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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Battersea Rain Dance Revisited

It was the passing of my dear friend Judith Moore that prompted me to seek out this legendary album. It was one of her favourites and was just as big a move forward for the Barber Band as the Lyttleton band had made ten years earlier. Probably more so as, whereas Humph had bridged the gap between Trad and Mainstream when he added Bruce Turner, Barber was jumping from Trad to the soulful modernism of Mingus and the emergent blues rock scene (Paul McCartney is credited with a 'yell' on one track!)
Forget Icecream and all  the Trad stuff - this was the session that predated and inspired the Big Chris Barber Band of later years.
Apart from Barber regulars such as Pat Halcox, John Crocker, Ian Wheeler, Graham Burbidge and Ottilie, others include Brian Auger, McCartney, Vivs Prince and Briggs and a whole lot more.
If you haven't heard it then check it out here..
Lance.
PS: Thank you, Judith.

2 comments :

Patti said...

We used to have this album - and loved this track. I think John Slaughter was in the band too at the time ....... Btw, was Judith the friend of yours that we met at Hoochie a while ago? Such a shame - she seemed really canny.

Lance said...

Yes John Slaughter is in there slaying them on guitar.
You did meet Judith in Hoochie one Thursday I think.

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