|Brad Christoff, Marc Miller, Mark Tippins, Phil Kimbrough, Rick Rodenbaugh|
Yezda Urfa’s 1975 LP, Boris, is one of the most beloved and highly sought privately released progressive rock records anywhere. Just 300 copies were pressed with the intended use as a demo to gain a record contract; unfortunately, that did not materialize. Given that it was a demo project, the band did not use a label name. While Yezda Urfa is often compared to some of their influences, such as Gentle Giant, King Crimson and Yes, the band’s sound also incorporates some elements of psychedelic rock.
The band returned to the studio in 1976 for another attempt; this one, entitled Sacred Baboon, was not released in its time. They played live just a few times. The band continued for a time, eventually breaking up in 1981, with members scattering geographically. Sacred Baboon was finally released in 1989 by progressive rock label Syn-Phonic, which also reissued the Boris LP in 2004.
Tippins and Kimbrough formed Crafty Hands which released one LP in the early 1980’s. Yezda Urfa reformed for a live show at Nearfest in 2004, with the performance recorded and released on CD by Danger Dog Records, the same imprint used for the Crafty Hands LP.
|Related Artists: Crafty Hands|
|Years Active: 1973-1981|
|It’s Psychedelic Baby|