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Musicians in Oblivion

I bought a book called "Galactic Ramble" that is a huge volume detailing albums released in the UK between (Roughly) 1965 and 1974. It's aimed at the collectors of the obscure and people who collect LPs. I don't collect LPs [My record player has just been stored in the attic] but do like to find something a bit different.

Amongst the obscurities I've so far splashed out on are bands like Spriguns, Oberon, Tudor Lodge, Jody Grind and solo artists like Simon Finn [Has to be heard to be believed!]. A lot of these albums were on small labels or even private pressings - perhaps only 50 copies exist. Most of the albums are prog, psych and folk, or a mix of all three.

My favourite so far is by a chap called Mick Stevens [Sadly, he died in 1987] who released two albums in the early 1970s. The first, See The Morning, was recorded in a bedsit in Nottingham when Stevens was a student and is a quite beautiful mix of acoustic songs with the occasional pysch guitar on top and some woodwinds - and some brilliant lyrics. Stevens had 50 copies pressed up on the "Delroy" label, which was basically a company in Lancashire that would make albums from a tape. The second album, No Savage Word, adds drums and sounds a lot more jazzy, but was recorded in the same ad-hoc way. Both albums are available on CD, along with two others he recorded in the late 1970s. It's very much like John Martyn, with good command of English & a lot of jazzy guitar riffs and snippets of flamenco guitar...

What a shame something so good spent so long on obscurity - I wonder what sort of music Mick Stevens would be making these days? No more struggling with  tape recorders and overdubbing - the whole lot could be done on a PC.

http://www.mickstevensmusic.co.uk/


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