The Red Album available on CD or Vinyl.
Recorded it at Electric Bear Studios under the watchful eye of Phill Wilbraham.
The artwork is iconic – a clenched fist breaking chains over a red and cream coloured background with a Ferocious Dog tattoo on the wrist, the title ‘Red’ quite subtle in yellow. Being amongst the first 1,000 pre-orderers it came with a free behind-the-scenes DVD too which has made entertaining viewing. Inside there’s the disc, a picture of Lee Bonsall and a booklet containing lyrics and messages from the band. It’s a well packaged album as well as well-recorded and sits nicely amongst my now burgeoning collection of FD recordings.
It starts with Black Gold, John Leonard kicking things off with some mandolin (I think – I’m not even going to try to keep track of the array of instruments he adds to this collection!) over gentle percussion, it’s a pacey number then with an electric guitar stab the fiddle and pace kicks in with real Ferocious Dog style oomph. The song charts the shame of the slave trade that so much of the British Empire was built on, what stands out here more than previous recordings though are the layered backing vocals which we see more of live now with them all having acquired microphones!