LIGHT OF DARKNESS
Proto-Metal • United Kingdom
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The little-known Scottish band Light of Darkness consisted of Mike Reoch (bass, flute, piano, harmonica), Byron Grant (guitars, fiddle), John Latimer (vocals, piano, organ, percussion), and German drummer Manfred Bebert.
They were based in Hamburg, Germany, and their only record was released by the German label Phillips in 1970.
This self-titled debut album is in a kind-of progressive blues-rock style, highlighted by Latimer's odd voice and an energetic cover of Tony Joe White's "Soul Francisco."
This is a heavy progressive garage rock masterpiece with such a bizarre vocalist, his voice makes Captain Beefheart sound like Art Garfunkel!
However, critics at that time dismissed the record as being directionless; the record-buying public ignored the LP and after a couple of concerts, Light of Darkness disbanded.
A stunning party record! The album came with impressive, absurd cover art. Original Phillips copies now sell for 400 DM or more.
The album was re-issued in 1981 on ZYX in a
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