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Holy Magick

Graham Bond

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Magic, madness and jazz

Graham Bond was essential to the British blues scene in the 1960s. Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and John McLaughlin played in his early bands. By the time this album came out in 1970, though, Bond was fighting mental illness and substance abuse. He found comfort in ceremonial magick and Thelema (Aleister Crowley's philosophy/theology). Much of this album is about those subjects. The first song, as a matter of fact, is an attempt at a magical ritual in music. The album has its ups and downs, and sometimes sounds forced. This is outweighed by the intensity of the music, particularly Bond's Hammond organ performances. This is not something that was meant to hit the pop charts, but it is fervently played and fervently felt and deserves notice for that. Contains the semi-hit, "Water, Water," which saw some FM radio play back in the day.

Biography

Born: October 28, 1937 in Romford, Essex, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

An important, underappreciated figure of early British R&B, Graham Bond is known in the U.S., if at all, for heading the group that Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker played in before they joined Cream. Originally an alto sax jazz player — in fact, he was voted Britain's New Jazz Star in 1961 — he met Bruce and Baker in 1962 after joining Alexis Koerner's Blues Incorporated, the finishing school for numerous British rock and blues musicians. By the time he, Bruce, and Baker split to form...
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