Indian Summer

Band members               Related acts

- Malcolm Harker - vocals, bass (1970-71)
- Paul Hooped - vocals, drums, percussion (1970-71)
- Bob Jackson - vocals, keyboards (1970-71)
- Colin Williams - guitar, vocals (1970-71)



- Badfinger (Bob Jackson)

- The Dodgers (Bob Jackson)




Genre: progressive

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Indian Summer

Company: Neon/RCA

Catalog: NE 3

Year: 1971

Country/State: UK

Grade (cover/record): NM/NM

Comments: still in shrink wrap; gatefold  sleeve; cutout hole

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID:

Price: $55.00

Formed in Coventry, England, this short-lived outfit boasted a lineup consisting of bassist Malcolm Harker, drummer Paul Hooped , keyboardist Bob Jackson and guitarist Colin Williams. According to the liner notes on their sole album, managed by Jim Simpson, the group was one of two outfits auditioned for a contract by RCA. Ozzy Osborne and Black Sabbath walked away with the deal. A year later the quartet were signed to RCA's newly formed Neon label.

Produced by Rodger Bain, 1971's "Indian Summer" offered up a competent and occasionally engaging set of progressive-cum-psych moves. Musically the set focused on extended keyboard dominated pieces that mixed together early-'70s progressive rock with pseudo-jazzy moves (the instrumental "From the Film of the Same Name"). Taken individually material such as "God Is the Dog" and "Black Sunshine" wasn't bad (assuming your tastes leaned in a progressive direction). Unfortunately, if you were forced to listen to the whole album in one sitting, numbers such as "Secrets Reflected" tended to a certain numbing consistency. (The album was originally released with a gatefold sleeve.) Inexplicably the set's been widely counterfitted and in the early-'90s the Repetoire label reissued the collection in CD format.

"Indian Summer" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) God Is the Dog
2.) Emotions of Men
3.) Glimpse
4.) Half Changed Again

(side 2)

1.) Black Sunshine
2.) From the Film of the Same Name (instrumental)
3.) Secrets Reflected
4.) Another Tree Will Grow

In case anyone cared, Jackson briefly reappeared in a Badfinger lineup (see separate entry).