MIRKWOOD : MIRKWOOD (UK'73)
With dual guitar battles and stoned vox,this record is a highlight hard-progessive rock with psychedelic influences.Seven lengthy tracks with incredible perfect rhythm changes,incredible fuzz leads with never ending harsh solos and also silent and epic tracks.If you like Andromeda or the typical heavy prog of some Vertigo lps like May Blitz or Clear Blue Sky or the megarare Dark you'll love this.
The band was formed in Dover,Kent in early 1971 by Jack Castle and Mick Morris.By 1971 heavy rock had become the predominant musical force:Jack and Mick resolved to form a new band that would play entirely original material and feature dual lead guitars three-part harmony vocals and a tight rhythm section.The outcome of their endeavours was named Mirkwood,with an initial line-up of Derek Bowley (lead vocals),Jack Castle and Mick Morris (both guitar and vocals),Steve Smith (drums) and Andy Broadbent (bass).In early 1972 Dave Evans was brought in to replace Andy Broadbent.Until their last gig in June 1975 the band played throughout the South East of England including support work to some well-known bands including,Supertramp.Mirkwood got together just once more,in 1978 for a reunion performance at the Marlowe Theatre,Canterbury.The only 'proper' recording that Mirkwood made was for an album on the Flams Ltd Label (catalogue No PR1067) a local record label.Recording commenced on 17 January 1973 at Jack's house in Whitfield,Dover on a Revox reel-to-reel tape recorder!The machine was operated by Ron Nunn (hence the initials 'REN' on the back sleeve),he also designed the album's cover.A mere 99 copies of the album were pressed,the majority ending up with family,friends and local supporters.
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