The First Cut: Original, Limited Edition Numbered Vinyl + Signed Certificate of Authenticity
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- Release Date 24 April 2020
- In Stock
- Vinyl LP
Major Surgery were a pioneering quartet from British jazz-rock's early days in the 1970s, with south London saxophonist Don Weller their dominant voice. With their quick-witted and canny takes on soul-jazz, Latin music and reggae, they deserved more of a recording life – but this was their only album.
Only 500 were originally pressed of this Malcolm Mills produced LP in 1976. The music has aged
well, in Weller's mix of stop-start surges and warbling warmth on Jubileevit, the dirgey Dog and
Bull Fight, the soul-sax anthem Foul Group Practices and the bouncing Calypso Reg. Guitarist
Jimmy Roche occasionally sounds like an interloper from a different gig, and Weller's solo loquacity
is a hard act to follow throughout; but this accessible and inventive music has much appeal, with
Weller establishing just why he was a great in the making, and Tony Marsh a firestorm at the drums.
"In my liner notes of the 2012 CD release of this album I recall that when the vinyl was issued in 1977 - “I get five hundred LPs pressed...manage to sell a few hundred...keep the rest...it disappears into legend.”"
"During a recent survey of my archive, I discovered the albums that I had kept. At the time of manufacture, the records were not shrink-wrapped and have consequently acquired a visible maturity. They are however, all un-played."
"I have chosen to make them available as a numbered, limited edition. Each album comes with this signed certificate of authenticity – Malcolm Mills"
||Dog And Bull Fight
||Foul Group Practices
||Hoe Down Up