What does it sound like?:
Until a couple of weeks ago I had never near of Mike Hart. But I was listening to an old Mojo free CD which had been gathering dust unplayed, featuring music from Liverpool artists, and a track by him just leaped out of the speakers. I checked out the album it’s from, and I can’t stop listening to it.
Mike Hart was part of Liverpool music through the 60s. He initially fronted Merseybeat band The Roadrunners, and was then part of Adrian Henri’s music and poetry group The Liverpool Scene. He was signed by John Peel’s Dandelion label and released two solo albums, of which Mike Hart Bleeds was the first, coming out in 1969. Sadly, neither did anything, and Hart, who seems to have had a massive self destruct button, descended into alcoholism. He died in an Edinburgh nursing home three years ago.
Mike Hart bleeds is an classic archetypal 1960s Folk/pop singer-songwriter record; it reminds me of near contemporaries like Ralph McTell, Harvey Andrews or Rab Noakes. For better or worse, Dylan’s shadow inevitably looms large, particularly the Dylan of Bringing it Back Home. Disbelief Blues is either an outrageous rip-off or » Continue Reading.