Edge, Graeme Band

Band members               Related acts

- Graeme Edge -- drums, percussion

- Mickey Gallagher -- keyboards, backing vocals

- Adrian Gurvitz (aka Arian Curtis) -- vocals, lead guitar

- Paul Gurvitz -- bass, backing vocals




- The Baker Gurvitz Army (Adrian Gurvitz and Paul)

- Gun Army (Adrian Gurvitz and Paul)

- Adrian Gurvitz (solo efforts)

- Paul Gurvitz (solo efforts)

- The Moody Blues (Graeme Edge)

- Parrish & Gurvitz (Paul Gurvitz)

- Please Army (Adrian Gurvitz and Paul)

- Three Man Army (Adrian Gurvitz and Paul)




Genre: rock

Rating: 3 stars ***

Title:  Kick Your Muddy Boots Off

Company: Threshold

Catalog: THS 15
Year: 1975

Country/State: Rochester, UK

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: gatefold sleeve

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 5827

Price: $15.00



Having enjoyed worldwide successes through the early and mid-1970s, the individual Moody Blues had no problems finding support to release a host of outside projects.  Longtime drummer Graeme Edge was no different, striking out in pursuit of solo success with the release of 1975's "Kick Off Your Muddy Boots".  Released by The Moody's' own Threshold label, the album was credited to The Graeme Edge Band, but in many respects it stood as an Adrian Gurvitz project.  In addition to co-producing the album with Edge, Gurvitz handled most of the lead vocals, provided lead guitar, and wrote about half of the material.


Mind you I haven't heard the entire Moody Blues solo catalog, but what I have heard has been highly reminiscent of The Moody's own catalog.  That's fine for hardcore fans, but to my ears most of their solo projects have come off as sub-par Moody Blue castoffs.  So where did this one stack up?   Well give Edge credit for knowing his inherent limitations and not trying to push them on the audience.  Unlike a lot of drummers, Edge was smart enough to know he wasn't going to cut it as a vocalist and was more than willing to turn the duties over to someone else.  Gurvitz was an interesting choice.  A multi-talented musician, his voice wasn't an instrument that you'd immediately adore.  Kind of ragged and rustic, he was clearly better than Edge, but ...


- Opening and closing with a xylophone solo, 'Bareback Rider' morphed into an easy-going mid-tempo number with kind of an interesting lyric.  The big problem with this one wasn't the tune, rather was Gurvitz's flat and rather toneless voice.   With a better singer this one would have had commercial potential.   rating: ** stars 

- 'In Dreams' opened up with some stark and attractive Gurvitz lead guitar, before exploding into a mid tempo rocker.  The orchestration was a bit heavy, but the song had a nice melody and Gurvitz's rustic vocals weren't bad this time out.  It certainly rocked harder than your standard Moody Blues song.   rating: *** stars

-  One of three Edge compositions exhibiting his longstanding interest in science fiction, 'Lost In Space' boasted an entertaining and offbeat lyric and a nice rocking melody.  Once again Gurvitz's rugged voice wasn't the greatest thing you'd ever heard, but you could overlook his sonic limitations given the song's other strengths.  Goofy and quite entertaining.    rating: *** stars

- For anyone looking for a Moody Blues-styled ballad, 'Have You Ever Wondered' was a godsend.  Also penned by Edge, the song featured one of those lush scores that typified The Moody's catalog which probably wasn't a surprise given the fact Edge was responsible for writing a host of The Moody's better known songs.  Pretty and something you could hum, but hardly a song you'd want to hear repeatedly.  That said, the highlight came in the form of Gurvitz's gorgeous George Harrison-styled slide guitar solos.   rating: *** stars

- Side two opened up with the epic 'My Life's Not Wasted'.  Well, it was short.   rating: ** stars

- Totally unexpected, 'The Tunnel' sounded like something pulled off of a Norman Whitfield produced Temptations album.  Very funky and quite cool because it was soooooooooooo different from the rest of the album.  Shame it wasn't longer.   rating: **** stars

- Yeah the title was a complete mystery to me, but 'Gew Janna Woman' was also an unexpected surprise; the band chugging away at a big band blues number.  Surprisingly engaging and Ginger Baker guested on drums.   rating: *** stars

- The Western theme was kind of lame, but kicked along by Gurvitz's melodic slide guitar, 'Shotgun' was an interesting country-rocker.    rating: *** stars 

- 'Another big ballad with some modest progressive leanings, Somethin' We'd Like To Say' ended the album with the most Moody Blues-like track.  Again, the results were pretty and mildly entertaining, but nothing you hadn't heard before.   rating: ** stars   


Certainly not a great album, but modestly entertaining and likeable.  I'd rank it pretty high in the overall Moody Blues family of releases.  It's actually one of those sets that grows on you if you give a chance.  Of course, so will mildew ...


"Kick Off Your Muddy Boots" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Bareback Rider   (Adrian Gurvitz) - 5:15

2.) In Dreams   (Adrian Gurvitz) - 5:13

3.) Lost In Space   (Graeme Edge) - 4:28

4.) Have You Ever Wondered   (Graeme Edge) - 5:10


(side 2)
1.) My Life's Not Wasted   (Adrian Gurvitz) - 2:59

2.) The Tunnel  (Adrian Gurvitz - Graeme Edge - Paul Gurvitz) - 2:06

3.) Gew Janna Woman   (Adrian Gurvitz) - 4:15

4.) Shotgun   (Adrian Gurvitz) - 4:10

5.) Somethin' We'd Like To Say   (Graeme Edge) -  3:32  



SRB 11/2009