Friday, 10 May 2019

The Graham Bond Organization - Strut Around (1966)

The Graham Bond Organization were one of the first ever jazz-rock bands, and a training ground for musicians who would later go on to achieve huge success with other groups. The original line-up included Ginger Baker on drums, John McLaughlin on guitar (later replaced by Dick Heckstall-Smith on tenor and soprano sax), and Jack Bruce on bass, as well as Bond himself on organ, alto sax and vocals. Their energetic live sets of raucous r'n'b mixed with jazz earned the band a reputation of being one of the best bands of the early 60's, and in 1965 they released the ground-breaking album 'The Sound Of '65', which included their hit version of the classic 'Wade In The Water'. Never a band to play by the rules, they played themselves in the movie 'Gonks Go Beat' in 1965, playing two of their numbers in the film, and their 'Lease On Love' single from the same year featured one of the first uses of a Mellotron on disc. The band was always a volatile working environment, with widespread drug abuse, and an ongoing feud between Bruce and Baker, which eventually resulted in both of them leaving and reconciling long enough to form Cream with Eric Clapton! Bond and Heckstall-Smith reformed the group as a trio with John Hiseman on drums, but it was never the same, and internal problems and the ever-present drug issues caused the band to disintegrate in 1967. Bond carried on making music for the next few years, but seemed to be increasingly obsessed with Black Magic, and his mental health was the subject of some speculation, particularly after his death in 1974, when he fell in front of a train at London's Finsbury Park tube station. Let's remember him and the band at their peak with this collection of rare tracks from 1964 to 1966.



Track listing

01 Long Tall Shorty (b-side of 'Long Legged Baby')
02 Little Girl (from the 'Rhythm & Blues' Decca compilation 1964)
03 Hoochie Coochie Man (from the 'Rhythm & Blues' Decca compilation 1964)
04 Harmonica (from the 'Gonks Go Beat' soundtrack 1965)
05 Love Come Shining Through (b-side of 'Tell Me (I'm Gonna Love Again)')
06 Wade In The Water (from the 'Gonks Go Beat' soundtrack 1965)
07 High Heel Sneakers (from the 'Rhythm & Blues' Decca compilation 1964)
08 Strut Around (from the 'Rhythm & Blues' Decca compilation 1964)
09 My Heart's In Little Pieces (b-side of 'Lease On Love')
10 Long Legged Baby (single 1964)
11 Tell Me (I'm Gonna Love Again) (single 1965)
12 Soul Tango (b-side of 'St. James Infirmary')
13 Lease On Love (single 1965)
14 St. James Infirmary (single 1966)

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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for this, very interesting.

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  2. Thank you for putting together this comp' or rare tracks by the GBO. The clip of the band lip syncing to Harmonica in Gonks Go Beat is awesome and notable for Jack Bruce being tossed in the air while playing a harmonica solo and Graham Bond somehow managing to produce the sound of a Hammond organ from a Vox Continental. Such a swinging band.

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  3. Always glad to get more Graham Bond, especially the GBO era.

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