Hurdy Gurdy: Hurdy Gurdy (CD, 40:23); Background, HBG 122/11, 1971 E-mail: N/A Cyberhome: N/A 10 words or less: Mix early Zep and Grand Funk with a touch of Hendrix. Elaboration: I'm trying to remember where else in my collection I've heard Claus Bohling's fine Guitar playing... well, whatever other albums he's on, they are most likely post-Hurdy Gurdy. This recording was made in 1971 and sounds like it. Perhaps the best comparison would be Grand Funk Railroad's early sound with a dash of Hendrixian creativity thrown in for good measure. The first two cuts on this album are fairly typical turn of the 70s hard rock with emphatically sung lyrics in English, provided by Mr. Bohling himself. Track 3 is where things start to get interesting; it's a high energy uptempo instrumental with great Guitar playing. Track 4 is a Sitar & hand Percussion jam that concludes with a few existential lyrics. Track 5 includes some Harmonica also played by Claus but as with the remainder of the album, this suffers from a dated sound that screams late 60s/early 70s. I recommend this album to all fans of 70s hard rock since it is a very good document of that sound. ~ L Perez
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