Budgie's career. We Came, We Saw... is a companion to this album.
"Heavier than Air: Rarest Eggs” is a
compilation of live material of the underrated rock trio Budgie. The
album is a collection of all radio appearances the band made. This
release is absolutely essential for every fan of the band since it’s the
first official live release along with the “We Came, We Saw…” cd that
was released in the same year, 1998. The 25 songs are covering the era
from 1972 to 1981. The sound quality is different from song to song
since they were recorded at various concerts, but besides the John Peel
Show 1972 (tracks 11, 12 and 13 from CD1) which have a very bad quality
the quality is really good.
The album includes many of Budgie’s
greatest hits and proves that the trio also was a fantastic live band,
which delivered energetic performances.
My favorite tracks of the
albums are the performances of the band’s best-known hit “Breadfan”, the
riff monster “Hot as Docker’s Armpit”, the melodic “I Turned the
Stone”, the dramatic “Young is a World”, “You’re the Biggest Thing since
Powdered Milk” and “In the Grip of a Tyrefitter’s Hand”. My favorite
Budgie song remains “Parents” from the “Never Turn Your Back on a
Friend” album and also the live version of this song is really great.
I haven’t heard much from Budgie besides the “Never Turn Your Back on a
Friend” and the “In for the Kill” album this collection of live
recordings has introduced me to some of other great songs from the band
and I definitely will listen to more albums from this great and
underrated band soon.
HEAVIER THAN AIR: RAREST EGGS contains previously unreleased tracks from sessions and live recordings between 1972 & 1981.
Includes liner notes by Burke Shelley, Paul Cox and Steve Pittis.
Unknown Contributor Roles: John "J.T." Thomas; Tony Bourge.
Than Air is a double-disc set containing nothing but previously
unreleased Budgie songs. There are both live recordings and studio
outtakes on the collection, with the live cuts outnumbering the studio
material by a wide margin. There's nothing particularly revelatory here,
and it is certainly just for Budgie fanatics, but they'll likely be
pleased by this well-assembled set.
BBC In Concert at the Paris Theatre. 19/10/1972.
01. Rape Of The Locks
02. Rocking Man
03. Young Is A World
04. Hot As A Docker's Armpit
05. Recorded in 1976
06. Sky High Percentage
07. In The Grip Of A Tyrefitter's Hand
Friday Rock Show, 18/12/1981.
08. I Turned To Stone
10. She Used Me Up
John Peel Show, 25/2/1972.
11. The Author
12. Whiskey River
13. Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman
Recorded live at the Global Village, London, UK, 9/3/1974.
02. You're The Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk
Recorded live in Los Angeles, USA, 3/7/1978.
03. Melt The Ice Away
04. In The Grip Of A Tyrefitter's Hand
05. Smile Boy Smile
06. In For The Kill / You're The Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk
07. Love For You And Me
09. Who Do You Want For You're Love
10. Don't Dilute The Water
11. Breaking All The House Rules
Line-up / Musicians
Burke Shelley - bass, vocal
Tony Bourge - guitar
Ray Phillips - drums
Pete Boot - drums
Steve Williams - drums
John Thomas - guitar