What's that sneaking around the corner? Is it the rising tide of social unrest
behind the iron curtain? Is it the march of PCs into offices and the click-clack
exit of staff from typing pools? No, it's Feetpackets! In 1989 this band of 14 improvisers
based in or near Sheffield had, under Mick Beck's leadership, a full and frank
developmental experience of musical composition and structure combined with free
individual expression. Touring England three times in the period 1988 to 1990, the
music of the band stamped itself indelibly in the memories of many improvised music fans.
Mick still finds people at his current gigs who hark back to Feetpackets at London's
Seven Dials or the Outside In festival at Crawley. This CD (made at a time when
no-one else in the band owned a CD player) was recorded to capture some of its
ideas, their uniqueness at the time in the UK (possibly Europe), and the energy
of its performance.
It is historical and in places very moving. It contains pieces by six of the band,
and has a wealth of compositional ideas.
It is historical and in places very moving. It contains pieces by six of the band, and has a wealth of compositional ideas.