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Fatsticks - A&M Records, 1975

After Third World War called it a day, Terry Stamp released this album, sadly his only one as a solo-artist. Because this is a really good one from the mid-seventies. He got a way with words that was clever and unique in it's own way. Often he describes the darker side of life in an urban environment. But it's done with understanding, warmth and humour. Terry Stamp got a very special voice, which you'll either hate or love. You can count me in for the latter. His voice is nasal, raw, hoarse definitively limited but it's warm, got plenty of soul and honesty.

One of this albums weakest tracks (without being bad!), “Kid”, is a funky track with the raw heavy bass of Jim Avery in the bottom. Jim Avery was together with Terry Stamp in Third World War. More of Jim's heavy bass in walking blues mode we get in the bluesy “Stage Of Fools”.

And now we must mention the guitarist on the album, which is no other than Ollie Halsall from Patto, but was in Boxer when this album was recorded. The drummer here, Tony Newman was also in Boxer at that time. Ollie's solo here on “Stage Of Fools” are nice and got a twangy touch to it. “Honky Honda” is a slow moody bluesy track with just a light touch of soul in it with the bass playing a leading role. But with Ollie playing an acoustic slide-solo, just beautiful!

We get more slide on “Black Bomber Waltz” but now very electric and distorted. Tough! And things rocks real good on “Motorhead” with Mike Moran rolling along on piano and even more of Ollie's powerful slide-guitar.

One of these albums’ really outstanding tracks is “Town Drunk”. A slow kind of soul-ballad, intense, where Terry exceeds his vocal limitation, making his voice sounding desperate and insane. Stands up really good to the lyrics! Boxer also did this song on their debut. That's also the case with “Dinah Low”, but this version here is rawer and slightly better.

“Fatsticks” is a quiet really stripped down track with just Terry on vocals backed by acoustic guitar. The album closes with a wild rocker called “Itchy Feet” where Ollie once again shows us what an incredible guitarist he was. Outstanding solo on this one

This great album is not much seen nowadays and will probably not be released on cd, though you never now for sure. Let's hope that one of those good retro-labels like Second Battle, Akarma or Repertoire picks it up one day and gives it the treatment it really deserves.