What does it sound like?:
Hard Stuff are not a band I was previously aware of, but they were one of the first signings to Deep Purple’s Purple Records in the early seventies.
Featuring two former members of Atomic Rooster, Paul Hammond and John Du Cann, and augmented by bassist John Gustafson, they released their debut album, Bulletproof, in 1972. It’s pretty bog standard hard rock, vaguely influenced by Purple, with the stand out track Monster In Paradise being co-wriiten with Roger Glover and Ian Gillan. The original album is now augmented by a couple of singles and a non-album track. A second album followed in1973, showcasing a rather funkier sound, similar to the path Purple themselves would later pursue. Again, a rare single supplements the album. To be honest, two cd’s worth is rather a lot to take on, as this is mostly pretty basic meat and potatoes run of the mill hard rock – there are a few high points but they are rather few and far between. Their race was soon run.
What does it all *mean*?
Another band that never made it out of the lower leagues, despite the exposure of supporting Deep Purple on a number of tours. This is one for the completists.
Goes well with…
As with the Samson album, this reminds one of small gigs in noisy hot clubs with the music at earsplitting volume.
Might suit people who like…
Obscure rock bands.