Mighty Baby

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For the 2002 Hong Kong film, see Mighty Baby (film).
Mighty Baby
Origin London, England
Genres Psychedelic rock, folk rock
Years active 1969–1971[1]
Labels Head Records, Blue Horizon, Castle Music
Associated acts The Action
Website actionmightybaby.co.uk
Past members Alan 'Bam' King
Martin Stone
Ian Whiteman
Mike Evans
Roger Powell

Mighty Baby were formed in 1968 from the ashes of The Action.[1] They released two albums, Mighty Baby (which appeared in December 1969, but had been recorded a year earlier) and A Jug Of Love (October 1971).

History[edit]

Their debut, a collection of psychedelic rock, appeared on the tiny Head record label in the UK, and on Chess in the United States. Over the course of 1970 several members of the band became Muslims (adherents of the Sufi order), and their second album reflected the spiritual journey they had embarked on, sounding little like its predecessor. They were the closing act on the first day of the Isle of Wight Festival 1970. It has been said that it was a meeting between Richard Thompson and the band that introduced Richard and Linda Thompson to the Sufi order.[2] It has notable guitar parts from Martin Stone.

As well as gigging regularly, the band also played many sessions for others, including Robin Scott (Woman From the Warm Grass), Andy Roberts, Keith Christmas (Stimulus and Fable Of The Wings), Shelagh McDonald, Sandy Denny, Gary Farr (Take Something with You, Strange Fruit).

A live concert, recorded at Malvern Winter Gardens in 1970, was released on the Sunbeam label during early 2010. These are from tapes held by Ian Whiteman given to him after the concert. A hitherto unreleased recording from the Glastonbury Fayre 1971 has been included in this document. It has been retrieved from the Radio Geronimo archive.

Mike 'Ace' Evans died on 15 January 2010 in London. He was buried at Woodland Burial Park near Beaconsfield.

Discography[edit]

  • Action Speak Louder Than ... (1968 recordings of The Action already in Mighty Baby line-up, released in 1985)
  • Mighty Baby (album, Head Records, 1969)
  • "Devil's Whisper" b/w "Virgin Spring" (single, Blue Horizon 2096-003, October 1971)
  • A Jug of Love (album, Blue Horizon 2931-001, October 1971)
  • Glastonbury Fayre - various artists: one song: "A Blanket In My Muesli" (Revelation 1/2/3, triple album, April 1972, live recordings from Glastonbury 1971)
  • Live In The Attic (Rolled Gold Productions, December 2000)
  • Tasting The Life - Live 1971 (double album, Sunbeam Records, 2010)

With Reg King

Band members[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bruce Eder. "Mighty Baby". Allmusic. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ essay by Leslie Berman included in Watching the Dark - The History of Richard Thompson

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