Formed in 1969 by Noel Redding (David Redding, 25 December 1945, Folkestone, Kent, England, d. 11 May 2003, Clonakilty, Ireland), the disaffected bass player from the Jimi Hendrix Experience. A frustrated guitarist and songwriter, Redding established this outfit to run concurrently as an outlet for his talents. He was joined by ex-Cheetahs vocalist Neil Landon, a previous colleague from beat group the Loving Kind and latterly a member of the Flowerpot Men, and two long-standing friends, ex-Big Beats, Jim Leverton (keyboards/bass) and Eric Dillon (drums). Fat Mattress secured a large advance, but although their debut was an enjoyable, melodic set, in the English pop vein of the Move and Small Faces, it lacked a sense of identity. The quartet made its live debut in February 1969, but prestigious slots on Hendrix tours failed to generate public interest. Three singles were released of which Naturally was the strongest, none failed to sell in sufficient...