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Tapestry Of Delights:
A Lancastrian - he was born in Preston during 1944 - Hartley first caught the public eye when he replaced Ringo Starr as drummer for Rory Storm and The Hurricanes. He later moved to London in 1964, hitting the skins first for The Artwoods and then for John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in April 1967. The following year, at Mayall's suggestion, he formed his own Keef Hartley Band. This had a rapidly fluctuating line-up but the personnel listed above were the nucleus of the band. They played a wide range of music but have tended to be most closely identified with the British blues scene. Hartley was a colourful figure who often dressed as an American Indian, sometimes with the head-dress and war-paint. All this helped make the band a popular attraction around the clubs. They were also one of the few British bands to appear at the Woodstock festival where they went down well.
On Halfbreed, they took the Chicago blues tradition and improvised mostly with their own compositions; relying quite heavily on solos. (The recent CD reissue on Deram also includes the non-album 45, Leave It 'Til Morning). By the time of The Battle Of NW6 they'd veered more towards jazz musically. The Time Is Near came with a lyrics/picture booklet. Miller Anderson wrote all but one track on the album.
In 1971, Hartley formed a new combo, The Keef Hartley Big Band, which featured an enlarged brass section. This outfit recorded Little Big Band live at the Marquee Club. The band proved to be a very short-term venture, mostly due to conflict between Hartley and Anderson, and his Seventy Second Brave and Lancashire Hustler albums were really solo efforts with various session musicians lending assistance.
In 1974, Hartley met up with Miller Anderson again in the States. The two of them having settled their differences, they returned to the UK to form Dog Soldier, although once again this proved to be a short-term venture.
"The Dansette Kid / "Hartley Jam for Bread" (Hewitson, James, Hartley, Thain) – 3:59
"Don't Give Up" (Hewitson, James, Hartley, Thain) – 4:07
"Me and My Woman" (Barge) – 4:24
"Hickory" (Hewitson, James, Hartley, Thain) – 2:45
"Don't Be Afraid" (Hewitson, James, Hartley, Dines, Thain) – 4:25
"Not Foolish, Not Wise" (Hewitson, James, Hartley, Thain) – 3:56
"Waiting Around" (Hewitson, Hartley, Thain) – 2:29
"Tadpole" (Hewitson, Hartley, Thain) – 7:00
"Poor Mabel (You're Just Like Me)" (Hewitson, James, Hartley, Thain) – 3:08
"Believe In You" (Hewitson, Hartley, Thain) – 5:23
Keef Hartley – Drums, Percussion
Miller Anderson – Vocals, Guitars (various)
Henry Lowther – Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Violin, Brass arrangements
Jim Jewell – Tenor Saxophone
Gary Thain – Bass Guitar
Spit James – Guitar
Mick Weaver – Organ, Piano, Percussion
Ray Warleigh – Flute
Mick Taylor – Guitar
Mike Davis – Trumpet
Harry Beckett – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Lynn Dobson – Tenor Saxophone, Flute
Chris Mercer – Tenor Saxophone
Barbara Thompson – Baritone Saxophone, Flute