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Most retrospectives of the late 1960s and early 1970s musical counterculture tend to focus on the the pastoral underground that kept the spirit of folk Eden alive. What still remains unfashionably overlooked is the raucous reaction to the hippy idyll: those artists whose refusal to smoke the peace pipe was expressed in a more raucous and desperate form of heavy blues-aftermath rock, and in particular, from a British perspective. Of all the bands who sprang out of the creatively fertile period of the late 1960s was the politically enlightened Edgar Broughton Band. A riotous, righteous, Beefheart/Fugs-loving brigade formed by Broughton brothers Robert (aka ‘Edgar’) and Steve, with bassist Arthur Grant, in mid-’60s Warwick. Ladbroke Grove would never be the same. Banned, shunned and arrested, but undeniably motivated by a resonant ethical ideal that has outlived the cultural pop shifts that lived alongside. Live, the EBB were formidable giants of Stoner Rock and the proto-punk, three chord dimension, driven by passion, power chords and a conscience.
London Calling honourably presents a snapshot of live appearances from 1969/70 by this stalwart of the underground and icons of the counter-cultural idiom that strived for justice, peace and reason in a hostile environment; 70s Britain. Perfectly re-mastered original broadcasts with analytical liners and rare archival photos from the period.