Sunday, November 05, 2006

Graham Bond "Holy Magick" (British Invasion, Blues-Rock 1970)

One of the founding fathers of the British blues movement, Graham Bond released two spectacular albums in 1965 as the Graham Bond Organization. The Sound of '65 and There's a Bond Between Us (also re-released on BGO Records) are essential jazz/blues albums for any music fan. When Bond broke up the Organization, he moved to the United States where he recorded two "solo" albums in 1965. In 1966, he returned to England where he became a member of Ginger Baker's Air Force for a time then left and formed the band Magick with his wife Diane Stewart. Holy Magick, the band's debut album, was originally released on the "progressive" Vertigo label in 1970 . The album was based on Bond's interest in white magic and Druid and Celtic mysticism. Holy Magick consists of two parts containing 18 songs based around mantras, rituals, and improvisational pieces. The band, a flexible unit, featured some of the top musicians Britain had to offer in 1970 including Rick Gretch (Blind Faith), Victor Bronx, Alex Dmochowski, Jon Moreshead from the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, and a host of session performers. While barely accessible to a rock audience, this album has been both dismissed and praised by critics and fans, depending on one's musical taste. The music was very much jazz oriented. When it was originally released it did not sell well and became a collector's item. ~ Keith Pettipas, All Music Guide

2 Comments:

Anonymous Bruce said...

Always wanted to hear this. Despite being very familiar with 'There's a Bond Between Us' Baker's Air Force, and the careers of related musicians, I still have no idea what to expect.

Disagree with 'Bond Between Us' being called 'essential'. More a curiosity really. Apparently the live performances were more interesting. There is one Bond Org bootleg circulating which is said to be good, but I haven't had time to get it yet.

Anyway, thanks.

05 November, 2006 09:37  
Anonymous dweller said...

Hey, A friend of mine had this record. It always came out during various "sessions" so I can't remember what it sounds like :)

05 November, 2006 22:38  

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