Friday, 25 February 2011

Lord Large

In a story reminiscent of the 1960's Brill Building, a one-off independent single released by a hitherto unknown act Lord Large was snapped up after play on a national radio station.

Mark Lamarr, guesting on Jonathon Ross’s Radio 2 show on New Years Day, played the song continuously and immediately after hearing it Acid Jazz Records signed the band for an Album deal.

Stuck In A Wind Up, the aforementioned debut single, features the vocal talents of Clem Curtis of The Foundations. The legendary soul band whose hits ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’ and ‘Build Me up Buttercup’ topped the 60’s pop charts.

For their album, with producer Andy Jones, they recruited the services of Roy Phillips of The Peddlers, Squeeze Maestro Glen Tilbrook, Ashley Slater from Freak Power, disco diva Linda Lewis and Detroit City Blues legend 'blind' Robert Bradley.

The album, 'The Lords First Eleven', received critical acclaim. One particular track gaining a respectable chart position. The song in question, ‘Left Right & Centre’,(featuring Steve Cradock [Ocean Colour Scene] on guitar, Richard Searle [Corduroy] on bass, Andrea Britton [Kylie] on BV’s), was written by Paul Weller (The Jam) when he was just fifteen years old.

With musical styles ranging from indi-pop, 'taylor- made' northern soul to instrumental funk, the LP is well worth hunting down.

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