GRIT - Grit LP

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First ever reissue of this ultra-rare acetate (two copies pressed) from 1972!

Featured in Hans Pokora's book with the maximum scale rarity.

Psychedelic hard-rock with furious drumming and stunning lead guitar by this unknown until now London based band. This, the first ever reissue, includes the four tracks from the original acetate (taken from the master tape) plus two bonus tracks taken from lo-fi, crude rehearsals: "1000 Miles" (A Grit original) and a killer demo version of "Mineshaft".

Free Digital Download card includes the full album plus another 3 digital only bonus tracks, also taken from rehearsal tapes, including cool cover versions of Chicken Shack and Burnin' Red Ivanhoe. Master tape sound, insert with detailed liner notes and photos. Includes free download card with bonus tracks.

Born from the ashes of a London band called Merlyn, Grit consisted of Frank Martinez (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Christodoulou (bass/vocals), Tom Kelly (drums, vocals) and Jeff Ball (vocalist).

Frank, nicknamed "Spider", has an interesting story: at the beginning of his musical career he auditioned for Joe Meek at his Holloway oad studio. Later, he also played with a band called Grand Union - who supported Pink Floyd in 1968 - and with members of the John Dummer Band. An electronic wizard, Frank also worked building amps and electronic equipment at Nolan Amps, MIDAS, etc. He built the Twin Stacks and PA's that later would form part of Grit's equipment.

Tom Kelly came from a band called Connexion and Paul Christodoulou had played in Merlyn along with Frank. After some attempts, the definitive line-up of Grit was born when Frank and Paul convinced drummer Tom Kelly to join them, after assisting to a Nazareth concert. They also recruited powerful singer Jeff Ball after an ad in Melody Maker.

On Christmas Eve, 1972, Grit recorded a demo at SWM Studios and two copies of a one-sided 12" acetate were pressed for promo purposes. It featured four self penned songs: the killer "Mineshaft" (pure underground fuzz hard-rock) and two lengthy numbers: "Child and The Drifter" (with some furious drumming, stunning leads and hard-prog moves) and the hard-psychedelic "What Do You See In My Eyes" / "I Wish I Was".

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