The Creation - Power Surge
Alan McGee was such a big fan of The Creation that he named his record label after the band, and named his own band after one of their songs ‰ÛÒ Biff Bang Pow. The Creation was formed in 1966 from beat combo The Mark Four, and was quickly signed to a production deal with Shel Talmy, The Who's producer. The first release was the urgent "Making Time", which featured guitarist Eddie Phillips playing his guitar with a violin bow, two years before Jimmy Page started doing so. Whilst very popular in Germany, UK success largely eluded the band, and after a number of non-charting singles and line-up changes, the band broke up in 1968 without ever having released an album. In 1995, following a reunion concert at Harlesden's Mean Fiddler, Alan McGee and Joe Foster managed to persuade the original line-up of Eddie Phillips, lead singer Kenny Pickett, bassist Bob Garner and drummer Jack Jones to get into a studio and record a new album, for release on Creation Records! The results were issued in 1996, with a very limited release on vinyl. Sadly the reunion was cut short by Kenny Pickett's death from a heart attack in 1997. This limited edition reissue is pressed on purple vinyl, and features the original inner sleeve.