Audience

From: London, England

This London based progressive-psych band formed in early 1969 and was popular on the local college and club circuit. Original members consisted of Howard Werth (guitar, vocals), Trevor Williams (bass, keyboards, vocals), Tony Connor (drums) and Keith Gemmell (woodwinds). Their music is highly original and can best be described as a cross between Family and Spooky Tooth.

Their first, self titled LP was released in mid-1969 on the Polydor label and is now very rare and sought after by collectors because it was withdrawn from print soon after issue. The album is outstanding and, although it may take a few listens to grow on the ear, it plays strong throughout its entirety. At about this time, they also provided the motion picture soundtrack for the English film ‘Bronco Bullfrog’, which includes many songs from their first record, but also others like the excellent ‘The Going Song’.

In late 1969, they opened regularly for Led Zeppelin and were signed to Charisma Records in 1970 after label owner Tony Stratton-Smith saw them at the Lyceum Theatre in London. Their record deal with Charisma produced three more LPs in the early 70s. They went on to tour the U.S. with the Faces and developed an underground cult following there. For their final LP in 1972 (‘Lunch’), they added Nick Judd (keyboards), Bobby Keys (saxophone) and Jim Price (horns), but this created severe conflicts within the ensemble causing them to split soon after its release.

Artist information sources include: The book, ‘Tapestry of Delights Revisited’ by Vernon Joynson.

 

Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1969 album Audience
Audience

  • Banquet
  • Heaven Was An Island
  • Leave It Unsaid
  • Maidens Cry
  • Man On Box
  • Paper Round
  • Pleasant Convalescence
  • River Boat Queen
  • The Going Song
  • Too Late I’m Gone
  • Waverly Stage Coach

From the 1970 album Friends, Friends, Friend
Friends, Friends, Friend

  • Belladonna Moonshine
  • Nothing You Do

From the 1971 album The House On The Hill
The House on the Hill

  • Eye To Eye
  • House On The Hill
  • I Put A Spell On You
  • Jackdaw