Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Graham Bond Organization - 1965 - There's A Bond Between Us

The Graham Bond Organization 
There's A Bond Between Us

01 Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
02 Hear Me Calling Your Name
03 The Night Time Is The Right Time
04 Walkin' In The Park
05 Last Night
06 Baby Can It Be True
07 What'd I Say
08 Dick's Instrumental
09 Don't Let Go
10 Keep A Drivin'
11 Have You Ever Loved A Woman?
12 Camels And Elephants

Bass, Vocals – Jack Bruce
Drums – Ginger Baker (tracks: 1 to 16), Jon Hiseman (tracks: 17, 18)
Organ [Hammond Organ], Alto Saxophone, Mellotron, Lead Vocals – Graham Bond
Tenor Saxophone – Dick Heckstall-Smith

The Graham Bond Organization's second and final album came out in 1965, not long after their debut. Featuring the same lineup of Graham Bond (vocals/organ/mellotron/sax), Dick Heckstall-Smith (sax), Jack Bruce (bass/harmonica/vocals) and Ginger Baker (drums), it continued to explore their distinctive dark, jazzy R&B sound. The songs featured two Ray Charles numbers ("The Night Time Is The Right Time" and "What'd I Say") and the Freddie King blues classic "Have You Ever Loved A Woman?". It also notably featured some originals from all band members, including Heckstall-Smith's "Dick's Intrumental", Bruce's "Hear Me Calling Your Name" (which he sang lead on) and Baker's "Camels And Elephants". Also interesting was Bond's use of the mellotron - he was perhaps the first rock musician to make use of this new keyboard instrument.
However despite having two great albums under their belt, the Organization's days were numbered. By the time of the second album's release, Jack Bruce had been fired. Baker was the next to go in 1966. Bruce served short stints in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Manfred Mann before reuniting with Baker to form Cream with Eric Clapton. Bond found a new drummer in Jon Hiseman, and as a trio the group went on for a little longer, releasing one single before breaking up in early 1967. Hiseman and Heckstall-Smith then went to join the Bluesbreakers themselves for one album, before forming their own group, Colosseum.
Graham Bond himself moved to America. By this time he was suffering from mental disorders and was using drugs heavily. He was also becoming increasing interested in the occult.

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