SNAFU – S/t

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Snafu was formed in 1973 by vocalist Bobby Harrison, who had just left the band Freedom (and before that was in Procul Harum) and former Juicy Lucy guitarist Micky Moody. Joining them were Pete Solley (keys/fiddle), Colin Gibson (bass) and Terry Pople (drums).

This album is a nice mix of funk, blues and the soulful singing of Bobby Harrison, whose voice switches with ease from the soul/funk of say ‘Drowning In The Sea Of Love’ to the more straight ahead blues rock of ‘Long Gone’. ‘Monday Morning’ is a real gem, with a slight country rock feel and the fast and furious fiddle playing of Pete Solley. In fact Solley steals the show again with his fiddle playing on ‘Funky Friend’ which sounds like early Whitesnake, albeit if they had a fiddle player!

Two bonus songs on this re-issue are the bluesy, heavy on the Hammond ‘Sad Sunday’ and ‘Dixie Queen’, a decent 70′s funk rock song.

Sadly this line-up didn’t last long with Micky Moody joining David Coverdale for his solo albums and then Whitesnake and Pete Solley joined them both in the very early days of Whitesnake. Bobby Harrison did try and keep Snafu going with Clem Clemson joining on guitar, releasing two more albums before calling it a day in 1975. An enjoyable album, cleverly mixing funk, rock, blues, soul and country although perhaps with the band covering so many musical bases this may have limited their appeal back in the day.

***1/2

Jason Ritchie


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