Eric Random & Free Agents
by Free Agents

Release Date

January 2008

Label

Engineer

Martin Moscrop
Eric Random
Andy Boothman (10)

Sleeve Design

Lisa Robotka

Code

LTMCD 2524

Formats

CD, Digital Download, Album

Style

Electronic, World Music

Producer

Eric Random
Andy Boothman (10)
Simon Crompton (9,11)

Recorded at

Soundstation, Tracks 9 & 11 Spirit Studios, Track 10 Hex Productions, Manchester

Written/Arranged by

Eric Random

Musicians

Eric Random – keyboards, tabla, guitar, programming
Seema – vocals
Country Culture – vocals
Tony Quigley – saxophone
Andy Boothman – percussion,berimbau, ghatam, cuica, spanish guitar. Keyboards & programming (9,10,11,12)

The Free Agents was originally a side-project of The Tiller Boys. These were a Manchester group active from 1978 to 1979. They supported Joy Division on a few occasions. They recorded a single for Factory, which the label did not release in the end. Later, the single was released on New Hormones after the group disbanded. The Boys consisted of Eric Random, Francis Cookson and Pete Shelley. When Free Agents was founded, an LP was released entitled ¬£3.33 in 1980 on Groovy Records. This album later became part of a Groovy boxset issued by Drag City in 2012, comprising the three LPs officially released by the label and a previously unreleased album by Strange Men In Sheds With Spanners . It is half a recording of a live gig played as Tiller Boys to support Gang of Four at York University in 1978 and half studio recordings from Graveyars Studios, Prestwich. In 1996 a 12″ materialized credited to Free Agents and released on Fosters Ice collecting four songs. Two years later, in 1998 a 7″ was released on Austrian label Syntactic with two tracks recorded in 1995 with a line-up of Eric Random, Martin Moscrop, Tony Quigley, Andy Boothman and Seema Gupta. These songs were part of an album that should remain unreleased until today.

Track Listing

1,

From The Other Side

6:04

2,

Future Mantra

5:35

3,

World Cries Out

5:58

4,

Elysian

5:14

5,

Persia Dub

4:44

6,

Strange Day

5:27

7,

Zenith

5:58

8,

Cyclic

4:42

9,

Juggernaut

4:48

10,

Devotee

4:59

11,

Juggernaut (rap version)

4:56

12,

Close Your Eyes

5:06

1,

From The Other Side

6:04

2,

Future Mantra

5:35

3,

World Cries Out

5:58

4,

Elysian

5:14

5,

Persia Dub

4:44

6,

Strange Day

5:27

7,

Zenith

5:58

8,

Cyclic

4:42

9,

Juggernaut

4:48

10,

Devotee

4:59

11,

Juggernaut (rap version)

4:56

12,

Close Your Eyes

5:06