A friend of mine recently played me an album of a band called 'Love of the Brave'. I hadn't heard of them before and I'm always looking out for a rare gem. When the first few bars of the first song were played, I was hooked! It was beautiful! Then she asked me what era I thought it was from. I said I wasn't sure, "maybe the early 70's?" I was mistaken! It was actually recorded this year! I had to write about this record as it has such an interesting story attached to it. The following piece of writing is from the band's biog. Please read and YOU MUST HEAR THIS ALBUM!
In the beginning...
'A recent acquisition of a job lot of old recording equipment, which had been in storage in a garage belonging to a 97 year woman, uncovered a long forgotten gem. In amongst the cart of one of the tape machines we bought were four mouldy 1" reel boxes marked "Rita Brave - album sessions Oct-Dec '71". Although the boxes were perishing, the reels were perfectly preserved within the plastic sheaths. We fell in love with what we found and felt duty bound to breathe new life into her work so that it may see the light of day.
Over the next year, with an 8-track tape machine and a bunch of old valve recording equipment we set about reworking some of the material we found. Some things we kept, some things we didn't. A collaboration spanning 40 years. A record which is hers but also ours. So far our efforts to locate Rita have not turned up anything substantial. We have called this project "Love of the Brave"'.
Here's their bandcamp page ~