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Friday, October 14, 2016

More information on the band England

My buddy Ruben Chandler, who still owes me a PHONE CALL, sends us more valuable information on the
band I said, the album is good, but I knew very little about, if you care, here is the info that will bring you up to date.......thanks Ruben (seriously, dude, you have my number)!

England were a progressive rock groupACTIVE in the late 1970s, and briefly reformed in 2006. The band is notable for their album Garden Shed released on Arista Records, and for keyboardist Robert Webb playing a Mellotron sawn in half. 
The band was formed in 1975 by drummer Mark Ibbotson, and, after a variety of prototype groups, stabilised around a line-up of himself, bassist Martin Henderson, guitarist Jamie Moses and keyboardist Robert Webb.[2] Moses and Webb had previously collaborated on an unreleased album.[3] Ibbottson owned a Mk II Mellotron, which Webb took an interest in, later saying "itOPENS up possibilities. It's having control like the conductor of an orchestra."[4] To make the instrument portable, Webb sawed the instrument in half, rehousing the left-hand manual and the right-hand tapes (which contained the lead sounds on a Mk II model) it in a new case.[5] After a number of gigs at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone, Moses quit and was replaced by Frank Holland. In March 1976, immediately following a showcase gig that resulted in a contract with Arista Records, Ibbotson quit the band and was replaced by Jode Leigh.[2]
The band spent most of 1976 rehearsing and recording material for Arista. The single "Paraffinalea" was released in February 1977. Anne Nightingale gave a positive review of the single, saying the band was "destined for great things."[6] This was followed by the album Garden Shed, but by this time, punk rock was popular, and this, combined with a general lack of interest in promoting the band, meant that it was a commercial failure. Melody Maker described the album as "Yes in toyland". The band split from their management and moved into a musicSHOP in Hastings[7] but the financial situation didn't improve and the group split in autumn 1978.[2]
A resurrected version of the band, featuring Mark Ibbotson and (apparently) Frank Holland, but without Robert Webb, appeared in 1983-84 long enough to record two singles for Jet Records (best known for their involvement with ELO's early career). Little is known of this incarnation of the group beyond what can be gleaned from the singles themselves.
Henderson later became touring bassist for Jeff Beck,[2] while Moses later became a touring guitarist for Queen + Paul Rodgers.[3] Ibbotson became The Pretty Things' manager in 1985, while HollandJOINED that band as a guitarist,[8] positions they retain to this day. The band continue to receive critical praise, with Music Mart magazine describing a CD reissue of Garden Shed "as good as prog could get in the 70s".[9] Webb and Henderson reactivated the band in 2006 for a brief tour,[2] including an appearance at the Baja Prog Fest in Mexicali[10]
The Imperial Hotel (EP) (1975)
Garden Shed (1977)
Victoriana b/w Hearts Made Of Glass (Jet Records single 1983)
London Story b/w Under the Pier (Jet Records single 1984)
The Last of the Jubblies (1996)


1 comment:

  1. I do owe you a call. I've spent most of the summer in the mountains of north cali with a rather limited phone range and for the most internet even. i have read a lot of books. I'm going down hill for a few days and will have signal and i'll give you a shout. looking forward to it!