genre: psych, sunshine pop
quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, covers, size: 150 mb)
Tapestry of Delights:
In view of the commercial appeal of much of this multi-instrumental duo's music, it is surprising they did not achieve greater recognition. Campbell-Lyons, who came from Ealing, had previously been in pre-July band Second Thoughts.
Their debut album The Story Of Simon Simopath, a science-fiction pantomime, was an early attempt at a rock concept album. It contained some finely constructed pop songs, including the harmonious Pentecost Hotel (later issued as a single), We Can Help You (issued as a single by the Alan Bown Set), the catchy Satellite Jockey, Wings Of Love, which was later issued as their sixth single and a couple of more mellow songs:- Lonely Boy and Never Found A Love Like This Before.
The follow-up All Of Us was an even more poignant collection of often dreamy pop songs. Two tracks, the sad but beautiful Tiny Goddess, which was issued as the group's first single, and Rainbow Chaser, one of the early examples of phasing which actually climbed to No 34 in the Spring of 1968, were outstanding. This song was later included on You Can All Join In, Island's 1969 sampler. Also of note were the heavily orchestrated Melanie Blue, All Of Us, and Girl In The Park.
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genre: jazz fusion, prog
quality: lossless (ape tracks, log, covers, size: 465 mb)
British jazz-rock band Mogul Thrash evolved from James Litherland's Brotherhood, which in addition to guitarist Litherland (an alumnus of Colosseum who formed the group in 1969) also featured guitarist/reedist Michael Rosen (previously of Eclection), drummer Bill Harrison and the so-called "Dundee Horns" -- saxophonists Roger Ball and Malcolm Duncan. With the addition of ex-Splinter (a short-lived London-based band which must not be confused with vocal duo group from South Shields) singer/bassist John Wetton, the group rechristened itself Mogul Thrash, debuting in 1970 with the single "Sleeping in the Kitchen"; their self-titled RCA album appeared the following year, going largely unnoticed at home but finding favor throughout much of Europe. However, faced with legal problems with their management, Mogul Thrash was forced to disband shortly after the record's release; while Wetton went on to join Family and later King Crimson, Duncan and Ball soon reunited in Average White Band.
Mogul Thrash released just one album, the eponymous Mogul Thrash (1971). It was produced by Brian Auger, who also played piano on one of the tracks. Brian Auger's Oblivion Express featured Robbie McIntosh on drums, who would later become a founder-member of the Average White Band. When McIntosh died of a drug overdose in 1974, he would be substituted by another Oblivion Express drummer, Steve Ferrone
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