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Bakerloo - The Audiophile Man
Title: Bakerloo Label: Esoteric Originally created as a power trio with Blodwyn Pig-like vibes as the Bakerloo Blues Line in 1967, the band were populated by Dave “Clem” Clempson on lead guitar and keys, Terry Poole on bass and Keith Baker sat at the drums. Famously the support on the night Led Zeppelin made their debut at London’s Marquee Club, Bakerloo were one of the first to sign for Harvest, the EMI imprint. This album was quite a hard rock release, although offering complicated musical arrangements. Hence, you could, if you squinted a bit, label it progressive blues rock. Dave Clempson was not averse to showing his chops and investigating rhythms and melodies in almost jazz-like style. In fact, they were heading towards Ten Years After territory when the band decided to break up in 1969. Clem Clempson quit to join Colosseum and then Humble Pie while Terry Poole ended up with Uriah Heep, as did Baker, for a time (plus Supertramp when that band was known as Daddy). On Driving Bachwards, one of those ‘fun’ titles, Bakerloo jumped on the prog affection for the classics, with this take on, can you guess, Bach’s work. Like other blues rock bands, …