July 10, 2010

(Darryl Way's Wolf - Wonderful reputation, excellent live, but didn't translate to sales)

I can't begin to tell you how many bands throughout the history of Rock started off with the best of reputations, incredible musicianship and fantastic live performances but never clicked with the record buying public. Darryl Way's Wolf were just such a band. Formed in 1972 by Darry Way after the dissolution of Curved Air (a band which may sound familiar to some as an early Stewart Copeland of Police Fame stop-off). he was joined by Ian Moseley, Ian Etheridge and Dek Massacar to form a widely respected but commercially failed band. From 1973-until late 1974, they recorded several albums which were very well received by the critics, but not so much by the public. The band folded and its members went off to several other bands, including Caravan, Soft Machine and later on Marillion.

But tonight's concert is a rare one. It's from the BBC Transcription Service as part of their Stereo Spectacular Series and features a set by Darry Way's Wolf, recorded at their peak in 1973.


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