Pete Brown & His Battered Ornaments: A Meal You Can Shake Your Hands With In The Dark
After the demise of Cream, Brown continued to write with Bruce but also began his own recording career with The Battered Ornaments who included Chris Spedding. After an initial 45, which with its wailing saxes and effective vocals was underrated, the band recorded this album which was a mixture of jazz-rock and blues. Dark Lady, The Old Manand Station Song were among the fine tracks and the latter later got a further airing on the Before Singing Lessons compilation. Station Song and Dark Lady had earlier featured along with Travelling Blues on the ultra-rare promo-only Harvest Sampler in 1969.
Brown then suffered the humiliation of being thrown out of the band the night before they had a Hyde Park gig with The Rolling Stones.Brown’s response was to form a new band, Piblokto!
This release breaks the long sides down to four sides of vinyl which enhances the sound quality considerably. Also of interest is that it has been mastered in the same studio at Abbey Road as was the initial release and from the same original analogue tape masters.
Personnel: Pete Brown: vocals & trumpet/ Nisar A. Khan: tenor saxophone / Dick Heckstall-Smith: tenor saxophone Chris Spedding: guitars/ Charlie Hart: organ/ Butch Porter: bass/ Rob Tait: drums / Pete Bailey: congas
Side 1: 1. Dark Lady 2. The Old Man
Side 2: 1. Station Song 2. The Politicial
Side 3: 1.Rainy Taxi Girl 2.Morning Call 3.Sandcastle
Side 4: 1. Travelling Blues (Or The New Used Jew’s Dues Blues)
Cat No: PPAN SHVL752
Format: 180 gram LPx2 gatefold sleeve released:May 2012
Recorded at Morgan Studios, Willesden, London & Sound Techniques,London 196
Produced by: Andrew King and Dick Heckstall-Smith Re-mastering by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios