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Claw - 1978 Diggin' In

ALBUM: Diggin' In
LABEL: GDS Records
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: Jack Reginald - guitars, lead vocals * Danny Meyer - 4 and 8 string bass * Moe Baker - drums, percussion, lead vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Diggin In * 02 Mannish Boy * 03 Cathouse Stomp * 04 Eleanor Rigby * 05 Bred To Rock And Roll * 06 Captain Feelgood * 07 Love Pit * 08 Coke Call Rock * 09 Voltage Man * 10 Spoonful (An Abstract Jam)

The 1970's was the true era of the 'power trio', and Illinois rockers Claw were one of many to follow this trend. The band combine southern rock, boogie and blues, played in a psychedelic jam style. Described as crude, you can probably put this down to the private pressing nature of this LP, lacking the finesse of bands on major labels.

The Songs
When you hear a track like 'Eleanor Rigby' played in a freestyle way and sounding nothing like the original Beatles version, you know this band could've jammed like this for days on end! Overall, Claw play very loosely, but there's something quite endearing about their method. The guitar work from Jack Reginald is very fuzzy, and can be heard to good effect on the title-track 'Diggin' In', 'Mannish Boy' and 'Voltage Man'. The band do venture into some extended playing, such as 'Lathouse Stomp' and 'Spoonful', which is also known as 'Abstract Jam', which pretty much sums Claw up in a few words.

In Summary
This LP has seen a bit of love in recent years, and you can find a fileshare of 'Diggin' In' without too much trouble on the Interwebs. Some have compared the band to the likes of Cream. Certainly not in the same class as Clapton and co, but in the delivery method.

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#1 | tompa on December 08 2016 19:55:07
A bit inconsistent but it does have a few tracks I like; Diggin In and Coke Call Rock. Have to revisit this one.
#2 | super80boy on May 06 2018 17:04:29
This rare album has a jam band formula, which plays out song over song (with exception for the re-worked Eleanor Rigby cover). The band needed to change things up a bit on the creativity side - the set gets a bit monotonous. However, there’s some cool guitar jams throughout.
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