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Hummingbird - 1976 We Can't Go On Meeting Like This

ARTIST: Hummingbird
ALBUM: We Can't Go On Meeting Like This
YEAR: 1976
CD REISSUE: 2007, A&M (Japan), UICY-93244


LINEUP: Bobby Tench - vocals, guitars * Bernie Holland - guitars * Max Middleton - keyboards, moog * Clive Chaman - bass, harmonica * Bernard Purdie - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fire And Brimstone * 02 Gypsy Skies * 03 Trouble Makers * 04 Scorpio * 05 We Can't Go On Meeting Like This * 06 The City Mouse * 07 A Friend Forever * 08 Heaven Knows (Where You've Been) * 09 Snake Snack * 10 Let It Burn

Hummingbird on this, the band's second album was essentially the Jeff Beck Group without Beck. Seasoned players all, keyboardist Max Middleton appeared with the Beck, Bogart, Appice project as well as Nazareth's classic 'Hair of the Dog' LP and guitarist Bobby Tench is one of those journeyman players who could never stay still for too long, moving through stints with Widowmaker, Streetwalkers, Humble Pie and many others. Yet despite such a large pool of talent, Hummingbird never really broke out as a major league group. In fact interviews with Middleton, Tench and guitarist Bernie Holland reveal very little about Hummingbird which is odd considering the group released three albums to critical acclaim and worthy of investigation.

The Songs
Heavy on the jazz, blues and funk influences Hummingbird eclipsed most groups of the era not only due to the quality of the players, but the progressive rock vibe found in most of their work. Average White Band fans will find Hummingbird of interest in the funkier tracks like 'Fire And Brimstone' and 'Trouble Maker' but for this listener it's the fusion sound of Hummingbird where the group truly finds their mark with the gorgeous 'Gypsy Skies' on side one and 'The City Mouse' on the flip taking best in show. Personally I could have done with less funk and more fusion but the record is what it is and succeeds despite its yin/yang.

In Summary
I have to be in the mood for an album like this and I'm sure most GD readers will find themselves feeling the same, but only you know how much you can take. Groups like Santana and Journey have been covered on these pages and both have touched on this style which peaked in the mid- 1970's with people like Bob James, Herbie Hancock and the aforementioned Average White Band leading the charge. 'We Can't Go On Meeting Like This' stands shoulder to shoulder with the best of them and is worth seeking out for those wanting something different, in particular the hard to find Japanese CD version.

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