23 Jun Dusty Digs: Hard Meat “Through A Window”
What could be more appetizing than some hard meat? Better yet, what if it was delivered through a window? Now we’re talking! Okay, so maybe the name of this record is ridiculous, but who cares? This is a real gem and a fine compliment to any summer afternoon.
Brothers Michael and Steve Dolan cooked up Hard Meat circa 1969 in Birmingham UK. The drummer Mick Carless completed the trio and provided some killer rhythm for the brothers’ guitar and bass. This record was one of two that the group released for Warner Brothers in 1970. Sadly, the group never received much attention even after a European and American tour.
Through a Window starts with a bit of a drum break and dips into some bluesy rock with “On the Road.” Track 2, “A New Day” starts with a pleasant acoustic guitar that builds into some jamming good enough to induce a hippie dance (I’m talking about the kind that looks like a blow up man at a car dealership…yeah).
Next up, we have “Free Wheel,” my personal favorite. The drumming on this song is steady and grooving. Add a killer bass line and some inspiring guitar improvisations and you have recipe for a soothing summer jam.
If you have a coming of age movie set in the 1970s and you’re at a loss for what music to play while the credits roll, you may want to try “Smile as you go under.“ It’s a decent song, but what’s interesting is the song ends with a backwards version of Free Wheel. The guitar is played backwards while the bass and drums continue normally. Trippy man.
Side two offers more of the same sound that you’re now accustomed to. “I Want You,” displays the guitar talents of Michael Dolan.
His licks are so good they may cause Skynard fans yell, “Play some Hard Meat!” at a concert. “From Prison” slows down the mood with a guitar and vocal track. Not my favorite on the album, but hey, one slow moment is certainly forgivable. The pace picks up once again with “A Song of Summer.” Carless is at it once again pounding out some funky drums while the Dolan boys dance over the rhythm with their guitars. The last two songs “Love” and “The Ballad of Marmalade Emma and Teddy Grimes” pump out some nice southern rock to round out the album.
While Through a Window may not be the most groundbreaking album of 1970, it is a pleasant ride that’s worth a spin while relaxing on the porch and annoying the neighbors.