Greasy Bear formed in Manchester in 1969 as a folk/rock outfit and were christened ““ Manchester's answer to The Grateful Dead .” Managed by Roger Eagle, the band soon gained a reputation as a tight and eccentric live act due to the on stage antics of C.P. Lee (vocals) and Bruce Mitchell (Drums). Other band members were Ian Wilson (vocals/guitar), Steve Whalley (Guitar) and John Gibson (Bass).
In1970,with a collection of songs penned by Lee and Wilson, Greasy Bear recorded 9 tracks, hoping to secure a deal with the now highly collectable Philips/Vertigo label. They worked with producer Terry Brown, who had recently produced the work of Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick.
The deal with Philips fell through and the band soon went their separate ways. C.P. Lee and Bruce Mitchell formed Manchester anarchic-satirical rock band Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias. Bruce was also the other half of Factory records duo The Durutti Column.
Ian Wilson went on to form Sad Cafe with the late Paul Young and Steve Whalley also played in Sad Cafe and joined Slade for 14 years in 1992 whilst Noddy was in Toyland.
46 years later and Is Adrian There? finally gets the release it deserves. This previously unreleased gem will not disappoint.
A Side B Side
1. Windy Day 1. Geordie
2. Five Black Horses 2. Brown Eyed Boy
3. Betcha Gonna Need 3. Country Brown
4. Autumn Fair 4. Tallawaya