Mammoth - 1987 Mammoth

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ARTIST: Mammoth
ALBUM: Mammoth
LABEL: Jive
SERIAL: HIP56
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 1989, Jive (US), 1094-2-J

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: image

LINEUP: Nicky Moore - vocals * Big Mac Baker - guitars * John Mc Coy - bass * Tubby Vinnie Reed - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 All The Days * 02 Fatman * 03 Can't Take The Hurt * 04 30 Pieces Of Silver * 05 Dark Star * 06 Bet You Wish * 07 Long Time Coming * 08 Bad Times * 09 Home From The Storm

Background

In what appears to be a one album band, Mammoth obviously had a sense of humour about their size, while also having much to offer musically. Lead by Nicky Moore, formerly with Samson and Tiger, he is joined by ex Gillan man John McCoy.

Reflecting their size, the album has a plodding feel to it. Well-structured melodies and funky bass lines strut along with a humour and inventiveness that is missing in many albums today.

The tracks range from mellow ballads to catchy rock tunes, all with an unique Mammoth feel that is all their own. There are no individuals that take centre stage here - thus Mammoth must be surely be described as a `herd' band.

The Songs

The album and the songs are all solid and in reality, there are no really bad tracks.

A comparison perhaps could be made to Adrian Smiths ASAP Project from 1989, where the promotion and the image was not doing justice to what was essentially a brilliant melodic rock album. Mammoth are in some ways very similar.

Some of those highlights then? They include the racy opener 'All The Days' as well as a similarly paced '30 Pieces Of Silver', the terrifically melodious 'Can't Take The Hurt' and the poignant ballad 'Dark Star'.

In Summary

You could listen to this album in many circumstances.

The melody will echo in your mind for quite a while afterwards, and you will be humming them away wondering what exactly you are humming, and even then you might not rate this album as one of your favourites.

In fact my CD itself has travelled quite well, purchased in Vancouver Canada, taken back home to New Zealand, and now with me in England - it's probably been round the world twice so far!

This album is worthy of being in any AOR collection, it is however not a mainstream AOR album as much as it is any other genre, but still a respectable slice of rock nonetheless.


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