The Neutrons :
This short-lived formation from the 70’s were an offshoot of Welsh psychedelic band MAN.
Two of its members, namely keyboard player Phil Ryan and guitarist/bassist Will Youatt, left in 1973 to form the NEUTRONS with drummer John Weathers (GENTLE GIANT), violinist Stuart Gordon (INCREDIBLE STRING BAND) and a slew of other musicians.
They took their name from IORWERTH PRITCHARD AND THE NEUTRONS, a band Ryan and Youatt had created prior to forming the NEUTRONS.
Whereas the music of MAN was predominantly guitar based, the NEUTRONS concentrate on the keyboards; their heavy use of synthesizers, a strong GENTLE GIANT edge as well as slight Brit-folk overtones characterize their sound.
Of interest to prog lovers is their first album titled “Black Hole Stars”, which features interesting keyboard-driven psych prog with good guitar leads.
The more commercial second album “From the Blue Cocoons”, which features several female vocals, is not as adventurous but is still worth checking out.
Not essential but a nice piece of memorabilia for those into vintage keyboard-driven psychedelia.
Lise (HIBOU), CANADA
– Phil Ryan / keyboards, vocals
– Will Youatt / bass, guitars, vocals
– John “Pugwash” Weathers / drums
– Martin Wallace / guitars, vocals
– Ray “Taff” Williams / guitars, bass
– Stuart Gordon / strings, string arrangement
– Caromay Dixon / vocals
– Pique (Withers) / hand drums (2)
– The 4 Skins / backing vocals (6)
– The Quickies / backing vocals (7)
A1 Living In The World Today 6:11
A2 Feel 3:10
A3 Mermaid And Chips 4:50
A4 Dangerous Decisions 6:05
B1 Doom City (Scrinos’Revenge) 4:00
B2 Dance Of The Psychedelic Lounge Lizards 3:20
B3 Going To India 5:03
B4 Snow Covered Eyes 4:31
C0 Suzy and the Wonder Boy 4:10