Good Earth, The

Band members               Related acts

- Ray Bowerman -- drums, percussion

- Ray Dorset -- vocals, guitar

- Colin Earl -- keyboards

- Dave Hutchins -- bass




- Mungo Jerry

Swinging London




Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  It's Hard Rock & All That

Company: Saga

Catalog: FID 2112

Year: 1969

Country/State: UK

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: UK pressing; couple of creases on front cover

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4269

Price: $80.00

Cost: $66.00


As frontman for The Good Earth singer/guitarist Ray Dorset actually started his musical career as a pre-teen.  Together with Phil Collins (yes, of Genesis fame), he started a skiffle band - The Blue Moon Skiffle Group.  By the time he was fourteen Dorset was working as lead guitarist for Jackie Edward's touring band.  


The Good Earth first came together in 1969.  Featuring Dorset along with drummer Ray Bowerman, keyboardist Colin Earl and bass player Dave Hutchins, the band made their recording debut with the release of the compilation LP "Swinging London".  Released by the small English Saga label, the compilation featured material from The Good Earth and The First Impression.  Curiously, The First Impression ended up with eight tracks on the compilation, leaving The Good Earth with four selections, however Saga chose to sign The Good Earth to a recording contract.


Anyone expecting a continuation of the blues-rock efforts found on the earlier compilation was probably surprised by 1969's "It's Hard Rock & All That".




"It's Hard Rock & All That" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) My Own Country

2.) Buy 'em Something

3.) I'm Burning

4.) That's the Life

5.) Memphis Leather


(side 2)

1.) Let Me Come Into Your Party

2.) You Were Meant for Me

3.) Same Song

4.) Disaster

5.) Stop Complainin'


With the band expressing an Interest in pursuing a new musical direction that included blues and skiffle, Saga quickly dropped the band from its recording roster.  Dorset and company subsequently started recording for Pye Records as Mungo Jerry.


The title is misleading as the album is good psychedelic rock and on tracks like Stop Complaining, Same Song and My Own Country sounds similar to The Kinks in their Something Else era.



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