Anthologising nearly-lost gems from Lora Logic's arty post-punk outfit

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Essential Logic – Fanfare In The Garden: An Essential Logic Collection

Post-punk was kinder to women than any previous rock era; the Delta 5, Slits, Bush Tetras and countless others blossomed, providing endless amounts of quirky, inventive, visceral material. In the centre of it all was Lora Logic, whose sax adorned records by X-Ray Spex, The Raincoats and The Stranglers, as well as those of her own Essential Logic. With experimental vocal techniques, Ornette-meets-James Chance sax and odd time changes, Essential Logic were practically prog-punks, as close to early Gong as to Gang Of Four. This generous two-disc collection brilliantly captures the band’s brief moment in the sun as well as Lora’s solo forays.