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The Artwoods — Art’s Gallery

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British label Top Sounds Records is releasing an album compiled from the three BBC sessions of The Artwoods: Saturday Club — 13th March 1965, Holiday Pop — 19th April 1965, and Jazz Beat — 8th January 1966.

The ARTWOODS — Art Wood, Derek Griffiths, Malcolm Pool, Keef Hartley and future Deep Purple organist Jon Lord — recorded for Decca, Parlophone and Fontana from 1964 to 1967 and their Decca back catalogue in particular has been well documented by retrospective re-issues and compilations. The thirteen canvasses in ‘Art’s Gallery’ however are sourced completely from three live radio sessions that the ARTWOODS recorded for the BBC during 1965 and early 1966 and were not known to still exist. The British Broadcasting Corporation saved a number of tracks the group played for the Beeb and these have since appeared on the Cherry Red ‘Steady Getting It’ set, the rest of the ARTWOODS’ radiophonic output however was not kept by the BBC with the tapes being erased or junked. Thanks to diligent home taping by a particularly keen fan at the time, the ARTWOODS’ music for radio on ‘Art’s Gallery’ can again be heard in public for the first time in over fifty years. And besides welcome live takes of familiar favourites such as ‘Oh My Love’, ‘She Knows What To Do’ and ‘Don’t Cry No More’, there’s a spoil of cool numbers that the band never committed to disc. There’s the upbeat jazz of ‘That Healin’ Feelin’ and ‘Smack Dab In The Middle’, the slow burning blues of ‘How Long, How Long Blues’ and ‘Black Mountain Blues’, the soulful grooves of ‘Out Of Sight’ and ‘I Got A Woman’ and the pure mod suave of ‘Comin’ Home Baby’ (and more!).

The vinyl version features a profusely illustrated 16 page ‘Radio Times’ sized booklet with a story featuring contributions from lead guitarist Derek Griffiths, and the CD comes with a 24 page edition. The music has been restored to the highest possible standards from the only known surviving reel to reel recordings and Top Sounds feel sure there’s a splendid time for all to be had from a visit to ‘Art’s Gallery’!

Track list

  1. GEORGE MELLY introduces the ARTWOODS
    Broadcast on JAZZ BEAT – 8th January 1966
  2. WORK, WORK, WORK (Naomi Neville)
    Broadcast on JAZZ BEAT – 8th January 1966
  3. OH MY LOVE (Terry Fox, Brian Smith)
    Broadcast on SATURDAY CLUB – 13th March 1965
  4. OUT OF SIGHT (Ted Wright)
    Broadcast on HOLIDAY POP – 19th April 1965
  5. I AIN’T GOT NOTHING BUT THE BLUES (Duke Ellington, Don George)
    Broadcast on SATURDAY CLUB – 13th March 1965
  6. I’VE GOT A WOMAN (Ray Charles)
    Broadcast on HOLIDAY POP – 19th April 1965
  7. SHE KNOWS WHAT TO DO (Gump)
    Broadcast on HOLIDAY POP – 19th April 1965
  8. SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE (Charles Calhoun)
    Broadcast on SATURDAY CLUB – 13th March 1965
  9. THAT HEALIN’ FEELIN’ (Les McCann)
    Broadcast on JAZZ BEAT – 8th January 1966
  10. BRIAN MATTHEW reads a request
    Broadcast on SATURDAY CLUB – 13th March 1965
  11. COMING HOME BABY (Tucker, Dorough)
    Broadcast on SATURDAY CLUB – 13th March 1965
  12. BLACK MOUNTAIN BLUES (J.C Johnson)
    Broadcast on SATURDAY CLUB – 13th March 1965
  13. HOW LONG, HOW LONG BLUES (Leroy Carr, Scrapper Blackwell)
    Broadcast on HOLIDAY POP – 19th April 1965
  14. OH MY LOVE (Terry Fox, Brian Smith)
    Broadcast on HOLIDAY POP – 19th April 1965
  15. DON’T CRY NO MORE (Malone)
    Broadcast on JAZZ BEAT – 8th January 1966
  16. GEORGE MELLY ends the programme
    Broadcast on JAZZ BEAT – 8th January 1966

TSLP 007 VINYL album with 16 page booklet
TSSCD 007 COMPACT DISC with 24 page booklet

Vinyl:
UK £21.00 including postage
Europe £24.00 including postage
USA / Canada £28.00 including postage

CD:
UK £14.50 including postage
Europe £17.50 including postage
USA / Canada £18.50 including postage

The album can be ordered directly from the label through a rather convoluted process.

Thanks to Nigel Young for the info.



3 Comments to “The Artwoods — Art’s Gallery”:

  1. 1
    Buttockss says:

    No thankyou….do not need for my collection.

  2. 2
    Kalle says:

    Wow, that’s a fantstic news. I Hope the soundquality is listenable.

  3. 3
    Scott W says:

    I ordered mine should be here in a day or so. Really love Jon’s early work! The steady gettin it box set was a treat.

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