Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Fuzzy Duck - s/t 1971

Fuzzy Duck was an English prog rock group from London, formed in 1970 (a cool name and a cool album cover, when you concider it was released 40+ years ago!). Their eponymous debut was released in 1971, and was only issued in a scarce run of 500 copies. The album reached legendary status by affiliation as it featured Mick Harnsworth of Five Day Week Straw People, Killing Floor, and Andromeda, as well as Crazy World of Arthur Brown keyboardist Roy Sharland, and drummer Paul Francis of Tucky Buzzard (and later, Tranquility). The album is classic keyboard drivin English prog rock in the vein of Soft Machine and Caravan.

The group disbanded soon after the release of the album, but enduring interest of the band led to a shit-load of re-issues on a host of labels, including: Akarma, Repertoire, Esoteric, Psychgressive, Aftermath, Medium, Reflection, Air Mail Archive, as well as unofficial releases without a label. The Akarma re-issue features four bonus tracks previously unreleased (featured here) and excellent repackaging which surpasses the original for quality.

In 1971, vocalist Garth Watt-Roy was asked by the band Steamhammer to provide vocals for their final album Speech (released in 1972 and produced by Yardbirds vocalist Kieth Relf). He also played guitar and sang with East of Eden and, in the 1980's, he played guitar on the Goodbye to the Island album by Bonnie Tyler, as well as with Paul Young and the Q-Tips.
In addition to the L.P., the band released two singles: "Double Time Woman" b/w "Just Look Around You" (1971), and "Big Brass Band" b/w "One More Hour."
A truly exceptional release from a band that sadly only lasted 18 months.

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