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The very first act signed to the groundbreaking acid jazz label Talkin’ Loud, Galliano formed in 1988 around acid home DJ Rob Gallagher but afterwards considered laid-back and jazzy soul with heavy focus on live presentation and environmental issues. A loose collective during its initial years, the group comprised Gallagher with raps and turntables, vocalist Valerie √Čtienne (aka Auntie Val), guitarist Tag Vandergucht, bass participant Ernie McKone, drummer Crispin Taylor, key pad participant Mick Talbot (previously with the Design Council), and contributors Brother Spry, Daddy Smith, and, sometimes, Roy Ayers. Galliano’s initial discharge was the 1989 one “Frederick Lays Still,” a sensitive play on the Superfly anthem “Freddie’s Deceased” by Curtis Mayfield. The band’s debut full-length, In search of the 13th Take note, followed 2 yrs down the road Talkin’ Loud. After 1992’s A Joyful Sound Unto the Originator, Galliano received an American agreement and released What Color Our Flag as a simple trainer (the record compiled the very best tracks through the first two LPs). The Story Thickens, released in 1995, was the group’s correct U.S. debut. A season later, Galliano came back with 4 (Four).

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