In celebration of National Album Day a white-label LP auction is to be held. Raising funds for music industry charity The Brit Trust, the auction is a first of its kind covering the breadth of British music. The full catalogue features around 300 presses, with Chrysalis Records donating test presses from the likes of The Specials (signed), Ultravox, Midge Ure, Sinead O’Connor, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Generation X, UFO, Michael Schenker, Blodwyn Pig and Ten Years After. The full collection of vinyls available is live here, with the auction taking place on the 5th October.
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Blodwyn Pig, a core band of the 1960’s underground music scene, was founded by former Jethro Tull guitarist Mick Abrahams, who left Tull following their ‘This Was’ LP. Joined by bassist Andy Pyle, drummer Ron Berg, and Jack Lancaster, providing more distinctive colourings with his saxophone and flute, whilst a rather stoned friend of Abrahams coined the unusual name.
Their first two albums ‘Ahead Rings Out’ and ‘Getting To This’, were a fusion of heavy progressive blues and jazz. Speaking about the debut, Abrahams asserts that Lancaster ”brought a mixture of hard hybrid jazz-rock to the album”. Lancaster, who was influenced by American multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, often played two horns simultaneously in the manner of his idol, and when combined with his liberal use of overdubs, the overall effect sounded like a raucous brass section.
‘Ahead Rings Out’, with its iconic cover art, is generally regarded as one of the band’s more progressive albums. ‘Getting To This’, is perhaps funkier, including a multi-part track that aptly showcases Lancaster’s musicianship. Both albums spent several weeks in the UK Top 10 charts.
Blodwyn Pig gigged extensively, including appearances at the Isle of Wight and Reading festivals. They also completed two US tours that took in performances at both Fillmores and the LA Forum.