. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Heads, Hands And Feet – In Session For John Peel – June 9, 1972 – BBC Radio 1
A taste of British Country-Rock tonight by way of Heads, Hands and Feet – one of the critically acclaimed, yet short-lived bands of the early 70s Country/Pub-Rock phase.
Heads, Hands and Feet started from the ashes of Poet and The One Man Band, which broke up in 1969 and became Heads, Hands and Feet. One of the founding members of the band, Albert Lee, was one of the most respected and admired guitarists in the UK, having worked in various RnB, Rock and Country bands since 1959.
Their first official album was released in 1971 to wide critical and audience acclaim. They had an earlier one, which was shelved until 1996. Heads, Hands and Feet were a popular live band, mostly because of Lee’s lightning speed guitar licks and country-flavored riffs and got their big break supporting Deep Purple in a series of concerts throughout Britain. Later, in July of that year, they were opening for Humble Pie and Grand Funk Railroad.
They gained considerable popularity, but it wasn’t enough to ease the internal tensions in the band. And by 1973, on the tails of their second official album Tracks and to continued critical and audience acclaim, the band broke up.
All told, Heads, Hands and Feet had a little under a four-year run, but left behind some great music.
As a reminder, or introduction – here is Heads, Hands and Feet in session at the BBC for John Peel, recorded on June 9, 1972.