I Drive - I Drive (2 LP) -
I Drive waren eine britische Hardrock-Band, zu der am Anfang auch der spätere wenty Sixty Six And Then- und Kin Ping Meh-Sänger Geff Harrison gehörte.
They came from Manchester in 1966 and were one of the last British bands to enter Germany on the Star Club trail. Fronted by singer Geff Harrison of later 2066 & Then and Kin Ping Meh fame, I Drive toured Germany up and down for four years. Playing the live clubs night by night from eight to three, they did the rock loud, fast, straight and - although having been in Germany for such a long time - very British.
In the late Sixties the German club scene died and so did live music, only a few chains associated venues survived; one of them in the deep South of Germany booked I Drive for a several-month-club-tour. They settled down and rented a small house in the country for loving and rehearsing, right in the middle of nowhere. From now on a strong folloging of fans even accompanied them on tours. A single was released in 1969 and sold at gigs: It showd that the former "beatgroup" had grown up the hard way to be a great heavy progressive outfit with the ability to make it on a bigger market. Geff Harrison left in 1970 to start his own career. And the remaining quartet finally was discovered by a British manager, who had once worked for the Beatles. He installed the band in Munich, they earned their living as studion musicians and collected material for an album. I Drive was off the road from then on, only playing open air gigs from time to time. More than 30 tracks were recorded for the LP. One of those songs that didn't make it for release was an alternative version of "Before the devil", where tha band played with the Munich Philharmonica Orchestra. When the masters were finally ready, the group did, what they weren't allowed to during the recording sessions: a live performance of the whole LP material in the studio. This live gig was recorded too and also vanished from the archives just as the non LP tracks. When the album was released in 1972 by a German major company I Drive had to realize that just a few copies had been pressed and distributed. There was no promotion at all from the company for reasons beyond the field of music and the control of the band.
Nevertheless the LP is a heavy and "speedy progressive" jewel with wonderful tunes that still shines on after twenty years and tells a lot about the group's live sound and power. I Drive couldn't stand the disappointment about the commercial failure of the LP and broke up shortly after the album release. There only was a small epilogue of the I Drive story: after a short-termed return of Geff Harrison a three piece incarnation of I Drive toured Spain, releasing on single there before dying finally...
The Little Wing set contains the I Drive LP as well as previously unreleased material. Please handle carefully as the music cooks...
[A1 - B5 released 1972 as Metronome MLP 15.420]
[C1 recorded after the Metronome LP]
[C2 released 1969 as a privat pressing]
[C3 - D5 demo tracks recorded 1971 live in the studio]
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01. Down, Down, Down
02. Oo, Bopajero
03. Looking Out My Window
04. Mary A Musician
05. Before The Devil – Christine
06. Only The Lonely
07. What A Pity
08. Just A Little Bit
09. Be The One
10. Brave New World
11. I Need A Friend
12. Classic Rigby
13. When Evening Comes
14. It Ain’t So Bad
15. Looking Out My Window
16. Everything In Vain
17. Happy Days
19. Before The Devil
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