(All Album Reviews by Phil Jackson)
Jon Wright, in his liner notes is absolutely right in describing Albert 1 as 'a little gem of a record'. In fact, it's fizzing with bright ideas perhaps not always perfectly realised but delivered with aplomb by Neil Ford, Jan Schelhaas, Dave Paull and Lee Kerslake. Everyone seems to play moog and there's also some harmonium from Schelhaas so NHB do sound different albeit some classic influences and styles are noticeable. I thought of Traffic on “Got No Time”, of The Band on “Too Much Country Water” (strongly) of The Beatles on “Lead Me Back” and Lindisfarne on “Try To Reach You”. The band also go from country to psych (“Ilsington Road”) to rock (which infuses everything) with the 'greatest of ease' and with three singers produce some memorable vocal harmonies and catchy choruses. Jon Wright also points to the 'intelligent mix of styles' and seamless shifts between rock and pastoral shadings rightly praising the production by Eddie Offord.
Now that the glitches on the original Warners 1971 LP release have been cleaned up, there is really no excuse for not checking out this wonderful album.