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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 Matt 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  
Blogger Mister Niles said...

Thanks ! Really good stuff. By the way. I'm relatively new to this (and will be posting on my own blog soon. As I was looking through your archives I noticed an entire page on which every post was removed due to complaints. Who complains? Is it collectors who are pissed because they paid $$$ for a rarity and don't want others to have it? Is it record labels? I doubt they care about out of print lps. Or is it just pain in the ass, self righteous people exrcising any power they have to save the world from evil "pirates"? I'm really interested to know your take on this. Thanks for your time. you have a great Blog.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous master3d 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 ionplayer 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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