Proudly independent record label Acid Jazz Records are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Having played a major part in shaping the musical landscape of the nineties and onwards, Acid Jazz aim to commemorate their quarter of a century with a bang! The campaign to honour the label’s varied and influential history will get underway in July with the first of numerous re-releases of classic albums and singles from throughout its past. The albums will be on 180g heavy-weight vinyl, while the singles come in a classic Acid Jazz housebag. This series will once again underline the legendary status of the acts and tracks featured.
1985, Medway: The band, who - according to the NME - recorded the 38th most important British album of all time, The Prisoners, had split. Stiff Records had gone bankrupt the week they released The Prisoners’ final album, In From The Cold and that was the final blow...
Three weeks later, organist James Taylor had recruited fellow ex-Prisoner Allan Crockford to help form his next project THE JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET. A 7” single, Blow Up, quickly followed - immediately pounced upon by John Peel (the track featured in his annual top 50 countdown for four years), and became an indie smash - peel pushed the band and the establishment followed, securing JTQ’s status as the band who reinvented the Hammond organ.
JTQ’s debut album Mission Impossible, an album of interpretations of film and TV themes, features both tracks from their first single, as well as a whole host of other smart Hammond groovers, which re-defined the term cool and put the band and their record label firmly on the musical map.