Monday, May 16, 2016

Rock Workshop - s/t 1970 & "The Very Last Time" 1971

Ray Russell and Alex Harvey formed Rock Workshop in the early 70's, and it became an expansive band of thirteen musicians, most of which were of the U.K.'s leading young jazz musicians, who created an innovative and technically innovative form of experimental rhythm and blues.

 Rat Russell recalls that he was playing with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames and then appeared in the 'Hair' musical together with Alex Harvey's brother Les. It was from this meeting, and Alex Harvey's involvement on backing vocals in the musical, the idea of Rock Workshop was born.

The collective's first album was issued in 1971 to great critical acclaim. However, due to their record label wanting to market them as an English 'Blood Sweat & Tears', they never achieved any great commercial success. A second album was released, 1971's The Very Last Time before the band folded and Harvey went on to great commercial and critical success with his own band.

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