Light of Darkness - Soul Francisco, taken off their debut, and only, self-titled album, released in 1970. What would the Dinosaur Days be if we didn't take you on a trip back in time, on a mini world tour, to the days when music was music, raving was something you did in a lunatic asylum and computers were fifty foot contraptions used only in James Bond movies? We start our little jaunt in Germany, with a little known band, formed by three Scotsmen and a German, based in Hamburg. ( Nektar and Message weren't the only "non" German bands to base themselves in the Fatherland, you know!). Light of Darkness were formed by keyboard player John Latimer, guitarist Byron Grant, bassist/flautist Mike Reoch and drummer Manfred Bebert (the German connection, but somehow you knew that!). Their blues tinged psychedelic hard rock style had strong Canned Heat/Status Quo influences, and their nine minute-plus version of the Tony Joe White classic was the highlight of the album. Latimer had an unusual voice which was sometimes a little unkind on the ears, but the musicianship makes the album well worth checking out. CD copies of the album, on Second Battle Records, Germany, aren't that easy to come by anymore, but if you contact our German connection, Joachim Borneleitus at Pandora's Box Records, Berlin, he'll be able to help you out. 
  
 


Biography by Chris Genzel
The little-known Scottish band Light of Darkness consisted of Mike Reoch (bass, flute, piano, harmonica), Byron Grant (guitars, fiddle), John Latimer (vocals, piano, organ, percussion), and German drummer Manfred Bebert. They were based in Hamburg, Germany, and their only record was released by the German label Phillips in 1970. This self-titled debut album is in a kind-of progressive blues-rock style, highlighted by Latimer's odd voice and an energetic cover of Tony Joe White's "Soul Francisco." However, critics at that time dismissed the record as being directionless; the record-buying public ignored the LP and after a couple of concerts, Light of Darkness disbanded. Today, their only recording has become a minor cult classic and a collector's item. Unfortunately, the bandmembers disappeared and never recorded again. Before Light of Darkness, both Reoch and Grant had been in a band called Mike Reoch and the Tremors (together with Dennis Morrison and Don Stuart), and released an album called "Internationale Evergreens" on Elite Special in the 1960s. 

 

 

 

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