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Budgie - 1974 In For The Kill

ARTIST: Budgie
ALBUM: In For The Kill
YEAR: 1974
CD REISSUE: 1989, Repetoire (Germany), RR-4027-C * 1994, Repetoire (Germany), REP-4027-WZ


LINEUP: Burke Shelley - vocals, bass * Tony Bourge - guitars * Pete Boot - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 In For The Kill * 02 Crash Course In Brain Surgery * 03 Wondering What Everyone Knows * 04 Zoom Club * 05 Hammer And Tongs * 06 Running From My Soul * 07 Living On Your Own


Cardiff is the city of origin for Welsh rockers Budgie. More famous for its pubs and their national rugby team, this power trio are a testament to longevity over the years. Kicking off in 1967 as the band Hills Contemporary Grass, sense finally prevailed with a name change to the (shorter and more concise) Budgie. Over the years, the budgie-head has been prevalent in their marketing, and has appeared on most (if not all) of their record covers, in one form or another. Their brand of hard rock was closely aligned to Birmingham HM band Black Sabbath, with BS's producer Rodger Bain in charge of their musical output. The band released their debut in 1971, 'Squawk' in 1972, and 'Never Turn Your Back On A Friend' in 1973, featuring perhaps their best known track 'Breadfan'. However, the turning point in their career came with their fourth and monumental 'In For The Kill' LP.

The Songs
Set sail for 41 minutes of primo 70's rock, the title track 'In For The Kill' is a relentless track which fuses early Black Sabbath with that early bluesy vibe that the Pat Travers Band tapped into while based in England. 'Crash Course In Brain Surgery' features some dominate bass lines from Burke Shelley. The mid-song vocalisms resort to Robert Plant-isms a la 'Led Zeppelin IV'. Of course, Metallica would go on to cover this song on their 1987 EP 'Garage Days Revisited'. The beautiful and poignant ballad 'Wondering What Everyone Knows' touches all the right places with its acoustic emphasis. The first of the two 'epic' tracks on this album is 'Zoom Club'. Tony Bourge is the ringleader on this one, the riffs are stolen (he would say 'borrowed heavily') from Jeff Beck, and again a bit of Pat Travers thrown into the mix. This is one of the best traditional hard rocking tracks from the extensive Budgie back catalogue. 'Hammer And Tongs' takes on early Black Sabbath characteristics, surely Bourge must be Tony Iommi's long lost brother in the guitar stakes? 'Running from My Soul' has a fluid bluesy feel to it, and enables Bourge to riff all over the standard twelve bar structure. Again, Pat Travers is a reference, though of course, he wouldn't make his mark until at least four years later. The second 'epic' track 'Living On Your Own' clocks in at 8 and half minutes. It traverses different patterns throughout but never loses intensity and purpose.

In Summary
For many, 'In For The Kill' ranks as the best of Budgie's early works, but don't go past 1975's 'Bandolier' either, as a classic rock extravaganza. Guitarist Tony Bourge would leave a few years later, to be replaced by John Thomas. The band moved their sound into the mainstream ranks by the 80's, as evidenced by their melodic efforts 'Power Supply' (an AC/DC doppelganger if ever I've heard!) and 'Deliver Us From Evil'. A great band, well respected among fans and fellow musicians alike.

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#1 | rostoned on November 03 2008 08:42:11
Van Halen used to cover the 'In For The Kill' track during their early (club ) daze and there should be a live recording (or is it a demo?) of this on some bootlegs. Any confirmation is welcomed.

Reissued on CD first by German label Repertoire and lately in a remastered and superior issue (w/bonus tracks) on the Noteworthy UK label.
#2 | gdazegod on November 03 2008 09:24:51
'Running From My Soul' is superb blues based riffola! Yes, I was aware on VH doing stuff during their Mammoth days, though they were playing covers of almost everyone that was popular back then.
#3 | vinyldinosaurus on November 03 2008 15:30:32
Pete Boot!
#4 | david on November 04 2008 00:00:22
This band ruled the San Antonio rock scene, back when the godfarther of hard rock and metal, Joe Antony had his radio show on KISS-FM.
Imagine turning into the radio and hearing these bands, all in one show. Legs Diamond, Moxy, Budgie, The Hunt, Dirty Tricks, Lone Star, Strapps, Rex, Mahogany Rush, Riff Rockers, Oz Knozz,
#5 | Nick C on November 04 2008 23:26:22
My mate, himself a huge Budgie fan always used to call this album IN FOR THE TRILL ..... Trill being food for budgies over here. Hoho...oh how we used to laugh.
#6 | gdazegod on November 04 2008 23:46:38
Thanks for the Oz Knozz lead Dave, am now going to be doing some work with this band. Have bought their latest album off CDBaby.
#7 | Jez on November 06 2008 18:04:46
Loads of good releses to track down George. Try the 80's stuff of 'Power Supply' (My favourite), 'Night Flite', ' Deliver Us From Evil' (which has a more commercial sound) and of the earlier stuff, This one, and 'Never Turn You Back On A Friend' featuring the classic 'Breadfan'.

Great band.
#8 | Jez on November 06 2008 18:05:56
Sorry, I read your above post and thought you were refering to Budgie doh.
#9 | rkbluez on June 16 2012 02:47:44
Great band...played this album to death back in the old of their finest along with Never Turn Your Back On A Friend...Tony Bourge rocked and had his own sound and style and I like that.
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