Fleur De Lys – book, EP and gig

by Modculture 2 September, 2009

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Acid Jazz isn't doing things by halves when it comes to the Fleur de Lys – not only are they releasing a book about the legendary mod/soul band, they've also got hold of some unreleased gems and talked the band into their first gig in 40 years.

Let's start with the book, The Fleur de Lys – Circles – The Strange Story of the Fleur De Lys, Britain's Forgotten Soul Band by Paul 'Smiler' Anderson and Damian Jones. After tracking down the original members of the band, we can now reveal the true history behind the Fleur De Lys. Much has been written about this band, the authors have gone to 'source' for the real story, throwing in unreleased and personal photographs and memorabilia, plus tales involving the likes of Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Sam & Dave, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, The Who and many others. Look out for it on the Acid Jazz label from November 11th.

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If that's not enough, the lads have also managed to get their hands on some unreleased tunes, which will be released as a 4-track EP, called The Two Sides Of The Fleurs De Lys. Again released by Acid Jazz, it features Gotta Get Enough Time (demo) featuring Sharon Tandy, Yeah I Do Love You (demo, unreleased follow up to Two Can Make It Together feat Tony & Tandy), Wait For Me (original unreleased B side to Moondreams. Not the one on the Reflections CD) and Circles (recorded live in 1966). Packaged in a retro sleeve (like the label's Steve Marriott EP), it should be out at the same time as the book.

Finally, the best news of all – a Fleur De Lys gig, the first one in 40 years – even featuring Sharon Tandy. It takes place at the 100 Club on Oxford Street on 11th November 2009, with pretty much everyone who has been in the band present on the night, supported by DJs Eddie Piller, Dave Edwards and Dan Meaden. Check the 100 Club website for ticket details.

Acid Jazz website

  • belfast paul

    great news about the book,gig and ep…one of the most talented but overlooked bands of the 6ts mod scene,well done to acid jazz and smiler and damian.