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MOTHER SUPERIOR

Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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UK band MOTHER SUPERIOR was formed in the summer of 1974, when bassist Jackie Badger turns up for an audition to join UK band Cosmetix and finds the main members of that band in an almighty row that ends their history there and then. She opts to hook up Jackie Crew and Audrey Swinburne now formerly of Cosmetix, and through and ad in Melody Maker New Zealand musician Lesley Sly becomes the final member of the new band, and following a long session involving substantial amounts of alcohol they come up with the band name Mother Superior.

The band is actively gigging whenever and wherever they can, performing in pubs, at air-force bases and later on a number of gigs in Central Europe follows. While they do build up a regular fanbase, the UK record labels aren't overly keen on signing this all girl band. As bassist Jackie Brewster revealed in her blog: "One night at the Golden Lion, the place is rammed with an audience of men and women, Sony have sent an A and R man down who says to us after two encores, that he can't see who our market is, women would be jealous of us and men wouldn't buy our records because their girlfriends wouldn't like it. "

At that point in time this isn't a great concern for the band. They have recorded their debut album in the usual manner of a new band their label doesn't really think too much of - late night sessions handled by inexperienced studio techs promising that "it will be all right in the mix". The album is subsequently released on a small Swedish label attached to their own label Polydor, which does give the band a good reason to tour Scandinavia the following year. That their label chose to call the album "Lady Madonna" just one more decision made that wasn't approved by the band members.

Following extensive gigging, a label not really believing in the band, the usual on the road hassles and management problems, line-up alterations and day to day problems became the order of the day for Mother Superior. They decided to call it quits in 1977, their final gig performed on December 9th.

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3.05 | 3 ratings
Lady Madonna
1975

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 Lady Madonna by MOTHER SUPERIOR album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.05 | 3 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars All female group named Mother Superior is definetly an obscure and little known band formed in 1974, one album released in 1975 named Lady Madonna and then gone into oblivion. Well, I can say that this is an intresting album, heavy prog with organ/moog passages and rockier rhythmic section. The album gone unnoticed then as now, not because the music is bad, but because of no major label involved and the lack of big buget made then split two years after. Anyway I liket what I've heared here, lot of vein in many instrumental parts,the opening track or Mood Merchant definetly needs attention. From me 3 stars rounded up half a star for some intresting arrangements.

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