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A progressive band formed in Brighton in 1968 by violinist and multi-instrumentalist Dave Arbus. Their novelty hit with the instrumental 'Jig A Jig' was completely untypical of their usual musical style, progressive rock with lots of hard rock guitar and Dave Arbus' wild violin work. The band were very popular in London's underground clubs. Their debut album came in an outstanding sleeve and was the best example of their Eastern-influenced rock. Guitarist/vocalist Nicholson left after this along with drummer Dufont and bassist York (who joined Manfred Mann's Chapter 3). 'Snafu' veered more towards jazz-rock but was their most successful album commercially, getting into the Top 30.
It was also a big success on the Continent as was their 'Ramadhan' 45. In 1970, they signed to Harvest, but their first album for them was rather mundane, having sacrificed their earlier Eastern influence for a country sound. 'New Leaf' was slightly better, and certainly the opening cut, 'Bradshaw The Bison Hunter', is worth a spin. After this, Arbus quit though he later reappeared on Roger Daltrey's self-titled solo album. The band carried on replacing him with former Mushroom violinist Joe O'Donnell. This line-up recorded a couple of further albums which only appeared on the Continent, before splitting up in 1978. 'Hemisphere' can also be heard on 'Rubble Vol. 12: Staircase To Nowhere' (LP) and 'Rubble Vol. 6' (CD).
It was based around a distinctive guitar riff topped with Arbus' frenetic violin work and has a rather hypnotic ending with good flute and effects. Earlier in 1971, 'Harvest Bag' included 'Ain't Gonna Do You No Harm', and two years earlier, 'Communion' was featured on 'Wowie Zowie! World Of Progressive Music'. Geoff Britton later played with Wings, whilst Joe O'Donnell made several solo albums in the seventies and eighties, many of which feature guest appearances by Rory Gallagher. Les Davidson ended up doing session work in London in mid-80s.
1. Jig-A-Jig (3:35)
2. Nymphenburger (6:12)
3. Medley: (6:13) ...Ramadhan ...In The Snow For A Blow ...Better Git It In your Soul ...Part 3
4. Northern Hemisphere (4:31)
5. Gum Arabic/Confusius (8:17)
6. Isadora (4:17)
7. Leaping Beauties for Rudy/Marcus Junior (7:00)
8. Jig-A-Jig (7" version) (3:42)
9. Marcus Junior (7" version) (3:56)
- Dave Arbus / electric violin, flute, saxophone
- Ron Caines / saxophone, keyboards, vocals
- Geoff Nicholson / guitars, vocals
- Andy Sneddon / bass guitar
- Geoff Britton / drums