VA - Never Turn Your Back On A Friend: 50 Years Later

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Format: Vinyl


Cream with Black Splatter 180g Vinyl Ltd to 200

In June 1973, a little trio from Cardiff in Wales called Budgie released their third album, “Never Turn Your Back on a Friend”. Recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios, this album firmly cemented their legacy as a dynamic force to be reckoned within the hard rock movement of the early seventies. With their music being covered by the likes of Van Halen, Iron Maiden and Metallica, it is clear that Budgie have left an enduring mark upon the music world as we know it.

‘Never Turn Your Back on a Friend’ built upon the hard rocking and progressive elements of their first two records, helped along nicely by the now legendary opening song ‘Breadfan’.

Tragically, in 2022, their lead singer, bassist and founding member Burke Shelley passed away at the age of 71. Now on June 30th 2023, fifty years after its original release, Pale Wizard Records pay tribute to this awesome album.

Pale Wizard Records is a labour of love for its co-founders Tim Hilleard and Dan Flitcroft. In 2021, they released their first ’50 Years Later’ LP which was a tribute to the classic Alice Cooper album ‘Killer’. This was followed up with last year’s tribute to Bowie’s incredible ‘Ziggy Stardust’.

Pale Wizard Records intend for the ’50 Years Later’ series to continue paying tribute to amazing albums that deserve attention. They enlist a fantastic roster of hard-working bands from the underground heavy rock scene. Some of which they’ve shared the stage with themselves, and others of which they’ve previously admired from afar.

The 7 original songs are brought to life here by some of the absolute best the modern hard rock, stoner and psych underground has to offer. Additionally, Pale Wizard have enlisted some great artists to provide bonus tracks for this release.

Genre: Heavy Psyche / Hard Rock / Psyche


1. Breadfan – Alunah
2. Baby, Please Don’t Go – Firegarden
3. You Know I’ll Always Love You – Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell
4. You’re The Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk – Regulus
5. In The Grip of a Tyrefitter’s Hand – Syncolima
6. Riding My Nightmare – Great Electric Quest
7. Parents – Sergeant Thunderhoof
8. Guts – La Chinga
9. Forearm Smash – Low Voltage
10. Melt The Ice Away – Solar Sons