miércoles, 30 de noviembre de 2011

Planet - Confusion EP (1995)

Graham Day was originally signed as an artist in 1983 as a member of the Prisoners and we have been finding reasons to have him back ever since. We have released albums by the SolarFlares, and a complete set of Prisoners reissues including the recent “Rare And Unissued”, which involved a gathering together of all the bits and pieces of the bands career. Graham is a fantastic songwriter with an amazing voice, and we felt it was time to shine a spotlight on one of the most overlooked parts of his career.
In 1993 the Prisoners re-formed for a one-off gig at London’s Subterranea. It was a roaring success. Over the next year they would play a number of gigs, including headlining at the 2000-capacity Clapham Grand and playing a tour of Germany. However the reunion was never going to permanent as the Prisoners’ organist James Taylor was riding high with the JTQ scoring chart hits and touring the world. After hooking up with the bass player and drummer from the support band on the Prisoners’ German tour Graham Day formed a new band, Planet. Planet were a more groove-based outfit whose influences went beyond his love of classic 60s UK rock and into the realms of late 60s soul and Funkadelic.
It may have been inevitable that they would sign to Acid Jazz’ new indie label, Focus. Acid Jazz is owned by Eddie Piller, the Prisoners’ final manager, and he has an enduring appreciation of Graham’s talent. Signing Planet was a no-brainer. Graham thought that the signing might have been a move to try for a new Prisoners album, but as the JTQ was Acid Jazz’s biggest act, this was probably not his motive. Planet were allowed unlimited time in the Acid Jazz studio and recorded 17 tracks that made up the LP and various singles that appeared throughout 1995. The music has a strong rhythmic thrust and plenty of wah wah guitar, but it also is full to the brim with great melodies and vocals.
“Splitting The Humidity” was released in the late summer of 1995 but although Planet toured heavily around its issue, it was not destined to be the breakthrough for Graham’s talent. It failed to set the charts alight and the band split. What was left has a unique sound and deserves to be heard afresh.

By Dean Rudland

They also released a few singles or EPs in 1995 like "Sky","Dog" and "Confusion". In 2008 was edited "The Complete Studio Recordings" on the Big Beat label.

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This is an "old" picture from the web, it's not complete: The Buff Medways (2002-2006) or Graham Day & The Galoers (2007- )

Planet fue otra de las muchas bandas de Graham Day, no duró mucho, un año, pero dio para sacar unos cuantos EPs o singles ("Sky","Dog" and "Confusion".) y el disco “Splitting The Humidity” en 1995. Tras una tercera reunión de los Prisoners se formó Planet fichando por el sello Focus (Acid Jazz). El sonido de Planet se acerca más al de la última época de Prime Movers que al de Prisoners, quizá con un ligero toque Hendrix, pero no deja de ser Graham Day.
He añadido un esquema o árbol de las aventuras de Day, incompleto ya que es de hace unos años, falta The Buff Medways ,bajo, con Childish y Graham Day & The Galoers con miembros de Woggles.
El archivo se agradece al amigo ,golden67 , ya de hace años..........

viernes, 11 de noviembre de 2011

Jarvis Humby - Assume The Position it's... (2004)

Try as we might, no one here can think of a name more British sounding than Jarvis Humby. He clearly must be the king of mod-swingers, this Humby character. What you say? Jarvis Humby is actually four blokes? Well then, they've set themselves up to quite a task with a name like that. They even put images of Keith Richards, the Who, the Beatles and a friggin' Union Jack on their album cover. Fortunately, these Humby boys deliver everything they promise. Pure liquid adrenalin R&B, complete with fuzzed guitars, white-boy blues vocals and an omnipresent Hammond that coats everything with a 1964 flavor. "99 Steps to the Sun" could be the official follow-up to ? & the Mysterians' "96 Tears," but they don't leave it at that. Opener "We Say Yeah!" is excellent if typical garage rock until the closing holler of "Yeah, yeah yeah" that you can imagine soundtracking the toga party scene in Animal House (originally filled by Lloyd Williams' "Shout"). "These Eyes" sounds like R.E.M. sounding like the Byrds, with it's antique 12-string tumble and "The 4th Man" is pure spy show/surf guitar goodness. Coming complete with white pants and Fender reverb, Jarvis Humby will make you want to grow your bangs, pop a couple of pep pills and head on down to Brighton to dance around and fight with the rockers. Vintage!
by Joshua Glazer All Music Guide

Another review here

Jarvis Humby suele aparecer por la red como Neo Garage Mod band o Hard Soul band.... etiquetas que parece ser nos gusta poner a todo, asimismo comentan que se parecen a The Prisoners, que suenan a 60s.......... vale, a mí me suenan a Hammond. Con esto quiero decir que me dan igual las etiquetas o a qué suenan, a mí me gustan y los tengo en mi lista de escucha a menudo. Me despista un poco la poca información que he conseguido de la banda: single para Detour records (Get On Board My Train / Gwen Stacy 1996) , y supongo que un EP previo a este disco, Assume The Position it's..... aparición en algún recopilatorio (Halloween A Go-Go! de Little Stevens, Sugarlumps y Exile on Hammond Street), pero nada nuevo desde la aparición del disco que nos ocupa. Tres temas nuevos en su página de myspace .

Tres portadas distintas para el mismo disco y las ganas de saber algo más sobre esta fantástica banda. La última portada creo que pertenece a la primera edición del disco con 12 temas, ampliada a 14 en la siguiente edición, la que traemos aquí. Si alguien sabe algo más de Jarvis........