Show Of Hands

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In 1971, Jerry McCann moved to San Francisco, where he released an album on Elektra with a group of musicians with whom he had done a couple of gigs in the mid 60s. When the group was signed to Elektra, they were called Anthrax. In one of the many meetings, Jerry suggested to call the group "Formerly Anthrax". After arguing, the Elektra staff proposed to call the band "Show of Hands" (which Jerry used during his argument) and call the album "Formerly Anthrax". The group agreed, but when they played gigs or were asked what the name of the band was, they called themselves "Formerly Anthrax" and called their album "A Show of Hands". Shortly after the album came out, Jim Morrison passed away, Elektra was sold to Kinney Corp. which owned Atlantic/Atco/Warner Bros./Reprise and Mad Magazine. The new owners came in and fired everybody from the janitors on up and the saga of which came first, the album title or the band name came to a quick and final demise. About 10 years later, Elektra signed another band called Anthrax. (Source: Jerry McCann)

Show Of Hands Discography Tracks


Show Of Hands - Formerly Anthrax album art Show Of Hands Formerly Anthrax (Album) Elektra US 1970 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

EKS-45725, EKM-45725 Show Of Hands - Stanley's Theme album art Show Of Hands Stanley's Theme(7", Mono, Promo) Elektra, Elektra EKS-45725, EKM-45725 US Unknown Sell This Version


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August 31, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
This band includes Jerry McCann from the heavy psych band FRAMEWORK. According to the liner notes on their archival double LP on "ROCKADELIC" record label, they were originally named Anthrax (not Formerly Anthrax), but were asked by the label to change their name to avoid confusion with other acts of the same name. But they were able to incorporate their original name into the title of the album, hence: "Formerly Anthrax". The music is progressive rock, with a mild jazz flavor ala Brian Auger, while some others sound similar to early 70's Procol Harum.

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