dimanche 22 septembre 2013

Mirkwood - Mirkwood (1973 uk hard rock and heavy progressive rock 2008 Garden Of Delights remastered edition - Wave)

Dedicated to OldrockerBR (PHrock Blog) who was the original seeder

Seven lengthy tracks with incredible perfect rhythm changes, harsh guitar solos and also silent and epic tracks. One of the ten records for a lonely island. But incredible rare and almost impossible to find.
The band was formed in Dover,Kent in early 1971 by Jack Castle and Mick Morris.By 1971 heavy rock had become the predominant musical force:Jack and Mick resolved to form a new band that would play entirely original material and feature dual lead guitars three-part harmony vocals and a tight rhythm section.The outcome of their endeavours was named Mirkwood,with an initial line-up of Derek Bowley (lead vocals),Jack Castle and Mick Morris (both guitar and vocals),Steve Smith (drums) and Andy Broadbent (bass).In early 1972 Dave Evans was brought in to replace Andy Broadbent.Until their last gig in June 1975 the band played throughout the South East of England including support work to some well-known bands including,Supertramp.Mirkwood got together just once more,in 1978 for a reunion performance at the Marlowe Theatre,Canterbury.The only 'proper' recording that Mirkwood made was for an album on the Flams Ltd Label (catalogue No PR1067) a local record label.Recording commenced on 17 January 1973 at Jack's house in Whitfield,Dover on a Revox reel-to-reel tape recorder!The machine was operated by Ron Nunn (hence the initials 'REN' on the back sleeve),he also designed the album's cover.A mere 99 copies of the album were pressed,the majority ending up with family,friends and local supporters.
It was essentially a live recording. We just set up the equipment at Jack's house as if we were on stage and Ron Nunn (that's what the REN on the cover stands for) recorded us straight onto on his Revox tape recorder! There were no overdubs or special effects - it was a completely live sound. The album contained the first batch of songs we wrote and we have always regretted not recording some of our later material which only exists now on a few very poor quality live tapes. After Mirkwood's last appearance (it was at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury in 1978) Jack and I played together during the early 80's in a band called EASY ACTION and Derek and I were in a band called ICEBREAKER from the late 80's until 1995. Jack now lives in Wales and has a solo act. Derek and I occasionally get together at local venues and I still play quite often (mainly jazz on guitar and Irish music on banjo!). Sadly, I've lost touch with the others." (By courtesy of the band member Mick Morris, who gave this informations. Thanks, Mike!) - (By Adamus67)

01- Take my Love - 4:39
02- Love´s glass of sunshine - 11:32
03- Just because - 5:21
04- The leech - 5:22
05- The vision - 3:31
06- Clockwise - 6:06
07- Levandula - 7:23

Derek Bowley (lead vocals)
Jack Castle (guitar, vocals)
Mick Morris (guitar, vocals)
Steve Smith (drums)
Andy Broadbent (bass)