A brief foray into the world of progressive jazz rock saw the Manchester, England-based band Samson hailed in some quarters as the next big thing, at the tail end of 1969. Their highly original sound was created by Ian Kewley (French horn), Mike Delaney (drums), Ez Olbinson (bass), Les Jones (guitar) and Norman Findlay (keyboards). The experimental nature of their music stems from their background as all having met at music college in Manchester. They added the experienced John Prichard (flügelhorn) to the line-up after they arrived in London in the summer of 1969. Their debut album was released after the band had already made several musical progressions, and consequently they were unable to promote it with any sense of purpose. A single "Venus", which was released in 1970 on Parlophone Records, represented their change of style. The band soon disintegrated with Kewley going on to play with Strider, Limey and Streetband, before working with Paul Young in the Q-Tip.
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