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Spring has a legendary status among keyboard wonks; while many bands bubbled up from the creative ferment of the English progressive scene in 1970, only Spring was cheeky enough to employ three mellotronists in its lineup. To anyone familiar with the exasperating unreliability of the Mellotron, particularly when on the road, it's staggering that this band managed to record and tour for two years without either murdering each other or their instruments.

The band formed in Leicester in 1970, and their unusual lineup was soon noticed by others. After touring the UK as an opening act for the Velvet Underground, in 1971 the band released its first and only eponymous release. Featuring a combination of massed Mellotrons, melodic guitar and smoky vocals, it's comparable in some ways to the Moody Blues or the more pastoral moments of King Crimson. The album's dramatic trifold cover of a fallen redcoat trailing blood into a stream quickly made it a favorite among vinyl collectors.

Although a second album was nearly completed, the band split apart before it could be released. The band members drifted into careers in production and session work; guitarist Ray Martinez went on to play in Airwaves; drummer Pique Withers, after a slight change of name to the more suitably twangy Pick Withers, surfaced as a member of the newly formed Dire Straits in 1978.