All eight of the tracks compound free-styled rock and loose-fitting guitar playing, resulting in some fantastic raw music … their smooth, relaxed tempos and riffs mirrored bands like Savoy Brown and, at times, even the Yardbirds … Although Spooky Tooth lasted about seven years, their other albums never really contained the same passion or talented collaborating by each individual musician as Spooky Two. All songs written by Gary Wright , except where noted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Spooky Tooth aren't really an absolutely necessary or inavoidable addition to your collection, but as a basic rock phenomenon they're worth some interest, and er, well, they actually wrote some good songs too. It's actually pretty hard to define what exactly Spooky Tooth brought into the rock world; not the least because due to constant personnel change and just as constant change of musical philosophy some of their albums sound nothing like each other.
The fact that I categorize them under 'British roots-rock' only means that roots-rock blues, folk, and R'n'B was that main kernel upon which the band gradually stuck more and more layers, venturing into hard rock, avantgarde, artsiness, Goth, and funk depending on whatever member played a more prominent function in the band at the time. Competent, but not jaw-dropping hooks, marred by occasional "genericness". Not the teariest of teary ones, not the rockiest of rocky ones.
A few neat touches about combining the Artsy with the Rootsy, but not more than that. Being overblown is rather typical of these guys. Ceremony anyone? Yeah, not bad. Overall : 2. I actually should have created an appendix for this one or something. But see, what's in a name? The lack of Gary Wright.
And before that? Before that, the band, fronted by Mike Harrison, was defiantly calling itself Art, and was swinging to the hot'n'excitin' sounds of the London psychedelia.
It took Gary's serious efforts and songwriting talents to steer them away from that direction, yet the psychedelic vibe had only been entirely abandoned by the time of Spooky Two. Good stuff! Spooky Tooth begin on a humble note, stuffing about half of their debut album with covers, but then again, so did the Beatles.