Week of February 3, 2002

Fusion Orchestra


Dave Bell - drums
Dave Cowell - bass, harmonica
Colin Dawson - guitar
Sten Land - guitar, synthesizer, percussion, horns
Jill Saward - guitar, synth, flute, vocals


Skeleton In Armour (EMI EMA 758) 1973
Reissued in Korea by Si-Wan


When My Mama's Not At Home/Nuthouse Rock (EMI EMI 2056) 1973

A short-lived progressive/hard-rock outfit. The album is now quite sought-after. Except "When My Momma's Not At Home", which is essentially a mainstream rock 'n' rollin' piece with a brass arrangement, the remaining tracks, "Sonata In Z", "Have I Left The Gas On?", "A Skeleton In Armour" and "Talk To The Man In The Sky" are superb, especially the first two. Sophisticated compositions with astonishing and strong female vocals, superb manic guitar leads, powerful drumming, electric piano, flute and harmonica solos make this recommended listening.

Taken from The Tapestry of Delights - The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976, Vernon Joynson
ISBN 1 899855 04 1

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