Initially self–released in 1975 by the Drumcondra, Dublin–based Cromwell, At The Gallop is a blistering, heavy, loud¢n¢lascivious ten track offering (thirteen in this expanded edition) of proto–metal infused street rock¢n¢roll from a time when Ireland was still under the sway of conservative showbands, quasi–religious, sentimental pop pap and traditional Irish music.
Despite their cultural struggles, Cromwell crafted a creative and compact catalog–five fuzzed¢n¢ferocious 45s and this footlong–led by co–vocalist/bassist Michael Kiely¢s come hither coo and fey Jagger pose¢n¢preen, the in–the–pocket drumming of Derek Dawson and minor–guitar hero moves of Patrick Brady, exercising taste, talent and towering mountains of fuzz¢n¢fury as comfortably as greasy ¢70s raunch and rural modes. At The Gallop is a rare–fetching upwards of 400€ when the original LP does appear–little heard classic in the pub/ fried rock¢n¢roll /proto–punk terrain.
RIYL: Teenage Head/Flamingo–era Flamin¢ Groovies, Mott The Hoople, ¢70s Stones, pre–punk American street rock and the Bonehead Crunchers series.
* First time reissue, including bonus tracks from the group¢s rare singles.
* Insert featuring rare photos and in–depth liner notes by Jeremy Cargill (Got Kinda Lost Records / Ugly Things Magazine).
* LP includes free digital download coupon
"Emerging from the giant shadow cast by the greatness of Thin Lizzy, this obscure band with a venomous guitar attack, and dual vocalists that kick ass and take names, puts the ¢ire¢ in Ireland and delivers with a sound that¢s not for the squeamish"
– Rich Haupt (Rockadelic Records / The Acid Archives)
1. Ireland (The Wild One)
2. Down On The Town
3. First Day
4. You Got It Made
5. At The Gallop
6. Stomp Stomp Stomp*
7. You Hate It To Turn*
1. Guinness Rock
2. Hoodwinked (Instrumental)
3. Nothing Left To See
4. Deal Me In
5. Dawson¢s Fun Palace
6. Guinness Rock (45 Version)*