HAMPTON GREASE BAND
The Hampton Grease Band music is a cross between the Ventures and Frank Zappa with a little comedy and free form jazz thrown in. The musical genius behind the Hampton Grease Band is attributed to Harold Kelling who with guitarist Glenn Phillips play intricate guitar melodies.
The free flowing guitars lead you on a musical journey. As soon as you are at the place they were taking you, you are off again on a new leg of the journey.
Hampton Grease Band Live Reunion Show DVD!!!
JUST RELEASED! If you missed it, then here's your chance to finally experience it!
On June 2, 2006, the Hampton Grease Band reunited for the first time in 33 years to perform their legendary 1971 double album, "Music to Eat." The group included all the original surviving members that played on the record: Bruce Hampton, Glenn Phillips, Jerry Fields and Mike Holbrook, along with Bob Elsey of the Swimming Pool Q's filling in for the late Harold Kelling.
The show took place at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta before a packed house and was professionally filmed by director Barry Mills and a 5-camera crew. After 2 1/2 years of editing, Barry has just released the 1 hour and 23 minute DVD, and we have copies for sale.
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On CD & DVD
- HAMPTON GREASE BAND LIVE REUNION SHOW DVD
- ANGEL SPARKS
- GUITAR PARTY
- WALKING THROUGH WALLS
- SCRATCHED BY THE RABBIT
- ECHOES 1975-1985 Double CD ($30)
- SUPREME COURT
on VINYL: $9 each
(Entire album not on Echoes)
- ST. VALENTINE'S DAY
(only 2 cuts on Echoes)
- RAZOR POCKET
(2 cuts not on Echoes)
on CASSETTE: $9 each
About the Hampton Grease Band
In 1965 guitarist Harold Kelling was playing high school dances in Atlanta, Georgia with his group, The IV of IX. They hauled band equipment around in a used funeral hearse. Their music was the instrumental songs of The Ventures. As time went on the high school band era ended and Harold went to NY where he met Frank Zappa. He returned to Atlanta and started another band using amateur, but very talented, musicians who quickly rose to the professional level. Without any formal music training but a good artistic and technical ability they conjured up an album's worth of original songs.
Spontaneity, comedy and long jazzy guitar breaks were trademarks of their style. Hampton's "wigged out" stage presence and Harold Kelling's spontaneous and elegant guitar styles were the glue of the band's performance. The rest of the band's excellent performance provide a cohesive backdrop that interacted well. The jazz was the serious part, and the Grease Band excelled in the relm of modern jazz. It is this author's opinion that in the jazz genre they would have gone to the top very quickly. But rock and roll was what was happening at the time. Beside, they could not have easily got into the jazz market at the time.
The band had a stormy career since the music is not mainstream music. The esoteric rhythms are unique but are not easily played on the radio since they have no rock and roll commercial appeal. Columbia initially bought into the band and produced an album but their plan behind it was unclear. The production of the album was marked with controversy between the record company and the band with the addition of internal disagreements between some of the band members. The money was not handled well and the band essentially got the shaft. The album turned out to be a marketing mistake for the record company because they did not comprehend the nitch the Grease Band belonged in. This resulted in their album being shuffled to low priority in marketing. It was often found the the "Comedy" section at record stores.
The music is very unique and a serious musical journey into a realm that is truly "Hampton Grease Band". The album makes a good listen. It has become a collector's item in some circles.
The Hampton Grease Band broke up shortly after the album was released in 1971.
Glenn Phillips has a personal recollection of the Hampton Grease Band
on his web site GlennPhillips.com
The Hampton Grease Band is also featured in the book,
"Unknown Legends of Rock n' Roll" by Richie Unterberger.
Read reviews and listen to tracks of "Music to Eat" at Amazon
||Music to Eat
CD 1 (69:10)
1. HALIFAX (19:36)-music by Glenn Phillips
lyrics by Glenn Phillips and Bruce Hampton
2. MARIA (5:27)-music and lyrics by Glenn Phillips
3. SIX (19:31)-music by Harold Kelling
lyrics by Harold Kelling and Bruce Hampton
4. EVANS (17:48)-music by Harold Kelling and Glenn Phillips
lyrics by Bruce Hampton
5. LAWTON (7:48)-Glenn Phillips and Jerry Fields
CD 2 (51:50)
1. HEY OLD LADY/BURT'S SONG (3:19)-music by Harold Kelling lyrics by Charlie Phillips and Bruce Hampton
2. HENDON (20:13)-music by Harold Kelling, Glenn Phillips,Jerry Fields and Mike Holbrook
lyrics by Bruce Hampton
HAROLD KELLING-guitar, vocals
GLENN PHILLIPS-guitar, saxophone
BRUCE HAMPTON-vocals, trumpet
JERRY FIELDS-percusion, vocals
Grease Band Photos By Carter Tomassi
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