RARE BEAT - GARAGE ROCK AND PSYCHEDELIC
FAT MATTRESS
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Noel Redding was the first person to join the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and the first to leave. Redding had been frustrated to an extent in the Experience, playing bass although he had more experience as a guitarist, and barely being allowed to write anything on their records. Fat Mattress would open up more opportunities for him to both play guitar and sing. In 1968, before leaving the Jimi Hendrix Experience Redding formed the group Fat Mattress with another Kent musician Neil Landon (ex-Ivy League), multi-instrumentalist Leverton (who was in the backing band of Engelbert Humperdinck) together with drummer, Eric Dillon. Fat Mattress came to the attention of the music business quickly, because they played support act on an American tour by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in which Redding would double as the Experience's bassist and Fat Mattress' guitarist. Their first album, issued in 1969, was very influenced by American west coast psychedelic and folk-rock bands, as well as British pop-psychedelic bands like Traffic. The song "Magic Forest," became a big hit in Germany and Holland. After their second album, they failed to graduate to the big leagues and the group broke up soon after that in 1970. Noel moved to Ireland in 1972. He formed The Noel Redding Band with Eric Bell from Thin Lizzy. In his book "Are You Experienced?" he spoke openly about his disappointment in his being cut off from the profits of the continued sale of the Hendrix recordings. He was forced to sign away his royalties in 1974, and later had to sell the bass guitar he used during that time. Redding was found dead in his home in County Cork, Republic of Ireland on May 11, 2003. He was 57 years old.

MEMBERS:

Noel Redding - Guitar and Vocals
Neil Landon - Vocals
Jim Leverton - Bass
Eric Dillon - Drums
Mick Weaver (aka Wynder K. Frog) - Keyboards
Steve Hammond replaced by Martin Barre (befor he joined Jethro Tull) - Guitar

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Highway
Happy My Love
Germany
Polydor 2058 081
Value: 15

Highway
Happy My Love
Italy
Polydor 2058 081
Value: 20

Highway
Black Sheep Of The Family
Norway
Polydor 2058 650
Value: 25

Magic Forest
Petrol Pump Assistant
Germany
Polydor 59348
Value: 10

Magic Forest
Bright New Way
Japan
Polydor DP 1695
Value: 20

Magic Forest
Petrol Pump Assistant
Spain
Polydor 105 93 48
Value: 10

Naturally
Iridescent Butterfly
Denmark
Polydor 59361
Value: 15

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Iridescent Butterfly
France
Polydor 421 482
Value: 20

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Iridescent Butterfly
Germany
Polydor 59361
Value: 10

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Iridescent Butterfly
Italy
Polydor NH 59361
Value: 20

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Iridescent Butterfly
Japan
Polydor DP 1673
Value: 20

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Iridescent Butterfly
South Africa
Polydor PG 87
Value: 35

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Iridescent Butterfly
Spain
Polydor 105 93 61
Value: 10
   

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