[Hidden Rarities #2] Mogul Thrash

Guitarist James Litherland comes out of the Colosseum, despite being a key element as a singer, and together with a young John Wetton (Bass and Voice) and RogerBall (Winds) formed another band in 1969 called Litherland’s Brotherhood. Shortly after, on the advice of Brian Auger, they changed their name to Mogul Thrash and in 1970 they recorded their first single “Sleeping In The Kitchen“, followed by a self-titled LP which was released the following year. The album was produced by Brian Auger who also plays the piano on a track and published for RCA. Unfortunately after a concert for the BBC In and two other sessions the band split-up and Wetton accept to play with Family. The band’s sound is characterized by an impressive horn section, distorted guitars and a very solid bass-drum rhythm session. An excellent mix of Rock, Blues and Progressive that recalls the first Colosseum albums with a touch more rock. In addition to the winds, the Wetton‘s technique is highlighted with out of the ordinary bass lines and with his great voice, revealing those skills that will explode in the future both in Family and in King Crimson. Horns and guitar solos are dominant because the band does’ t have keyboards. The album is a real must for lovers of the most Jazzy influenced Prog in the Colosseum style, but thanks to the high quality of the musicians and compositions the album is to be considered a masterpiece, the only regret is that a band like this did not produce any other material, disbanding after only one album.  


(1971) Mogul Thrash [RCA Victor]


1. Something Sad (7:32)
2. Elegy (9:37)
3. Dreams Of Glass And Sand (5:07)
4. Going North, Going West (12:00)
5. St. Peter (3:39)
6. What’s This I Hear (7:17)

Bonus Tracks on CD release:
7. Sleeping In The Kitchen (2:45)


James Litherland / Guitar, Vocals
Malcolm Duncan / Tenor Saxophone
Michael Rosen / Trumpet, Mellophone, Guitar
Roger Ball / Alto, Baritone & Soprano Saxes, Brass Arrangements
John Wetton / Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Bill Harrisson / Drums

Brian Auger / Piano (5), Producer

Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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