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20th December 2012

leaf hound growers of mushroom

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.

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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.



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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