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Friday, 23 December 2016

The Ancient Order Of Froth Blowers - El Original Brew

Every once in a while you get one of those surprises that just lightens the mood. This is one such occasion.

Bill Hunt was a member of ELO on their first album, he left the band to form Wizzard with Roy Wood and appeared on the Wizzard Brew and Introducing Eddy And The Falcons albums as well as all the glorious singles in between. Incidentally, Wizzard Brew is one of my favourite albums ever. It's wonderfully chaotic and See My Baby Jive it isn't.

It's to those singles that we return. The debut Wizzard single, Ball Park Incident had a B Side written by Bill Hunt, the splendid The Carlsberg Special, a long time favourite of us Roy Wood fans. The fantastic news is that Bill has gathered the likes of Wizzard Sax player, Nick Pentelow and The Wonder Stuff's Miles Hunt, Bill's Nephew to record a follow up to The Carlsberg Special.

The result is El Original Brew and it's just great. Hints of the original, but plenty to recommend it in it's own right.

It's a Double B Side with The Kentish Town Song and it's 10538 Overture intro. The single can be bought here for the bargain price of £2, You can also buy it as a 7 Inch Single and there is also related merchandise on offer for your perusal.

When the first ELO album was being recorded, Roy Wood was also recording Boulders and The Move's finale, Message In The Country was being recorded, The Move promoted Message In The Country on German TV's Beat Club in 1971. Here's Bill Hunt doing his Jerry Lee Lewis impression on the B Side, Down On The Bay.

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