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Tapestry Of Delights:
Originally from Warwick, The Edgar Broughton Band were an important part of the underground scene in the late sixties and early seventies. The Edgar Broughton Band's vocal style was undoubtedly influenced by the growling Captain Beefheart and their first two albums as a three-piece, while containing some interesting ideas lyrically, were patchy musically. Highlights included Death Of An Electric Citizen and American Boy Soldier from Wasa Wasa and Aphrodite, Momma's Reward and The Moth from Sing Brother Sing. Recruitment of Victor Unitt (formerly connected with The Pretty Things) led to a more accessible style musically but they remained an underground politico / rock band. Their third album, the infamous meat cover self-titled album remains their supreme achievement. In particular Side One is a tour de force of evocative lyrics, good rock music and an excellent acoustic track Poppy - a 1971 equivalent of The Stranglers' Golden Brown.
Their fourth album has a gimmick cover (hence the title Inside Out) and is stronger lyrically than musically. Highlights are Get Out Of Bed and Homes Fit For Heroes and an interesting song about the sexual possibilities of a rake. Their fifth album and last to feature Victor Unitt - Oora - is more mainstream rock and makes use of girl backing singers. Highlights are Hurricane Man, Things On My Mind and Exhibits From A New Museum. The band then had a three year sabbatical from recording and even then Bandages was delayed a further year due to legal wrangles. Highlights were I Want To Lie and Signal Inspector. Their seventh studio album Parlez Vous Anglais was recorded in 1979 and their eighth Superchip in 1982. Neither of the last two can be recommended even if Peter Hope-Evans of Medicine Head played harmonica on two tracks of the Parlez Vous Anglais album. The Edgar Broughton Band may not have made it big but they endeared themselves to the early seventies concert-going public because of their extensive gigging and appearances at most of the UK open-air festivals of the time. They were very popular on the Continent, particularly Germany, and with the Broughton's mum driving the tour bus they became known as the 'Legendary' Edgar Broughton Band.
Their manager was killed in a tour bus road accident, Edgar suffered mental health problems but the band survived and were still touring in the early nineties when Edgar had become a social worker. All their studio albums are now available on CD. incidentally Steve Broughton appeared on Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells.
John Thomas also recorded as Creepy John Thomas.
(Bill Stow / Vernon Joynson)
01. a) Get Out Of Bed b) There's Nobody There c) Side By Side 3:42
02. Sister Angela 0:43
03. I Got Mad 3:41
04. They Took It Away 2:27
05. Homes Fit To Heroes 4:20
06. Gone Blue 3:13
07. Chilly Morning Momma 4:35
08. The Rake 2:43
09. Totin' This Guitar 1:39
10. Double Agent 2:55
11. It's Not You 11:13
12. Rock'n'Roll 2:58
13. Hotel Room 4:07 (A-side of "Harvest HAR 5040/1971")
14. Call Me A Liar 4:29 (B-side of "Harvest HAR 5040/1971")
15. Someone 3:48 (B-side of "Harvest HAR 5049/1971")
16. Mr. Crosby 2:09 (B-side of "Harvest HAR 5049/1972")
Edgar Broughton - Vocals, guitar
Arthur Grant - Bass guitar, vocals
Steve Broughton - Drums, vocals
Victor Unitt - Guitars, vocals
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