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FIE Records

Peter Hammill & The K Group 'The Margin +'

£11.99

FIE Records

Peter Hammill & The K Group 'The Margin +'

£11.99

Peter Hammill has been a writer, singer and performer for the last thirty years. For most of that time he has been firmly planted in the 'Art/Weird' box.  For a brief period in the early eighties, though, he had a Beat Group, albeit a somewhat unlikely one...The K Group. 

The rhythm section of Guy Evans (drums) and Nic Potter (bass) had, of course, played with Peter in Van der Graaf Generator. It should not be forgotten, however, that they were also members of Glenn Fernando Campbell's Misunderstood. Enough credentials?  Lead guitarist was John Ellis, ex-Vibrators & Peter Gabriel. Peter had met him while both were performing with the Stranglers while Hugh Cornwell was in jail.  Peter himself contributed his own brand of brutal rhythm guitar, piano & vox.


Taking material from Peter's solo career, from VdGG and from the two records which, under Peter's solo name, the combination recorded together (Enter k and Patience), the group toured consistently between '82 and '83. Clubs, mostly; Germany, mostly; high voltage, definitely.  This release presents, on CD 1, the original 'The Margin,' as recorded live in the UK in '83, in a remastered form.

A second CD contains live-wire performances from '82 in brutal stereo intensity.  The K Group could and did play in funny time signatures and at times with great sensitivity. The dominant aesthetics of the group, though, were blasting guitars, bass string blisters, shredded drum heads, oxygen debt, sweat. Here it is.   Ladies & Gentlemen, the bar is open.

Tracklisting:
CD 1:

1. The Future Now
2. Porton Down
3. Stranger Still
4. Sign
5. The Jargon King
6. Empress's Clothes
7. The Sphinx In The Face
8. Labour Of Love
9. Sitting Targets
10. Patient
11. Flight

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CD 2:
1. The Second Hand
2. My Experience
3. Paradox Drive
4. Modern
5. Film Noir
6. The Great Experiment
7. Happy Hour
8. Central Hotel
9. Again
10. If I Could