Peter Bardens

Write My Name in the Dust

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Write My Name in the Dust was the American release of Pete Bardens' second album, which was simply titled Peter Bardens in the U.K., though the contents were identical. It was a curious low-key, slightly downbeat affair whose unspectacular mixture of hard rock, blues, some female soul-gospel backup vocal arrangements, and more meditative jazz-classical-influenced progressive music was very much of its time. Bardens' first album (1970's The Answer) had suffered from drawn-out song construction, a trait that remained present to a large degree here, though without guitarist Peter Green on hand to help lift the proceedings. There was a lethargic hangover feel to tracks like "Feeling High," and attempts at pure blues and lighthearted music hall on briefer tracks were inconsequential distractions. The more serious and stately passages demonstrated Bardens' formidable genre-blending skills as a keyboardist, particularly on organ. But the material wasn't up to the standard of his playing, though the lighter, more focused moodiness of "Sweet Honey Wine" resulted in the record's best track.

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