It received little publicity at the time, soon disappearing from view as the band broke up and went their separate ways; it was more than 30 years before it became recognized as a great early example of the fusion of progressive and folk rock, with the innovative use of strings.
Unavailable on vinyl for many years(excepting the inevitable poor quality bootlegs), Cherry Red have kindly given Fruits de Mer the rights to reissue the album, bu they’ve gone several steps further than a straight repress – working with the band’s founder Tony Durant, they’ve added a second LP of early demos along with new recordings of previously unreleased songs, including the band’s first 15 minute studio recording – taken from the only-known acetate, attributed at the time to the “Tony Durrant Ensemble” (sic) and the basis for them landing their one-album deal.
Add in a 15 minute DVD in which Tony talks about the album and the intervening 40-odd years, a fold-out poster of the stunning original cover and a 24pp A4 magazine that includes a reprint of Richard Morton Jack’s superb 16pp Flashback mag feature on the band, and you have the making of a rather spedial reissue.
To round off the package, Tony adds new sleeve-notes to a gatefold sleeve, in which he describes each of the bonus tracks – and the whole thing is pressed on 180gm colour vinyl.
The release is timed to coincidence with Fuchsia visiting the UK this summer to play gigs at:
August 3: the 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival in Cardigan
August 9: The Half Moon, London
This is Fruits de Mer’s first-ever reissue of an album – and they’ve done their best to make it something special for long-time fans of the band and for everyone discovering Fuchsia for the first time.
A few words from Tony, looking back…
They say, good things come to those who wait…
What a surprise back in about 2003, to hear that our little Fuchsia album had gone on the make a life of its own without me.
My thoughts now…standing on stage, mid song, and drifting off…thing, what amI doing here with this going on around me…those old songs, and new…and all these people digging it!
How fortunate I am to have this beautiful thing, once abandoned, returned to me. The music has obviously connected with quite a few people, which is everything.
And with the 2013 follow up album so well received. I feel very proud that this perhaps unconventional music has actually formed some emotional bonds out there.
It’s obviously struck a chord with quite a few people.
It would have been hard to accept that your contribution to art of this genre stopped in 1971. But good fortune allows me to enthusiastically continue the journey. Thanks everyone!
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