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Live On The Foxtrot Tour (40th Anniversary)

String Driven Thing Audio CD
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One of the finest bands signed to the Charisma label during its
early-'70s heyday, Scotland's String Driven Thing originally formed as a
trio in 1969, led by the husband-and-wife team of Chris and Pauline
Adams, plus John Mannion. Locally popular at the tail end
of the 1960s, the band faded from view shortly after releasing a
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  • Audio CD (5 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ozit Records
  • ASIN: B00746IXRU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,826 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The classic early 70s String Driven Thing line up of Chris Adams guitar and vocals, Pauline Adams vocals and percussion, Colin Wilson bass, and Grahame Smith violin (Hamill/Van der Graaf) recorded on the Foxtrot Tour with Genesis. String Driven Thing were signed to Charisma Records 40 years ago in 1972 already having issued one album. In fact, their second Charisma album ( and third release in historic terms) The Machine That Cried - originally released 1973- has since been acclaimed not, merely, String Driven Thing s masterpiece, but one of the finest progressive rock albums of the entire era its reissue a couple of years back on the British Ozit label was widely heralded as among the most intelligent re-releases of recent years. They are back again with this new CD 40 years later on the anniversary of them signing to Charisma. On Dec 12th 1972, as Pauline Adams of String Driven Thing passed through customs at JFK Airport, in her suitcase was a full length orange dress. Nothing unusual in that, you might think, but the dress in question actually belonged to Peter Gabriel, to be worn at the climax of Genesis Foxtrot set which they were about to debut in New York s Philharmonic Hall. For both bands, this was a first visit to the States, but whilst Genesis were classic Charisma Prog Rock, String Driven Thing were far harder to pigeonhole. Drummerless, and with a virtuoso lead violinist, they had just released their eponymous album to enthusiastic reviews and their first single Circus was already a turntable hit, so there was a real buzz in the city about both bands. On the night, the auditorium was packed and, unusually for a support band, the Thing were brought back for a rapturous encore. Listening to this free blowing high octane set forty years on, it s easy to see why. Fast forward six weeks, and the UK leg of the Foxtrot tour is due to start at London s Rainbow, only in the interim, frontman Chris Adams has suffered a spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) and is rushed to hospital, where Doctors recommend that he take four weeks rest to let his lung reflate. But unwilling to drop out of the impending tour, Chris elects for the alternative treatment which, in his words involved watching a brace and bit being used to drill a hole through my chest . 14 days later, and against doctors advice, the band took to the Rainbow stage and, although understandably not being quite at their best, in the following gigs, including Manchester Free Trade Hall where this recently unearthed recording was made, the band performed sets with such stunning energy that multiple encores became the norm. Just listen to the 16 minute version of Jack Diamond and Graham Smith s incredible virtuosity as he swoops and weaves around the hypnotic groove of Chris guitar, Pauline s percussion and Colin Wilson s subtly syncopated bass, and I think you ll agree with me that Ozit has rediscovered a lost masterpiece.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I was there - on the night 10 Aug 2012
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Great recording of a fab gig, and to top it all I was at the Free Trade Hall, M/cr that night.
SDT at there early best, a taster of what was to follow.

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5.0 out of 5 stars stunning progressive rock meets folk 5 Mar 2012
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It is really no wonder that Phil Collins got these guys removed off the support spot on the Foxtrot tour back in 1972/1973, although we are told Peter Gabriel loved the fact String Driven Thing were getting three or four encores a night. Tony Stratton Smith head of Charisma just couldn't see the potential in String Driven Thing. Just listen to Grahame Smith's stunning violin on this album interwined with the guitar and vocals of Chris Adams and harmonies and percussion from Pauline Adams and bass from Colin Wilson. The other great news is there will be a 40th Anniversary London date in 2012 with Grahame, Chris and Pauline. Thanks to Ozit Morpheus Records for unearthing this superb live album, the sleeve cd booklet is superb too.Get your cd bought now you won't be sorry
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