Greasy Bear ‎– Is Adrian There?

Vinyl Revival ‎– VR008
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition


Record Store Day Issue

Ltd 500 copies

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November 26, 2016
Still to be released album by this obscure but very accomplished Mancunian band from 1970.
Never let people tell you that after the beat era that spawned the likes of the Hollies that the rainy city only had Northern Soul to offer as the 60s turned into the 70s. There was a very healthy grassroots rock and roll scene which included legendary outfits like Stackwaddy, Sweet Marriage and Gravy Train.
Named by local scene-maker the late Roger Eagle who amalgamated two song titles by the Jefferson Airplane, 'Greasy Heart' and 'Bear Melt', the band started out as a folk-influenced duo with Chris Lee and Ian Wilson and by the time they signed to Vertigo in 1970, had become a five piece with the addition of Bruce Mitchell, John Gibson and Steve Whalley.

The Bear were a commune band in the tradition of the Pink Fairies and Mighty Baby and had close ties to the Manchester underground and paper, 'Grasseye', earning comparisons with the Byrds and the Dead.

Sadly Vertigo never released anything as the band was unhappy with the producer they were given and things reached breaking point after they delivered a very tongue-in-cheek ditty entitled 'Mother Fucking Hippie' to their label (the parent company of which was Phillips, a Mormon-owned corporation)!

Lee quit in 71 whilst the band carried on till 1973 when Bruce joined Chris in Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias. For those who dig the British big sky bands like Quiver, Help Yourself, Bronco and Cochise, the Bear are a big missing link and their irresistible brand of West Coast rock, folk, humour and blues (Whalley is a classic shouter in the style of Stevie Marriott) deserves wider exposure.

We almost released some material in 2009 when artwork by the great Bryan Talbot (Brainstorm Comix/Luther Arkwright etc) was commissioned. Sadly a consensus of agreement with various ex-members of the band to put out the record was never reached and the project faltered.


November 26, 2016
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.


October 17, 2016
Extremely good British folk. Great band, where are they now?