Egg & Uriel

New CD release November 2009

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We are pleased to announce the release of a new solo CD by Mont Campbell, founder member and main composer of the experimental UK rock band Egg (1969-1972). Mont quit the rock scene in 1976 but has remained musically active, pursuing a solo career in which his world music interests have come increasingly to the fore.

Music From a Walled Garden is the sequel to Campbell's 1996 work Music from a Round Tower, which was placed third in the International Green Dolphin Critics' Awards for that year, and continues his exploratory style of composition introducing rare non-western instrumental performance directly into western harmonic and formal structures. Musical contributors include Barbara Gaskin and Julia Bishop of Red Priest. Mont's performances include a wide variety of folk winds, strings and percussion, and keyboards.

"Ambrosia for the ears. Superbly performed and produced, this is music with extraordinary integrity." Victor Lewis-Smith (writer/director)

"It's lovely to hear those strange timbres play things which sound quite natural to them, although they are from such far-away lands and cultures. The harmonies and rhythms are beguiling..." Jonathan Harvey (composer)

"Once again, Mont has produced a beautiful, imaginative and thoughtful work with flashes of the humour that belie his 'serious composer' persona. All power to Dirk 'Mont' Campbell, one of the UK's unsung musical geniuses." Dave Stewart (keyboardist/composer)

"Elaborate, beguiling and multi-faceted, Music From a Walled Garden is presented as an almost continuous sequence... there are many contrasting juxtapositions of material, presenting surprising twists and turns en route - you never quite know where the music will go next." Symon Clarke (composer)

Mont says: "In the mid-1970s I began to develop an interest in folk tradition and, increasingly, non-western music. Starting with the Balkans and moving through Greece and Turkey into the middle East, and then India and the far East, I gradually discovered a vast Aladdin's cave of entirely new musical ideas and instrumental sounds. Since that time I have been learning and gestating these various forms of musical expression, and introducing them into western-style composition. The image of a walled garden is that of a beautiful and inspiring place with its own special energy. I enjoyed writing the music and I hope you enjoy listening to it."

Music From a Walled Garden (56 minutes) ships in a full-colour Digipak with a 12-page booklet containing track notes and musical information by Mont Campbell. It is released on November 20th 2009 and may be pre-ordered now from the Egg Archive online store, operated by Burning Shed.

For more info and audio clips, please visit www.dirkcampbell.co.uk.

Egg Archive CD releases

  

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Formed in 1967 at the height of the UK psychedelic scene, Uriel were Steve Hillage (guitar/vocals), Dave Stewart (organ), Mont Campbell (bass/vocals) and Clive Brooks (drums). Stewart subsequently became a leading light of the 'Canterbury scene' bands Hatfield and the North & National Health. When Hillage left the band Uriel continued as an organ trio and later changed their name to Egg; one of the most fearsomely complex and musically inventive groups ever to confront an audience, Egg toured the UK extensively and recorded three highly acclaimed albums (Egg, The Polite Force and The Civil Surface) before breaking up in 1972.

The Metronomical Society by Egg, a collection of live and studio recordings made by the Stewart / Campbell / Brooks trio between 1969 and 1972. The CD features archive recordings unheard for nearly 40 years, including a sizeable segment of Egg's last Roundhouse concert. Also included are superior versions of selections from the band's radio sessions, material previously only available on poor-quality bootlegs. The Metronomical Society's foreword is written by the irrepressible Captain Sensible.

Arzachel Collectors Edition by Uriel is a re-mastered version of the legendary 1969 psychedelic extravaganza performed by the three Egg musicians with the amazing 17-year-old Steve Hillage on guitar. The CD also contains four unreleased, ultra-rare Uriel studio demos, a spoken-word message from the past and a live snippet recorded in 1968. Steve Hillage plays on two of these bonus tracks.

Both CDs last over an hour and ship in a full-colour Digipak with a 20-page booklet telling the groups' histories in the musicians' own words, along with unique period photos and artwork.

Copious Notes

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Accompanying these CDs is Copious Notes, a 26,000-word companion booklet written by Dave Stewart, Mont Campbell and their close friend Antony Vinall. It tells the inside story of Uriel, Egg, Arzachel and the Ottawa Company and is crammed full of personal memoirs, anecdotes, short stories, random recollections, social observation, song lyrics and musical analysis, as well as a priceless collection of archive photos taken by Terry Yetton and the musicians themselves. An essential read for Canterbury and prog fans.

Dave Stewart says: "I'm delighted that the Egg tapes have come to light. The live recordings reflect exactly how the band sounded to me on stage, with a bite, attack and visceral power that our '70s studio albums failed to capture. Parts of Arzachel also give an accurate impression of what Uriel sounded like live; nearly 40 years on, it seemed like a good time to re-release it in its full psychedelic glory along with decent sleeve notes and our early demos. Copious Notes is probably the closest you can get to experiencing the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of our corner of the experimental / underground UK music scene of the late '60s."

Read John Kelman's detailed appraisal of the Egg Archive CDs at Allaboutjazz and Sid Smith's review of The Metronomical Society here.

Sales

The above CDs and companion booklet are available from Burning Shed (an on-line label and store run by artists for artists). A limited number of Egg and Arzachel CDs personally signed by the musicians are still available.

Arzachel Collectors Edition by Uriel (2007, Egg Archive CD69-7201)

The Metronomical Society by Egg (2007, Egg Archive CD69-7202)

Copious Notes by Dave Stewart, Mont Campbell and Antony Vinall (Companion booklet, 2007)
The inside story of Egg, Uriel, Arzachel & The Ottawa Company.

Music From a Walled Garden by Mont Campbell (2009, MFA002)

Purchase your copies now from
www.burningshed.com/store/eggarchive/


Egg on MySpace
Audio clips from The Metronomical Society and Arzachel Collectors Edition can be heard at www.myspace.com/eggarchive (Please note - there's no hyphen in 'eggarchive' on MySpace.)


Egg on MySpace
Audio clips from The Metronomical Society and Arzachel Collectors Edition can be heard at www.myspace.com/eggarchive (Please note - there's no hyphen in 'eggarchive' on MySpace.)

Who's That Man?
People have been speculating about the identity of the mysterious fourth man on the front cover of Egg's The Metronomical Society - is it Steve Hillage? Igor Stravinsky? Max Bygraves, even?? No, the 'mystery guest' in the white jacket is Alf Gascoine, road manager extraordinaire and Egg's constant travelling companion.

Uriel celebrate 40-year anniversary
September 2009 marked the 40-year anniversary of the recording of Arzachel, the first album recorded by the Uriel / Egg musicians. (Copies of the original album now fetch 500 and more on eBay, funny when you consider the original recording budget was exactly half that amount!) To celebrate the anniversary the Uriel clan held a get-together on October 13th 2009 in London's Denmark Street (aka Tin Pan Alley), a stone's throw from the Soho studio (now closed) where Arzachel was recorded in 1969. The reunion was attended by Clive & Janice Brooks, Gil Emmins, Mont & Adrienne Campbell, Dave Stewart, Barbara Gaskin, Steve Hillage, Miquette Giraudy, Chris Cutler, Neil Slaven, Antony & Christine Vinall and Noel Sidebottom, and a 'jolly good time' was had by all.


L-R: Mont Campbell, Clive Brooks, Dave Stewart.

Photo of Egg by Terry Yetton. All images copyright Egg Archive and Terry Yetton.

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