz, following hard on the heels of Kiss, Ted Nugent, The Dictators, and Grand Funk Railroad. Now, they are not to be confused with another sixties outfit by the same name. Different music too no doubt. What we get here is pure unadulterated seventies rock, the sort of rock that 30 something's grew up on, when arena rock was fashionable, and side burns and platform shoes were the in-thing. We even get keyboards with these boys, so it's not a total write off. In fact, their music is excellent despite the biker image. They even have Don Brewer from the aforementioned Grand Funk Railroad producing them, so they've got an experienced hand, plus it gives them a commercial sounding product.

The Songs
This their debut, only has seven tracks, but most of it makes for great listening. All of Side two is perhaps some of the best hard rockin' US material from the late seventies. 'Under The Table' and the classic pair of 'Cross Country' and the Golden Earring hit 'Candys Going Bad' are compulsory listening. 'Guaranteed' is another hard rockin' track while 'Gotta Keep A Runnin' is high on gonzoid excess. The catchcry from this song 'The Godz are rock 'n' roll machines' perhaps sounds a little silly years later, but hey, it was the seventies right?

In Summary
The Godz and the second album 'Nothing Is Sacred' did get a combined CD release years later, though I'm not sure about their 'Mongolians' album. The band at last report were still doing occasional gigs in their native Ohio area, but it really is this record that remains the pick of the bunch for me among their discography, recognised also by the Rock Candy folk who have given it the reissue treatment during July 2010. Get it while you can!

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#1 | sabace on March 19 2006 14:06:25
#2 | sabace on June 10 2007 14:13:54
Nick c, you are spot on the live lp is f*** great, although I would love to get my paws on a cdr of the their radio broadcast from agora in cleveland circa'79, man the tape I have is worn out!
#3 | gdazegod on December 22 2007 18:02:00
Sabace, I have that Agora concert as mp3's. If you still want them, message me.
#4 | kvoodoo on February 03 2008 17:46:32
gdazegod i would love to have that Agora recording if u dont mind. Let me know here an I will get u my e-mail. U might even find my e-mail here I dont know, still new to sight. Thanks.clap
#5 | gdazegod on February 04 2008 01:03:05
No problem kv. I will jack it up. Expect an email.
#6 | kvoodoo on February 06 2008 17:45:06
fantastic g, il be lookin. Been looking for GODZ stuff.Cool
#7 | rostoned on June 28 2008 12:35:18
Never officially released on CD, what's on the market by lousy pirate 'labels' (...) like Black Rose or Lion (?) from Germany are cheap bootlegs. Avoid.
#8 | Eric on June 28 2008 13:46:30
What is it about this album? Didn't like it then, Don't like it now. What am I missing?
#9 | skelly on October 03 2008 20:56:49
Wasn't their second album called 'Nothing's Sacred'. I believe they also had a European Best of released called 'Power Rock From the USA'.
Amazing band all the same.
#10 | rostoned on October 03 2008 21:26:32
Skelly the album you mention PRFTU is an unofficial release from Germany, combining the first album with a few tracks from the follow up. It is not a best of, it is a damn bootleg salad. Still don't get why, after all these years, a digital legit reissue of the classic s/t has never surfaced anywhere in the world pissed
#11 | reyno-roxx on June 10 2009 08:50:06
I have the 'Power Rock From The USA' CD. I first saw it in the year it was released in the mid 90s in HMV (Oxford Street, London branch) of all places. It was clearly a bootleg. Strange that a retail store had it. Didn't buy it, but eventually found another copy in now sadly closed second hand store in Leicester.
The debut Godz album deserves a proper re-issue. It's one of the all-time great US hard rock albums.
At the time Millenium were an offshoot of Casablanca, before the label head had something of a falling out with Mr Bogart.
I would've loved to have seen the Angel/Godz tour in 78. At some shows they were joined by Judas Priest....the religious fanatics would've had a field day burning the records and picketing the venues if that had happened in the 80s!
#12 | sabace on June 25 2009 14:11:04
i have the lion digi pack and very nice it is too . I have no qualms buying these so called bootlegs if the powers to be won't re issue them!
#13 | sabace on August 11 2012 19:59:30
a little bit of info - the art work for this lp and ELO'S 'out of the blue' are by Japanese artist Shusei Nagaoka you learn something everyday! .

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