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I discovered this album by pure chance, having randomly picked it from a huge list of albums on DC++, simply because I thought the name sounded witty. I hadn't heard of the band, nor had anyone else I know. I was pleasantly surprised when I played it for the first time and heard the first track 'Freedom Train'. There isn't much information out there about the band, nor this particular album. Apparently this is a very rare and previously out of print album, which was only recently re-issued on CD. It includes a bonus track, which is a live version of the aforementioned 'Freedom Train'. They have a dirty and powerful blues rock sound, and I would venture to say that they sound very psychedelic at times also. Here's some more information about the album which I managed to dig up:
When Welsh-based covers band Strawberry Dust got some gigs supporting The Eyes Of Blue they impressed John Weathers and he approached their then record company boss Lou Reizner about signing them. This he did but he changed their name to Ancient Grease. When they entered the studio to record Women And Children First Weathers and other Eyes Of Blue members also helped out. After the album was released in July 1970 the band reverted to its original monicker Strawberry Dust and spent a short while in Hamburg. They disintegrated on their return but Mortimer and Williams later lined up in Racing Cars.
Year of Release: 1970 Label: Mercury Catalog #: SR 61305 Genres: Psychedelic, Blues Rock, Hard Rock Format: MP3 Bitrate: 256kbps
1. Freedom Train
2. Don't Want
3. Odd Song
4. Eagle Song
5. Where The Snow Lies Forever
6. Mother Grease the Cat
7. Time to Die
8. Prelude to a Blind Man
9. Mystic Mountain
10. Women and Children First
11. Freedom Train (alternate take)