A very rare acetate recording of 'Memory Lane' by Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy,
1967/1968, a single-sided 45rpm, 7inch disc, the I.B.C. Sound Recording Studios label with typewritten recording details
Band Of Joy were formed in the Birmingham area in 1967, with Robert Plant joining some friends in the new group following the breakup of his previous band, Listen. The line-up underwent various mutations over the next year and the final version also included John Bonham, who had previously played with Plant in the Crawling King Snakes.
The band recorded four songs at IBC in Portland Place, London, comprising covers of Billy Roberts' 'Hey Joe' and Buffalo Springfield's 'For What It's Worth' and two original compositions, 'Adriatic Sea View' and 'Memory Lane', intended as demos to try and engender some industry interest. 'Memory Lane', the first song by Plant and Bonham, was planned as a single and the vendor acquired the recording as he was commissioned to produce sleeve artwork for the release by Mike Dolan (Plant's first manager) with whom he shared a flat at the time. The single never actually saw the light of day and this acetate was largely forgotten about until recently discovered in the vendor's loft, amongst other records.