Buried Treasure: Jericho Jones

Gloucester-born guitarist Robb Huxley (related to esoteric author Aldous Huxley) had been a member of Joe Meek’s house band The Tornados, and was with them on their Israeli tour of 1968, after which they disbanded.

Huxley stayed in Tel Aviv and became a member of local band, Churchills, co-writing and playing guitar on their self-titled 1968 album (which today is valued in the region of £3,000).

Originally not much more than a pop band of the day, Huxley injected a lysergic twist into Churchills’ sound and they stood almost alone as a truly psychedelic rock band in the country at that time. Following their demise, the remaining members relocated to the UK and renamed themselves Jericho Jones. Junkies, Monkeys & Donkeys is a fantastic album, recorded in one 24-hour session at London’s Tangerine Studios in 1970.

It covers many areas, from full-blown heavy guitar blasts through to dreamy and mellow, soft progressive passages. The opening three numbers merge together as one killer contrasting bomb: Mare Tranquilitatas (soft, acoustic, brooding), Man In The Crowd (fierce wah-wah led proto-metal blast) and There Is Always A Train (beautiful, acoustic and harmonious).

There isn’t a duff moment here, and this great band – popular on the London club circuit – released one further, also tremendous, album as the abbreviated Jericho for A&M before sadly disbanding in 1973.

Junkies, Monkeys & Donkeys, A&M UK, 1971, £375.

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Lee Dorrian

Lee Dorrian is best known as a former member of grindcore band Napalm Death and later frontman of doom metal band Cathedral. Currently a member of stoner metal supergroup With the Dead, he founded his own record label, Rise Above Records, in 1988. They've released albums by Ghost, Twin Temple, Orange Goblin, Pentagram, Sunn O))) and many more. He writes the Buried Treasure column for Classic Rock magazine, about rare underground rock records.