In February, Galley announced that he was dying of cancer. Bravely, instead of wallowing in self-pity he made the most of the time he had left. “I have been very lucky,” he wrote on his MySpace page. “I have seen some great bands, played with many great musicians and enjoyed some tremendous experiences. I am thankful that I can say a proper goodbye to all the friends I have made, who are now rallying round me.’
Even as his condition worsened, Galley continued to post encouraging, amusing updates. When he was no longer able to go to the pub, ‘now the pub [comes] to me,” he joked. “Friends visit me each day, I have drugs in me 24/7, and I have a plentiful supply of gin and tonic by my bedside. I even have my own ice machine! In fact, it’s just like my WHITESNAKE days.”
During WHITESNAKE‘s recently completed European tour, David Coverdale dedicated “Love Ain’t No Stranger”, a song he co-wrote with Mel for the “Slide It In” album, to Galley on a nightly basis.
“Melville, your legacy is in safe hands with me,” sums up Glenn Hughes, Galley‘s TRAPEZE bandmate and childhood friend, adding: “I’ll see you in the Garden one day, and truly recognise you as my brother…”
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In 2007, Oxford trio, The Treat, have released their sophomore album, Phonography. This is the first Treat album that I have listened to, so I wasn’t sure what kind of sound to expect by this band. The Treat’s sound appears to be heavily influenced by 70’s hard rock. I can hear elements of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd in the music.
As you can tell by the song titles, the song writing on this disc is much more than just your typical subject matter of sex, drugs and rock and roll. This disc requires a few listens before you can fully absorb what you are hearing.
I struggled with some songs, and others proved to get a little better with successive plays. Make You Crawl, and Too Late, are my favorite cuts, but those were the only ones that I could truly get into.
There have been quite a few newer bands adopting a 70’s hard rock sound, including the Answer, Thieves and Liars, Glyder and Wolfmother. The Treat’s Phonography lacks the polish that so many of the newer classic sounding bands have. For this listener, quite a few of the tunes on Phonography sound too dated. For some people, this will not be a problem. 70’s die hard rock fans will certainly enjoy this disc a little more than I did.
The Treat shows potential with this release, but Phonography isn’t going to set the world on fire.
You can check out several of the cuts below. You can purchase Phonography, at this link.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Fanfare For the King
2. Make You Crawl
3. The Deathday Parties
4. Bolivian Diary
7. Haitian Morning Dress
8. Too Late
9. Clutching At Jagged Glass
11. Black Cat Whites
13. Track 13
The Treat is:
Mike Hyder – Guitars/Lead Vocals
Dom Lash – Bass/Keyboards
David Hart – Drums
In 1986, W.A.S.P. released their cover of the Ray Charles song, I Don’t Need No Doctor. They used an arrangement on the song that was quite similar to the version released by Humble Pie in 1971.
Check out the W.A.S.P version below.
Here is the Humble Pie version:
Click below to hear the original version by the legendary, Ray Charles.