Skip to main content

Patto - Reissues album review

Mucho monkeying about

Cover art for Patto - Reissues album

First things first. The album cover of Roll ‘Em Smoke ‘Em Put Another Line Out (710) is truly memorable: a grainy live photo of Patto in full flight, with frontman Mike Patto wielding a tambourine the size of an Olympic discus, it fair reeks of loon pants and patchouli oil, and transports you right back to the heart of the early 1970s. But – like Patto’s entire career, in fact – this, their third album, from ‘72, promises much but delivers little, bizarrely titled tracks such as Flat Footed Woman and Loud Green Song being an uneasy and unfocused amalgam of heavy rock, jazz and blues.

Mike Patto – let’s call him a hollerin’ Paul Rodgers – certainly deserved better, but, Boxer, the band he formed later, were emphatically not the answer. It’s difficult to listen to any of the songs on ‘lost’ fourth full-length Monkeys [sic] Bum (510) without the image of a moist bulbous simian posterior springing to mind. Billed jokingly as ‘the world’s first ever scratch and sniff album’ it is thankfully an odor-free zone; allow us to steer you in the direction of Melanie’s Garden In The City for a full-on fragrant experience. Like a visit to the glorified jumble sale that is TK Maxx, these albums are all over the shop.

Geoff Barton is a British journalist who founded the heavy metal magazine Kerrang! and was an editor of Sounds music magazine. He specialised in covering rock music and helped popularise the new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) after using the term for the first time (after editor Alan Lewis coined it) in the May 1979 issue of Sounds.