Forbidden Fruit. Part One by Graham Bond with Magick (Taken from 'We put our Magick on you' album, released Oct 1971. UK Vertigo label, this from US Mercury issue) - Where to start with Bond? A story which deserves to be made into a film surely? Briefly (well, almost), an orphan born in Essex, Bond became interested in music at school and, by his early twenties, he was playing saxophone in the Goudie Charles Quintet and, later, the Don Rendell Quintet before becoming an early member of the legendary Alexis Korner Blues Incorporated. Poaching Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker from that band, Bond moved from piano to Hammond (and sax, sometimes at the same time!) and initially added Donny's finest guitarist John McLaughlin before replacing him with Dick Heckstall-Smith for the famed 'Organisation' mid sixties line up. That band's prodigious drug use and huge ego clashes saw it split several times before Bond formed Initiation and then Magick as his own drug use brought about an interest in the occult and, unfortunately, deepening mental problems. There were sessions in the US for Dr John and Harvey Mandel before his return to the UK in 1970 saw him record two albums with Magick, before further splits, line ups and 'guest' appearances for former band members became the norm. His life ended tragically on 8th May 1974 (just 24 hours after telling the NME he was 'clean' and happy) under a tube train at Finsbury Park following further bouts of mental instability, 'Forbidden Fruit' is, perhaps, the best track on the patchy 'We put....' album and features probably Bonds strongest vocals (yeah, I know their supposed to be instrumentals!!) along with some excellent sax soloing too. Just a pity there ain't a 'mega-remix' of Parts 1 and 2 out there as the two parts open and close the album........ and be sure to check out the 'magic' sleeve on the video."