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ARTIST
TITLE
Radar Favourites
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
REELR 017CD REELR 017CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
6/22/2010

Radar Favourites was formed in the summer of 1974 by saxophonist/flautist Geoff Leigh, after making Henry Cow's Legend album the undisputed classic it is. Geoff and his lady, keyboardist/singer Cathy Williams, teamed up with electric guitarist Gerry Fitz-Gerald (Mouseproof), bass guitarist Jack Monck (Delivery And Stars), and drummer Charles Hayward (Quiet Sun, pre-This Heat, Camberwell Now). This quintet drew upon their disparate playing experiences to inject fresh oxygen into the then increasingly bloated body of British rock. Theirs was not a regular music, but one that repositioned the markers on the rarified field of experimental rock. By year's end, Radar Favourites had completed two studio tracks and gave just four concerts, before shifting personnel and eventually disbanding under industry indifference. This historical CD release presents the original Radar Favourites, carefully remastered from the reels extant. At last we can experience the band's sublime studio recordings, an untethered private session and a forceful concert excerpt recorded at London's College of Printing, all packaged in a cover designed by Hawkwind's graphic artist, the legendary Barney Bubbles. Seldom has an ostensible rock group scoped such prescient musical terrain; free collective improvisations, dynamic tension and release within interweaving layers, and dramatic trans-dimensional song structure. Without reservation, Reel Recordings recommends the music of Radar Favourites as a never less than exhilarating revelation. File under essential! Members include: Geoff Leigh (alto & soprano saxophones, flutes, oboe); Cathy Williams (piano, keyboard, glockenspiel, vocal); G.F. Fitz-Gerald (electric guitar, Baby Binson Echorec); Jack Monck (bass guitar); Charles Hayward (drums), and special guest Colin McClure (cello on tracks 1,2).