TOE FAT - Toe Fat & Toe Fat II (1995)
Toe Fat was an English rock music band, active from June 1969 to 1971, notable for including two future members of Uriah Heep. Formed in June 1969, the band was fronted by former Rebel Rouser Cliff Bennett and, in the course of its two-year, two-album career, featured lead guitarist and keyboardist Ken Hensley; bassist John Glascock (who replaced original bassist John Konas (Joseph Stanley Konas)); and drummer Lee Kerslake. After the first album, Kerslake and Hensley were replaced by Brian Glascock (drums) and Alan Kendall (guitar) respectively. The band was founded by Bennett, a former pop star, after the dissolution of the Cliff Bennett Band. He teamed with the former Gods keyboard player Hensley, who drafted in fellow ex-Gods members Kerslake and Glascock. The name was decided over dinner when Bennett and his manager attempted to create the most disgusting band name possible.Toe Fat was signed to the record label, Rare Earth, in the US. In the UK, the band signed with EMI, who released their first album on the Parlophone label, and the second on Regal Zonophone.
The eponymously titled first album flopped commercially, but gained considerable critical praise. Such was their stir that after their first single, "Workin' Nights", (the B-side was an early Elton John composition "Bad Side of the Moon") they were booked for a tour supporting Derek and the Dominos in the US. The album was also notable for its cover designed by the recently formed graphic art company Hipgnosis. The cover showed a beach scene with four people who have large toes superimposed over their heads. For the US release, a man and a topless woman in the background were replaced by the image of a sheep. The photo of the band on the back of the US album shows Cliff Bennett, Alan Kendall, John Glascock, and Lee Kerslake even though Alan Kendall did not play on the first album. This was an interim line-up, Lee Kerslake would soon depart also before second album was recorded.
DISC 1 - Toe Fat (1970): 01. That's My Love For You 02. Bad Side Of The Moon 03. Nobody 04. The Wherefors And The Why's 05. But I'm Wrong 06. Just Like Me 07. Just Like All The Rest 08. I Can't Belive 09. Working Nights 10. You Tried To Take It All
DISC 2 - Toe Fat Two (1971): 01. Stick Heat 02. Indian Summer 03. Idol 04. There'll Be Changes 05. A New Way 06. Since You've Been Gone 07. Three Time Loser 08. Midnight Sun
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