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colour eight page booklets and inlays
• new photographs and original artwork
• words to all original songs
• additional tracks, out-takes, and contemporary tracks
• previously unreleased recordings
• a special label and logo
• background and recording information
• info, and anecdotes . . . the works!
and A TO AUSTR are the most well known albums on the label during its early
days from 1966 to 1975.
These and nine others make up the "Works" released through KISSING SPELL:
1 LAST THING ON MY MIND
volume 2 NUMBER NINE BREAD STREET (still to be released)
volume 3 A TO AUSTR (still to be released)
volume 4 ASTRAL NAVIGATIONS
volume 5 GAGALACTYCA
volume 6 JUMBLE LANE
volume 7 ODE by BLUE EPITAPH
volume 8 THE LEGEND OF THE KINGFISHER by GYGAFO
volume 9 TEARS ON THE CONSOLE by Chick Shannon and the Last Exit Band (still to be released)
volume 10 LOOSE ROUTES 1
volume 11 LOOSE ROUTES 2
Several of the
albums above have only ever been released in small vinyl runs : volumes
1, 5, 9, 10 and 11. All will have a considerable number of additional tracks.
The average running time of each CD will be over 60 minutes and often up
to 70 minutes. Mike has scoured his archive and made several surprising
finds, especially the ones "hidden" on the bottom track or other side of
the tape - tracks even he didn"t know he"d got!
THE FIRST TWO RELEASES are "Last Thing On My Mind" from 1966, and "Gagalactyca" from the early seventies. For details see below.
LAST THING ON MY MIND has never been released since the original 99 vinyl copies made by Mike Levon when he recorded it in 1966. It is an album of folk and early folk rock - the roots from which Holyground grew. There are standout performances from Chris Coombs and others. It"s an album of great beauty: if you close your eyes you can see the candles, and feel the dark . . . There are also several out-takes and contemporary recordings never previously released at all!
GAGALACTYCA has only been released on vinyl. It is a sister album to Astral Navigations. There are two "sets" of music : Chris Coombs and others (Lightyears Away), and Thundermother. Chris and Mike Levon wrote songs for the Light Years Away "side" of the album. Standout tracks are the short though beautiful "That Is What We Need", and "Cold Tired and Hungry" a storming track featuring Bill Nelson on guitar.
Thundermother come up with five brilliant tracks, four of them their own songs. Standout tracks are a version of "Woman" by the group, an acid guitar epic in "Come On Home", and the beautiful "Woman In My Life".
Additional tracks include Chris Coombs" tributes to Winnie the Pooh - yes, really!; and a wonderful version of Pretty Anne, a "lost" Austr track, complete with psych keyboard.
Special webpages, only publicised through the albums themselves, will be available soon for each album. They will have even more info, photos, ephemera, gossip and flavour of the times . . .