Week of August 3, 2003


Mike Fouracre - Drums
Fred Hasson - Vocals, Harmonica
Leary Hasson - Keyboards
Richard Lathan Hicks - Bass
Dave Laverock - Guitar
Jessica Stanley Clarke - Flute, Vocals
Peter Bardens - Percussion
Mandy Riedelbanch - Woodwind
Bob West - Vocals

Marsupilami (Transatlantic TRA 213) 1970
CD: Won-Sin WS 885 651-2, 2001 (S.Korea)
Arena (Transatlantic TRA 230) 1971
CD: Esoteric ECLEC2007 2007

A progressive rock outfit whose albums are now collectable. Their first effort is full of atmospheric, moody, rambling songs which were typical of the progressive rock era. It's full of fine organ work and nice flute, though the guitar playing is a bit dodgy. Pete Bardens played on their second album. One track from this, 'Prelude', was later included on the Transatlantic 1970 compilation, 'Heads and Tales'. This progressive piece begins with wild vocals and manic guitar work which mellows into a keyboard solo with the wild vocals returning at the end. Certainly they were one of Transatlantic's most exciting outfits. 

Leary Hasson went on to the Contemporary Music Unit. 

(Vernon Joynson/Mike Warth/Costas Arvanitis)

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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