Saturday, 13 August 2016

Grannie (1971)



Here’s another album all but lost in the depths of time until rediscovered circa 1993, and re- released by Wooden Hill in 2010. It’s been described as "guitar-dominated heavy progressive" but I disagree. Its more like a connosieur blend of psychedelic prog- rock, reminiscent of Uriah Heep and Iron Maiden, with a hint of Led Zep thrown in. They seem to defy definition, but are undeniably British psych- rock:

“Very cool music that screams London underground at the turn of the 60's into the 70's. Too bad the production isn't cleaner. If you like T2, Clear Blue Sky, Fuzzy Duck, Hard Stuff, Pink Fairies etc you'll dig it.”



In 68/69, guitarist Phil Newton saw an advert in Melody Maker for an all-inclusive deal at David Richardson’s SRT (sound recording technology) business that offered 8 hours of studio time, a master tape and 99 finished LPs for £100. In 1971 the band booked SRT (established as Sky Studios in 1968) and within 8 hours had recorded the full album - mainly for themselves, plus gigs/friends and family. Incredibly, no copies were sent to major labels/impresarios, and only 99 copies were ever pressed. The band began to play on the London club circuit at venues like The Greyhound, The Marquee and even the Roundhouse. They had a residency at the Speakeasy in London, but had their gear & music equipment stolen whilst traveling (including one of the first Mellotrons). Which put an end to things. Bloody shame.


Some random 70's dude with a Mellotron to his left

The recording quality is not brilliant, but given its with us at all is nothing short of miraculous. In its December 2004 edition 'Record Collector' valued an original vinyl pressing of the album at £850.

Tracklist

Leaving
6:35
Romany Refrain
4:12
Tomorrow Today
7:10
Saga Of The Sad Jester
4:36
Dawn
5:12
Leaving
6:35

Lineup

Bass 
Dave Holland
Drums 
Johnny Clark
Flute 
Jan Chandler
Keyboards 
John Stevenson (tracks: B3)
Lead Guitar 
Phil Newton
Producer 
Dave Richardson (2)
Vocals 
Dave Holland, Fred Lilley, Jan Chandler, Phil Newton


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