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ERIC RANDOM & FREE AGENTS Eric Random & Free Agents

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The Free Agents was originally a side-project of The Tiller Boys. These were a Manchester group active from 1978 to 1979. They supported Joy Division on a few occasions. They recorded a single for Factory, which the label did not release in the end. Later, the single was released on New Hormones after the group disbanded. The Boys consisted of Eric Random, Francis Cookson and Pete Shelley. When Free Agents was founded, an LP was released entitled £3.33 in 1980 on Groovy Records. This album later became part of a Groovy boxset issued by Drag City in 2012, comprising the three LPs officially released by the label and a previously unreleased album by Strange Men In Sheds With Spanners . It is half a recording of a live gig played as Tiller Boys to support Gang of Four at York University in 1978 and half studio recordings from Graveyars Studios, Prestwich. In 1996 a 12" materialized credited to Free Agents and released on Fosters Ice collecting four songs. Two years later, in 1998 a 7" was released on Austrian label Syntactic with two tracks recorded in 1995 with a line-up of Eric Random, Martin Moscrop, Tony Quigley, Andy Boothman and Seema Gupta. These songs were part of an album that should remain unreleased until today. Klanggalerie are proud to finally release the second album by this legendary band, first time ever on a physical releases. Full tracklist: 1. From The Other Side 2. Future Mantra 3. World Cries Out 4. Elysian 5. Persia Dub 6. Strange Day 7. Zenith 8. Cyclic 9. Juggernaut 10. Devotee 11. Juggernaut (Rap Version) 12. Close Your Eyes. Price: € 17,- incl.- worldwide shipping.

Een jaartje later zou Leftfield zijn debuut Leftism uitbrengen, en je zou haast denken dat deze Londenaars uiterst goed naar hun buren uit Manchester hadden geluisterd. Luister Eric Random & Free Agents en Leftism maar eens vlak achter elkaar, we kunnen u alvast geruststellen dat het niet ligt aan de hallucinogene middelen die nog al eens met dit soort platen gepaard gaan dat het lijkt dat u tweemaal hetzelfde album hoort. De nummers hadden ze dus al, maar het album is er nooit van gekomen. Hadden ze daar in Manchester een glazen bol gehad, het succes van bands als Leftfield en al de soortgelijke groepjes die in die tijd her en der de kop opstaken indachtig, dan had de pioniersrol van Random ongetwijfeld de geschiedenisboeken gehaald. Of toch alleszins meer dan een vermelding in een popencyclopedie.
(Dark Entries, August 2020)