Saturday, January 16, 2016

Grannie - 1971 - Grannie



01. Leaving
02. Romany Return
03. Tomorrow Today
04. Saga of the Sad Jester
05. Dawn
06. Coloured Armageddon

Phil Newton (guitar, vocals)
Dave ‘H’ Holland (bass, vocals)
Fred Lilley (vocals)
Johnny Clark (drums)
Jan Chandler (flute, vocals)

What became Grannie formed around guitarist Phil Newton in 1968/69 and was initially a cover band playing gigs around East London. Newton then began to write for the band and they began to master tracks like Leaving, Romany Refrain and Saga Of The Sad Jester in rehearsals. Around this time, Newton saw an advert in the Melody Maker for an all-inclusive deal at David Richardson’s SRT business that offered 8 hours of studio time, a master tape and 99 finished LPs for £100. A booking was made and the line-up that went into the studio some time in 1971 was Phil Newton (lead guitar/vocals), Dave ‘H’ Holland (bass/vocals), Fred Lilley (vocals), Johnny Clark (drums) and the futures Mrs. Newton, Jan Chandler (flute/vocals). There was also an appearance by John ‘Stevie’ Stevenson who played keyboards on one track Coloured Armageddon. the band began to play on the club circuit at venues like The Greyhound, The Marquee and even the Roundhouse although their journey ended when all of their gear - including one of the first mellotrons - was stolen.

'The quality of this unknown outfit's sole album effort is clear. It's guitar-led soft rock, similar in style to Wishbone Ash's debut, with the bonus of a half-decent singer and an abscence of keyboards. One of the rarest albums of the period, and a very pleasant surprise.' - Giles Hamilton/Galactic Ramble

Fantastic, relatively unknown in common rock circles and worth an absolute fortune for an original. The music has a Led Zep, Wishbone Ash sound to it with good use of light and shade, heavy and soft dynamics. Great guitar driven sounds and good use of the hammond organ make this record a must listen which will not dissapoint. Has a well earned spot in my top 10.



  2. One of best of the UK underground thanks Drago

  3. In my top 10 as well.Love it!!