Monday, January 22, 2018

MIKE OSBOURNE (Osborne) – Outback (Turtle Records – TUR 300 / LP-1970)

Label: Turtle Records – TUR 300
Format: Vinyl, LP / Country: UK / Released: 1970
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded in London, 1970. Made in England.
Also CD released on FMR Records ‎– FMR CD07-031994 (Unofficial Release / 1994)
Artwork – John Eaves
Photography By – Geoff Collins, George Mallett, Jake Jackson, Tony Wimlow
Engineer – Robin Sylvester
Producer – Peter Eden
Executive-Producer – Mark Wastell
Matrix / Runout: (Side A etched) TUR 300 A-1
Matrix / Runout: (Side B etched) TUR 300 B-2

Mike Osborne's name is printed as "Mike Osbourne" on this release.

A - So It Is ........................................................................................................... 24:44
B - Outback ........................................................................................................ 18:28

Mike Osborne – alto saxophone
Harry Beckett – trumpet
Chris McGregor – piano
Harry Miller – bass
Louis Moholo – drums, percussion

Mike Osbourne – Outback (Rare British jazz 1970 UK LP, released on the small independent free jazz label Turtle Records (home of similar rarities from Howard Riley and John Taylor) set up by producer Peter Eden, and packed with the super stars: Harry Beckett (trumpet), Chris McGregor (piano), Harry Miller (bass) and Louis Moholo (drums). The album soon is became know as an absolute classic and probably the most important record he made, with two tracks of impassioned playing of the finest order!
Absolutely major release in his short, but fiery career!

Early genius from British saxophonist Mike Osborne – his first session as a leader, recorded in the company of some of the greatest players on his scene! Osborne's got a strong vision here that's apparent from the first note of the set – a mixture of freedom and cohesive energy that resonates with the best modes of the ESP albums cut a few years before this one – stretching out with the new imagination that was setting the London jazz scene on fire at the start of the 70s. Osborne's alto is at the lead of a quintet that also includes Harry Beckett on trumpet, Chris McGregor on piano, Harry Miller on bass, and Louis Moholo on drums – and the sound is a mixture of some of the post-Blue Notes work of McGregor with bolder-blown trumpet/sax lines from Beckett and Osborne. The album features 2 long tracks – the stark, angular "So It Is", and the slower-building "Outback", which features some especially nice solos from Beckett.
_______ Out of print .   
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If you find it, buy this album!


  1. MIKE OSBOURNE (Osborne) – Outback (Turtle Records – TUR 300 / LP-1970)
    Vinyl Rip/FLAC-96kHz+Artwork (479 MB)


  2. great post.... my LP scans (i didn't check yours... but anyway!)

    1. Thank you brian. I have to admit your LP scans are cleaner. My is hackneyed and dirty, especially the back... These days I'll send you links to your request for re-posting some albums. Cheers!

  3. Fan-tas-tic! Thanks a lot, Vitko! Always and again in the excellence !

    1. Bhowani, thank you for your inspirational comments.
      All the best!

  4. Again and again I´m so very grateful for your fantastic Shares !!!!

  5. Thanks a lot, Vitko, a classic one!

  6. Classic! Thanks Vitko for your faqntastic vinyl-flac rip.

  7. Nice! I've had a lo-fi copy for ages, so thank you very much for posting this. Any more Brit-Jazz from around the same period is always welcome.

  8. I'm in that moment. Brit-jazz excitement is coming soon. Enjoy!

  9. Never enough Mike O. A distinctive player who went too soon. Thanks for this. (Nice band, by the way...)

  10. Chris McGregor! Got to give this a listen. Many thanks.


  11. Thanks so much, Vitko !!! I had the enormous pleasure to attend Mike live, if I remember correctly it was in a place called 100 Club, at same number on Oxford street in London, september 1979. Unforgetable experience. Please keep up your wonderful work !!! All the best for you !!!

  12. Thanks, but I can't get that link to work! Every time I click on 'download' it either opens a small pop-up window that then hides itself (and nothing else happens), or it just reloads the same pages and doesn't progress to the actual dl link. This has not happened to me before with 1fichier.

    1. I do not know why this is happening to you. Everything works normally, I checked. Maybe it would be good to install a pop-up blocker.

      PS: This I keep repeating the months back; in the future I will not post anonymous comments. I ask you to sign below the text.