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Product: Blodwyn Pig - Pigthology
Date: 2013-11-06 

Pigthology

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Blodwyn Pig
Pigthology

During their short time together in the late sixties, British band Blodwyn Pig managed to record two albums that received critical acclaim and performed well on the charts.

Leader of Blodwyn Pig and original member of Jethro Tull, Mick Abrahams (guitar and vocals) reformed Blodwyn Pig for two more albums in the nineties but they failed to have the impact that their original recordings did. There's a treat in store for those fans that have been longing for more from the original incarnation of the group; Abraham's has raided the archives and come up with Pigthology, a collection of rare and unreleased recordings from the band’s best years. 

Pigthology is a strange album to listen to. When you get releases like this they are usually accompanied by comprehensive liner notes, detailing where all the tracks originate from. You don't get that with Pigthology and there seems to be a very simple reason for that; they don't know where a lot of this stuff came from.Despite the lack of information, there are some familiar tracks on Pigthology. The alternate version of "It's Only Love" doesn't differ too greatly from the version that originally appeared onAhead Rings Out but it is a lot of fun. It has a little bit more bounce and energy than the version from their 1969 debut record, and is one of the highlights of this collection. 
Other high points of Pigthology are the tracks recorded for the BBC's John Peel Show. Recording a Peel session was a big deal, the list of artists that have done so includes the likes of AC/DC, The Strokes, T.Rex, Elvis Costello and Pink Floyd. "Baby Girl" and "Same Old Story" were recorded for Peel, the same year that Blodwyn Pig originally broke-up but, this doesn't sound like a band falling apart, getting ready to go their separate ways. This sounds like a band on top of their game and it only adds to the disappointment that they split up when they did. 
While Pigthology probably isn't the way to introduce a newcomer to the world of Blodwyn Pig, it is a weird and wonderful collection that will no doubt be treasured by those fans that have patiently waited to hear more from the classic line-up of the now legendary group.  

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