While the Groundhogs never enjoyed even a shadow of the commercial success of pretty much all their British blues-rock brethren, fans of the style will be surprised when they finally do come across the Groundhogs' excellent early '70s albums. Led by the unpredictable but precise guitar-work and Clapton-ish vocals of Tony McPhee, the Groundhogs formed in London in 1963; their first triumph was touring as the backing band for John Lee Hooker throughout the decade. Three albums -- Thank Christ for the Bomb, Split and Who Will Save the World? The Mighty Groundhogs! -- came out in 1970, '71 and '72, respectively, and represent the band's creative peak. Standard flashiness and a string of unfortunate hog-pun album titles marked their later output. Although they continue to tour (in one form or another) even today, it's the trinity of those early albums that rock fans tend to gravitate toward. McPhee has a knack for pentatonically satisfying riffs that often either ascend or descend and are followed by blaring, explosive lead breaks.
The Groundhogs Concert Films
Live At The Astoria
Runtime: 1 hr 21 minFilmed at Londons Astoria on February 20th 1998, this was the first complete Groundhogs live show ever to be filmed. The band were touring in support of their album Hogs In Wolfs Clothing, their tribute to the great Howlin Wolf, and the show starts and finishes with tracks from that album but also features songs from across their career going right back to Still A Fool from their 1968 debut album Scratching The Surface. The line-up is Tony (T.S.) McPhee guitars & vocals, Eric Chipulina bass, Pete Correa drums.
The Groundhogs Top Tracks
70th Birthday Concert
Runtime: 2 hr 3 minLiverpools Kings Dock on July 19 2003 was the venue for a long awaited and much anticipated reunion between Eric Clapton and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. The occasion was both a celebration of John Mayalls 70th year and a fundraiser for Unicef. Also invited to the party were former Bluesbreaker and Rolling Stone Mick Taylor and veteran trombonist Chris Barber. If youre a lover of the blues it doesnt get much better than this. The show ran for around two and a half hours and the film is now presented here in its entirety for the first time.
Classic Albums: Disraeli Gears
Runtime: 49 minCREAM was rock's first true "super group". Combining the extraordinary talents of ERIC CLAPTON, GINGER BAKER and JACK BRUCE, this power trio became the template for many hard rock acts of the seventies. The band remains a huge influence on the genre even to this day. Powered by hits such as "Strange Brew" and "Sunshine of Your Love", Cream's second album, DISRAELI GEARS, moved the band beyond the blues into hard-driving, psychedelic pop. This was the album that not only broke the group in the United States but also established Clapton as an international superstar. This addition of Disraeli Gears to the acclaimed Classic Albums series features brand new interviews with Clapton, Baker and Bruce, along with lyricist Pete Brown, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, John Mayall and Manfred Mann. Also included on this program are acoustic performances, original studio tracks and archival live footage.
Live At Montreux - The Definitive Collection
Runtime: 1 hr 29 minLegendary Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher played the renowned Montreux Festival on five occasions spanning his breakthrough years in the mid seventies right up to the year before his tragic early death at the age of 47 in 1995. This film brings together material from all five shows to create the definitive Rory Gallagher live collection. Featuring tracks from 1975, 1977, 1979 and 1985, and the whole concert from 1994 and bonus acoustic tracks from the earlier years.
Live at Rockpalast 1979
Runtime: 2 hr 2 minJohnny Winter live on Germany's famous Rockpalast TV show in 1979. Straight up blues like only Johnny can deliver, lean and mean. Johnny and the band also blaze through some killer covers like the Rolling Stones' "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Suzie Q."
Knights of Space
Runtime: 1 hr 38 minWatch the psychedelic rockers Hawkwind performing live at London's Astoria on the 19th December 2007. Features founder Dave Brock and the return of keyboardist Tim Blake. Featuring the tracks, Silver Machine, Masters of the Universe and Sonic Attack.