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Pike, Chris
Budgie: The First Three Albums (Book Review)
February 2015
Released: 2013, Indie
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

When you mention Budgie many people will probably go, Who? Some will associate them with the band that did the original “Breadfan” and “Crash Course In Brain Surgery” that Metallica covered. I was in the latter category until last year then I was turned onto this book by Martin Popoff following my review of his SMOKIN’ VALVES book. He recommended I check out Chris Pike’s books on Budgie.



It has taken me awhile to get this review written which had nothing to due with the quality of the book. This is an extremely informative book on Budgie with a lot of detail on the group and the people around them. The history of the band, and how they began to bits on the members getting into music is given without getting too in depth. Reading about influences, struggles, recording...etc is interesting as it varies from band to band and even member to member. The stories of touring with Judas Priest and staying at each others places is entertaining. Who would think that this day in age that Priest opened for Budgie and jammed on stage with them? It’s events like this that keep your interest. The book is filled with information and events that will keep you wanting more. I am currently reading the next book entitled IN PECKING ORDER and thus far it’s just as interesting as this one. Hopefully I finish it before the next one is released. Haha.




A fantastic book filled with pictures, news clippings and information. A must read for all Budgie fans, NWOBHM fans and all Metalheads.
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