Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Hart Rock '71

Hart Rock '71 (Abreaction MLT-BA-TY. 1971)

Keith Fisher of Yellow kindly got in touch to share some recollections of Hart Rock '71:

This was the sixth and final incarnation of Yellow; the original formed in ’69 and featured Vic Malcolm on lead guitar, who went on to form Geordie with Tom Hill who had joined the fourth inc’ of Yellow along with me and Bob Barton in August of 1970.

Bob, Kenny Mountain and myself would re-unite in ‘73 with Beckett. Co-incidentally: Beckett’s bass player was Frankie Gibbon, who played in Brass Alley at the time of the EP.

The first inc’ of Yellow recorded a single on CBS in early 1970: Roll it down the hill/Living a lie, that disappeared without trace (a very rare record: S4869) then the drummer [Tommy Sloan] was replaced by Paul Thompson, who had been playing with John Miles and would go on to join Roxy Music.

The Yellow on the EP featured Kenny, myself and two others: Brian James Ingham on bass, and Micky Balls on lead guitar.

A typically incestuous and nepotistic family tree, eh?

Lucas Tyson morphed into Cirkus. Trilogy became Prelude and had a minor hit by covering After the Goldrush. Brass Alley remained a very popular local band until Frankie left, when they became Long-Vehicle.

Yellow’s manager (until Tom and I joined) was Ian Lish from Sunderland: a local promoter. He had been approached [in 1971] by Hartlepool football club to promote an all day music festival in order to – hopefully – boost the club’s declining funds. Kenny and I teamed up with Ian and helped to promote the festival. I don’t remember who’s idea the record was but Multicord was a popular studio in Sunderland and Ken McKenzie – who owned it – agreed to record the tracks for a very nominal sum.

The EP became a collectors item overnight.

The festival was a bit of a shambles and the headline bands – Arrival and The Roulettes (if my memory serves me well – the drugs were much better in those days) only pulled around a thousand punters. The club got professional help the following year and made a decent fist of things.


Anonymous said...

Hi. Curiously, three of the four tracks of this EP (all but the Trilogy one) appeared on the Kissing Spell CD "Beyond The Veil Of Time" (KSCD 0903 - 1998).

This CD is about rare and unreleased UK psych: Acetates, test pressings, studio tapes and so on. These three tracks are credited as belonging to a 1969 acetate EP, the supposed fourth track being "I Know You Well" by TRILOGY.

It's anyone's guess whether there was an acetate a couple of years earlier than the real EP release, though it seems quite unlikely indeed...

Thanks for the post!

Miguel Angel

Devil Dick said...

that is an awesome ep!

Anonymous said...

Is someone willing to sell a proper copy of the trilogy track?


tickle said...

is it possible to upload this on divshare? thanks!

Keith Fisher said...

Anybody still interested in this EP can find out all there is to know from me. I was the drummer in Yellow and involved to a small extent in promoting the festival. This is me: www.strangefish.info

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Steven K said...

Great stuff! Thanks for posting this!