Formed in late 1972 as a "Canterbury-style" jazz/rock band by keyboardist/ composer Alan Gowen, the group eventually disbanded in 1975 when Alan left for National Health. Comprising demo & rehearsal recordings, this amazing archival release features almost 60 minutes of unreleased recordings by 3 different editions of the band from 1973-75, with 25 minutes of previously unheard compositions by Alan, including a re-working of the tune written for the double quartet of Gilgamesh & Hatfield & The North [!], as well as much more fiery versions of many of the pieces from their 1st album! Includes a 16 page booklet jammed with rare photos and incredible interviews with band members & friends by noted Canterbury expert Aymeric Leroy.
"This collection of unreleased tapes find a band that is much looser, far more vibrant - more out there - than their albums ever were. Many of the pieces here are from their first album ('Phil's Little Dance', the majestic 'Worlds Of Zin', 'Notwithstanding'), but we also find new tunes here. All are brought alive by the fiery, incisive guitar of Phil Lee and an Alan Gowen who is far from the cerebral jazzer I seemed to hear all those years ago. Supplemented by some excellent sleevenotes in the form of reminiscences from those who were there, this is the Gilgamesh album to have." – Rubberneck
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