Responsible for two of the strangest, most beguiling acid folk albums of the early 1970s, jan dukes de grey have long been a legendary name on the prog/folk/psych collector circuit. When cherry tree reissued sorcerers and the extraordinary mice and rats in the loft on one handy double cd last year (to widespread acclaim, we might add), it seemed to be the final word on the band. However, during conversations with arch-duke derek noy the bands founder, guitarist, singer and songwriter it transpired that jan dukes had actually gone on to record a third album, strange terrain, that had failed to appear at the time, largely due to the emergence of punk and the ensuing collapse of western civilisation as we know it.
The sole album of this great, but underrated British progressive band was released in 1975 on small Retreat Records (owned by noted producer Derek Lawrence and excellent guitarist Big Jim Sullivan). This powerful but still unknown album LP was mostly inspired by early Genesis records, but some Yes and Camel inﬂuences were also palpable. The quartet offered varied, imaginative and beautifully-arranged songs (usually lasted between 7 and 10 minutes) with excellent and quite heavy guitar parts, inventive and truly amazing keyboards phrases, very complex and busy drumming and ﬁne vocals. This memorable will deﬁnitely appeal to all fans of creative, progressive music. This CD edition was carefully remastered from original, analogue source and sounds great!
This one is a real treat: two giants of improvisation in pursuit of that enigmatic 'something' on a Canadian stage in 1986. Braxton, clearly derived from the jazz tradition; Bailey, restless occupant of a self-constructed world of non-idiomatic guitar. "Moment Precieux" was an instant improv classic upon its release twelve years ago and is a welcome reissue to CD format.