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Thee Image: Thee Image/Inside The Triangle

Thee Image is back.

Thee Image was originally the name of the now mythical Miami club where guitarist Mike Pinera cut his musical teeth with house band Blues Image in 1968, before it moved to LA and experienced their only success with Ride Captain Ride.

Pinera revived Thee Image’s name in 1973 for a trio also boasting former Buddy Miles keyboardist Duane Hitchings and drummer Donny Vosburgh.

The band recorded two albums for ELP’s Manticore in 1974 and 1975, both now roped together with new annotation for this worthwhile reissue, where it’s possible to appreciate the scorching dynamics of tracks such as the snarling Zep-meets-Spirit For Another Day, blues-prog maelstrom of Show Your Love and bubbling funk underpinning Alone With You. A fantastic opportunity to appreciate a double-header of overlooked 70s rock gold./o:p

Kris Needs is a British journalist and author, known for writings on music from the 1970s onwards. Previously secretary of the Mott The Hoople fan club, he became editor of ZigZag in 1977 and has written biographies of stars including Primal Scream, Joe Strummer and Keith Richards. He's also written for MOJO, Record Collector, Classic Rock, Prog, Electronic Sound, Vive Le Rock and Shindig!