An original copy of Leaf Hound's classic debut album 'Growers Of Mushroom' sold for an amazing £3,851 on auction site eBay on Sunday night with a last minute bidding frenzy seeing the price rise by over a grand in the last few seconds.
The album originally released on the Decca label in 1971 has become the holy grail for many record collectors over the years. Leaf Hound emerged from the ashes of Black Cat Bones with a line up of Peter French (Vocals), Mick Halls (Guitars), Stuart Brooks (Bass) and Keith Young (Drums).
Unfortunately after touring with a young UFO in Germany, Leaf Hound dissolved after becoming disillusioned with promoting an album that was still yet to be released. Decca posthumously released the album in 1971 to great reviews but with no band longer in existence it didn't capture the public's awareness and only a few copies were sold.
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Over the years the album has received recognition for inspiring the whole stoner rock movement. In the December issue of Record Collector magazine last month, it was valued at £2,500 and was listed as one of the top 40 most collectable records in the country.
The value of this masterpiece just keeps going up and up and finding a copy in mint condition is almost an impossibility. You can see more details of the album that sold on eBay on Sunday by clicking here.
Peter French would go on to sing with Atomic Rooster on the album 'In The Hearing Of...' and on Cactus' 'Ot & Sweaty'. A new line-up of Leaf Hound featuring French was formed in 2006 and continue to perform today.
Mark Taylor of MetalTalk chatted to Peter French last year about 'Growers Of Mushroom and you can watch that below.