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The Groundhogs

Split (rsd 20)

fire records

record store day 2020 - red 2lp + download

Released: 29th Aug 2020


The second of three ground breaking albums by the ultimate power trio who morphed blues into hard rock and spawned punk.

A much-loved opus with a side-long concept piece. A bona fide inspirational rock classic. “Tony McPhee has turned to anarchic paranoid battlegrounds of the mind for inspiration,” Melody Maker. And a second side that delivers the mighty ‘Cherry Red’, McPhee’s take on The Beatles’ ‘A Day In the Life’, a sideswipe at junk food and a glorious interpretation of John Lee Hooker’s ‘Groundhogs Blues’. “Both musically and lyrically, ’Split’ speaks for a lost time, a nomad time when ideals took to the hoof and musicians stayed on the road rather than confront the fact that the '60s 'war' had been lost.” Julian Cope // “Murky, fuzzy, and wisely esoteric.” AllMusic. // “Supercharged, fractured and raging.” MOJO // Remastered and packaged with a second disc of out-takes from the original sessions that spawned this spontaneous monster. Track List Disc One. A1 Split - Part One A2 Split - Part Two A3 Split - Part Three A4 Split - Part Four B1 Cherry Red B2 A Year In The Life B3 Junkman B4 Groundhog. Disc Two C1 Split - Part one (Instrumental) C2 Split - Part two (Take 3) C3 Split - Part four (Unlisted Take with Overdubbed Guitar ) D1 Cherry Red (Number 6 - Re take) D2 A Year In The Life (Instrumental) D3 Split - Part three (Without Intro) D4 Split - Part four (Instrumental)

Split (rsd 20)


  1. Split - Part One
  2. Split - Part Two
  3. Split - Part Three
  4. Split - Part Four
  5. Cherry Red
  6. A Year In The Life
  7. Junkman
  8. Groundhog
  9. Split - Part one (Instrumental)
  10. Split - Part two (Take 3)
  11. Split - Part four (Unlisted Take with Overdubbed Guitar )
  12. Cherry Red (Number 6 - Re take)
  13. A Year In The Life (Instrumental)
  14. Split - Part three (Without Intro)
  15. Split - Part four (Instrumental)