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Monday, September 04, 2006


Lost Gem of English Psychedelia

Founded by Mick Wayne in London, 1968, with Steve Chapman (drums) and Honk (John Lodge) on bass, they quickly signed a record deal with Denny Cordell/Tony Visconti Productions. They were managed by Blackhills (T.Rex, Pink Floyd, etc.), who organized the Hyde Park concerts, and Junior's first gig with Traffic. Many other gigs and benefits followed closely, such as the Marquee, Roundhouse and Middle Earth in London and then various venues and festivals up and down Great Britain and Europe including Star Club Hamburg and Beat Club TV in Bremen.In 1969, they recorded their only album 'Battersea Power Station', followed by some singles. Grom (Graham Kelly) joined on vocals and Rick Wakeman was added on keyboards. John Cambridge who had earlier been in the Hullaballoos with Mick Wayne, and later with Mick Ronson, replaced Steve Chapman on drums, whilst Tim Renwick was added on guitar.Mick had been playing sessions for various people, including James Taylor, Joe Cocker, David Bowie ("Space Oddity"), etc. On advice of his managers, he moved to Los Angeles to continue his career. At Leon Russell's studio he recorded a new album. This master tape contained performances by various L.A. musicians, but was subsequently stolen from Island Studios, London.In 1972, Mick came back to London and recorded with Joe and Sandy Denny, Steve Winwood and Ringo. Subsequently, he joined Pink Fairies (1975), Tim Hardin (1976) and Phil Collins (1991).

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Blogger A Pound for a Brown said...

I'm pleased you like it.Stay tuned for more amazing music.

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with the above comment. Your taste seems to be right on, and i'm always interested in what you'll feature next!

3:09 AM  
Blogger Wastedpapiers said...

Great to find Juniors Eyes here. They did some wonderful Peel sessions ( wiped I believe ) and this LP wasa bit disapointing compared to their sessions so I didnt play it much. I think i sold it in the 70's so will be good to hear again and see what memories it brings back of those halycon days!

Excellent blog which i shall make a link to.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for another great album....cheers!

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You for really nice album


4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for putting up this album. I've just discovered your site and am going through all the great music. Keep it up!

2:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Missed this first Time Around....
Classic Psyche of The First Water.
There was So Many Sounds Released
Then, You could not Hear it All then of course the Music and The Musicians were Evolving as were We.
I`m still catching up with The Musical Explosion that was The Sixties Blogs like this may make it easier Thanks again

4:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good album!

Pity that band didn't continued to record seriously. I'm sure that within few years they'd develop their talents to the level they cannot be ignored.

2:43 AM  
Blogger zappahead said...

Im ashamed to say, this band passed me by but...thanks to you i will give it a listen...was taken in by the write up....thank you.

7:46 PM  

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