Thursday, 6 January 2011

The Fleur De Lys.

In 2009 Acid Jazz Records launched the RARE MOD series with an EP of unreleased 60s gems from mod legend Steve Marriott & The Moments (whom he fronted before forming the Small Faces with Ronnie Lane). This was followed up with the highly successful RARE MOD album, which blended a diverse collection of super rare or unreleased classics.
The second EP in the series is The Fleur de Lys.

The Fleur de Lys were most famous for their rip-roaring version of The Who's 'Circles' (released on Immediate) - a live version from '66 is included here, but the full story is far more interesting. In a long and varied history, explored in a full-length book released as a companion to this EP, The Fleurs were a prolific backing group for a whole host of American musicians who toured and settled here in the 60s. Out and out mods, they mixed elements of the psyche guitar scene with a growing understanding of soul music.

Featured here are some unreleased acetates featuring the vocals of Atlantic soul diva Sharon Tandy as well as their first ever recording and also includes the track ‘Wait For Me’, which was produced by Jimmy Page.

To celebrate the release the band played their first gig for over 40 years featuring all the 'Circles' members as well as different later line-ups featuring Sharon Tandy, Graham Dee, Jay Darlington and Richard Searle at London's legendary 100 Club on 11th November.

One of Britain's great lost bands. 

Here's a video of Wait For Me.

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