Saturday, September 6, 2014

Elder Kindred - Kindred Spirits (1971-73 uk, remarkable melt of folk prog jazz rock, 2011 issue)

Originated from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire circa 1970. Previously known as Slow Dog whose lone single was issued by EMI in 1972. Hemery, Knibbs, Judd, Ward, Loakes was the line-up responsible for these recordings. All songs recorded at Beck studios in Wellingborough. Rape and Superior Camp recorded January 1971 (sourced from surviving acetate). 

Finding Out and Saga recorded December, 1971. Playing To You, To The Old and Young, Castles, Work Song recorded February, 1973. The band supported many famous acts such as Renaissance, Uriah Heep, UFO and Sam Apple Pie. They were managed by Rufus Manning Associates, a booking agency based in Huntingdon responsible for managing artists such as Mr. Lucifer, Little Women, Cuckoo and Tuesday's Children.
1. Playing To You - 3:36
2. Work Song - 4:47
3. Castles (Geoff Knibbs) - 5:17
4. To The Old and Young - 4:54
5. Finding Out - 7:24
6. Saga - 5:54
7. Rape - 6:27
8. Superior Camp - 8:37
All songs by Nick Hemery except where stated
Tracks 1-4 February 1973
Tracks 5-6 December 1971
Tracks 7-8 January 1971

Elder Kindred
*Nick Hemery - Guitar, Vocals
*Simon Judd - Keyboards
*Geoff Knibbs - Bass, Vocals
*Ivan Ward - Alto Sax, Flute, Percussion
*Vince Loakes - Drums
*Chris Curtis - Bass, Vocals (Tracks 7, 8)

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  1. Few years ago I've heard this album for the first time...for me not just talent , but rhythmically wise! This superb material from 1971-73 accomplished previously unreleased recordings by this eminently talented prog-rock band (Huntingdon) from U.K. features long multi-instrumental tracks in a similar vein to Skin Alley, Beggars Opera and Caravan. Recently re-pressed due to continued demand and long overdue recognition. In the same league as Fantasy, Cirkus etc. Eight, long and previously unreleased tracks taken from original masters tape,provides amazing a mixture of all out rock and progressive mini-epics loaded with well crafted melodic prog rock by this versatile early 70's. Clever rhythmic cross-currents, intricate time changes richly textured by evocative harmonies and with flute, sax, organ, guitars and assorted percussion. this is an excellent encapsulation of a band who should have made it but didn't.....I have it in the first edit Audio Archives (AACD29, 1998) and some time,also edition Doktoire.
    Thx Marios!

  2. As a teenager, back in the early 1970's, I often went to gigs at Cambridge Corn Exchange. These guys were the support act on at least a couple of occasions. Great to see their music available now, after all this time.

  3. Great memories from my teenage years, so pleased to have found this. Loved going to their gigs. Hazel