December 4, 2011

The Lilac Time - sadly, not the household name here.

So many bands get lost in the shuffle. I don't think any period of time in Music has been immune. I used to think the biggest concentration of neglected or underrated bands came from the 1970's. But then, I can also say that about the 80's and feel pretty certain that characterization could go to the 90's as well.

The Lilac Time were one of those neglected, and certainly largely ignored bands over here. Even though they've released 16 albums (the last being in 2007 before their breakup) to critical and audience acclaim in the UK and Europe, they never really caught in the U.S. and that was a shame, as they were a very talented group with a string of memorable tracks to their credit.

Tonight it's a live session recorded for the John Peel Program over the BBC. The tracks were recorded in 1988, around the time their s/t debut album was issued on Fontana Records.

Here are the tracks:

1. King and Queen Of Carioca
2. Street Corner
3. Take Time
4. Hargeesha

Like I always say, it's never too late to get turned on to something.

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