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These three albums should be required listening to any self-respecting Rock fan.

Budgie, like The Ramones, influenced everyone from Guns 'N' Roses to Metallica, though sadly this never transferred to their own record sales, with constantly changing line-ups and no real identifiable image rendering Budgie an instant "cult" act.

Formed in 1967 from Cardiff, Wales, the band compromised of members Burke Shelley (vocals and bass), Tony Bourge (guitar) and Ray Phillips (drums), with Pete Boot replacing Phillips for 'In For The Kill'. This collection compromises of three of their MCA albums – 'Never Turn Your Back On A Friend', '...Kill' and 'Bandolier'.

The first spawned the Rock classic 'Breadfan' and started a history of quirky song titles that began with 'Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman' from their self-titled debut. There was more to Budgie than bizarre song titles though – this was a Hard Rocking band with a penchant for killer riffs and melodies to match. Who can forget the heartbreaking lullaby of 'Parents', or the Blues Rock monster 'In The Grip Of A Tyre Fitters Hand'.



With '...Kill' released, the new line-up was still a musical force to be reckoned with. The title track and 'Crash Course In Brain Surgery' were jam-packed with studio thunder, so much so that Metallica released a spirited cover of the later on their 'Garage Days Re-Revisited' EP in 1987. Shelly continued to blossom as a song-writer, his 'Wondering What Everyone Knows' being both romantic and soulful, while who can resist the insane fuzzy fury of 'Zoom Club'.

Guitarist Bourge was to take Tony Iommi head on in the riff department by the time 'Bandoliers' was released, backed by new drummer Steve Williams. 'Napoleon Bona-Part One' and 'Napoleon Bona-Part Two' are an epic display of showmanship and incredible instrumentation. The remainder of the album offers the Rock 'N' Roll groove of 'I Ain't No Mountain' and Bar-Room Rock of 'Breaking All The House Rules'.

Packaged in attractive card gatefold sleeves with an informative booklet, these three albums should be required listening to any self-respecting Rock fan.

Ray Paul

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