Sorcerers / Mice And Rats In The Loft - Jan Dukes De Grey

Sorcerers / Mice And Rats In The Loft
Released on 21/09/09. Led by the inscrutably gnomic Derek Noy, Yorkshirebased outfit Jan Dukes de Grey briefly emerged in the late Sixties to deliver two of the rarest, most soughtafter albums in the British acid folk lexicon, Sorcerers and the extraordinary Mice And Rats In The Loft, before disappearing into the ether once more.

Some four decades after they were recorded, both albums are finally collected under one roof, thereby charting the startling musical and personal journey undertaken by a band that metamorphosed overnight from beatific flower children singing newly-minted hymns to Mother Nature to paranoid, knife-wielding refugees from Witchfinder General. With the addition of a little-known post-band single, this vital new release unveils the band'sstory for the first time, featuring numerous previously unpublished photos and first-ever quotes from the newly-unearthed Derek Noy. This definitive double CD is nothing less than the complete recording history of one of the most mysterious, iconoclastic acts of the hippie era.

Our Price: £11.99
Code: CRTREE003D
Weight: 200
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Disc One
Sorcerers Dragons / Rags, Old Iron / 28th June, Village Song / High Priced Room / Sorcerers / Ode To A Schoolgirl / The Cheering Crowd / Out Of The Eastern Hills / M.S.S. / Texas / Yorkshire Indian Sitting In The Sun / Wonder Child / Dominique / Trust Me Now / Forms / City After 3:00 Am / Butterfly / Turkish Time

Disc Two
Mice And Rats In The Loft Sun Symphonica / Call Of The Wild / Mice And Rats In The Loft Bonus Tracks Love Potion No. 9 (Asnoy Sband) / Eldorado (Asnoy Sband)

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Strange Terrain
Responsible for two of the strangest, most beguiling acid folk albums of the early 1970s, Jan Dukes de Grey have long been a legendary name on the prog/folk/psych collector circuit. When Cherry Tree reissued Sorcerers and the extraordinary Mice And Rats In The Loft on one handy double CD last year (to widespread acclaim, we might add), it seemed to be the final word on the band. However, during conversations with arch-Duke Derek Noy the band's founder, guitarist, singer and songwriter it transpired that Jan Dukes had actually gone on to record a third album, Strange Terrain, that had failed to appear at the time, largely due to the emergence of punk and the ensuing Collapse of Western Civilisation As We Know It.

And here it is, complete with a handful of bonus tracks cut during the same timeframe (including the novelty single Standing In A Little Ole, issued under the band's punk-era pseudonym Rip Snorter). Dark, sombre and mysterious, Strange Terrain retains the boundless spirit of adventure and idiosyncratic approach to music-making that characterised their earlier albums, and is a vital addition to Jan Dukes de Grey's small but fascinating body of recorded work.

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