Kris Gietkowski — Songs from the First Album by Egg
(Fruits de Mer strange fish eight, 2017, LP)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-07-17
Fruits de Mer Records’ mogul Keith Jones was idly surfing YouTube videos one day searching for inspiration and hidden gems. You know how that goes, falling down internet rabbit holes and discovering something unexpected. So Keith stumbled upon a cover of a track from Egg’s first album by a group called Gietek. A little digging led to Keith discovering that Gietek is actually the work of just one person, Polish multi-instrumentalist Kris Gietkowski. Kris had recorded Egg’s first album for his own enjoyment and posted individual tracks on YouTube, little suspecting that a record label would find them and ask him to actually release his covers on vinyl. To add some sizzle to this April 2017 release, Keith chose to press the LP as a yellow and white color-in-color vinyl disc that is meant to look like a fried egg. Side One contains “While Growing My Hair,” “I Will Be Absorbed,” and “The Song of McGillicudie the Pusillanimous.” Side Two contains the four movements of “Symphony No.2.” The big difference between Kris’ covers and the original Egg LP is that Kris’ tracks are strictly instrumentals featuring Hammond organ and drums, so do not be surprised when you do not hear any vocals. Kris is a consummate keyboardist who exhibits a wide range in his playing styles across the seven tracks, at times evoking Hammond-meister Keith Emerson. Kris does not merely play chords, you will also hear single note melodies, and on Symphony No. 2 Movement 2 Kris turns on the glissando mode making this track very trippy. So if you are up for a unique and interesting take on the Canterbury sound, check out this new FdM release.
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more