Doing the rounds of the record shops yesterday, I happened to stumble across a new CD by that great British fusion trio Back Door. It's not an album of new material as such, but a collection of tracks recorded live for broadcast on BBC Radio during 1973-1974. None of these recordings have been released before, and four of the fourteen tracks on the CD have never been released before in any form. The quality of the music varies, but the standout tracks are the vocal blues tracks, with Colin Hodgkinson singing and playing chordal bass in a Robert Johnson style. As I often point out, Colin is a great electric bass innovator who has never got the high profile that he deserves. This album, 'The Human Bed' is out on a small British label, Hux Records (www.huxrecords.com). The blurb from the website says: Back Door formed in Yorkshire and comprosed Colin Hodgkinson - ex Alexis Korner Band (bass/ vocals), Ron Aspery (sax/piano) and Tony Hicks (drums). The band attracted a great deal of interest as a result of Hodgkinson's unique full chording bass technique, a virtuoso style that has been influential ever since. The band released their self-titled debut album on an independent label in 1972. This attracted the attention of the major record companies and they eventually signed to Warner Brothers who later reissued the debut set and went on to release another three Back Door albums over the next four years. The album features three complete BBC Radio 1 sessions from 1973-4. two of these were recorded for Bob Harris and one for John Peel. 1. Vienna Breakdown 2. Blue Country Blues 3. Captain Crack Up 4. When You've Got A Good Friend 5. Adolphus Beal 6. Human Bed 7. Fanny Wiggins 8. Walkin' Blues 9. Louisiana Blues 10. Slivadiv 11. The Spoiler 12. TB Blues 13. Blakey Jones 14. The Dashing White Sargeant Tracks 1-5 recorded for the Bob Harris show 03.01.73 Tracks 6-9 recorded for the Bob Harris show 05.12.73 Tracks 10-14 recorded for the John Peel Show 05.09.74 None of these recordings have ever been released before and four of these titles have never been issued in any form. These include two originals, 'Captain Crack Up', and 'Fanny Wiggins'. Also Muddy waters' 'Louisiana Blues' and robert Johnson's 'When You've Got A Good Friend'. The CD booklet features comprehensive liner notes by Back Door's Colin Hodgkinson.