Hard Meat :The Space Between :The Recordings: 1969 1970 CD Box Set Review

Hard Meat: The Space Between – The Recordings 1969-1970, 3CD Box Set
Hard Meat (1970 – Through a Window (1970) The Unreleased Album (1969)

In the late 1960s with the first flowering of the progressive rock and heavy rock movements, bands of both disciplines – and many straddling the two – began sprouting like mushrooms, some flourishing for decades and others a mere fleeting presence in rock’s back pages. One of the latter examples were the excellent Hard Meat, a progressive rock trio who recorded an unissued album intended for release on Island Records in 1969 and released two albums in 1970 for Warner Brothers.

Memories from Now Spinning Members
“This features the Dolan brothers. I got to know Mick Dolan in 2011, when he produced our Red Shoes album “All The Good Friends” in 2012. And he played on some shows with us supporting the Strawbs. A lovely talented man, sadly no longer with us, he was full of wonderful stories about his time in bands and his early days with Hard Meat. Ended up working with Traffic, Mick Jagger, Show of Hands, Fairport Convention, both as a guitarist, recording engineer and producer. He’s much missed”  Mark Evans – Red Shoes

“I remember them when they started. They actually lodged with the parents of a pal of mine Steve Neilson. This was in Moseley village Birmingham. Sometimes they were down at MAC from time to time. There used to be a poster pinned up promoting them I was always intrigued by the silver cover of the album. thanks for doing this Phil brought back loads of memories. Yes there was a bit of a ruck Island but never quite found out what. I think it may have been that they wanted a bigger budget for recording” . Jim Wood

“This box set is fantastic. I bought it after watching the “early access” edition of this video. The second album – Through A Window – is the highlight for me. Their debut comes a close second. Excellent booklet, too”. Clive

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Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine

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