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Brand X - Biography
« on: January 06, 2016, 06:05:55 PM »
A short bio on Brand X by Melo the Prog Goddess taken from the old forum:

Brand X was one of the most commercially successful of the UK jazz rock groups of the late 70s and early 80s. Moroccan Roll reached number 37 in the UK album chart in May 1977 while Is There Anything About crept in at number 93 in September 1982. The original line-up of the band comprised John Goodsall (guitar), Robin Lumley (keyboards), Percy Jones (bass, ex-Liverpool Scene) and Phil Collins (b. 30 January 1951, Chiswick, London, England; drums), with Presto Heyman (percussion) helping out on their very first recordings made prior to the release of 1976's Unorthodox Behaviour.
This was the band that Collins considered second only to Weather Report. There were similarities, especially in that each group of musicians had great technical ability and a desire to play popular music, but Brand X's individuality shone through in their compositions. They produced sharp arrangements of appealing melodies, often with a gangling counterpoint provided by Jones' slurred fretless bass lines. Collins and percussionist Pert (added to the line-up on Moroccan Roll) could contribute anything from the lightest colouring to a furiously propulsive rhythm and both Goodsall and Lumley were exciting soloists.

All the musicians were also busy with studio work and Collins had been expanding his role with Genesis after Peter Gabriel's departure.

He had also released a solo album and, as his second career as a solo artist took off, he was frequently absent from Brand X with Kenwood Dennard, Chuck Burgi (on Masques) and then Michael Clarke standing in for him. Peter Robinson replaced Lumley from Masques onwards. A little later, Percy Jones left and was replaced by John Giblin, and the original incarnation of the band ground to a halt in 1981.

Goodsall and Jones reunited in 1992 to record a new Brand X album with drummer Frank Katz. A second new recording, Manifest Destiny, introduced additional member Mark Wagnon (vibes).
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