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Ashton, Gardner & Dyke: What A Bloody Long Day It's Been (Capitol)

Wayne Robins, Creem, July 1972

ASHTON, GARDNER & DYKE'S first album might have been the best English punk-rock album of 1970. It was a sound forged from the beer belly of the British Isles: booze-drenched, throaty vocals, hard-driving, dungeon beat instrumental work relying on keyboards and rhythms rather than electric guitar for power, and tightly wound, three-minute rock 'n' roll songs, all of which added up to something like what the Young Rascals would've sounded like if they came from Blackburn or Liverpool.

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