Two Quid Deal ?

Artist: Skin Alley
Label: Stax
Catalog#: STS-3013
Format: Vinyl
Country: UK
Released: 1972-11
A1 Nick's Seven 5:00
A2 So Many People 6:07
A3 Bad Words And Evil People 6:13
A4 Graveyard Shuffle 4:45
B1 So Glad 5:23
B2 A Final Coat 5:00
B3 Skin Valley Serenade 3:40
B4 The Demagogue 5:16
B5 Sun Music 5:00

Drums , Vocals – Tony Knight (2)
Keyboards – Krzysztof Henryk Justkiewicz*
Saxophone , Guitar – Bob James (8)
Vocals , Keyboards , Bass , Flute – Nick Graham
Kingsley Ward - Engineer
Bob James - Written-By
Nick Graham - Written-By
Tony Knight - Written-By


Produced/Engineered for Boggle Productions.
Recorded and mixed at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, September/October 1972
Right On Rodent built by Rod
Special thanks to the immortal Kingsley Ward for the sound, and for being a nice guy

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
As with most bands signed to Doug Smith's Clearwater Productions, Skin Alley were associated with the underground and the free festival scene. Founded by bassist Thomas Crimble and drummer Alvin Pope, the band included Bob James on sax and guitar and Krzysztof Henryk Juszkiewicz on keyboards. They released two albums on CBS before Crimble left for Hawkwind. His replacement was Nick Graham, fresh from Atomic Rooster; while Tony Knight replaced Pope on drums. Now signed to Transatlantic, Skin Alley recorded their finest album, Two Quid Deal?, in 1972. Oddly, the album (and their next) saw release in the US on Stax Records, famously known for Memphis soul and, up until that point, not anything remotely like progressive rock! Nevertheless, the album is a driving mix of funky organ-rock, with Graham's Roger Daltrey-esque vocals providing the icing on the cake; just check out the excellent "So Many People" or "So Glad." The band recorded a final album, Skintight; but even a proper Memphis production and commercial focus couldn't change their fortunes, and they folded shortly after its release. Graham went on to a successful career as a songwriter and musician, working with Cheap Trick and David Jackson of VdGG; while Crimble continued running the Glastonbury Festival that he co-founded.
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