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Nutz: Tightened Up - Live in Nottingham 1977 | FESTIVALPHOTO

Nutz: Tightened Up - Live in Nottingham 1977



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NUTZ started their career in Liverpool in 1972, under the moniker JIMINY CRICKET, and later on turned into HARPOON. A&M Signed them in 1975, the lads were by then posing as NUTZ. The band consisted of drummer John “Mylo” Mylett, guitarist Mick Devonport, vocalist Dave Lloyd and bass player Keith Mulholland. Keyboard player Kenny Newton was added to the fold some time later. They released their debut album, a tour supporting QUEEN followed in 1974, then out on the road with JOHNNY WINTER, soon foolowed by “Nutz Too”, which was followed by third album “Hard”. What a rocketing career! Further touring with BLACK SABBATH and STATUS QUO didn´t do them any harm. After live album “Live Cutz” they recorded a gig at the Grey Topper club, just outside Nottingham, which has now been captured on this disc.

A discrete opening to a modestly cheering audience, that was how NUTZ opened with “Seeing Is Believing” on March 3rd 1977. All the Trade Marks of the seventies was there; the Hammond organ, the guitar setting, the particular drumming, you get the drift. There is even a part in the booklet on the technique of the seventies. They were seasoned live artists by then, after lots of hard scene work. I bet they were only holding their breath for their real breakthrough, and no one of them could ever imagine they were soon to reinvent themselves as RAGE in the NWOBHM days soon to come. There is a touch of DEEP PURPLE in the music – but they were original enough to be praised by both AC/DC and OZZY. The intro to “Pushed Around” is however a bit too close to “MY Woman from Tokyo” for comfort. Kenny´s psychedelic keyboard antics sure do sound totally different most part of the song. The power ballad-ish “One More Cup of Coffee” is contagious the way that age was. The feeling of Moody/Marsden WHITESNAKE is a nice presence, but still not enough for them to be denoted as copy cats. I can do without drum solos (“Mylo´s included), the best part of the album is the concatenation of Mick´s guitar patterns and Kenny´s (later off to NIGHTWING) keyboard exercises. Not least what they achieve in the hit “I Know the Feeling”. The ending is a real treat with the groovy “Changes Coming”, the rocking roadie salute “Wallbanger”, the band introduction (Kermit the Frog, haha) and the full-blown crowd-pleaser “Living on a Knife Edge”. The band history feels like an opportunity missed. No wonder they are reuniting (in spite of Mylo´s untimely death in a car crash in the mid 80´s). Check out

Track List
Seeing Is Believing
Loser/Pushed Around
Down On My Knees
Sick and Tired
One More Cup of Coffee
Beast of the Field
Mylo´s Solo
I Know the Feeling
Changes Coming
Living On a Knife Edge

Writer: Mikael Johansson
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