fuchsia

Also on the essential must have list via Fruits de Mer a superb double disc EP featuring a smattering of tracks – seven in all in case you are counting – spanning the 50 year recording career of Tony Durant better known to the acid / psych folk community as the man behind Fuchsia. In all honesty a by all accounts superbly packaged set that aside featuring two seven-inch slabs on vinyl housed in a silver gatefold sleeve, also includes a repro of a 24 page concert programme from back in the day when a pre Fuchsia Mr Durant was a member of the Ottawa Music Company sharing space with members of Egg and future Henry Cow folk Chris Cutler and Fred Frith. Anyhow the EP features tracks selected by Mr Durant himself, for the purists essential listening mainly for the fact that the opening cut is a rare acetate find from pre Fuchsia combo Louise here found cutting it up in true garage psych style stepping between the cracks of Cream and the Misunderstood, one thoroughly recommended to those Nuggets loving dudes among you. Up next another rare slice of scarce-ness with a demo version of ‘the band’ that pre-dates the bands first album and something which aside revealing an eccentric creative craft might certainly be worthy of the ear of any early 70’s Ray Davies admiring patron. Add in a smattering of choice cuts from both ‘Fuchsia I’ and ‘Fuchsia II’ including the epic ‘nothing songs’ while Side 4, unless my eyes do deceive or perhaps a typo is afoot, is occupied by two cuts from Fuchsia III – alas our CD only goes as far as letting us into the first four gems before playing hardball……

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