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Formerly of the Spencer Davis Group and Hardin & York, with Eddie Hardin, the Percussion Band was formed in 1971 as a solo project, but only recorded one studio album, which was produced by one of the musicians alluded to above, Deep Purples Ian Paice. Live shows around that time, saw Paice and Deep Purple buddy, Jon Lord sitting in on live shows.
One of these live sessions took place a few years down the line while Deep Purple were recording 'Stormbringer', a fraught process by all accounts. So, they were probably glad of the break when York called them in alongside Charlie McCracken and Ray Fenwick. One of the shows was recorded, and 31 years down the line, Purple Records have released it on CD>
Anyone looking for sixties pop music or driving hard rock will be taken aback when the opener, 'Points; from the studio album turns out to be an aggressive jazz instrumental with the Hammond of Jon Lord and the twin drums of York and Paice driving things into the avant-garde. If it's not your thing, then the cover of The Rolling Stones' 'Satisfaction' may be more to your taste, although to 21st century ears, it's a bit mike Flowers Pops.
'Sombrero Sam' is an album highlight, returning to the jazz instrumental format, but considerably more melodic than 'Points'. Elsewhere, the brass section take front stage on 'Moleshawk' , before we head off into the legendary drum battle that is 'Extension 345'. If you're the kind of person who treats drum solos as an excuse to visit the toilet, then these 17 minutes may be too much, but don't stray to far,, or you'll miss some excellent work from Jon Lord.Read more ›