This breathtakingly extraordinary, collection of songs (each with their own unique story) has, at last, been released from the Bram Stoker archives.
Bram Stoker’s album Heavy Rock Spectacular was recorded in 1970, with the help of Rolling Stones manager, Tony Calder.
The band broke up in 1972, leaving a collection of songs that were never recorded from this era.
Many years later, in 2004, Pete reconnected the original band members, with the intention of resurrecting this original material and creating new ideas for a second, more authentic sounding recording.
Despite the enthusiasm from all concerned, other insurmountable life commitments got in the way of producing the album.
This left Pete with a collection of new work, originally written for Bram Stoker, that, alongside works written all those years ago, remained unreleased – until now!
These new tracks were recorded by Pete Ballam alongside special guest musicians and put on a new album Manic Machine, which has just been released.
The Bram Stoker original line-up consisted of Pete Ballam (guitar), Jon Bavin (bass), Tony Bronsdon (Hammond organ) and Rob Haines (drums) and the band soon developed a loyal cult following from their extensive gig circuit of clubs and universities.
Pictured: Freedom Village, formed in 1967, prior to Bram Stoker. From left: Rob Haines, Pete Ballam, Ian Clark,Richard Oliver, Ian (Prof) Prentice.