IRON CLAW – s/t 2-LP. The Vintage/Rockadrome label is happy to announce the gate-fold cover double album vinyl release of this early 70s Scottish underground heavy rock music. Iron Claw were stomping around the UK with the likes of Black Sabbath, Hackensack, Pink Fairies, Juicy Lucy and others from the time, but never released a proper album. Their name, Iron Claw, was taken from the first line in King Crimson’s song “21st Century Schizoid Man”. In the beginning, Iron Claw probably became the world’s first Black Sabbath tribute band, as they incorporated the entire first Black Sabbath LP and single into their set! As it turns out, Bassist Alex Wilson was the one who unearthed his personal recording of the oldest known concert tape of Black Sabbath, a 1969 gig recorded in Dumfries, Scotland! As time progressed, Iron Claw’s live sets included many originals as well as hanging on to some covers such as War Pigs, Fairies Wear Boots, Wicked World, Green Manalishi and Lady Whisky. This collection of sixteen original studio tracks documents their existence from 1970 thru 1974 and includes extensive liner notes, lyrics and photos inside the gatefold and on a 12″ insert. Also includes an 11×17 poster. For fans of Tear Gas, Leaf Hound, Jerusalem, Ancient Grease, Toad, Incredible Hog, Elias Hulk! All new mastering for vinyl by Tony Reed!
It’s also available in a limited edition red vinyl package through the label website only. The special edition extras include:
- RED vinyl version (only 100 pressed) exclusively available from www.rockadrome.com in collector pack.
- Embroidered patch (red logo with red border)
- 4″ x 4″ sticker x 2 (cover art)
- 1.5″ pinback button (logo)
- IRON CLAW double-sided T-Shirt (Gildan pre-shrunk 100% cotton) with cover art on front and 70s tour dates/amplifiers on the back.
- Mist Eye
- Let it Grow
- Rock Band Blues
- Pavement Artist
- Strait Jacket
- Gonna Be Free
- Loving You
- All I Really Need
- Knock Em Dead
“Best of all is the should-have-been-a-hit Pavement Artist, which hits all the right spots.” – Shindig!
“16 pulverizingly heavy early masterpieces of dirty doom metal, this is a can’t miss package for all fans of heavy psych, proto-metal and the early days of doom rock.” – The Ripple Effect
“This Scottish band are just ridiculously heavy and I think it’s a travesty that the 16 songs they wrote around 1970/1971 never got an official release until 2009. This whole album is just breathtaking.” – Terrorizer