Edgar Broughton

Edgar Broughton Band/Inside Out

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A straightforward two-fer, bringing together the Edgar Broughton Band's third and fourth albums, from 1971 and 1972 respectively. Both are primal EBB fare, still crackling with the righteous anti-establishment rage that first catapulted the group to glory, but settling down a little bit, too, to highlight musicianship over mayhem. The two-part epic "For Dr. Spock" conjures images of Gong as it drifts into space rock territory, while "I Got Mad" restates the group's free-freak credentials with its spitting defiance. But "They Took It Away" is almost pretty, and "Evening Over Rooftops" verges on pastoral. At least until you listen to the lyrics, which catapult you straight back into the seething heart of the Broughton's rage.

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