Buying the albums sampled on “Picnic”.
The wonderful Liz Hanns, the girl singer in the band, actually uses only a comparatively small range of notes, almost all in a lower register, but this she does in her unique Deep South style, with much tremelo and vibrato. The effect is spine-tingling and utter joy to listen to.
Track 5 is the truly brilliant, plaintive, ”alabamy bound”, where Liz Hanns takes a strong, almost gospel lead, with a male vocalist doing a bit of a response in another mini call and response song.
Track 6 is “overseas stomp”, the shortest track on the record at a mere 1.22 minutes. It is a great romp, with Liz Hanns again taking a strong lead, at times screeching like a cat.
Track 7 is the track on the sampler, “round & round”, another brilliant song of course, but where Liz Hanns plays only a small part. A careful listen to this song does, however, give a valuable set of clues to what Liz Hanns was all about.
Track 8 is “cocaine habit”, a song I first came across as “Have A Whiff On Me” by Mungo Jerry. It is a classic dope song, and done here to absolute perfection, with Liz Hanns again taking a strong lead. Marvellous stuff.