The Grease Band first came to prominence backing Joe Cocker when he burst upon the scene in the '60s. When that alignment came to an abrupt end in 1970, the band stayed together and created their self-titled debut, which stands as an equal British counterpart to the Band's MUSIC FROM BIG PINK. It was virtually ignored upon its release in 1971, as was the follow-up AMAZING GREASE. This set combines both of those releases--the band's entire output.
Unable to find an audience, the quartet went its separate ways (playing variously with Fairport Convention, Wings, Roxy Music, Ronnie Lane, and dozens of other acts). Powered in large part by the songs of guitarist Henry McCullough, the rough-and-tumble interplay is stunning, honest, and full of delightful surprises. Playing keyboards under the pseudonym Phil "Harmonious" Plonk is none other than Leon Russell (the Grease Band were labelmates of his on the Shelter label). The first album by the Grease Band is a lost classic.