Blues rockers cum psychedelic proto proggers Groundhogs are to have a new triple vinyl live album, Road Hogs: Live From Richmond To Pocono, released through Fire Records on November 5.
The new release features all previously unreleased live material from the trio, that were discovered having lain in the Warner Brothers’ vault for 50 years! Four reels of tape lay wedged between the masters of the groundbreaking albums Thank Christ For The Bomb, Split and Who Will Save The World… The Mighty Groundhogs.
The first two boxes had a handwritten scrawl acclaiming them as ‘Groundhogs live at Richmond Athletic Ground, November 7, 1969’. Originally it had been thought that they were recorded at the Ninth National Jazz And Blues Festival – a nomadic event that had previously rocked up in Richmond. In fact, they turned out to be a one-off support slot to Free, a break from their Marquee residency.
The second two boxes – marked ‘Pocono’ were recorded at what would turn out to be the final show for this seminal line up of line up of Tony McPhee (guitar and vocals), Pete Cruikshank (bass) and Ken Pustelnik (drums), from Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania in 1972, when their truncated hurricane-threatened US tour ended abruptly as Tony broke his arm in a freak horse riding accident.
The new released includes liner notes with unearthed photos from the Groundhogs archive, bumper sticker and poster.
Groundhogs: Road Hogs: Live From Richmond to Pocono
A1. Cherry Red (Richmond Athletic Ground, London – 1969)
A2. Mistreated (Richmond Athletic Ground, London – 1969)
A3. Natchez Burning (Richmond Athletic Ground, London – 1969)
B1. B.D.D. (Richmond Athletic Ground, London – 1969)
B2. Times (Richmond Athletic Ground, London – 1969)
C1. Still a Fool (Richmond Athletic Ground, London – 1969)
D1. Group Intro (Richmond Athletic Ground, London – 1969)
D2. No More Doggin’ (Richmond Athletic Ground, London – 1969)
E1. Eccentric Man (Pocono Raceway, Pennsylvania – 1972)
E2. Music is the Food of Thought (Pocono Raceway, Pennsylvania – 1972)
E3. Cherry Red, Split Part 2 (Pocono Raceway, Pennsylvania – 1972)
F1. Still a Fool, Amazing Grace (Pocono Raceway, Pennsylvania – 1972)
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- The Groundhogs - Split - 1st - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $33.25, €29.50 (New Item) (arrived 25-Nov-2021 09:53)on December 4, 2021 at 2:30 am
THE GROUNDHOGS Split (1971 UK first press 8-track LP on the black Liberty label, housed in a fully laminated gatefold picture sleeve with great live band shot inside. The sleeve shows some light shelfwear scuffs with light discolouring & the vinyl is Excellent with the odd light sign of play. A respectable copy of this essential slab of heavy progressive blues! LBG83401)
- The Groundhogs - Hogwash - Autographed - UK - CD album - £20.00, $26.60, €23.60 (New Item) (arrived 07-Aug-2021 17:45)on December 4, 2021 at 2:30 am
THE GROUNDHOGS Hogwash (Autographed 1991 UK 12-track CD, first released on vinyl in 1972 & expanded to include four bonus tracks. Comes housed in a CD album jewel case with the front of the picture booklet signed by Tony McPhee in blue biro! BGOCD44)
- The Groundhogs - Thank Christ For The Bomb - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $33.25, €29.50 (New Item) (arrived 16-Jul-2021 09:00)on December 4, 2021 at 2:30 am
THE GROUNDHOGS Thank Christ For The Bomb (1975 UK Sunset issue of the classic 1970 9-track LP, front laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve is Excellent with a light ripple in the laminate & the vinyl is clean & looks barely played SLS50376)
- The Groundhogs - Scratching The Surface - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $26.60, €23.60 (New Item) (arrived 16-Jul-2021 09:11)on December 4, 2021 at 2:30 am
THE GROUNDHOGS Scratching The Surface (Mid '80s reissue of the 9-track vinyl LP originally released in 1968, picture sleeve. Debut long player from the hard-working blues rockers led by Tony McPhee. The sleeve shows very little wear and the vinyl looks barely played BGOLP15)
- The Groundhogs - Hoggin The Stage + 7" - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £50.00, $66.50, €59.00 (New Item) (arrived 16-Jul-2021 09:32)on December 4, 2021 at 2:30 am
THE GROUNDHOGS Hoggin The Stage (1984 UK 12-track double LP, complete wth bonus 'Side E & 'Side F' 7" vinyl EP, a full collection of live recordings compiled by Tony McPhee himself from 1971 during a Stones tour where Mick Jagger personally requested The Groundhogs to perform & a gig in Stockholm 1976, hype-stickered gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal shelfwear with the vintage price sticker still in place & the vinyl remains in barely played condition PSYCHO24)