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Nights At The Roundtable - Fuzzy Duck - 1970

(Great band - Terrible name - rotten cover - two out of three ain't good) Here is another in a long line of mysteries in the never-ending perplexit


(Great band - Terrible name - rotten cover - two out of three ain't good)

Here is another in a long line of mysteries in the never-ending perplexity of Rock. Fuzzy Duck were a very tight band that, by all intents and purposes should have been a massive hit. They came along at a time when bands were branching out in musical style, hitting Jazz, funk and elements that would later become progressive. They were in the right place at the right time.

But two problems become abundantly clear - Fuzzy Duck, let's face it, is a terrible name for a band. And the cover of their first and only album (the one in the photo up there) just sucked. To make matters worse MAM, the label whose claim to fame had been Dave Edmunds and Gilbert O'Sullivan, did virtually nothing to promote it and in fact pressed a very small quantity of albums when it was first released. It went straight into oblivion and the band, disillusioned, quickly broke up.

Over the years, Fuzzy Duck have achieved a kind of Holy Grail status, with original pressings trading for the prerequisite stupid sums of money, but belying the fact that they were a really good band who were just victims of corporate stupidity. Fortunately, a CD has been reissued covering their only album and some unissued material. But the damage had already been done - and reissuing an album some thirty years after the event doesn't make up for the thoughts of what might have been.

It is doubtful you've heard them. So this track, Time Will Be Your Doctor which starts the album off, is pretty indicative of what they sounded like.

Some things are just too good to pass by, right?

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