June 21, 2013 – 5:08 am

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Ballroom Dance [Highland Project HLP-096A/B, 2CD]

Live at the Student Center Ballroom, Kent, Ohio; November 7, 1978. Very good soundboard (FM?).

Brand X was a jazz fusion band active 1975–1980 and 1992–1999. Noted members included Phil Collins (drums), Percy Jones (bass), John Goodsall (guitar) and Robin Lumley (keyboards). In 1992, original members Goodsall and Jones formed a new trio version of Brand X, with drummer Frank Katz. - wikipedia

Thanks to Lincoln Park Mark for sharing the tracks.

However, there is a good likelihood that the Highland Project sourced the tracks from the same torrent shared by eggplant2 at Dime.

These are some notes by eggplant2:

Notes from the edge. This was the second time I had caught Brand X this year. Earlier in July, the 20th. They played in Kent at a place named “Filthy McNastys”. As it was a bar and not over crowded (maybe 100 people) not two shows but two long sets were played! Most of Morrocan Roll was played as well as the Livestock and Unorthodox Behaviour albums. A couple pieces of the Masques took shape during the drawn out show. I forgot to say that Robin Lumley played keyboards this night. It must have been a one off show because he was not touring with them during this phase. My girlfriend’s sister dated Peter Robinson when she was in LA so I know for a fact that it was RL on keys. His hairdo and jaw line can’t be mistaken. Long and curly vs. straight black. The best jamming was the second set encore dive bombing “Macrocosm” duel between Goodsall and Lumley. Jaw is still on the floor… Met the band and talked trash about Phil Collins not playing with them. The band took it and said Phil who???? They were not impressed with the loss of him on drums! The band had taken a different road and all was well. Oh, I do believe Kenwood Dennard played drums this show.

And now for this one. General admission was the call and first in, best seats took place! This show and the band - different, but still good. The ballroom looked like it held about 1,000 students but I don’t recall that many in attendance. A large stage allowed Morris to dominate the left side with Percy, Clarke, Miller and Peter to right the leftovers. The mix was so-so. I think a student was doing the mixing and it took a couple of songs to get close to sounding like a group instead of a bunch of individuals. A little unbalanced to say the least and I think this shows in this recording as well. So here you go, finally out of the vaults to your ears. eggplant out.

Possible lineage:
Live from WKSU. 89.7 FM Kent State University.
Recorded on Akai GX-630D reel to reel from FM stereo transmission.
7 1/2 ips. on the 10″ reel using maxell UD 35-180. wide range. No Dolby
Kenwood model Eleven III receiver. Recorded and mixed by eggplant2.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Earth Dance (25.7MB)
Track 102. Access To Data (19.7MB)
Track 103. Black Moon (15.4MB)
Track 104. The Ghost Of Mayfield Lodge (28.6MB)
Track 105. Morris Pert (perc. solo) (8.9MB)
Track 106. The Poke (10.8MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Band Intros (2.3MB)
Track 202. Deadly Nightshade (45.6MB)
Track 203. Nuclear Burn (22.3MB)
Track 204. Masques (Extra Track) (9.9MB)

Mike Miller - guitar
Percy Jones - bass
Morris Pert - perc
Mike Clarke - drums
Peter Robinson - keyboards

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  2. for fans of this sort of thing.. 31 yrs ago allan holdsworth and eddie van halen did a little jam and some of the sessions are coming to light piecemeal. heres a link for some of them if any of yall are interested -

    By darth on Jun 21, 2013

  3. Thank you very much Big O Amigos, definitely Thompson sunset soundtrack materials. Will be part of the mix to watch the brightest full moon of the year tomorrow night. I’ve never heard them without John Goodsall on guitar, will be interesting to see if they measure up. Also a brew out for Terry Beamer who introduced me to this band, many, many moons ago. Be well amgios and thanks again.

    By James on Jun 22, 2013

  4. info for anyone in the Los Angeles area: on Sept 8th 2013 at the Baked Potato in Studio City, my band XPATRIATE will be performing the music of Brand X/tribute to Morris Pert….
    Michael Grange - guitars
    Hans Zermuehlen - keyboards
    Mick Stevens - Wal bass
    Perry Lopez - drums and percussion
    Brad Dutz - percussion

    By Mick Stevens on Jun 23, 2013

  5. Thanks so much BigO and Lincoln Park Mark! I read an interview with Eddie Van Halen years ago where he mentioned Brand X being his favorite band. I was amazed as well as impressed that Eddie had even heard of them. It shows there’s a little more depth to him than I’d previously imagined. I had a friend who saw them at the Old Waldorf in S.F. back in the early days and he told me Morris Pert was playing percussion on a row of human skulls! Percy Jones has for a long time been one of my fave bass players. He has a sound of his own. Would’ve loved to see the lineup on the first two LP’s with Phil Collins. What a great band they were….

    By John B on Jun 24, 2013

  6. Very cool!! Haven’t listened to Brand X since….well…1978…I liked them back then

    By DanC on Jun 24, 2013

  7. Kenwood Dennard did not perform with Brand X at any point during 1978. His tenure ended in December 1977. Chuck Burghi - who performed on Masques - was the drummer with the band from June-September of 78.

    By erskine bowles on Jun 25, 2013

  8. yes’ rick wakeman’s vocalist gone -

    By darth on Jun 25, 2013

  9. Thanks - I love the ‘Masques’ album so am whetted for this date.


    By Reimer on Jun 26, 2013

  10. Phil who yeah ok I believe the reason he was not with them was he had this other side project called Genesis and a tour to do with them duh!

    By greg on Aug 20, 2013

  11. genesis only did 10 shows (that are known about) in the 2nd half of 78. its quite possible that there are others that we dont have the info for but we know about - 2 in july. 1 in aug. 2 in sept. 3 in oct. 1 in nov and 1 in dec. im pretty sure if he wanted to work out dates with both bands he certainly could have. the one in nov was the last day btw.
    my personal opinion - genesis stopped being great when peter left. but they still had a fantastic sound for 2 more years til steve left. once steve left they were no longer progressive. but those 2 years from may 75 thru end of 77 were incredible. we absolutely need more recordings to listen to (hint hint) from the hackett (non peter) era. there were some points during the shows where they just let go and it seemed like even they didnt know what was about to happen. i completely credit that to everyone but phil. that means steve chester mike and tony and even daryl.

    By darth on Aug 20, 2013

  12. in my personal opinion Genesis never stopped being great , they never were.
    Just another in a ling line of boring,pesudo-intellect brit prog snobs.

    By the real drop down d on Aug 21, 2013

  13. not everyone can appreciate all things. u can lead a horse to water.. u cant make him think.
    if u dont get early genesis thats fine. but from 69-75 they were incredible. and then the following 2 yrs they still had it but u had to either see them live or at least listen to high end recordings. they are one of the many bands where fm or sbd recordings are essential.

    By darth on Aug 21, 2013

  14. u can lead a horse to water.. u cant make him think

    you been drinkin`?
    you can have your genesis, your silly joan jett and your eric”lets play cocaine for another 40 years” clapton.
    I have my favourites as well, except mine can actually play.

    By the real drop down d on Aug 21, 2013

  15. if u think ec cant play or the various members of genesis either.. thats not my problem. this isnt about favorites. sure i have my faves but im not claiming that latter day genesis is among them or that joan jett is either. i appreciate punk and progrock (more so) and the blues (a lot) but i think its hysterical that u put down the masters claiming they cant play. thats fabulous. as kirk said to khan.. i laugh at the superior intellect.

    By darth on Aug 21, 2013

  16. name one good complete release from clapton since the late 70`s.I`m talking an albums worth not one song.
    he has recycled himself for over 40 years and its pretty damn boring.
    He had an interesting start with the yardbirds,exceptional short career with Mayall, exceptional cream career , so so blind faith and some good and bad with d and d and since…pure retreads.
    you talk in riddles anyhow.first the idiotic horse to water miss-statement and now some childish star trek pop gibberish. It sort of reflects your intelligence and your inane music tastes

    By the real drop down d on Aug 21, 2013

  17. it appears no matter what i say at this point it wont matter. clearly u dont like ec. thats too bad.
    i thought for a moment that i would go thru his catalog and list all his albums starting with 1980 (since u said since the late 70s) then i figured u would only come up with contradictions and excuses for each one. like if i said 1994s from the cradle u would likely say its all covers not his own songs. or if i if picked money and cigarettes or behind the sun or august or robert johnson road to escondido or riding with the king u would probably say something equally stupid like there were no hits or that he had to have help on them by someone else or some other crazy comment. so what i decided was to just let u look at his catalog and do your own homework and spend the time actually listening to one of his albums instead of attacking albums u have never actually listened to.
    his most acclaimed album was 92’s unplugged. while live its still an album he released and his most successful of his career. sadly its one of my least favorite but its the most accessible for people like u who evidently dont get it. maybe u should start there.
    im not going to ask who u like for one reason… i dont give a shit.

    By darth on Aug 22, 2013

  18. anyone who lauds joan jett as a musician has not got one single clue about music.
    I see you also were a winner guessing a friggin` mark lindsays cover song? that`s the type of shit trivia you know? You know mark lindsays catalog ? holy shit that`s hilarious go back to your k tel 30 explosive hit albums sonny boy you are in over your head trying to tell anyone about music.hah ha ha ha ha .
    mark lindsay joan jett..what a rookie.

    By stinky jam on Aug 22, 2013

  19. cmon darth, you know you care.

    By the real drop down d on Aug 22, 2013


    By kasey darthem on Aug 22, 2013

  21. stinky - how many of the trivia contests have u won? i send in the correct answers to 80-90% of them if not more. i dont always get picked as a winner when they do a draw but if i know the answer why not send it in? the song that he covered as kasey pointed out above is 43 years ago. if i know something that u dont know what i dont understand is how that proves that i dont know about music. u’ve lost me here. its just a contest. while im not that concerned about proving to u that i do know music i just think its strange that u have decided that i dont based on the fact that i know the answer to a trivia contest. i didnt claim to be a fan of joan jett altho i do kinda like mark lindsay. i collect and am very into bubblegum and psychedelic pop from the 60s and 70s. but im also into other styles of music as well. my collection of music is enormous. u couldnt even imagine. if i lived for 100 more years and i never listened to anything twice and i started now and never stopped listening to everything i have.. i couldnt get to the end of what i own. thats w/o sleep. and no.. im not kidding. and what i have where i currently live.. i have only collected since may 2006. thats 7 yrs.

    By darth on Aug 22, 2013

  22. Yo darth -

    By Everyone Else On bigO on Aug 22, 2013

  23. i collect and am very into bubblegum and psychedelic pop

    so is every other 8 year old.

    By stinky jam on Aug 22, 2013

  24. darth boring
    boring darth
    darth boring say it often enough and it sounds like a mantra for boring.

    By stinky jam on Aug 22, 2013

  25. leave darth alone he is probably the only one here who really knows what diddy wa diddy means.

    By bobbey sherman on Aug 22, 2013

  26. A sane comment on Darth’ quote above: “if i lived for 100 more years and i never listened to anything twice and i started now and never stopped listening to everything i have.. i couldnt get to the end of what i own. thats w/o sleep.”

    As a fellow collector, I understand what he is trying to say. Unfortunately, Darth sounds like a collector for collecting’s sake. I have limited my collecting to items I CAN listen to in my lifetime, usually immediately after downloading. When converting to digital a few years back I sold off thousands of LP’s that I had collected, saving the digital files of the ones I still listened to on at least a casual basis. I can never understand music collectors who keep things they will never hear. Music is intended to be heard! Not stacked/stored for oblivion.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Aug 23, 2013

  27. I can never understand music collectors who keep things they will never hear. Music is intended to be heard! Not stacked/stored for oblivion.

    that`s true kinkdom, it reeks of hoarding.

    By dropkick sarge on Aug 23, 2013

  28. Excellent comments, Johnny. For some people, it seems that collecting becomes hoarding. I understand the mentality that “it’s there if I should ever need it” but stockpiling more than you can ever use is useless to me, especially with bootleg live concerts. How much difference can there be with most bands on tour from one show to the next? Not much, unless they’re known for improvisation.

    The easy access to free downloads of bootlegs and commercially released music exacerbates the problem for some. I’ve stopped downloading audience recorded bootlegs because of the bad audio quality and don’t bother anymore with albums by unfamiliar bands, I just don’t have time to listen to them. Why bother to have it if I can’t even preview it?

    By Dingus on Aug 23, 2013

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