HARRY are one the forgotten greats of late '60s British rock. The
band was formed in London in 1969 by ex-Country Joe & the Fish bassist
Bruce Barthol and two old friends from the Berkeley California folk
music scene, Gary Petersen and Phil Greenberg. Fat Harry was soon signed
up by the original Pink Floyd management company.
Playing a highly idiosyncratic brand of Americana that frequently
experimented with jazz time signatures, the band played at two of the
now legendary free concerts in Hyde Park, the 1970 Bath Festival, Phun
City and many of the clubs of the era such as The Marquee in London.
A quartet of 'musician's musicians', admired by everyone from Ralph
McTell to Edgar Broughton and Michael Chapman, the group made only one
LP for Harvest Records before disbanding in 1972. Though reflecting
their musical and song-writing abilities, that record failed to capture
their true flavour.
Now, this previously unreleased collection of studio demos and live
recordings (taken from the band's own archive) finally sets the record
straight, delivering a heady mix of country, folk, blues and psychedelia,
as well as including for the first time ever a version of their
much-loved live favourite, 'Mariachi Riff'.
The accompanying 16 page CD booklet includes comprehensive liner notes,
featuring interviews with the band, plus rare photographs from their own
1. Wild Side Of Life
2. Funky 8 3. Corelia Correll 4. Tell Me All About It When You See Me 5.
Girl On A Bicycle 6. Zurich Blues 7. As The Rain Falls
8. Goodbye For Good 9. Seulbe 10. Time Slips By 11. I'd Rather Be A
Newsboy 12. Mariachi Riff
Bruce Barthol - bass/vocals
Phil Greenberg - guitar/vocals
Gary Peterson - guitar/keyboards/vocals
Laurie Allan - drums (tracks 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12)
John Marshall - drums (tracks 2, 5, 7)
Alan Jackson - drums (track 6)