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Holy Grail (Record Store Day Release) (Limited Edition)

CHIMERA

LP
14/04/2017
POP-ROCK
SECRET RECORDS (SECBT5011 01)
5036436105328
Chimera
180 gram Vinyl reissue of the 1969 album remastered
from original master tapes
Features Pink Floyd's
Nick Mason - part producer and drums on The Grail
Rick Wright - keys on Lady with Bullets...
Fleetwood Mac’s Bob Weston on guitar

The Beatles, Pink Floyd, David Bowie – cousins Francesca Garnett and Lisa Bankoff rubbed shoulders with them all in the late 1960’s, and perhaps it should come as no surprise that a little stardust rubbed off on the two girls.
Musically ambitious, they came close to being signed to the Beatles’ Apple label (although John, Paul and Ringo were in favour, George passed, thus vetoing the deal) before being taken under the wing of Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and signing to Monty Babson’s fledgling Morgan Bluetown label.
Morgan Bluetown was a side project to the Morgan Music studio, which in the late 1960’s was one of the UK’s top studios, attracting in 1969 alone the likes of Led Zeppelin (“Led Zeppelin II”), Free (“Tons of Sobs” and “Free”), and Jethro Tull (“Stand Up”).
The label was able to offer its artists free time in the studio when it wasn’t otherwise in use, and a kernel of highly talented individuals coalesced to form a tight production team. Amongst them were Wil Malone, who has gone on to be one of the world’s most highly regarded arrangers, having worked on Massive Attack ’s “Unfinished Sympathy”, the Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony” and Adele’s “19” album amongst many others, and Mal Luker, who went on to engineer for the likes of the Kinks, Amon Duul and Placido Domingo.Chimera was in the wonderful position of being able to draw on the studio’s home grown talent and to augment this with established stars such as their manager Nick Mason, who not only produced many of their recordings, but played drums on “The Grail” and brought along his Pink Floyd colleague, Rick Wright, to play harpsichord on “Lady With Bullets In Her Hair”. Future Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Weston also played on a number of tracks. Due to a variety of mishaps, the album wasn’t released at the time, although apparently Hipgnosis, designers of Pink Floyd (and many other) album sleeves, had prepared a front cover for it, and the musical underground was rife with rumours of this
legendary lost masterpiece of acid folk/baroque psychedelia. But now, at last, the album is out on its originally intended label


Preview (30 seconds)
01
00:03:52
Black Hat Babe
02
00:03:14
Song in E
03
00:03:14
Episode at Telegraph Hill
04
00:03:28
Morning Sounds
05
00:03:49
Peru
06
00:05:35
Come into the Garden
07
00:03:08
The Grail
08
00:03:04
Sad Song for Winter
09
00:03:44
Mary's Mystery
10
00:02:49
Lady with the Bullets in Her Hair
11
00:02:52
Sad Song for Winter (Alternate Mix)
12
00:02:14
Elegy to the Dead King
13
00:02:36
The Voyage
14
00:02:03
Of Reason
15
00:01:49
Reflections of Thought
16
00:02:31
Mr. Binns Takes a Trip
17
00:02:31
Gypsy Wanderer
18
00:02:32
Piper Song
19
00:02:50
Ballad of a Lady Waiting
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