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Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, The

In 1967 the young Liverpudlian skinsman (ex-The MojosJohn Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and The Jeff Beck Group) surrounded himself with some hot talent for The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, including ex-Shotgun Express guitarist John Moorshead and singer Victor Brox.

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The Retaliation were big favourites in the British blues clubs and landed a four-album deal with Liberty, all of which command decent money these days (if you can find them).

Their John Mayall-produced third LP, To Mum, From Aynsley & The Boys (1969) was sublime. The group broke up shortly thereafter, in late 1969.

Dunbar himself went on to become one of the most in-demand players on the planet, enjoying an illustrious career with Frank ZappaDavid Bowie, Mick Ronson, Jefferson Starship, Nils LofgrenJourney and UFO.

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To satisfy their Harvest contract, a fourth album, Remains To Be Heard, was posthumously compiled, in part using outtakes from To Mum.

Dunbar appears on only four tracks, however, and the remaining songs include contributions from musicians not even in the band, making for an unrepresentative and anti-climactic final release.

Victor Brox
Vocals, organ
John Moorshead 

Guitar, vocals
Keith Tillman 

Bass
Alex Dmochowsk

Bass
Aynsley Dunbar 

Drums
Tommy Eyre 

Keyboards