Hard Rock, Heavy Blues Rock, Heavy Psychedelic Rock U.K. 1970s (Tracks) Bedlam – “Set Me Free”

Bedlam – “Set Me Free” Video on YouTube

Category/Music Genres :

Hard Rock, Heavy Blues Rock, Heavy Psychedelic Rock U.K. 1970s

Band :

Bedlam (Birmingham, U.K.)

Members :

Cozy Powell (drums), Dave Ball (guitar), Denny Ball (bass), Frank Aiello (vocals)
Related Artists :
Big Bertha, Ideal Milk, The Ace Kefford Stand, Cozy Powell’s Hammer
Also known as :
The Beast

Track :

‘Set Me Free” (written by Bedlam) B5 track (closing track) included on the album “Bedlam”

Album :

“Bedlam” released on Chrysalis Records ( CHR 1048) in 1973

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Bedlam – “Bedlam” Full Album Video on YouTube

Line-up/Credits :

Line-up :

Vocals – Francesco Aiello

Bass – Dennis Ball

Guitar – Dave Ball (2)

Drums – Cozy Powell

Keyboards – Felix Pappalardi (tracks: A1 to A3, A5, B1 to B5), Max Middleton (tracks: A4)

Credits :

Cover [Concept] – Dave Ball (2)

Engineer – Bob D’Orleans

Engineer [Assistant] – Daniel Jackson Turbeville

Lacquer Cut By – Ray Staff

Photography By [Cover], Design – Rowland Sherman

Producer – Felix Pappalardi

Produced For – Chrysalis Records

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Chrysalis Records Ltd.

Published By – Chrysalis Music Ltd.

Published By – Island Music Ltd.

Recorded At – Olympic Studios

Remixed At – Record Plant, N.Y.C.

Printed By – MacNeill Press Ltd.

Track-list :

01.Believe In You 3:58
02.Hot Lips 4:33
03.Sarah 3:44
04.Sweet Sister Mary 2:48
05.Seven Long Years 3:43
06.The Beast 5:27
07.Whiskey And Wine 2:31
08.Looking Through Love’s Eyes 2:53
09.Putting On The Flesh 3:52
10.Set Me Free 4:18

Information about the album/band/track :

“All Music”

Bedlam (originally known as Beast when it formed in 1972) was a British hard rock band featuring singer Frank Aiello (from Truth), guitarist Dave Ball (from Procol Harum), bassist Dennis Ball (formerly with Long John Baldry), and drummer Cozy Powell (formerly with Jeff Beck). They made one self-titled album produced by Felix Pappalardi (producer of Cream, member of Mountain) in 1973, before breaking up in 1974.

“Solid Boy Music Blog”

This band should have been as big as Led Zeppelin. The signs were all there, moody and magnificent blues guitarist of the highest caliber in the form of Dave Ball (from Procol Harum) a firm rock, thunderous bass – Dennis Ball (formerly with Long John Baldry) – the voice of a banshee cockney Frank Aiello (from Truth) and Mr Cozy Powell on drums. Bedlam were signed to Chrysalis Records and released their self-titled debut in 1973 remains a classic,a true gem of hard rock, Powell broke up the band in 1974 to pursue other projects.
The self-titled studio album is a very solid slice of bluesy, funky hard rock, produced by Felix Pappalardi (Mountain), that surprisingly didn’t garner more attention than it did. Not too far removed from what was coming out of the Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Cactus, Mountain, Budgie, Free, or Nazareth camps at the time, Bedlam showed a penchant for memorable, heavy rocking songs that featured the stellar musical interplay of Powell and the Ball brothers, plus the powerful vocals of Aiello. Though many tunes have a blues background, Ball’s riffs are heavy, especially on tracks like “Believe in You”, “Hot Lips”, and “Seven Long Years”, but there’s also a funkiness at times that reminds of what Deep Purple where soon to jump into on the Burn and Stormbringer albums. For those who crave those heavy rockin’, blues & boogie sounds of bands like Cactus and Mountain, check out the monstrous “Whiskey and Wine” and the hard driving “Putting On the Flesh” for some distorted riffs and crashing drum fills. “Set Me Free” is a bruising heavy rock track, with Aiello sounding a bit like Jack Bruce and the rest of the band really getting down and dirty for some fine proto-metal. It’s songs like this that makes it mind boggling that this band didn’t get more attention.
Considered one of England’s best drummers and a lot of demand for rock and pop Cozy Powell was almost legendary for a heavy hit style that could be done to work with many types of rock music, whether for the thundering pop productions helmed by Mickie Most Black Sabbath Emerson Lake & Powell or even his own solo work (notably “Dance with the Devil” which was a major English hit in 1973)
Powell began his professional music career in 1965 with sorcerers eventually decommissioning work with Jeff Beck after Beck left the Yardbirds in 1971, Powell formed Bedlam, but eventually abandoned this project to produce singles such as “Dance with the Devil” He later imageas Cozy Powell’s Hammer, which broke up in 1975 after a brief sabbatical, he joined Rainbow helps to give the band a section thunderous rhythm before exiting after four years and four albums in 1980, always in demand for the drum seat, he alternated between session work and working in different bands, including the Michael Schenker Group, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath never staying in one band for very long
In 1996, he worked with former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green on his long-awaited comeback tour at the time of his death on April 5, 1998 he was recovering from a foot injury which had sidelined him from touring work with guitarist Yngvie Malmsteen He was driving on the M4 towards Bristol when he apparently lost control of his car (due toto bad weather) slamming into the center divider of the highway, he died some hours later in hospital. Thanks to adamus67 for this review.
“What Frank Is Listening To”
The first thing that hits you in the face about this LP is the sleeve that could be a Black Sabbath sleeve but unfortunately Bedlam steer away from the hard rock that Black Sabbath espoused (rock bordering on metal) and cover the familiar hard rock, blues based, music so popular on both sides of the Atlantic between about 1968 – 1974.
Think Mott the Hoople, Mountain, Blind Faith, Bad Company, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Blue Cheer, Cactus, Humble Pie, Rainbow, Free, Groundhogs, Bloodrock.
If you don’t like any of those bands then stop reading now.
Frown you might at this music but it’s not that far from Bedlam to The Cult or The Darkness. And thelatter are acceptable to the musical intelligentsia. No?
Anyway, like most of their compadres on the hard rock blues scene Bedlam have a pedigree that is impeccable even though they are a second tier “super group” of sorts …
Allmusic: “Bedlam (originally known as Beast when it formed in 1972) was a British hard rock band featuring singer Frank Aiello (from Truth), guitarist Dave Ball (from Procol Harum), bassist Dennis Ball (formerly with Long John Baldry), and drummer Cozy Powell (formerly with Jeff Beck). They made one self-titled album produced by Felix Pappalardi (producer of Cream, member of Mountain) in 1973, before breaking up in 1974″.
Bedlam are never less than proficient. Unfortunately they never struck gold unlike most of the aforesaid mentioned acts and rarely do they add anything new to the genre. This, their one album, is what you would expect and they hit all the genre milestones: blues hard rock, blues power ballads, blues rock with supernatural thematic overtones, blues country boogie, funky blues.
Unfortunately all they needed was one hit …

Photos related to the album/band/track :

Bedlam – “Bedlam” Album cover photo (front)

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Bedlam – “Bedlam” Album  photo (B’ Side)

Bedlam – “Bedlam” Album  photo (B’ Side)

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Bedlam – “Bedlam” Album cover photo (back)

Bedlam Band’s Photos

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BEDLAM 1 (2)

Cozy Powell of rock group Bedlam (the band was then known as The Beast) performing in Copenhagen, Denmark, March 1973. (Photo by Jan Persson/Getty Images)

Bedlam : News Photo

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Bedlam, Marquee, London, 1973

Links related to the album/band/track :

Bedlam – “Set Me Free” Video on YouTube

Bedlam – “Bedlam” Full Album Video on YouTube

Bedlam Band’s Page on Spotify

Bedlam – “Live In London 1973” Full Album on Spotify

Bedlam Band’s Page on Discogs

Bedlam Band’s Page on Rate Your Music

Bedlam – “Live In London” Full Album on Apple Music

Cozy Powell – “The Bedlam Years” Full Album Download Link on Rockasteria Blog

Bedlam Band’s Interview on It’s A Psychedelic Baby Magazine Blog


Hard Rock/Heavy Psychedelic Rock U.S.A. 1970s (Tracks) Bloodrock – “Fantastic Piece Of Architecture”

Hard Rock/Heavy Psychedelic Rock U.S.A. 1970s (Tracks)

Bloodrock (Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.)

“Fantastic Piece Of Architecture” (written by Jim Rutledge, Steve Hill) B3 track included on the album “Bloodrock” 

Released on Capitol Records (ST-435) in March 1970

Line-up/Credits :

Lee Pickens — lead guitar, backing vocals

Nick Taylor — rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Stephen Hill — keyboards, backing vocals

Ed Grundy — bass guitar, backing vocals

Jim Rutledge — drums, lead vocals

Producer – Terry Knight

The cover art was designed by producer Terry Knight.

Track List :

1 Gotta Find a Way
2 Castle of Thought
3 Fatback
4 Double Cross
5 Timepiece
6 Wicked Truth
7 Gimme Your Head
8 Fantastic Piece of Architecture
9 Melvin Laid an Egg

Lyrics :

A man on the hill,
Gazing down the hillside,
His look of lost and lonely feeling.
He waits for the wind,
To catch the grass behind him,
His look is oh so revealing,
Such a fantastic piece of architecture,
Fantastic piece of architecture.
People came from miles,
Captured by it’s beauty,
They said – “The work of a master”,
Where have they gone?
The people of the county,
They know that time is moving faster,
For such a fantastic piece of architecture,
Fantastic piece of architecture.
They’ve taken away the dreams of yesterday.
They’ve taken away the dreams of yesterday.
Sixty years have gone,
And gone is it’s beauty,
They know they must go inside,
Birds live on the eaves,
And paint peels from the ceiling,
The smell of death is inside,
Such a fantastic piece of architecture,
Fantastic piece of architecture.
That man on the hill,
He’s walking down quite slowly,
He knows he must go inside,
Through huge open doors,
He feels that breathless feeling,
He lays on the floor and he dies,
In his fantastic piece of architecture,
Fantastic piece of architecture.
He dies.
Bloodrock was an early ’70s hard rock band from Fort Worth, TX, led by singer/drummer Jim Rutledge for the first LP. They charted with six albums between 1970 and 1972 and scored a Top 40 hit with the morbid “D.O.A.” from their second, gold-selling LP, Bloodrock 2.

BLOODROCK. The group Bloodrock was formed in 1969 in Fort Worth, Texas. The original members consisted of Jim Rutledge (vocals and drummer), Lee Pickens (lead guitar), Nick Taylor (rhythm guitar), Ed Grundy (bass), and Stevie Hill (keyboards). Drummer Rick Cobb III came on board beginning with the group’s second album.

Before the band formed, Pickens had begun appearing on television and radio with groups in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as did Rutledge. The story is similar for the other members prior to Bloodrock. They were influenced by musical contemporaries such as Cream, Jimi Hendrix, and Deep Purple, as well as blues players such as Freddie King. The band signed with Capitol Records and worked with Grand Funk Railroad’s producer Terry Knight on their first three albums, BloodrockBloodrock 2, and Bloodrock 3. Their first album, Bloodrock, was released in February 1970 and rose in the charts. In their early days, the band opened for Jimi Hendrix several times. In fact, they performed for their largest audience, a crowd of 350,000, at the second Atlanta International Pop Festival headlined by Hendrix. Bloodrock also did sessions at Electric Lady Studios in New York with producer Mitch Mitchell (drummer for Jimi Hendrix) and engineer Eddie Kramer. They had some contact with the jazz world and played festivals that featured such jazz luminaries as Miles Davis and Roland Kirk.

Bloodrock played its own homogenization of primarily hard rock and some blues and also worked with songwriter John Nitzinger who wrote and/or contributed to such songs as “Jessica,” “Lucky in the Morning,” “You Gotta Roll,” ” and “Kool-Aid Kids.” One interesting note on songwriter contribution—on their 1971 release of Bloodrock USA, the song “It’s a Sad World” was cowritten by Warren Ham, future member of the band.

Characterized sometimes as southern prog rock with a dark side, their music reflected the news headlines of the day. They achieved some success in the United States and reportedly were popular among troops in Vietnam. Their best-known song, “D.O.A.,” about an airplane crash victim finding himself in the emergency room dying, reached Number 36 on Billboard in early 1971. The song was included on the band’s second album, Bloodrock 2, which eventually earned a Gold Record Award. Upon the release of Bloodrock 3, they toured with Grand Funk Railroad and played thirty-eight sellout performances over fifty-two days from March to May 1971. They recorded a live album, Bloodrock Live, at the Chicago Amphitheater in 1972.

Noted for their super-amplified, imposingly loud live performances, Bloodrock seemed on their way to achieving continual rock notoriety when in 1972, with the departure of Jim Rutledge and Lee Pickens, Warren Ham came to the group as the vocal replacement. Ham, a technically-proficient and creative saxophone and flute player, replaced biting lead guitar as the band’s mainstay with saxophone and flute solos. While Stevie Hill’s keyboard work remained a staple sound in the band, it too had taken a stylistic change. In a sense, one band with one style was replaced with a different band and a different style. Bloodrock took a turn away from hard rock towards more progressive rock, pop, and jazz. With the new lineup they released Passage in 1972 and Whirlwind Tongues (with new drummer Randy Reeder) in 1974.

The group’s divergence from its original sound into the Warren Ham era produced a more poppy sound which drew comparisons to Jethro Tull and Todd Rundgren. This change alienated much of their original fan base, thereby cutting the group’s career in two. As a result, the group disbanded by 1975. Compilation albums were released in 1975 and 1989, and in 2000 Triptych included PassageWhirlwind Tongues, and Unspoken Words on two CDs.

On March 12, 2005, five of the six original members—Rutledge, Pickens, Grundy, Taylor, Hill, and Chris Taylor (drums in place of Cobb), held a reunion concert in Fort Worth. This was a benefit concert for Hill, stricken with leukemia, to a sold-out audience. A film of the concert, along with personal interviews with the band members, was subsequently released on DVD. Rhythm guitarist and founding member Nick Taylor (born Doyle Taylor in Slayton, Texas, in 1946) died on March 10, 2010, after a car accident in Cleburne. After Bloodrock, Taylor had continued various music endeavors and had most recently played in his own group, the Nick Taylor Band. Other individual members of Bloodrock, including Hill, Rutledge, and Ham, continued to play active roles in music. Stevie Hill passed away from leukemia on September 12, 2013.

Bloodrock – “Bloodrock” Album cover photo (front)


Bloodrock – “Bloodrock” Album photo (B’ Side)

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