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Geoff Leigh left Henry Cow in 1974 to form Radar Favourites with singer Cathy Williams, guitarist Gerry Fitz-Gerald, bass guitarist Jack Monck and drummer Charles Hayward, making these unreleased studio and live recordings.

Radar Favourites

Radar Favourites (Reel Recordings)
Label: Reel Recordings    
Released in: Canada    

"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!"-Reel Recordings

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Product Information:

UPC: 654367021033

Label: Reel Recordings
Catalog ID: REELR 017CD
Squidco Product Code: 13218

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Canada
Packaging: Digipack
Tracks 1-4 Recorded at Garden Shed Studio, Brixton, London, Fall 1974.Track 5 Recorded in concert at London College of Printing, October 25, 1974. All Recordings engineered by Steve Morse using Revox A77 Reel-to-Reel.


Geoff Leigh-soprano & alto saxophones/flutes/oboe,

Cathy Williams-piano, keyboard, glockenspiel, vocals,

G.F. Fitz-Gerald-electric guitar/baby binson echorec,

Jack Monck-bass guitar,

Charles Hayward-drums,

Colin McClure-double bass (track 2)

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Track Listing:

1. Peggy Delaney's Hothouse Tinkers 6:48

2. Umbrella Walk 5:56

3. Trees And Tanks 2:46

4. Blues For Henry 10:29

5. Blastest 11:50