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Buffalo - Volcanic Rock + bonus (1973)



Jeśliby zapytać przeciętnego zjadacza rocka/metalu z czym kojarzy mu się Australia, pierwsze co przyjdzie mu na myśl, to zapewne kangury, może wspomni coś o Aborygenach, ale przede wszystkim wymieni on AC/DC jako pionierów hardrocka. Ale zostawmy Youngów, bo okazuje się, że przed „High Voltage” zostały nagrane w Australii co najmniej trzy równie dobre krążki: „Dead Forever”, „Volcanic Rock” oraz "Only Want You for Your Body" przez grupę Buffalo. Działalność zaczynali pod nazwą Hobo, ale używali jej bardzo krótko. Zespół został uformowany w 1971 roku, ale niestety nie mieli tyle szczęścia, aby zaistnieć na szerszą skalę. Wielka szkoda, bowiem wymienione płyty bronią się do dziś doskonale. Wybrałem „Volcanic Rock”, bowiem to na tej płycie porzucili typowy jailhouse-rock na rzecz psychodelicznej zabawy z rockiem. Czuć w tym zeppelinowski pazur, zwłaszcza w otwierającym płytę „Sunrise (Come My Way)”. Przy „Freedom” przetoczy się przez was sabbathowski walec i nim zdążycie się podnieść, z pozycji kolan wysłuchacie pozostałych kawałków. Buffalo sypie piaszczystymi riffami, rzeźbi soczyste struktury, często też pozwala dźwiękom ochłonąć, aby póżniej uderzyć z jeszcze większym impetem (wystarczy posłuchać „Pound Of Flesh” i następującym po nim „Shylock”). „Volcanic Rock” jest zwartym monolitem, niczym Ayer's Rock. Ale to co jest jednym z największych atutów płyty, to niewątpliwie wokal Tice'a, równie potężny jak praca gitar. W ogóle, to chyba jeden z najbardziej charyzmatycznych, męskich wokali w historii rocka/heavy. Jeśli czujecie się dobrze w klimatach wspomnianych powyżej zespołów to „Volcanic Rock” jest pozycją obowiązkową. (Skaut, Masterful Magazine Forum)

Dave Tice - vocal
John Baxter - guitar
Peter Wells - bass
Jimmy Economou - drums



Buffalo was an early heavy metal band formed in Sydney, Australia in 1971. The band left a legacy with Australia's heavy metal, pub rock and alternative rock movements. The band had evolved from the Brisbane blues-rock outfit Head, which was originally formed in 1968 by Dave Tice and Peter Wells. A change of lineup and a shift in musical direction saw the new band emerge - the name Buffalo was chosen (according to legend, randomly off a map of Australia) as it was seen a more marketable name than the previous Head, which had been considered to be offensive due to its sexual and drug connotations.

Largely unrecognised within the Australian music scene, Buffalo was possibly Australia's first heavy metal band, pre-dating other pioneering Australian hard rock and heavy metal acts, such as Coloured Balls, AC/DC, The Angels, Taste and Rose Tattoo. Like many pioneering heavy metal acts, Buffalo incorporated strong influences of blues-rock and progressive rock. The band toured across Australia, at venues ranging from school dances in tiny halls to large outdoor concerts. Overall, the band's sound is comparable to Black Sabbath, whom they supported during an early 1970s tour.

Despite being the first non-European or British act to sign to Vertigo Records, Buffalo remained an underground band. This was largely due to a lack of airplay on radio, with commercial radio virtually blacklisting the band, and the non-existence of public radio stations in Australia (such as Triple J and 3RRR) until the mid-1970s. Also, the controversial[1] artworks for their albums Volcanic Rock (1973) and Only Want You For Your Body (1974) saw some record chains refuse to stock their albums. After 1975, the band underwent various line-up changes and a change of music direction. The lineup and direction change was followed by decreased album sales and critical acclaim. The band disbanded following their last release in 1977. The two albums "Volcanic Rock" and "Only Want You For Your Body" are now regarded as prog/stoner/hard rock masterpieces. Despite public demand, the members of Buffalo have resisted a reformation & now with Peter Wells sadly no longer with us, the chances are slim at best. Dave Tice can sometimes be heard slipping a Buffalo song into one of his live sets.

The original lineup was unconventional for a rock band, featuring two lead vocalists (Dave Tice and Alan Milano) and filled out by John Baxter (guitar), Peter Wells (bass) and Paul Balbi (drums). Its best-known lineup (during its most successful years during 1973-1975) saw the exit of Milano, resulting in Tice as the sole vocalist, with Jimmy Economou replacing Paul Balbi on drums. Ex-Band of Light slide guitarist Norm Roue joined Buffalo in late 1974, but at the start of 1975 John Baxter was dismissed from the band - an event seen as the catalyst of Buffalo's decline. Baxter was replaced by Karl Taylor, who recorded on the Mother's Choice album. By 1976, both Roue and Taylor had departed the band and were replaced by Chris Turner and Colin Stead - although Stead's spell with the band was very brief. The final lineup change also occurred in 1976 with Ross Sims replacing Peter Wells. (wikipedia)

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