Fusion Orchestra – Live at The Marquee 1974

Jill Saward… 16th February 2018 sees the release of a little piece of rock history. Way back in the 70’s I was in a pioneering band called FUSION ORCHESTRA who made one album for EMI, toured and toured till’ we dropped. We left our mark as one of the UK’s greatest live jazz rock bands. It is 2017 in Tokyo and I am presented with a cassette (remember those things?) of a live show at the Marquee in London from way back then. Quality is raw and ok-ish but the vibe and the moment is echoed is brilliantly. Secret Records agree to take on the project for release as a piece of rock history memorabilia. My beginnings captured, and it is hard to believe I am still on the same but musically different road nearly 50 years later…..can’t stop me now! I will post pre-order news soon.

Dave Nattress… Jill, saw you guys at Hastings Pier Pavilion all those years ago and enjoyed the performance. Keep in touch and definitely go for it on the new release!!

Jan Warren… Brilliant, brilliant news, hope it gets released!!

Tony May… Definitely interested! My life and the ‘legends’ surrounding The Fusion Orchestra are indelibly linked! Be great to actually hear, if not see, one of the performances i have heard so much about…

Press release

FUSION ORCHESTRA RELEASE FIRST ALBUM FOR 45 YEARS
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED rock band Fusion Orchestra have released their first album in 45 years following a surprise encounter with a fan in Japan. The band – which was active between 1969 and 1975 – featured vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jill Saward, who has enjoyed a long and successful career in the music industry and has been the ‘front woman’ for jazz-funk band Shakatak for 37 years. Jill explains: “There I was in Tokyo in 2016 finishing the Shakatak tour, when a quiet discerning Japanese man called Yasuyuki Mizuno approached me at the merchandise table and said he has a cassette of a Fusion Orchestra show he attended at the Marquee London in 1974. “I found myself listening to the set– with a nostalgic tear in my eye, shouting to myself ‘yeah, go girl go!’. Screams and all. The band sounded brilliant, the audience jibes and cheers really added to the show. It’s live, uncut and really very very raw. I was transported back to the Marquee and can smell the place now – and I can also feel the history that lived in the walls. “I presented this project to our record company and they’ve done a brilliant job mastering and saving all of the live moments.”
The album – Fusion Orchestra Live at the Marquee – features Jill on vocals, piano, flute, 12-string guitar and percussion; Colin Dawson on lead guitar; Stan Land (who sadly passed away early in 2017) on second guitar, slide guitar, harmonica and synths; Paul Jennings on bass guitar; and Dave Bell on drums. The recording has been taken from the original analogue source captured at the London’s Marquee club on 26 August 1974. Guitarist Colin Dawson adds: “As Jill says, it’s raw and not without faults, but it does capture the atmosphere and excitement of the moment. It also includes mostly numbers that were previously unrecorded by the band, yet featured in the set at the time and were popular with the fans – including Dave Bell’s legendary drum solo!”
The track listing is 1: Beginning End. 2: Sister Reno. 3: Talk To The Man In The Sky. 4: To A Child. 5: Set In the Rock. 6: Spinedance + Drum Solo. 7: Skeleton In Armour. Plus two encores – a surprise version of the Beatles’ Ticket To Ride and Whole Lotta Shakin’.
Fusion Orchestra Live at the Marquee comes with a booklet including a gallery of band pictures and is available from Available from https://www.secretrecordslimited.com

Jan Warren… This is the best news and I was at that gig in 1974! – I’ve always loved Fusion Orchestra and I’ve ordered the cd!

Minotaur – 1978

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supplied by Phil Thornton & David Miller

MINOTAUR – 1978 Dave Miller- Vocals guitar, Glen Baker – Guitar, Andy Ebsworth – Drums, Ric Luther Smith – Bass, and Phil Thornton – Keyboards. The live photo is from The Victoria Palace Theatre, London Feb 19th. 1978 .

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 photos supplied by Dave Miller

Alan Esdaile… Dave auditions for The Walking Dead, a few years too early.

Yvonne Cleland… Phil looks like Charles the 1st!

Dave Miller… The walking poseur, more likely….what a bunch. Phil’s mum made that jacket for him, I’ll have you know…

John Wilde… and trousers to match or was that a vicious rumour?

Del Buck… I loved Minotaur – I think I still have a cassette that Dave gave me somewhere. In fact I was in a band with Dave at school – he was something special even then. Love to you man, wherever you are.

Dave Miller… Del Buck, a fine man, an exceptional guitarist and an all-round very good guy.

The Old Grey Whistle Test to return for one show – 23rd Feb 2018 BBC4. Who loved TOGWT?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2018/bbc-four-old-grey-whistle-test-africa

Peter Thomson… Staying in that night!

Andy Qunta… One of the best music shows ever

Jim Breeds… Fantastic. Now we are all Old Greys!

Janet Rennie… Yes love seeing the old repeats in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep

Dennis Torrance… Good news looking forward to seeing the show

Alan Thynne… Fascinating origin of the phrase Old Grey Whistle Test on Google…

Dave Weeks… Who remembers it on the pier?

Alan Pepper… Sounds good ! Who would be your ideal act for the show ?

Tony Davis… This is great news. Always loved Whispering Bob a great presenter

Dave Nattress… The OGWT was an absolutely essential programme for myself and some old mates. Got the 4 DVD’s a long time ago. 2 in the first set in the Black cover, then 1 more each in the Brown and Green covers. I’ve also recorded the occasional BBC repeats on the hard drive. Very nostalgic and the original TV shows stimulated me to buy a lot of my old vinyl albums.

Clifford Rose… I’d like to see Alice Cooper on the show again.

Eric Peckham… The Old Weigh Gristle Test …

The Deep Purple – Queens Road, Hastings and Battle photo around 1967

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1st photo supplied by Janine Anne Hemsley, 2nd photo with Graham Bradley supplied by Len Benton.

Janine Anne Hemsley…..The girls are Carol Guyatt and Linda Upton.

Mick O’Dowd….Looks like  early Whisky Mac. Think that is Pete Horton poking in right hand, Len Benton, Ian “Mac” McGilvary, Tich Turner,Tony “Tweet Tweet” Bird & Pete Horton.+ Girls.

John Wilde…..Wow this is a great photo……but where?

Robert Searle…Another great photo. I see Mac there with Tony Bird

Joe Knight….omg!!! tony LOL

Ian McGilvray….Yeah that’s me (Mac ) with Lenny Benton on My right hand side. I’m the one with the magazine and Tich is the one with the Birds as usual.

Andre Martin…..The reflection in this is the Fine Food Supermarket at the end of Queens Pde, you can tell that by the backward spelling of the name Minimarket and the design of the brickwork. Interesting the ” I’m Backing Britain ” posters can be clearly seen on the windows of the shop in Queens Road roughly where Gamleys or Helfords used to be located. Looks as if the group were on the east side of Queens Road, and the photographer on the West side..

Mick O’Dowd….Confirmation from Pete Horton that this is in fact Deep Purple. He reckons it was taken in Canterbury where they used to play at The Beehive Club.

Tich Turner….Hi All, this photo was taken in Queen’s Rd. We had a bunch of photos taken that day, but I’m only aware of three that have surfaced. One is a great pic of us all in a line, hunched up against the cold, in front of some glass doors somewhere. The other one, is of us standing on the steps of the public toilets that used to be in the town centre, near the Carlisle and we’re poking our heads over the wall. This is definitely Deep Purple. we didn’t actually become Whisky Mac after Pete Horton left and Graham joined, as I wrote. It was later than that. It was directly after Len Benton, our Bass player left and we recruited Tim Duke on Bass. Happy Days, Tich.

Ian McGilvray….I agree Tich

Pete Horton…..Hi from Pete Horton. Sorry about thinking that the pic was taken in Canterbury. I seem to be the odd one out. I cannot remember this being taken in Queens Road, but we were all in the nearby cricket ground with a Hastings Observer photographer on Sunday 4th February, 1968.

Ken Copsey… Great picture.

Beez Neez – Ad, Pebbles Club, Mick O’Dowd and Warrior Hotel 1977

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ad & photos supplied by Mick O’Dowd

Warrior Hotel around 1977 supplied by Mark Harris & Dave Miller

Mick O’Dowd… More unseen Beez Neez just unearthed in a Time Team dig! Ad was posted in Hastings Observer in about July 1977. Managed to sneak me in as well(Jackie Hazell is to my right so it’s still Beez Neez) with hair!

Tony court-holmes… did we really dress like that

Janine Anne Scott… Judith Clarke, I do declare

Mick O’Dowd… Dead right Janine. Where is she now? Do I spy Hat Trick poster on wall in on-stage pic?

Mark Harris… Love all these old photos!

Mick O’Dowd… I’m a little teapot. Here’s my spout….. Any idea who the guy is in the background Mark? He’s seems familiar.

Mark Harris… Graham Parks (good mate of Chris Pook)

Does anyone remember The Tube asks Mick O’Dowd?

Mick O’Dowd… Does anybody remember The Tube? I rated it and it introduced me to The Pogues( bashing their foreheads with tin trays on video) and Terrence Trent Darby before he was signed doing a very respectable “Wonderful World and I thought this better than any recorded output by him .Has anybody else got recollections of “discovering” artists via The Tube?

Jimmy Kent… Mick, that programme was essential viewing for me. They discovered so many acts like Frankie goes to Hollywood & Terence Trent Darby

Andy Qunta… I was on there with Icehouse, the same show that Frankie Goes To Hollywood were on TV for the first time! Apparently, Trevor Horn saw them on that show, & ended up producing them.

Dennis Torrance… Tube got taken off the air bad language but did enjoy it

Jimmy Kent… Also the politics as well which was why part way through a Redskins performance the sound mysteriously cuts out just before a miner joined the band to protest against the miner’s strike

Alan Esdaile… It was a must watch programme Mick, everyone was always talking about it next day.

Paul Crimin… I remember seeing Frankie Goes To Hollywood perform ‘Relax’ on The Tube and thinking ‘That’s going to be a major hit’. I wasn’t wrong…

Matt Thomas… Essential viewing for me in the 80’s. Loved this show and have a best of DVD released a few years back. Think it was scrapped because of Jools Holland saying the then forbidden ‘F’word on live TV – you groovy fuckers lol

Andrew Bantock… Interestingly, one of the other presenters of the The Tube, Gary James, now lives in Peasmarsh.

Jimmy Kent… Also enjoyed the Tube specials where Jools would go to a certain place. I think there was a Jamaican one & an R&B one. What happened to that young lad Felix

Matt Thomas… Madonna ate him alive when he appeared in one of her videos lol

Darren Johnson… Finishing sixth form at lunchtime on a Friday, going to the pub then getting in at teatime tipsy and watching the Tube each week

Alan Pepper… Great Programme ! Peter Cook introducing Ian Dury in 1977 is what I remember well. The audience didn’t know Billericky Dickie unlike some of us having not long seeing him at Brighton . Good evening I’m from Essex …..

Chris Meachen… Loved the tube, one of my favourite moments was Jools “this next video is really trippy, so get drugs now” then Paula’s face coming into shot,- “no, don’t” . Wonderfully anarchic!

Dave Nattress… The Tube was another essential music show and did a lot for introducing new bands.

Jo Turner… I got down to the last two candidates for camerawoman interviewing for the tube, then didn’t get it.

Felix, Samisen & This Side Up – The Carlisle Hotel 3rd Oct 1975

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supplied by Roger Carey

Felix press cutting … Wesley Magoogan, Roger Carey, Den Wootton, Will Thomson and Mike Tanner.

Wesley Magoogan… Amazing looking at the past ! Hard to believe this was 40 years ago, seems like yesterday !

Martin Curcher… Is that Mike Tanner on the right?

Liane Carroll… Fab picture. My hubby looks sooooo cute!!!

Yvonne Cleland… Remember this night well! xxx