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Light Of Darkness – s/t (1971) [Remastered]

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Light Of Darkness – s/t (1971) [Remastered]

Artist: Light Of Darkness
Title Of Album: Light Of Darkness
Year Of Release: 1992
Label: Second Battle 019
Genre: Progressive Blues Rock
Quality: MP3 | FLAC
Bitrate: VBR 0 | 16Bit/44kHz
Total Size: 90 MB | 288 MB
Total Time: 44:28
Website: Discogs

1. Movin' Along 04:16
2. Love In Your Heart 05:22
3. Ain't No Place Where I Belong 05:03
4. Soul Francisco 09:59
5. Freedom Fight 06:43
6. Time 04:17
7. Down 'n' Out 08:52

John Latimer: Vocals, Keyboards, Percussion
Mike Reoch: Bass, Keyboards, Percussion
Byron Grant: Guitar, Violin
Manfred Bebert: Drums, Percussion

CD liner notes:
Hello friends,
on occasion of our CD edition of Light Of Darkness we would like to explain the background of this mysterious album and to revise all collectors' rumours about it.
The beginning...
LOD had neither been a retort group nor a pseudonymous title for any other well-known musicians, but actually three Scots resident in Hamburg and one German:
BYRON GRANT - guit., violin
MIKE REOCH - bass, keyb., perc.
JOHN LATIMER - voc., keyb., perc.
MANFRED BEBERT - drums, perc.
They created an original sound, influenced by heavy rhythm'n'blues, in order to succeed. Mike and Byron, both former school members, were born in Brechen City, Scotland. They had played together in different bands for many years. After amazing experiences as opener for some early Rolling Stones gigs in Germany they settled down in the club scene in Hamburg and met a real useful singer, keyboard player and Star-Club veteran called John Latimer. They were three Scots now. A short time later, Manfred Beben, the only German, was recruited for drum duties. Light Of Darkness appeared on the stage of the business. Our fabulous four came into contact to Mr. Herben Hildebrandt, a member of a very famous German beat-group called The Rattles and producer, who had lots of effective contacts to major labels. LOD recorded several demos, which had been sent to Philips. The result was a great success.
Because of their record-deal with Philips 1970 became an important year in the bands career and everything still looked rosy. All the album recordings were produced in a real professionell sound by Herbert Hildebrandt.
Unfortunately Philips wasn't able to give the band the necessary support. The artwork missed usual liner-notes and other important information. Instead of writing about LOD's musical talent and the characteristic of their songs the promoters gave a false picture of the group: "...No musically scheme... a bit progressive, a little psychedelic... blues influences... also hard rock... butal sosome folk... three Scots and one German, who break into a laugh by listening to Scot's jokes... no style..."
No reviews, no stories in magazines and last but not least hardly any public interest in LOD was the result of such a management. While LOD still toured through Germany and Europe and played many gigs at Krautrock festivals, the Company dropped the group again.
Disappointed with this development and lacking money for their living, LOD gave up their career and split. The members spread on different ways.
In the course of the following years the LOD-album became a secret favorite, especially the evergreen "Soul Francisco" by Tony Joe White, of many DJ's all over Germany, and the price for the rare record climbed higher and higher, until - about ten years ago - a cheap reissue, presenting horrible sound quality and the worst cover ever seen, was released.
Our Second Battle reissue from 1990 has been sold out for many months. We think, the time is right to publish a remastered Version on CD, that sounds like rhythm'n'blues should sound: rough and dirty.
Reinhart Kotzsch, 1992

Review from Cosmic Dreams:
I was very doubtful whether I should include this Scottish group in the German rock section or not, but as they had a German drummer, were based in Germany and their album only was released in Germany, I think it is justified! If you don't have this album, buy it at once, it's an all time classic! This is a heavy progressive garage rock masterpiece with such a bizarre vocalist, his voice makes Captain Beefheart sound like Art Garfunkel! The line-up was: John Latimer (vocals, piano, organ, percussion), Byron Grant (guitars, fiddle), Mike Reoch (bass, flute, piano, harmonica) and Manfred Bebert (drums, percussion). Their only album included a freaked version of "Soul Francisco" as well as self-written, thunderin' blues-rock classics such as "Movin' Along" and "Freedom's Fight". A stunning party record! The album came with impressive, absurd cover art. Original Phillips copies now sell for 500 Dollar or more. The album was re-issued in 1981 on ZYX in a single sleeve with completely different artwork. Luckily, Second Battle put it right again in 1990, when they released 1,000 copies of the album featuring the original cover plus and insert with information.

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