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• NEW REMASTERED & EXPANDED RELEASE OF THE CLASSIC 1970 UNDERGROUND ROCK ALBUM BY JODY GRIND
• WITH ONE BONUS TRACK
• FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK AND LINER NOTES
• REVIEWS IN “UNCUT”, “MOJO”, “RECORD COLLECTOR”, “PROG” MAGAZINES
• COVERAGE ON RELEVANT WEBSITES & FANZINES
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the highly collectable and legendary 1970 album “FAR CANAL” by Jody Grind.
Formed in December 1968, by organist Tim Hinkley, Jody Grind was a powerful trio influenced by the dominance of such notable keyboard led bands as The Nice, Vincent Crane’s work with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Traffic. Hinkley formed the first version of the band with guitarist Ivan Zagni and drummer Martin Harriman. In June 1969 the band signed to Transatlantic Records (a UK independent label more widely associated with folk music who were seeking to develop an “underground” roster) and recorded their debut album “One Step On”, released in October 1969 (and also released by Esoteric Recordings).
By the beginning of 1970, Jody Grind had settled to a new line up of Tim Hinkley, guitarist and vocalist Bernie Holland and drummer Pete Gavin. Recorded in the early months of 1970, the band’s second album, “Far Canal” was a fine work. The quality of material such as ‘We’ve Had It’, ‘Jump Bed Jed’ and ‘Bath Sister’ was outstanding. Another highlight was the excellent Hammond organ led environmental protest “Plastic Shit” (recorded The Roundhouse at the beginning of the year. Augmented by other fine material such as ‘Vegetable Oblivion’, ‘Red Worms and Lice’ and ‘Ballad for Bridget’ (featuring Hinkley on vibraphone), “Far Canal” is a true “lost” gem from the heady days of British Progressive / Underground Rock.
This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly remastered from the original tapes and features a bonus track of a rare European mono single version of ‘Paint it Black’.