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Bram Stoker: Heavy Rock Spectacular (reissue)

Here's one of those rare progressive rock recordings that little is known about. Bram Stoker were a British band, who originally released this album back in 1972, and to this day, only the name of the keyboard player is known, that being T. Bronsdon. Heavy Rock Spectacular is a Hammond shred-fest so to speak (if you can label something from 1972 as that!), kind of like the bastard child of a union between Deep Purple, ELP, Black Widow, and Atomic Rooster.

There's a great mix of progressive-tinged hard rock, as on the rampaging opener "Born to Be Free", the doomy and atmospheric "Blitz", the raging "Idiot" (which sounds amazingly like a leftover from a classic Van Der Graaf Generator album), plus Hammond organ fueled testosterone as on the instrumentals "Ants" and "Fast Decay." If you like creepy, gothic hard rock, there's the near 8 minute "Fingals Cave", another organ driven instrumental that also features some ripping guitar leads. The band comes very close to Atomic Rooster or Arthur Brown territory on "Extensive Corrosion", and "Poltergeist" is just downright eerie, with some spooky vocals and haunting Hammond textures.

If you dig any of the rare Hammond featured prog albums from bands like Bodkin, Zarathustra, or like any of the bands mentioned above, this will suit you just fine. Some fine listening going on here, and as always Akarma manages to dig these rare recordings out of the vaults and present them in a nice little mini-LP package.

Track Listing
1) Born to Be Free (3:43)
2) Ants (3:48)
3) Fast Decay (3:49)
4) Blitz (5:33)
5) Idiot (4:28)
6) Fingals Cave (7:42)
7) Extensive Corrosion (4:19)
8) Poltergeist (4:33)

Added: January 15th 2004
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Akarma Records
Hits: 6765
Language: english

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Bram Stoker: Heavy Rock Spectacular (reissue)
Posted by Hemispherical Walter on 2013-12-09 16:34:55
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... and 42 years later they are planning the release of their 2nd album!

Bram Stoker: Heavy Rock Spectacular (reissue)
Posted by Chris Merrick on 2008-09-21 11:06:21
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I've also heard that Bram Stoker are in the studio again & 'from the horses mouth'. I used to play with Rob Haines (drums) & Pete Ballam (then bass) in my 'old days' as a bassist from Somerset. Hope all goes well with the new recordings and keep up the interest in the 'old school stuff'........afterall, where would we be without it?

Chris Merrick
ex-'muso'/now........ radio presenter and media promoter from Tenerife

Bram Stoker: Heavy Rock Spectacular (reissue)
Posted by Andy Wright on 2008-04-15 19:08:36
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Bram Stoker were indeed from around Poole in Dorset. Line up in 1971 was Tony Brondson - Keyboards. Tony Lowe - Bass. Bob on drums and Andy on Guitar. Don't know these two's last names.

They played many live gigs in the uk and europe including the Marquee club in London where they were supported by Queen.

Rumours abound of a brand new Bram Stoker recording in the pipeline.


Bram Stoker: Heavy Rock Spectacular (reissue)
Posted by bernie james on 2007-07-25 16:08:24
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bram stoker tony bronston keyboards john bavin bass[ worked with i string band and eurtmics[ sound man] pete ballam guitar still playing in bournemouth bob? drums last heard of sailing in the med after spending some years playing hotels in the far east

Bram Stoker: Heavy Rock Spectacular (reissue)
Posted by john tilsed on 2007-05-30 18:07:21
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hi this band hailed from poole dorset known originally as rennaisance fare in the late sixties at the time of a lot of local bands were starting up, the trackmarks ( uriah heap )the league of gentlemen,( king crimson)etc.Contact me for more details, i left before the name was changed cheers jt.

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