Thursday, December 01, 2022

The Dog That Bit People: The Dog That Bit People 1971


This is another unknown and obscure prog rock album. Issued by Parlophone in 1971, it was the only album by the group that had evolved from the ashes of legendary band Locomotive by Bass player Mick Hincks and drummer Bob Lamb. Joined by keyboard player Keith Millar and guitarist John Caswell, the group recorded this album for EMI Records in 1970.

Formed in 1970, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom after the demise of the Norman Haines Band. Michael Hincks and Bob Lamb founded a new band and with the arrival of John Caswell

and Keith Millar, The Dog That Bit People was born.They left the harder style of the Norman Haines Band behind and moved to mellower territories, with great melodies and a solid relaxed vibe. But some songs still rock and in case of 'Reptile Man', they got quite progressive. So the message is: the result is brilliant and this one must be a part of every collection! Their sole album has been released on Parlophone UK in 1971 and is one of the rarest items on this label today.

The early '70s were a time of great musical experimentation and The Dog That People were not immune to such experiments. Take Reptile Man for instance, with its strangely treated vocals and heavy riff that might have found place on a Black Sabbath album. Or at the other extreme there is the brief

Country and Western number Someone, Somewhere which, if nothing else, shows that the band were thoroughly enjoying themselves! The rest of the material is just as enticing and entertaining. Red Queen's Dance standing out with great harmonies, more twin guitars and even a jolly honky tonk piano part. Tin Soldier (not the same as the Small Faces song!) is majestic and once again plaudits go to Lamb for his interesting drum patterns. Finally, Walking another ballad, is lifted by the Mellotron parts that add to the warmth and sumptuousness of the piece.

Bonus track, Merry Go Round, the b-side of Lovely Lady, bears resemblance to Badfinger and its inclusion on this reissue totally justifies the replacement of my current CD version of this album with the new Esoteric version. Of course, it is not just the bonus track that makes this version, the label's typically excellent re-mastering and the informative booklet all add up to an excellent reissue of

an obscure but delightful album. The recording of the Locomotive album was somewhat traumatic and resulted in the splintering of the group, leaving only bassist Hincks and drummer Lamb.
The pair were determined to carry on recruiting keyboard and guitar player Keith Millar and guitarist John Caswell. It was this line-up that released the final Locomotive single Roll Over Mary b/w Movin' Down The Line both of which are included on the Eclectic/Esoteric reissues. A desire to move away from the "doomy prog-rock kind of sound" resulted in a somewhat bizarre name change to The Dog That Bit People, chosen randomly by dipping into a book of short stories by the American humorist James Thurber.

Symptomatic of the faith that record labels had of their artists at that time, Parlophone keep the band on their roster, despite the poor sales of the Locomotive album. Following extensive, low budget, touring throughout Europe, the group entered Abbey Road Studios, rubbing shoulders with The Beatles who

were busy with their final album, and started to lay down the tracks for their debut album. Mostly recorded live with only essential overdubs added later, the album maintains a rather fresh feel, even after 40 years. The variety of the song styles also helps to give the album a diversity which adds to its enjoyment factor. Noticeably drawing on influences from the West Coast of America, the album successfully combines subtle acoustic passages with more rockier elements. A prime example of this is Sounds Of Thunder which could almost derive from the catalogue of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (although without the vocal harmonies) with the twin electric guitars intertwined with their acoustic relatives.

The group do provide excellent harmony vocals on the opening track, Goodbye Country, a lovely summer ballad that makes one instantly forget that currently outside all is frozen and snowbound. Elsewhere the spirit of Neil Young, an artist Bob Lamb recalls the group were heavily into, infuses

many of the instrumental passages, such as on The Monkey And The Sailor where Lamb's drumming is precise and enticing at the same time. Lovely Lady, the single taken from the album, is melodic, catchy and yet, bizarrely was nowhere near becoming a hit; the more progressive elements of the group are covered in the effortless Cover Me In Roses which does indeed, as the sleeve notes state, sound in places not dissimilar to early Barclay James Harvest.

The Dog That Bit People – The Dog That Bit People
Label: Esoteric Recordings – ECLEC 2229
Format:  CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Country: Europe
Released: 2010
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop Rock, Prog Rock



01. Goodbye Country
Written-By – Millar
02. The Monkey And The Sailor
Written-By – Lamb, Caswell, Hincks
03. Lovely Lady
Written-By – Caswell, Millar
04. Sound Of Thunder
Written-By – Millar
05. Cover Me In Roses
Written-By – Caswell
06. Someone, Somewhere
Written-By – Hincks
07. A Snapshot Of Rex
Written-By – Caswell
08. Red Queen's Dance
Written-By – Millar
09. Mr. Sunshine
Written-By – Caswell, Millar
10. Tin Soldier
Written-By – Millar
11. Walking
Written-By – Caswell
12. Reptile Man
Written-By – Lamb, Caswell, Millar, Hincks

13. Merry Go Round
Written-By – Keith Millar, Mick Hincks

Drums, Percussion – Bob Lamb
Engineer – Peter Vince    
Producer – Jim Simpson
Remastered By – Paschal Byrne
Vocals, Bass Guitar – Michael Hincks
Vocals, Electric Guitar, Twelve-String Guitar – John Caswell
Vocals, Electric Guitar, Twelve-String Guitar, Piano, Organ, Mellotron, Harmonica – Keith Millar

MP3 @ 320 Size: 111 MB
Flac  Size: 281 MB


  1. Hey great Kostas. An old band that i don't know. I don't need to listen in, i'll get them right away. Thank you !!

    1. This band was born from the ashes of The Locomotive. Strange that you don't know them, because you know everything about 60s and 70s.

    2. It would be nice to know everything from the 60s and 70s. I'm still discovering the unknown.

    3. For example, i met ARMAGEDDON Same USA 1969 a few days ago. Psychedelic/Blues rock album.
      An album that is worth it.

  2. I was intrigued and gave it a quick listen and indeed the review wasn't exaggerating. The album combines acoustic and electric elements in harmony and really stands out. Of course, I will have to listen to it properly.

    On another note, I was so excited about the Uriah Heep concert at Athens, and then I was told that the venue becomes a gas chamber. As much as I loved to go, the price of getting sick gives me second thoughts.

    1. Uriah Heep 2022 that must be terrible like all the old bands that still exist more or less. These old crackers, not only the music terrible but also from the aesthetic point of view. They make music to somehow make ends meet financially and maybe also to benefit a little sexually, just awful. But dear friend that is of course my subjective point if view.

    2. Well, I think their last record was pretty good, though not very fond of the previous ones, but in any case it's not like they don't have a collection of classic songs to choose from and the concert goes for more than two hours. It's probably our last chance to see those great groups, and I never managed to see them before, but never thought that a venue would get negative reviews in 2022 for people smoking inside it like there's no tomorrow.

    3. The main thing is that you like the band.

    4. I do, and don't want it to be a negative experience. I don't know if you have first hand experience from Greek restaurants and cafes, where there was thick smoke everywhere and you literally breathed inside a cloud. The new laws have changed that a lot, but some places still manage to get away with it and it looks like the venue in question is one of these.

      I remember some occasions where some idiot even burnt the clothes of those around him because he couldn't hold himself for a couple of hours in a crowded concert.

    5. My dear friend hard to understand what your question is. Well it doesn't matter, maybe your head will be clearer tomorrow.