1. Cotton Wood Hill - 8.36
2. A Life That Ain't Worth Living - 3.29
3. Tank - 3.28
4. They Say I'm Mad - 6.47
5. Life Goes On - 11.58
6. Pig's Walk - 7.27
7. The One I Mean - 2.35
8. Stay 3.30
First Toad album, originally issued by Swiss label Halleluja in the 1971. Ex-members of Brainticket investigating the realms of skull crushing heavy rock! Certified savage guitar from Vic Vergeat! Toad's history is obscure and largely undocumented. Their debut is said to be in the realms of Dies Irae, being heavy, bluesy and experimental. Their second album, "Tomorrow Blue" was surprisingly straight hard-rock, akin to Sperrmüll, with Hendrix, Status Quo and R&B influences. Their original lead singer Benjamin Jäger went on to Island.
Why does anyone bother with the current crop of "stoner rock" when there's so much better stuff made back in the original stoner age now being reissued?? If you're into the Man's Ruin roster, and prone to buying albums by the latest Swedish Kyuss clone, yet don't have, say, Lucifer's Friend, Flower Travellin' Band, Leafhound, Captain Beyond, or Buffalo reissues in your collection, it's time to get with the program!
Not that that's easy, since much of the good old shit is definitely obscure and unheralded. This self-titled disc is the first and best of Toad's three LPs, serving up hard-rockin' stoner psych in the best blues-based tradition of early Blue Cheer and Led Zep. Toad boasts an excellent vocalist put to good use on the more melodic parts of their sometimes quite long songs, but a large part of the LP is occupied by heavy jamming instrumental excursions featuring the killer guitar of one Vic Vergeat.