TOAD - Open Fire (Live in Basel 1972)

This is the second time we make a reference to this fine Swiss Hard Rock group who unfortunately (and unjustifiably) never managed to make a strong name outside their native country. Open Fire (Live in Basel 1972), as the title suggests, is an unofficial live album which in the absence of an official one serves as the only documented proof of their dynamic live stage presence.

Recorded in Basel in 1972 after of the release of Tomorrow Blue (their second and best album), it may not have the best of sound qualities but it is sufficient enough to highlight the energetic performances of the band which were eventually evolving around their leader, singer and guitarist Vic Vergeat (who had played for a short time with Hawkwind). An (urban) legend states that Richie Blackmore refused to allow TOAD play as support to Deep Purple during their 1993 gig in Switzerland being afraid that Vergeat’s live guitar jams would overshadow him. We do not know how credible such a piece of information can be but the recordings of Red House and Who Knows in this album, suggest that such possibility was not very far from the truth…