Magick


One of the founding fathers of the British blues movement, Graham Bond released two spectacular albums in 1965 as the Graham Bond Organization. The Sound of ’65 and There’s a Bond Between Us (also re-released on BGO Records) are essential jazz/blues albums for any music fan. When Bond broke up the Organization, he moved to the United States where he recorded two “solo” albums in 1965. In 1966, he returned to England where he became a member of Ginger Baker’s Air Force for a time then left and formed the band Magick with his wife Diane Stewart. Holy Magick, the band’s debut album, was originally released on the “progressive” Vertigo label in 1970 . The album was based on Bond’s interest in white magic and Druid and Celtic mysticism. Holy Magick consists of two parts containing 18 songs based around mantras, rituals, and improvisational pieces. The band, a flexible unit, featured some of the top musicians Britain had to offer in 1970 including Rick Gretch (Blind Faith), Victor Bronx, Alex Dmochowski, Jon Moreshead from the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, and a host of session performers. While barely accessible to a rock audience, this album has been both dismissed and praised by critics and fans, depending on one’s musical taste. The music was very much jazz oriented. When it was originally released it did not sell well and became a collector’s item.

Tracklistings

1. The Qabalistic Cross
3. The Word Of The Aeon
4. Invocation To The Light
5. The Pentagram Ritual
6. Qabalistic Cross
7. Hymn Of Praise
8. 12 Gates To The City
9. The Holy Words Iao Sabao
10. Aquarius Mantra
11. Enochiam (Atlantean) Call
12. Abrahadabra The Word Of The Aeon
13. Praise City Of Light
14. The Qabalistic Cross Aumgu
15. Return Of Arthur
16. The Magician
17. The Judgement
18. My Archangel Mikael

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