Complex (English band)
|Years active||1968-1978, 2008-2013|
Complex were an English band formed in 1968 consisting of lead guitarist Brian Lee, lead vocalist and drummer Tony Shakespeare, bass guitarist Lance Fogg and rhythm guitarist Tony Fisher. After some initial personnel changes, in early 1970 the line-up consisted of Lee, Shakespeare and Fogg with the addition of Steve Coe on keyboards. They were based in Blackpool in North-West England.
In November 1970 they cut their first album, entitled simply "Complex", which was released in May 1971. Originally devised as a demonstration record (demo) for bringing the band to the attention of major record companies for the purpose of obtaining a recording contract, it was recorded at "107 Studio" in St. Annes, engineered and mixed down by Graham Atkinson. 99 (vinyl) copies of the album were pressed by Craighall Studios in Scotland. The reason for such a limited release was the imposition of Purchase Tax on quantities greater than 99. Due to a manufacturing defect, the sleeve was slightly smaller than the record, so plain white sleeves were used to store both the album and sleeve. The album went on to become quite famous in "psych" album circles - "... one of the 'Holy Trinity' items of rare British psychedelia ..." and at one stage was fetching $6,000 on eBay for each copy.
Later in 1971, they recorded a second album, The Way We Feel, released in August that year.
An unauthorised bootleg of the self-titled debut was made in 1991, released on Swank Records. 1999 limited-edition re-releases of both Complex and The Way We Feel were authorised by the band on Wooden Hill records (Vinyl and CD versions). This was of much better quality soundwise, had bonus tracks and was quickly sold out. In 2011, Complex was reissued on CD without the bonus tracks but including an interview with the band members. The following year, Spanish label Guerssen reissued both albums on 180g vinyl, with the original artwork and based on the 1999 remasters.
- Complex (1971)
- The Way We Feel (1971)
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