Monday, August 29, 2011

Harsh Reality - Heaven & Hell (1969 uk proto-progressive rock - MP3 320K and FLAC)

Harsh Reality are a little-known, proto-prog band formed in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in 1968 out of the remnants of the Freightliner Blues Band (formerly the Revolution).

The band consisted of Mark Griffiths and Dave Jenkins on guitars, Alan Greed on lead vocals and organ, Roger Swallow on drums, and Steve Miller on bass and backing vocals.

They released a single for Philips Records in 1968 ("Tobacco Ash Sunday" / "How Do You Feel") before releasing their only album, Heaven and Hell, also on Philips in 1969. A final single followed soon after, before the band split in 1969.

Their Heaven and Hell LP is now a highly-sought rarity, selling for hundreds of pounds between eager collectors. For this reason, Harsh Reality is somewhat famous/infamous in collecting circles.

Though seen as part of the proto-progressive rock era, their work represented a marriage between the sounds of Procol Harum, Traffic and early Deep Purple.[citation needed]

Following the band's demise, Roger Swallow played with Principal Edwards Magic Theatre, Matthews Southern Comfort, Plainsong, Albion Country Band, and Al Stewart; before moving to California and establishing himself as an electronic musician, songwriter and entrepreneur.

Alan Greed went on to work with Ray Russell on the Rock Workshop albums, and as a session singer. Greed later fronted the jazz/progressive]] outfit, The Running Man. A self-titled album was released in the UK on the Neon record label in 1972.

Mark Griffiths has worked with Matthews Southern Comfort, Jonathan Kelly, Al Stewart, David Essex, The Everly Brothers, and Cliff Richard & The Shadows. The rest of the band also went into session work.

The song "Tobacco Ash Sunday" was covered by Paul Weller for AOL Sessions.

Heaven and Hell will be reissued officially for the first time on CD by Esoteric Recordings on September 26 2011, with four bonus tracks and a 16-page booklet containing a lengthy interview with the band.

Harsh Reality - Don't Shoot Me Down:

Track list:

01. When I Move

02. Tobacco Ash Sunday

03. Mary Roberta Pt.1

04. Praying For Reprieve

05. How Do You Feel

06. Heaven And Hell

07. Quickenut - Devil's Daughter

08. Mary Roberta Pt.2

09. Melancholy Lady

10. Don't Shoot Me Down

11. Girl Of My Dreams

12. Mary Roberta Pt.3

Harsh Reality:

*Mark Griffiths - guitar

*Dave Jenkins - guitar

*Alan Greed - lead vocals, organ

*Roger Swallow - drums

*Steve Miller - bass, vocals

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