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Sunday, November 05, 2006



Cambridge-based CMU (Contemporary Music Unit, apparently) were a sort of folky bluesy progpsych outfit,like so many at the turn of the '70s,and they managed a couple of albums. Their debut, Open Spaces (1971) is a stunning, complex, melodic progressive album with exceptional female vocals, great fuzz guitar and strong keyboards.By their 2nd album, Space Cabaret (1972),CMU had moved away from their bluesy roots into a more folk/psych direction,although they could also rock out when the mood took them.There's some really nice moments on the album and a fair bit of Mellotron strings on Archway 272 (presumably referring to the area of North London). Original LPs on Transatlantic Records are now rare.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance of being able to get the missing track from 'Open Spaces'? it's called 'Chanticleer'.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like these 2 albums. I just wish the female vocals all over Open Spaces were just as present on Space Cabaret. Thanks.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent choice...CMU was way ahead of their time wit their spacerock jazz sound!

Song "space caberet" is the best song was a little psychedelia thrown in.

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cambridge-based?? As in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire? Hopefully that's a yes.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Thought I would never see these albums again. To answer the earlier question, Cambridgeshire, UK, yes-ish, a bit of Hertfordshire and Essex thrown in. The drummer was Roger O'Dell, who went on to Shakatak, and the wonderful singer was Loraine O'Dell.

1:30 AM  
Blogger Tuonela said...

Much appreciated, thank you for posting these.

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great band, I'm also looking for Chantecleer from Open Spaces, it's not on 2-on-1-CD. Probably it didn't fit for CD.

7:59 PM  
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8:30 PM  

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