Date of publication- 2001
R A W M A T E R I A L
Raw Material were a progressive rock group from the early seventies with a sound based around guitar\sax\organ. Line up:
Colin Catt keyboard , voc
Paul Young dr
Dave Greene g
Phil Gunn bg
Michael Fletcher sax, flute
Michael Fletcher previously played in Chatham based outfit Seam. The first records was in September 1969, when Evolution
Records released the single :
"Time and Illusion / Bobo's Part" E 2441
Second 45 "Hi There Hallelujah / Days of the fighting cock" (Evolution E 2445) released in January 1970 (reissused by Zel
Records TZ 2005). Third and last for Evolution , recorded in 1970 : "Traveller Man Parts 1 and 2" (E 2449).
"Time and Illusion", "Days of the Fighting cock"appeard on their debut LP "Raw Material" which is today a collectors item .
LP Evolution Rec. Z 1006 (1970)
LP Zel TZS 4015 (90's) "man with flute " sleeve
CD HBG 123/2 (90's)
Albums includes some great guitar and sax interplay and long instrumental jams (sometimes strange "Destruction ofAmerica")
Their styl then landed them a deal with RCA ' s Neon Label for whom they released superb six track LP "Time is " (NE 8) in
1971 (reissused on CD Repertoire REP 4469 WP / 1994 and Akarma Records AK 153 / 2001) and SP "Ride on Pony \
Religion" ( Neon NE 1002) in 1972 .
LP " Time is ..."
1. Ice Queen (Catt/Homewood/Gunn/Fletcher/Greene)
2. Empty Houses (Greene)
3. Insolent Lady (Greene)
a.) By the way
b.) Small Thief
c.) Insolent Lady
4. Miracle Worker (Catt/Gunn/Fletcher/Young)
5. Religion (Catt/Gunn/Fletcher/Young)
6. Sun God (Catt/Gunn/Fletcher/Young)
LP " Time is ..." is a n ultra rare highly collectable release. Album is better in comparsion with LP "Raw Material". First song
includes frozen wind sounds. Hard guitar riffs or sax riffs with keyboard chords are characteristic for: Empty Houses, Miracle
Worker and Religion. Sun God has some mellow, melodic moments with acustic guitar and flute. Insolent Lady has a slow
mellow begining, which in turn evolves into progressive rock.
With commercial success not forthcoming it would seem safe to assume that Raw Material split sometime in 1971. In 1973,
Greene formed the band SHOOT with C.Collinge, B.Russel, J.McCarty and they released LP ("On the Frontier ") and SP
("On the Frontier \ Ships and Sales") both issued by EMI .
Taken from " Encyklopedia Muzyki /Lata 70/ LZ " Atena Rock Serwis 1995
and CDs reissued