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Friday, April 27, 2012

THE CRAIG - I MUST BE MAD


Behold one of the finest English energy explosions north of The Who. Birmingham group The King Bees were signed up by producer Larry Page (who also played an important role with producing The Kinks early on) who changed their name (quite mysteriously) to The Craig (there was no Craig in the band). The group's first release was a rather pedestrian version of "A Little Bit Of Soap", and for their second release the group was given complete creative freedom for this Purple Heart-fuelled beat masterpiece which was written by singer Geoff Brown.

Allegedly, this song was captured in one take, live in the studio with no overdubs. I believe it; energy like this happening in multiple takes is the musical equivalent of lightning striking twice. Luckily, this take was captured for posterity and released to induce excitement 45 years later.

from 1967...

THE CRAIG - I MUST BE MAD

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2 comments:

mad4music said...

Love the build-up at the beginning. Great energy!

Morgan Young said...

A US pressing to boot. Nice.

It has a certain energy and sound that reminds me of the The Elois' "By My Side".