‘Handover’ is Pig'n'aif's retrospective album of original, multi-genre, rock
This Pig'n'aif album has been waiting for the opportunity to emerge for a long time. It is a snapshot of original material written and demo'd by the original Pig'n'aif team of Pete Bangert and Steve Atkinson between 1969 and 1976. The demo's have now been worked up into either finished songs, instrumental tracks, or incorporated into other completed works for release on this album. The material crosses many genre boundaries including Progressive Rock, Blues, Rock and Jazz. In this context it feels like a hand over from a foreign planet.
The album starts with 'Ditto The Two', an instrumental progressive rock track which moves through many changes of timing, structure and style. The original demo benefited from performance contributions from Dave Hobson which are represented in the final recording.
'Harmony One' is a progressive instrumental based upon one of the first dual harmony riffs written by Pete and Steve. Expanded by Pete, it incorporates flavours of his sojourn in Scotland in the early 70's.
'Dead Man Blues' is based upon a boogie riff from Pete and Steve, subsequently broadened out by Pete into a full-blown song. A humorous view from the perspective of the guest of honour, it will certainly be played at my funeral. It has a superb vocal performance from Mel Day in the role of the principal character.
'Oh Girl' is one of Pete's more jazz influenced rock songs representing happy holiday experiences. The vocals are beautifully executed by Jack Bunker.
'Boogie No. 2' is based upon one of the many turn and turn-about boogie rock jams between Pete and Steve captured on demo one night many moons ago.
'Cycles' was Pete's first complete rock ballad written in 1969 and demo'd originally in 1970. It was played subsequently in a number of band line-ups around the country by Pete, but has never been formally recorded and released on album... until now. Mel's vocals set it off a treat.
'The First' is a representation of Pete's very first multitrack recording, with interference...
'Leaving Today' is another of Pete's jazz rock oriented songs, representing his nomadic and rootless lifestyle from the early 70's. Jack pins the vocals down quite nicely.
'Ciretose', the final track on the album, is a progressive tour-de-force written by Steve as a piano piece. Demo'd originally by Steve and Pete, it was subsequently arranged and recorded by Pete.
Guitars, other Instrumentation and Backing Vocals are performed by Pete Bangert.
Lead Vocals on tracks 3 and 6 are by Mel Day,
Lead Vocals on tracks 4 and 8 are from Jack Bunker.
Bass is played by the band's good friend Session Pete
Drums and Percussion are from Clatterfoot.
The samples on 'The First' are from www.freesound.org. 'Zombie News' by parabolix, 'No one wants', 'Hiroshima' 'Sweethearts at war' and 'Roswell' are by ERH. Tunng by dobroide. Thanks guys
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