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Spooky Tooth: The Island Years 1967-74

Album Review

Gleam and gleam again: Tooth take their crown as UK blues-rock pioneers.

In 1969, Island Records was in rude health, catching the post-psych wave of homegrown musical talent thriving on the UK’s fertile club scene to build a formidable stable. The label introduced its sparklingly esoteric roster by heisting the cut-price compilation concept just pioneered by CBS to release You Can All Join In and Nice Enough To Eat. For 14 shillings and sixpence (73p), it was possible to sample Island heavy hitters such as Traffic, Free, Crimson, Mott, Fairport, Tull and, on both sets, Spooky Tooth.

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