Week of March 20, 2005

Mighty Baby

Personnel:
Mike Evans Bass
Alan King - Vocals, Guitar
Roger Powell Drums
Pete Watson Guitar
Ian Whiteman Woodwind
Martin Stone Guitar

Albums:
Mighty Baby (Head HDLS 6002) 1969
(reissued as Egyptian Tomb (Psycho 31) 1984; and on CD (Big Beat CDWIKD 120) 1994 along with some demos recorded in 1968 when they were still The Action)
A Jug Of Love (Blue Horizon 2931 001) 1971
(reissued on CD (Flash 58), with one additional track, A Blanket In My Muesli from Glastonbury '71)

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Devil's Whisper/Virgin Spring (Blue Horizon 2096 003) 1971

This superb late sixties underground band were formed from the remnants of pop/soul band The Action, who were popular around the London mod club circuit and issued five singles on Parlophone, including "I'll Keep Holding On" and "Shadows And Reflections" between 1965-67.

Both Mighty Baby albums are now very rare. The first, in particular, has a definite psychedelic West Coast influence. Both are important progressive releases and Mighty Baby had their own distinctive and imaginative sound. Their music was often a sophisticated interplay between the twin guitars of King and Stone and the woodwind accompaniment of Whiteman. Its influences were wide-ranging from jazz ("Egyptian Tomb") through to country rock ("I'm From The Country") and "Some Way From The Sun", notable for an hypnotic guitar intro. "Egyptian Tomb" is unquestionably the most inspired moment on their first album - melodic guitar playing set to a jazzy arrangement.

Alan King later played in Ace whilst Martin Stone later fronted Chilli Willi and Red Hot Peppers. Mighty Baby also played on lots of other albums, including Reg King's and others on Head. Evans, Powell and Whiteman were later in Habibiyya.

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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