Week of March 12, 2006

Bram Stoker

Heavy Rock Spectacular (Windmill WMD 117) 1972
CD: Poltergeist 1998; Akarma AK257, 2003

Tony Bronsdon - Organ
Pete Ballam - Guitar
Rob Haines - Drums
John Bavin - Bass

This rare progressive rock album is now a minor collectors' item. Musically we're talking excellent atmospheric organ-led progressive rock. In particular, Blitz, a haunting, doomy track, is memorable and the band could be considered to have a sort of heavy Nice sound. All the tracks were written by T. Bronsdon, who presumably led the band and it's surprising that they weren't snapped up by a major label. Had they been they might have fared better.

Although their album appeared on Windmill, a budget label sold through Woolworths, this was a gigging act, rather than a bunch of session musicians.

(Vernon Joynson/John Smith)

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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