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A short-lived experimental / avantgarde rock duo named RED BALUNE were founded by Geoff LEIGH (saxophone, flute; ex-HENRY COW) and Cathy WILLIAMS (keyboards, voices) in March 1976, after Radar Favourites (an experimental / jazz combo also featuring Charles HAYWARD) disbanded. The challenging pair had fed themselves up on a number of session musicians (including a percussionist Robin MUSGROVE or a bassist / guitarist Colin MCLURE ... it's said they had once grown up to be a small orchestral formation) for a few years.

In December 1977 RED BALUNE went on a tour for the Netherlands and in the following month they recorded some material for their debut album, that had not been finished sadly. The material has been released as a single "Capitalist Kid c/w Spider In Love" in 1978 via their own label MCCB Records. In early 1979, in collaboration with fragments of HENRY COW - Fred FRITH (guitar, violin), Tim HODGKINSON (keyboards, alto saxophone, clarinet), Chris CUTLER (piano, keyboards) - and the founder of AKSAK MABOUL Marc HOLLANDER (bass clarinet), they recorded an EP titled "Maximum Penalty" and released in the same year via MCCB.

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Maximum Penalty
Red Balune RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by progadicto

— First review of this album —
4 stars No? Really? No one comment this record before? I'm still surprised. With two or three members of remarkable RIO bands in this record, this EP is one fine and ejoyable record.

Every song of that album is a delicious mix of many genres. You'll hear blues, hard rock, crimsonian sounds, hard "magma" vocals, many avant garde, the most obscure passages of RIO (with "Capitalist Kid") and some good attempts of dark impovisations along the almost 24 minutes of this record.

The RIO/Avant Garde reviewers had a debt with this wonderful and unique attempt of blowminding music. At least 4*.

Thanks to DamoXt7942 for the artist addition.

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