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United Kingdom (1969 – 1971)

May Blitz were an obscure but pioneering hard rock band with blues and psychedelic tendencies. Started in 1969 in the UK, it consisted of vocalist/guitarist Jamie Black, Tony Newman on drums, (ex Sounds Incorporated and Jeff Beck Group), and Reid Hudson on bass and vocals.

Black and Hudson, from Victoria, British Columbia, played Canadian West Coast music prior to moving to England. The original lineup featured bassist Terry Poole and drummer Keith Baker from Bakerloo, but both left before recording anything.

May Blitz’s self-titled debut in 1970 was a mixture of heavy riffs, psychedelic breaks, melodic song-writing and extended jams. It sold moderately, and a follow-up, “The 2nd Of May,” was recorded in 1971. Despite being an excellent album full of heavy original numbers, the album flopped. The band were dropped by Vertigo shortly after, causing them to split in 1971. Black and Hudson returned to Canada, but Newman played with many bands throughout the ’70s, including Three Man Army, Marc Bolan, David Bowie & Mick Ronson, Chris Spedding and Whitesnake.

Their debut album is a must-hear for anyone curious about the early development of heavy music.

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  • Caviaris

    this shit is tits

    8 May 11:18am Reply
  • menswear2112

    Wow. Just WOW.

    10 Apr 11:27pm Reply
  • HumbertoGillan

    Along with Dark and Elias Hulk, this has to be one of the best heavy psychedelic bands from UK!

    21 Mar 11:51am Reply
  • canitram

    This is Gooq! Very talented band. Underrated indeed...

    29 Jan 6:20pm Reply
  • kvnol

    que banda linda, que banda ♥♥♥

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • gthain

    A very underrated, talented and innovative group of musicians. A rousing experience. Got to get it on vinyl finally... Virgin Waters !!

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • scottlikes

    Love it

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • MetalRock1989

    Great band!

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • AtolMoon

    The live album "Essen 1970" released last year is stunning! Almost 20 minutes of "Fire Queen"... and I'm done.

    20 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Hillplace

    Finalmente!! May Blitz Essen 1970, de alto volumen :) excelente edición (cd), con interesante info. Increible HardRock/HeavyPsych

    12 Sep 2012 Reply
  • RandyRhoadsRIP

    new album is SICK

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ohnoitsplatypus

    @thrillseeker01 you bastard! wonderful, unusual albums, especially the eponim. i'm really jealous

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • thrillseeker01

    I have both albums on vinyl...ebay Blitz !!!!!

    9 May 2012 Reply
  • paper_house

    i just had an eargasm while listening to the first album.

    24 Mar 2012 Reply
  • HumbertoGillan

    Early Metal? Prog? no way, for early metal there are Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Lucifer's Friend or Night Sun, this is heavy psych/proto-doom.

    5 Feb 2012 Reply
  • El_Grml

    For Mad Men Only is just as hard as rock has to be.

    3 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Mistermasyl

    Broadcast about May Blitz in 70'. Recomended!

    28 Jan 2012 Reply
  • bandler

    i wouldnt call this heavy acid rock, or acid rock at all. regardless, this is great early metal and prog. blues and psychedelic. as the wiki says, their first album (and second imo) are must hears!!!

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • ericstoner

    squeet!

    19 Oct 2011 Reply
  • peppeweapon

    "In part".... <3

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
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