Keef Hartley Band* ‎– Halfbreed

Deram ‎– SML 1037
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold Cover


A1.a Sacked (Introducing)
A1.b Hearts And Flowers
A1.c Confusion Theme
A1.d The Halfbreed
A2 Born To Die
A3 Sinnin' For You
B1 Leavin' Trunk
B2 Just To Cry
B3 Too Much Thinking
B4.a Think It Over
B4.b Too Much To Take

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Also released in mono (DML 1037)

The back cover shows an ''indicator hole'' to let the inner sleeve peep through: blue = stereo, red = mono.

Released in a gatefold cover.

Recorded in Decca Studio No. 1, West Hampstead.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Side A runout): ZAL-8598-1W
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped Side B runout): ZAL-8599-1W

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SML 1037 Keef Hartley Band* Halfbreed(LP, Album, Big) Deram SML 1037 UK 1969 Sell This Version
SML 1037 Keef Hartley Band* Halfbreed(LP, Album) Deram SML 1037 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
DES 18024 Keef Hartley Band* Halfbreed(LP, Album, Mon) Deram DES 18024 US 1969 Sell This Version
DML 1037 Keef Hartley Band* Halfbreed(LP, Album, Mono) Deram DML 1037 UK 1969 Sell This Version
RFM 127 Keef Hartley Band* Halfbreed(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Rock Fever Music RFM 127 Germany 2007 Sell This Version


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December 8, 2015
Man, this is one tough record. Extraordinary shredding and some of the baddest grooves make up a collection of songs that are inherently blues-derived, with sensual spice and a mildly psychedelic twinge. While the band can be comfortably placed in the Mayall/Butterfield/Ten Years After camp, there seems to be an element of channeled inspiration that many of those records are often lacking. "The Halfbreed" and "Born To Die" are excursions into expert blues guitar, yes. But they have a certain passion — that IT factor, that truly mournful BLUES — that you only really get to hear from the most devout torch-bearers like Roy Buchanan and Mike Bloomfield. But, where we see the bassist and drummer often falling asleep of boredom on some Buchanan tracks, this is more than a simple guitar-centric vehicle for soloing. Backed by a powerhouse rhythm section and perfectly '60s harpsichord, every song is a veritable pressure cooker of heavy-handed musicianship. "Just To Cry" is one of the coolest slow-burner blues cuts I've ever heard. This record just flat-out rules. Turn it up and enjoy.