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2 CD ANTHOLOGY
BY THE LEGENDARY PROGRESSIVE ROCK GROUP CRESSIDA

24 TRACKS
REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL TAPES

FEATURING
EVERY TRACK FROM THE BAND’S TWO ALBUMS RECORDED FOR THE LEGENDARY VERTIGO LABEL
BETWEEN 1970 & 1971

WITH FIVE
PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS – INCLUDING TWO FROM A 1970 BBC SESSION, TWO
UNRELEASED DEMOS AND AN UNRELEASED SINGLE TRACK

BOOKLET WITH
FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK, RARE PHOTOGRAPHS & ESSAY

Esoteric Recordings are pleased
to announce a 2CD ANTHOLOGY by the legendary Progressive Rock group CRESSIDA.
One of the finest groups to sign to the legendary VERTIGO label in 1969,
CRESSIDA’s unique Progressive Rock style earned them a loyal fan base in the
early 1970s, with their legend growing over the ensuing decades and their
followers growing, with notable aficionados including MICHEAL AKERFELDT of the
band OPETH. The roots of Cressida were sown in March 1968, when guitarist John
Heyworth answered an advertisement in Melody Maker, and later
travelled to London to join The Dominators. With vocalist Angus Cullen he
settled down to some serious writing, eventually welcoming bassist Kevin
McCarthy and drummer Iain Clark
to the fold and now calling themselves Charge. In 1969, shortly after returning
from a German tour, the band’s organist Lol Coker decided to leave, and moved
back to Liverpool to marry his Swiss girlfriend and take over his father’s
business. He had stayed just long enough to play on the band’s first demo, which got them a recording contract with Vertigo Records. Peter
Jennings then joined. At this point the
band settled on the name Cressida. Their first gigs as Cressida were in
Germany, including the Star-Club
in Hamburg sharing the bill with Colosseum and East Of Eden,
in the Autumn of 1969.
The band’s self-titled debut
album was recorded at Wessex Studios with Ossie Byrne producing, and was one of
the earliest releases on Vertigo. Cressida went through a difficult phase when
Heyworth was forced to leave in early 1970. He was replaced by John Culley. The
new line-up recorded Cressida’s second LP, Asylum, later in 1970 (again with
Byrne producing, and with orchestral arrangements by Graeme Hall), but it was
released pos-thumously in 1971, the band having broken up in September 1970.
Noted jazz flautist Harold McNair guested on
the song “Lisa” from the album. Heyworth sadly died in January 2010,
but in 2011, three of the four surviving original members of the band, Angus
Cullen, Iain Clark, and Kevin McCarthy got together again with Peter Jennings.
This anthology has been compiled by the group themselves and is a fine tribute
to an inspiring band and has been newly re-mastered from the original master
tapes, and features a booklet with new essay.

Release Date: 24/09/2012

Weight 200 kg
Barcode

5013929434844

DISC ONE:
1. ONE OF A GROUP
2. WINTER IS COMING AGAIN
3. LIGHTS IN MY MIND
4. HOME IS WHERE I LONG TO BE
5. TIME FOR BED
6. DEPRESSION
7. DOWN DOWN
8. TO PLAY YOUR LITTLE GAME
9. CRESSIDA
10. THE ONLY EARTHMAN IN TOWN
11. TOMORROW IS A WHOLE NEW DAY
12. SPRING '69
13. LIGHTS IN MY MIND
14. MENTAL STATE
DISC TWO:
1. SURVIVOR
2. REPRIEVED
3. SUMMER WEEKEND OF A LIFETIME
4. LISA
5. ASYLUM
6. GOODBYE POST OFFICE TOWER GOODBYE
7. LET THEM COME WHEN THEY WILL
8. MUNICH - TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM ASYLUM
9. SITUATION
UNRELEASED SINGLE RECORDED IN FEBRUARY 1970
10. DEPRESSION
11. WINTER IS COMING AGAIN
BBC RADIO ONE DAVID SYMONDS SESSION FIRST
BROADCAST 15TH JUNE 1970



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