• hampton grease band Music to Eat (peach vinyl double LP, £32.95)

    Why would we reissue a record that is reputed to be the second worstselling release in the history of Columbia Records? (Legend has it that it was undersold only by a yoga instructional album.) Well, because in the 47-some years since its release, the Hampton Grease Bandís Music to Eat has steadily ascended the list of Greatest Cult Records of All Time. Indeed, modern-day jam bands genuflect at the sight of the trippy cover art alone (Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit was an early Ď90s fixture in the movement), as the jazz/prog/psych guitar licks of Glenn Phillips and Harold Kelling give such famous duos as Betts/Allman, Verlaine/Lloyd, and Bloomfield/Bishop a run for their money. Add a generous dollop of Pop Art surrealism delivered by Hamptonís Dada-ist, Beefheart-ian roar and youíre left with an album that inhabits a rarefied realm somewhere between Trout Mask Replica, Anthem of the Sun, Hot Rats, Happy Trails, and maybe The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East (particularly because the Hampton Grease Band was also from the South but far, far stranger). LP 1: Halifax / Maria / Six / LP 2: Six a. Egyptian Beaver / Evans b. Evans / Lawton / Hey Old Lady and Bertís Song / Hendon a. Spray Paint / Hendon b. Major Bones / Hendon c. Sewell Park / Hendon d. Improvisation

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