Sea Shanties

Artist: High Tide
Label: Liberty
Catalog#: LBS 83264
Format: Vinyl
Country: UK
Released: 1969
A1 Futilist's Lament 5:15
A2 Death Warmed Up 9:10
A3 Pushed, But Not Forgotten 4:50
B1 Walking Down Their Outlook 5:00
B2 Missing Out 9:37
B3 Nowhere 5:35

Bass - Peter Pavli
Design - Paul Whitehead
Drums - Roger Hadden
Engineer - George Chkiantz
Guitar - Tony Hill
Management - Wayne Bardell
Producer - Denny Gerrard
Violin - Simon House
Written-By - Simon House
Written-By - Tony Hill


Sleeve printed and made by MacNeil Press Ltd., London (This refers to the matt finish sleeve, laminated versions may exist)

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
South Shields-born Tony Hill was a member of the US band The Misunderstood during their chaotic sojourn to London in the late 60s. A few years after the implosion of that band, Hill set his sights on a new group, teaming up with violinist Simon House, bassist Peter Pavli and drummer Roger "Rog" Hadden as High Tide. After landing a publishing deal with Apple Corps and finding management under Wayne Bardell and Clearwater Productions, the band signed with Liberty Records and set to record their debut album-yet in an odd arrangement: Denver "Denny" Gerrard was a recording artist for Deram who needed a backing band; so, in exchange for High Tide's services, the band was afforded studio time to complete Sea Shanties, released in October 1969. "Futilist's Lament" opens the album with a raw, aggressive blast of electric guitar and violin. There's no sugarcoating this psychedelic rock; rough at the edges, thundering and relentless, it's some of the heaviest rock of its time. "Death Warmed Up" continues the unabating thunder. House's violin, often played through a wah-wah, surges to uncomfortable heights. "Pushed, but Not Forgotten" offers some respite, highlighting Hill's deep 60s baritone voice. "Missing Out" offers some interesting interplay between Hill's overdriven guitar and House's violin, while the closing "Nowhere" hints at the blues, but with a progressive edge. It's a stunning debut, one simply without peer. The band's self-titled second album was released in 1970, and picked up where the debut left off. But despite constant gigging, it failed to sell, and their contract with Liberty was canceled. House then left for The Third Ear Band. Unable to get a third album going, High Tide fell apart; Hadden suffered a breakdown; and later, Hill and Pavli relocated to Puddletown, Dorset, to work with Drachen Theaker in Rustic Hinge. Eventually, Pavli would work with Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix, while House would work with Hawkwind and later David Bowie's band.
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