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Feel free to keep on preventing us of those dead links. We will update them when we (I and Jeb-E-Diah) have more time to (understand : from september). Some of them will be partially or completely repacked considering albums which would have been issued thereafter and surely with new and improved artworks.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

EGG (ABO #194)


Egg were an English progressive rock band formed in January 1969. The founding members of the group were Dave Stewart who played organ? Mont Campbell on bass and vocals and drummer Clive Brooks. The band emerged from an earlier quartet formed whilst at City of London Boys School called Uriel with guitarist Steve Hillage. After Hillage left the band in August 1968, the other three continued as a trio. Having signed a deal with the Middle Earth club's management branch, they were advised to change their name to Egg, allegedly because Uriel "sounded too much like 'urinal'". In mid 1969 the band signed a deal with Decca's 'progressive' sublabel Deram and released their debut album in March 1970 on their short-lived Nova series.
While not a commercial success, it was received well enough for the label to finance the recording of a follow-up, but when the time came to release it, they got cold feet and it was all but shelved, until producer Neil Slaven's lobbying finally resulted in The Polite Force coming out in February 1971. Now signed to The Groundhogs' management company, Egg finished the year with an increased touring schedule, but in spite of accumulating enough material for a third album, were unable to secure another record deal, and called it a day in July 1972.
In 1974, Stewart, now signed with Virgin as a member of Hatfield and the North, got a deal for Egg to record their unreleased material, which resulted in the farewell album The Civil Surface.
A great catch and what better band could we have found for the Easter post than a band named Egg?


Anonymous said...

Bon soir Baistophe,

I should comment more. I like what you do but I would have made very different choices. My idea of an Egg compilation would include much more of their song form material, from "Seven is a Jolly Good Time" and "We Are All Princes" up thru "Contrasong" and "Wring Out the Ground." Part of the genius of the band was how much intelligence they could fit into a small space!

But don't let me dissuade you-- keep doing what you're doing!

-- Bloomdido

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, felicidades, gracias por el gran trabajo realizado para crear estas compilaciones.