Tony Hazzard

Loudwater House

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Tony Hazzard had experienced some success as a pop/rock songwriter in the late 1960s and had made his first solo album in 1969. Yet his second LP, Loudwater House, was his first real plunge into the developing singer/songwriter movement. There was some ambition at work here, with several references in the lyrics to the well-to-do Loudwater area of Hertfordshire, though Hazzard has said the album was actually primarily about the end of his marriage. There were outstanding musicians among the support cast, including several who were also working with Elton John at the time, as well as Chris Spedding, Mike Batt, steel guitarist B.J. Cole, and members of Colosseum. For all his and the players' credentials and any concepts at work, however, it was a pretty bland, typical early-'70s singer/songwriter effort. In the vogue of the day, it had a slightly rustic and rootsy feel, a little reminiscent of Elton John and early, solo Paul McCartney in places, perhaps, though the tunes were nowhere near as strong as the ones by those superstars. Lyrically, the mood is often contemplative, though there are odd jumps into a portrait of a "Blue Movie Man" (whose mellow arrangement is unpleasantly at odds with the slightly ribald lyrics) and British parlor music (on the brief "Mum and Dad").