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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, July 30, 2005
    Greenbelt diary preview thrills #2 - Ella Guru
     


    Nearly a year ago I blogged about Ella Guru, an eight-piece Liverpool band championed by no less a figure than Jimmy Carl Black, but in style about as un-Beefheart as you could imagine. I've been listening to The First Album again today, and it remains gorgeous: deep, mellow, sweeping, slow.

    That first blog about them was in the context of other bands, who I was looking forward to seeing at Greenbelt last year. This year, Ella Guru are on. Late night, in that big indoor venue. Whilst pondering the likelihood that the beach they used for the cover shots on their cd is the very same beach on which Antony Gormley's statues now stand, the setting also (I reckon) for the cover of one of the other all-time great Liverpool albums, Heaven Up Here, I shall bring a pillow and luxuriate.