Week of January 27, 2002
Louis Farrell - drums
Rod Harrison - guitar
Rob Hunt - flute, vocals
Bernie Jinks - bass
Nick Spencer - guitar
Keith Cross - guitar
Made In England (Deram Nova (S)DN 5) 1969
Reissued on CD (World Wide Records SPM-WWR-CD-0052, 1993)
Portcullis Gate/Halo In My Hair (Deram DM 270) 1969
An obscure psychedelic/progressive outfit. Their album is now a minor collectable. Despite the date, it sounds like it's from a couple of years earlier.
Portcullis Gate veered towards progressive rock whilst its flip side owed more to early Pink Floyd.
Farrell had previously been with Gun and many members had played with Please. After they split Keith Cross and Bernie Jinks formed T2; Keith later turned up in Cross & Ross.
Compilation appearances have included: "Portcullis Gate" on Rubble Vol. 12: Staircase To Nowhere (LP) and Rubble Vol. 6 (CD); "Halo In My Hair" on Deram Dayze; "Portcullis Gate" and "Halo In My Hair" on Psychedalia - Rare Blooms From The English Summer Of Love; "Friday Hill", a track from their album on Broken Dreams, Vol. 6.
(Vernon Joynson/Jim McMaster)
Taken from The Tapestry of Delights
- The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and
Progressive Eras 1963-1976, Vernon Joynson
ISBN 1 899855 04 1
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