domingo, 19 de abril de 2009

Mike Hugg - Somewhere


Mike Hugg (Somewhere) Polydor 2383 140 – 1972

Y, hablando de los hermanos Hugg, aqui está el primer LP en solitario de Mike.

Ya desde los tiempos de los Manfred Mann más 60s, las canciones de Mike Hugg han sido siempre una de mis muchas debilidades: el jazz instrumental de "Bare Hugg", la redonda "Each And Every Day" (también acertadamente grabada por Simon Dupree & The Big Sound), la candidez de "All I Wanna Do", el pop intemporal de "Each Other's Company" y "Harry The One Man Band", el pop barroco de "Everyday Another Hair Turns Grey", joyas del pysco pop como "It's So Easy Falling", "Up The Junction" y "Funniest Gig", o la grandiosa "Too Many People".

Después de su intenso trabajo y éxitos con Manfred Mann, haciendo rhytm & blues primero y pop después, Mike Hugg se pasó de la batería a las teclas y formó, junto con el propio Manfred Mann, un grupo más acorde con los tiempos progresivos, Manfred Mann Chapter Three. Tras un par de LPs, Manfred Mann siguió camino con su Earthband y Mike Hugg inició su carrera en solitario.

Si existiera un hipotético género llamado "pop progresivo", el primer disco de Mike Hugg, "Somewhere", sería un más que buen representante. Un gran sentido de la melodía, como siempre, pero ahora unido al característico espiritu de los 70s. Y todo ello sazonado con un personal toque agridulce y melancólico y con esa particular forma de cantar. Ahí están la dramática y desolada "Bonnie Charlie" con una orquestación que pone los pelos de punta, el intimismo cercano al disco perdido de Wil Malone de "Sad Song" o "Somewhere", y grandes canciones intemporales como "Love Is Waiting" y "Goodbye". En el LP también hay destellos de prog rock de los 70 de impecable factura como "Fool No More" o "Bessie Don't You Cry".

Mike Hugg sigue en activo actualmente, alternando la ocasional reunión de The Manfreds, con su trio de jazz mutante PBD (Piano, Bass, Drums). Larga vida al hombre de música.

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And, talking about the Hugg brothers, here’s Mike’s first solo album.

Since the early times of the 60s Manfred Mann, Mike Hugg's songs have always been one of my many weaknesses: the instro jazz of "Bare Hugg", the perfect pop of "Each And Every Day" (also greatly covered by Simon Dupree & The Big Sound), the naivety of "All I Wanna Do", the out of time pop of "Each Other's Company" and "Harry The One Man Band", the baroque pop of "Everyday Another Hair Turns Grey", pych pop jewels like "It's So Easy Falling", "Up The Junction" and "Funniest Gig", or the plainly great "Too Many People".

After his hard work and success with Manfred Mann, doing r & B first and then just simply great pop, Mike Hugg changed his drum stool for a keyboard and with Manfred Mann himself formed a new band, closer to those prog times, Manfred Mann Chapter Three. After a couple of LPs Manfred Mann followed with his Earthband, while Mike Hugg started his solo career.

If ever there was a style or genre called "progressive pop", Mike Hugg's first album, "Somewhere", would be a more than qualified representative. A great sense of melody, as usual, but now dressed with that characteristic 70s spirit. All this seasoned with his personal melancholic sweet and sour touch and that particular way of singing. Here's the dramatic and desolate "Bonnie Charlie" with a chicken skin orchestration, the intimacy of "Sad Song" or "Somewhere", quite close to the Wil Malone lost album, and great out of time songs like "Love Is Waiting" or "Goodbye". In the album there's also some sparks of faultless 70s prog rock like "Fool No More" o "Bessie Don't You Cry".

Mike Hugg is still active in music nowadays, alternating the occasional Manfreds reunion with his own mutant jazz trio PBD (Piano, Bass, Drums). Long live the music man.



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6 comentarios:

ge dijo...

Groovisimus! a winner here

Anónimo dijo...

Es bastante tristón pero bonito, me gusta mucho "Love Is Waiting"

Le Bob dijo...

Awesome album. Thanks!

Anónimo dijo...

Sebastian, you're fucking genius!!!
A very big thank you to you man! I was looking for this album for 3 years and it's only available on very rare vynil in my country!
So thanksthanks and keep up the good work! Greetings from Hungary

zenekar dijo...

thanks, thanks a lot!
i was looking for this album for 3 years! oh man! (it's only available in very rare vynils)
don't you have hugg's other album (called stress & strain)? if yes, please upload it or something!
thank you again and greetings from wasteland (Hungary)!

Anónimo dijo...

Thankyou for this. My brother had Bonnie Charlie on that Flexi (shared with Slade) and I used to play it a lot. This is the first time I've heard the rest, and it's all great.