Friday, January 8, 2010

Spontaneous Combustion - Brainstorm - Spaceship - Monlith (Parts 1, 2 & 3)


Today we get some hard driving rock and roll with some psych and jazz tinges and some really kick ass guitar work. This band is way under rated IMHO. The songs are well written and performed to perfection. The band is tight as shit and the playing and production is crisp and clear. Why more people don't get on board with this group is beyond me...

Spontaneous Combustion were an English progressive rock power trio active in the 1970s. The band consisted of Gary Margetts on guitar and lead vocals, his brother Tristiam "Tris" Margetts on bass guitar, and drummer Tony Brock. Spontaneous Combustion released two albums, Spontaneous Combustion (1972) and Triad (1973), both produced by Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer. They disbanded after their second album and the Margetts brothers have gone almost unheard of since. However, Tony Brock has worked with Rod Stewart and been a member of the bands Strider and the Babys.

It's a shame Gary Margetts never resurfaced as his guitar playing and vocals are really excellent and as i said before way under rated. Anyone know if he has ever done anything else? Either way enjoy these 3 cuts from the 2nd album and 3 of my faves from Triad.

Spontaneous Combustion - Brainstorm
Spontaneous Combustion - Spaceship
Spontaneous Combustion - Monlith (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

12 comments:

Mr. HCI said...

Hot damn! Great stuff!

Devil Dick said...

glad you approve kind sir... stay tuned, i got some more trippy heavy psych nuggs lined up....

dk said...

Does the cover really look like that, or is the inner sleeve laid over the cover in this picture?

its_indy said...

its a gimmick cover dk. its die cut in the middle with the inner sleeve printed on the cover to look like it was laid on top.... pretty cool looking IMHO

dk said...

Cool! Thanks for the info...

David Alexander McDonald said...

Trid, I thought, was produced by the Margetts brothers, which was one of the things that sank the band -- they had some serious momentum coming out of the self-titled first album, but what they wanted to do ran counter to wha the record company wanted, and the result was a very young band (they were teenagers when they got started!) being crushed by the industry.

Last I heard, Tris Margetts was a realtor. Neither he nor his brother did anything further in the music industry as far as anyone knows, which is a pity.

David Alexander McDonald said...

Just as an addendum, both Gary Margetts and Tris Margetts are on Facebook. I'm highly tempted to drop 'em a line and ask what happened, though they'd be well within rights to tell me to fuck off in doing so.

Devil Dick said...

if you don't do it i will...!

Anonymous said...

triss did continue and just retired a few years ago.

Anonymous said...

Triss continued in bands like the Greg lake band.The band S C got pissed off with the crooks in the business they know who they are.

Anonymous said...

Any luck getting the other tracks from this album?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triad_%28album%29

Devil Dick said...

i'll try & pull the album soon. my stuff is a mess at the current moment. still tryingto get settled in after getting married!

cheers!
dd