Mk II (album)

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Not to be confused with MK II (Masterplan album).
Mk II
Studio album by Steamhammer
Released November 1969
Recorded 1969
Genre Blues rock
Label CBS
Producer Fritz Fryer & John Hawkins
Steamhammer chronology
Steamhammer
(1969)
Mk II
(1969)
Mountains
(1970)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Mk II was the second album of the British blues-rock band Steamhammer.

Background[edit]

Not selling as many records as they had hoped, Steamhammer nevertheless became a top European open-air attraction, mainly due to their excellent live performance. For over two hours each night they would provide instrumental improvisations, exemplarised by the guitar work of Martin Pugh and the harmonica of Kieran White. In summer 1969, Martin Quittenton left the band, followed by drummer Michael Rushton. They were replaced by Steve Jolliffe (saxophone, flute) and Mick Bradley (drums).

Jollife's feel for precise arrangements and jazz influences especially inspired the recording of this second Mk II album. Going beyond the boundaries of traditional blues forms, the band members applied their musical creativity and imagination without the need for technical trickery.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Supposed to Be Free" (White)
  2. "Johnny Carl Morton" (Jollife)
  3. "Sunset Chase" (Pugh)
  4. "Contemporary Chick Con Song" (Steamhammer)
  5. "Turn Around" (Jollife)
  6. "6/8 for Amiran" (Jollife/White)
  7. "Passing Through" (White)
  8. "Down Along the Grove" (White)
  9. "Another Travelling Tune" (Pugh/White)
  10. "Fran and Dee Take a Ride" (White)
  11. "Junior's Wailing" * (Pugh/White)
  12. "Windmill" * (Quittenton/White)
  13. "Autumn Song" * (Jollife/White)
  14. "Blues for Passing People" * (Steamhammer)

First 10 tracks in the list are on the original 1969 LP album, last 4 only added on for the CD.

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

  • Martin Pugh - Acoustic & Electric Guitar
  • Kieran White - Guitar (Acoustic), Harmonica, Jew's-Harp, Vocals
  • Mick Bradley - Percussion, Conga, Drums
  • Steve Davy - Bass
  • Steve Jolliffe - Flute (Alto), Flute (Soprano), Harpsichord, Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor), Vocals

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Fritz Fryer - Producer
  • John Hawkins - Producer
  • Paul Tregurtha - Engineer
  • Mike Bobak - Engineer

Product details[edit]

  • Audio CD (July 18, 2006)
  • Original release date: 1969
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B000025R1K

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. Mk II (album) at AllMusic

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