The Band Of Joy are best known as the outfit that gave Robert Plant and John Bonham their leg-up on the stairway to Zeppelin. The group formed around 1966, went through numerous lineup changes over a two-year span, and finally broke up in 1968 when a recording contract failed to materialize. While the band relied on its live reputation to become a Midlands legend, a revised Band Of Joy finally made it to the studio in the late 1970s, having re-grouped with their old singer to play some benefit gigs. The gigs didn't happen as planned, but an eponymous album on Polydor was followed by a barely-released second, both of which stand as undiscovered gems. Guitar-player Paul Lockey finally reveals the secrets behind the second coming in authoritative sleeve notes. This album is very collectable, has never been on CD before and contains one track that has never been released before. Cherry Red. 2005.