Jan Dukes De Grey

Jan Dukes De Grey “Sorcerer” (Alternative Fox)

2020-03-20T19:34:53+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Alternative Fox presents a reissue of Jan Dukes De Grey’s Sorcerers, originally issued in 1969. Sorcerers is the group’s debut, recorded when Jan Dukes de Grey were still the duo of multi-instrumentalists Derek Noy, the band’s songwriter and lead vocalist, and Michael Bairstow. The 18 songs of the album, recorded in October 1969, show within a pure folk style the subtle use of multiple instruments like guitars, woodwinds, brass, keyboards, and percussion. Every song conjures up its own time and place, from the quiet pastoral delights of “28th June, Village Song” to the urban pulse of “City After 3:00 AM,” the homage to the vast expanses of an idealized “Texas,” and the Eastern promise of “Turkish Time.” Moods shift dramatically from the anger-drenched “M.S.S.” to the medieval musings of “Dragons” and the wonder of a “Butterfly.” One of the most brilliant acoustic experiments of folk-psych-prog rock ever.

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Jan Dukes De Grey “Mice And Rats In The Loft” (Trading Places)

2020-03-13T20:34:14+00:00February 20th, 2020|

Trading Places present a reissue of Jan Dukes de Grey’s Mice And Rats In The Loft, originally released in 1971. Led by the inscrutably gnomic Derek Noy, Yorkshire-based outfit Jan Dukes de Grey briefly emerged in the late ’60s to deliver two of the rarest, most sought-after albums in the British acid folk lexicon, their 1969 debut Sorcerers and the extraordinary Mice And Rats In The Loft, here represented in all its beauty. One of the most mysterious and iconoclastic albums of the whole hippie era. Licensed from BMG.

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