Wild Turkey

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After playing for Jethro Tull from 1967 to 1970 (he recorded three albums), bassist Glenn Cornick left the band and formed Wild Turkey with the following musicians: Glenn Cornick (Bass), Graham Hedley Williams (Guitar), Tweke Lewis ( Guitar), John Weathers (Drums) and Gary Pickford-Hopkins (vocals). After a short period of time, the line-up was changed, Weathers and Williams left, replaced by Jon Blackmore (Guitar and Voice) and Jeff Jones (2) (Drums). This line-up features the album "Battle Hymns" on [Invalid Label], dated 1971 in Hard-Rock style with Progressive and Blues-Rock veins. The electric guitar and vocals are the protagonists, supported by a solid rhythm section and the record alternates more pushed tracks with other more melodic. The feedback is positive for both critics and audiences, thanks in part to their excellent live performances supporting bands such as Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, Procol Harum, Yes, Ten Years After and Zz Top. Despite the success of the first album and the live band changed again, Blackmore left the group replaced by Mick Dyche (Slide Guitar, Guitar and vocals) and Steve Gurl (Piano) added to the five. The sextet released a single called "Good old days", containing an unreleased B-side: "Life Is a Symphony", before the album "Turkey" also in 1972, in the hope of confirming and improving the success of the first work, but it was not so. The record is less incisive than the previous one, despite the excellent technical skills of the musicians and the addition of keyboards, they churn out a good record but that has a lesser impact than the pfirst. After a couple of years without any new record production and having had other changes in the line-up, Bernie Marsden (Guitar) replaces Dyche and Kevin Currie (Drums) takes Jones's place and in the mid of 1974 Wild Turkey disband, each member takes different musical path. Until 1996, when Glenn Cornick, supported by the band's historical members, give Life at the Wild Turkey's second era, reforming the group and recording the third album 22 years after their dissolution. The reunion of "Stealer of Years" on HTD Records involves: Gary Pickford-Hopkins (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica), Glenn Cornick (Bass, Mandolin, Penny Whistle), Tweke Lewis (Electric guitar and acoustics, Backing Vocals), Brian Thomas (25) (Drums) and Lee Morris (10) (Keyboards) as guest. The sound differs from the 70s Turkey, oriented more towards blues-rock than the hard-rock of the first records. Well arranged and performed, more melodic tracks alternate with others more in the Rock vein for a pleasant return on the scene. The band seems to be ready to walk the stage again, instead the following studio album takes another 10 years, during which only two albums containing live recordings from the previous period are released: "Final Performance" in 2000 and "Live in Edinburgh" in 2001 by Audio Archives label. In 2002, a collection containing a repertoire of studio recordings from the 1970s was released by the same label. In 2006 they came out "You & Me In The Jungle" produced on Wild Turkey Music Ltd and the artists involved are: Glenn Cornick (Bass), Gary Pickford-Hopkins (Vocals, Harmonic), Mick Dyche (Guitar, Bass, Voice), Steve Gurl (Keyboards), Clive Bunker (Drums), Graham Williams (Guitar), John Weathers (Percussions, Vocals). Again the sound of the album differs from the first two, the tracks are different from one to another by genre, some more Blues, others more Rock, passing through Boogie moments or more Melodics, always maintaining an high-level technique in the performance. The latest album released by Wild Turkey is the "Live at Wellington 1973" also on Audio Archives.
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Albums

040 1002 L / CHR 1002 Wild Turkey - Battle Hymn album art Wild Turkey Battle Hymn (Album) Chrysalis, Chrysalis 040 1002 L / CHR 1002 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
CHR 1010-C Wild Turkey - Turkey album art Wild Turkey Turkey (Album) Chrysalis, Chrysalis CHR 1010-C US 1972 Sell This Version
CN 1936/S Wild Turkey - Stereo Pop Special-56 album art Wild Turkey / Climax Blues Band Wild Turkey / Climax Blues Band - Stereo Pop Special-56(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 1936/S UK 1973 Sell This Version
HTD CD 58 Wild Turkey - Stealer Of Years album art Wild Turkey Stealer Of Years (Album) HTD Records HTD CD 58 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
AACD 039 Wild Turkey - Final Performance album art Wild Turkey Final Performance(CD, Album) Audio Archives AACD 039 UK 2000 Sell This Version
AACD 043 Wild Turkey - Live In Edinburgh album art Wild Turkey Live In Edinburgh(CD, Album) Audio Archives AACD 043 UK 2001 Sell This Version
AACD 048 Wild Turkey - Rarest Turkey album art Wild Turkey Rarest Turkey (Album) Audio Archives AACD 048 UK 2002 Sell This Version
WTM 150011 2 Wild Turkey - You & Me In The Jungle album art Wild Turkey You & Me In The Jungle(CD, Album) Wild Turkey Music Ltd WTM 150011 2 UK 2006 Sell This Version
AACD 069 Wild Turkey - Live In Wellington 1973 album art Wild Turkey Live In Wellington 1973(CD, Album) Audio Archives AACD 069 UK 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CYK-4795 Wild Turkey - Easter Psalm/Sanctuary album art Wild Turkey Easter Psalm/Sanctuary (Single) Chrysalis CYK-4795 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
CHS 2004 Wild Turkey - Good Old Days album art Wild Turkey Good Old Days (Single) Chrysalis CHS 2004 US 1972 Sell This Version

Compilations

none Wild Turkey - Untitled album art Steeleye Span / Jethro Tull / Tír na nÓg / Wild Turkey Steeleye Span / Jethro Tull / Tír na nÓg / Wild Turkey - Untitled(5xLP, Promo + Box, Comp) Chrysalis none US 1972 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

CHR-1010 Wild Turkey - Radio Spots From Warner/Reprise album art Wild Turkey Radio Spots From Warner/Reprise(Reel, Promo, Rad) Warner Bros. Records CHR-1010 US 1972 Sell This Version