kris gietkowski Songs from the First LP By Egg (LP, £14.95)label: Fruits de Mer Records
So, I was idly having a wander round YouTube, looking for inspiration/hidden gems when I happened to find a cover of a track from Egg’s first album – the first ‘out there’ album I bought (over 45 years ago), I remember falling in love with the original album, playing it constantly - in fact, it’s responsible for much of my future obsession with music. Anyway, back to the present… ‘While Growing My Hair’ and other ‘Egg’ songs had been posted on YouTube two years ago by a group called ‘Gietek’; each had less than 1,000 views – but there were wonderful, they took me right back to 1970! After much chasing, Gietek turned out to be the work of just ONE MAN… a Polish multi-instrumentalist called Kris Gietkowski; he had recorded much of Egg’s first LP (and much more) for his own enjoyment and was a bit shocked that some silly sod with a little record label wanted to release any of it – but I did (and there’s more to come on FdM in the near future)… here is most of Egg’s first, and very wonderful, first LP, re-recorded by Kris – I don’t think Fruits de Mer’s original aim to be “wilfully obscure” has ever been summed up better (the LP is pressed ‘colour-in-colour’ and is meant to look like a poached egg – but who can tell?) Kris shares a little of his story… ”I was born in Poland, didn't have any good instruments so I improvised. I used old radios to make their amplification circuits to distort my acc guitar and keys. I made a lot of music that way. Some of it I still have on my PC drive, for purely sentimental reasons. Very early experimental stuff. Then I moved to the UK ten years ago, got my electric and bass and keys, then Hammond organ with Leslie, then sold it and bought Nord C2, hoping to play with others. I saw England as a musician's heaven but that soon changed. I went to different jam nights, open mics, etc. My last audition - the three guys were shocked and displeased when I suggested tempo change and two drum breaks with a bass solo in one song (I never heard from them since might I add.” The LP contains: 1. While Growing My Hair 2. I Will Be Absorbed 3. The Song of McGillicudie the Pusillanimous (or Don’t Worry James, Your Socks Are Hanging in the Coal Cellar with Thomas) (Symphony No. 2) 4. Movement 1 5. Movement 2 6. Movement 3. 'Colour-in-colour’ vinyl in a clear PVC sleeve.
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