RON GEESIN Biting
The Hand BBC Radio Broadcasts 1969-1975 (HUX098)
[Release date 12.05.08] 2-CD
A genuine 'one-off', with a
dizzying range of work, Ron Geesin's name will be familiar to many rock
fans through his collaboration with Pink Floyd. Geesin worked with the
band on their 'Atom Heart Mother' LP, co-writing the side-long title track
of that record.
One of Britain's leading avant-garde composers and performers, Geesin
began his musical career in 1962, as a member of a jazz band, and is still
going strong today, working on new projects into 2008.
This double CD, compiled and re-mastered by Ron Geesin himself, features a
comprehensive collection of his BBC radio session recordings, most of
which have never been released before now.
The accompanying 12 page CD booklet features extensive liner notes by Ron
Geesin, along with his comments and recollections of each session and rare
photographs from his own archive.
"Bearing witness to Ron Geesin on stage is an unforgettable experience. He
stomps around roaring strange poetry and nearwords. He blows into petrol
cans and draws the audience and the events of the evening into him. He
plays "amazements" on the piano and a bizarre neo-banjo. He plays on the
walls, the floor, chairs, the atmosphere - and the audience. Description
is really superfluous." - John Peel
"Nobody will ever know what Geesin is, but this collection offers you,
and me, a chance of finding out." - Ron Geesin
A Lighter Touch (HUX097)
[Release date 12.05.08] 2-CD
Brothers Robin & Barry Dransfield
joined together to form the British folk band the Dransfields in 1969.
Into the early 1970s, British folk-rock was the buzz word among record
labels, but out in the folk clubs the kings of the castle were this
hot-headed acoustic brother duo from Yorkshire - blessed in uncanny
harmonising like the Everlys and any number of bluegrass siblings out
west, but virtually alone in the art on the British folk scene.
Turning down an offer to join the founding line-up of Steeleye Span, the
brothers toured for several years as a duo, their shows including
performances with Tom Paxton, Ewan MacColl, Martin Carthy, and the
Watersons. The brothers eventually went their separate ways and Robin
released his one and only solo LP, Tidewave, in 1980.
Now combining the first CD issue of that LP with a previously unreleased
solo concert recorded in November 1972 at Medway Folk Club in England,
this 2CD set is a timely reminder of the brilliance of Robin Dransfield, a
lost giant of the early '70s English folk scene who has remained
determinedly inactive in music-making for over 20 years. The revival
The 20 page booklet features an introductory liner note by noted music
journalist Colin Harper, plus extensive notes by Robin Dransfield,
including the story behind the making of Tidewave and his personal
comments on each of the featured songs. Also includes several rare
photographs from Robin's own archive.
HARRY Goodbye For Good: The Lost Recordings 1969-72 (HUX096)
[Release date 04.03.08]
Formerly Fat Harry are one
the forgotten greats of late '60s British rock. The band was formed in
London in 1969 by ex-Country Joe & the Fish bassist Bruce Barthol and two
old friends from the Berkeley California folk music scene, Gary Petersen
and Phil Greenberg. Fat Harry was soon signed up by the original Pink
Floyd management company.
Playing a highly idiosyncratic brand of Americana that frequently
experimented with jazz time signatures, the band played at two of the now
legendary free concerts in Hyde Park, the 1970 Bath Festival, Phun City
and many of the clubs of the era such as The Marquee in London.