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Albums Of The Week: Ancient Grease | Women And Children First 2023 Remaster

A long-lost standout from the psychedelic-prog era gets a new shot at the spotlight.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Ancient Grease were originally known as Strawberry Dust. Their lineup included Gareth “Morty” Mortimer (vocals), Graham Hedley-Williams (guitars), Jack Bass (bass) and Dick Owen (drums). They were spotted by Eyes of Blue drummer John Weathers and brought to the attention of Mercury Records head Lou Reizner, who changed the name of the band while Weathers assumed the role of producer for the band’s sole album. The sessions also featured keyboard player Phil Ryan.

Featuring a wonderful blend of powerful psychedelic and progressive rock, the album was issued on Mercury in July 1970. Although it failed to make a commercial impression upon its release, the album is now highly sought after by collectors and fans of the Welsh rock scene and Man aficionados. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been remastered from the recently located original master tapes for the very first time, (previous releases having been taken from vinyl), and presents this legendary album in the best-ever sound quality.”

 

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