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Nights At The Roundtable - Ginhouse - 1971

(Ginhouse - The original vinyl lp is going for silly money) For every band that has achieved fame and riches from their music, there are at least a
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(Ginhouse - The original vinyl lp is going for silly money)

For every band that has achieved fame and riches from their music, there are at least a thousand who recorded one single or one album and vanished without a trace. A lot have good reason for their obscurity, but a lot arrived at that status for no good reason.

Ginhouse were such a band. A power trio that weaved back and forth from Psychedelia to Prog-rock consisted of Geoff Sharkey, guitar - Stewart Burlison, Bass and Dave Whitacker on drums. Together a few short months in 1971 before splitting off in other directions. Sharkey was previously with the band Sammy who later morphed into Audience. Burlison and Whitacker are mysteries. But Ginhouse never had a single enter the charts and this one lp came and went with very little notice and wasn't even issued in the States. How I found out about them was something of an accident. I had done some work for Charisma Records (the label who had Genesis, Van Der Graaf Generator, Lindesfarne and many others) - they were distributed by B&C Records who dabbled in rock and Prog-rock but were primarily a Reggae label with the exception of bands like Atomic Rooster and Arnold Corn (David Bowie). The Press Officer for Charisma sent the album as an afterthought and I was hooked from Side One.

Luckily, the album has been reissued on CD by a couple of small labels in the U.K. since the original album has been seen going for hundreds of dollars on the collectors market.

This track, or actually two of them since they blend into each other are "The Journey" and "Portrait Picture".

File under Unjustified Neglect.

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