Fat Mattress - Fat Mattress I - 1969
So, a while back I read an article in a magazine about Jimi
Hendrix and in the article it was mentioned that his bass player,
Noel Redding, had a band called Fat Mattress which they often
used as an opening act to save time on finding one.
It apparently annoyed Hendrix a little because this meant
that Noel would be getting paid twice for the same gig,
so he'd often make fun of it. I thought this was a pretty
interesting story, but I never put too much thought into it
until I was listening to the song 'She's So Fine' on Hendrix'
album 'Axis Bold As Love' and Immediately I noticed that
it sounded a lot different from the rest of the songs on the
album and it was definitely not Hendrix singing,
so I did a little research and found out that Noel both
wrote and sung the song. I really liked the sound of it,
so I decided to find a Fat Mattress album and check it out.
The album is surprisingly good and sounds a lot like
the style of 'She's So Fine' except without Hendrix'
bad ass guitar playing. Still, although it would have been nice
to hear Hendrix play on a few more Noel songs, the album
is still really good and original and should really be given a chance
by anyone who likes Jimi Hendrix and the Experience.
1. All Night Drinker - 3:10
2. I Don't Mind - 3:46
3. Bright New Day - 3:30
4. Petrol Pump Assistant - 2:58
5. Mister Moonshine - 4:04
6. Magic Forest - 2:49
7. She Came In The Morning - 4:00
8. Everything's Blue - 2:44
9. Walking Through A Garden - 3:20
10. How Can I Live - 4:04
11. Little Girl In White - 4:09
12. Margarita - 3:54
13. Which Way To Go - 4:14
14. Future Days - 4:02
15. Cold Wall Of Stone - 2:24