CMU was an English folk-psych band that released the 1971–73 albums Open Spaces and Space Cabaret on Transatlantic Records.

Members: James Gordon (vocals, percussion), Ian Hamlett (guitar, flute), Ed Lee (bass), Larraine Odell (vocals), Roger Odell (drums), Leary Hasson (keyboards), Richard Joseph (vocals, guitar), Steve Cook (bass, guitar)


The Contemporary Music Unit formed in Cambridge, where drummer–composer Roger Odell and his vocalist sister Larraine teamed with bassist–songwriter Ed Lee, guitarist–flutist Ian Hamlett, guitarist–keyboardist Terry Mortimer, and singer–percussionist James Gordon. They signed with the folk label Transatlantic.

Open Spaces

CMU released their debut album, Open Spaces, in May 1971 on Transatlantic.

1. “Henry” (4:42)
2. “Voodoo Man” (4:31)
3. “Slow and Lonesome Blues” (5:03)
4. “Chanticleer” (6:07)
5. “Japan” (2:42)
6. “Clown” (2:31)
7. “Mystical Sounds” (3:09)
8. “Open Spaces” (11:31)

Producer – Jerry Boys
Engineer – Jerry Boys, Roger Mayer

Bass – Ed Lee
Drums – Roger Odell
Guitar – Ian Hamlett
Guitar [Fuzz], Electric Piano, Organ – Terry Mortimer
Lead Vocals, Maracas, Tambourine, Percussion [Gadzoonka] – James Gordon
Lead Vocals, Tambourine – Larraine Odell

Design – Paul Leeves
Illustration – Ray Leeves
Photography By – Paul Bamborough

After Open Spaces, Gordon, Lee, and Mortimer cleared out for guitarist–singer Richard Joseph, bassist Steve Cook, and ex-Marsupilami keyboardist Leary Hasson.

Space Cabaret

CMU released their second album, Space Cabaret, in September 1973 on Transatlantic.

A1. “Space Cabaret” (1:56)
A2. “Archway 272” (6:17)
A3. “Song From the 4th Era” (2:18)
A4. “A Distant Thought, a Point of Light” (6:50)
A5. “Doctor, Am I Normal?” (4:56)
B1. “Dream” (9:40)
B2. “Lightshine” (10:16)

Recorded At – Rockfield Studios
Engineer, Producer – Fritz Fryer
Engineer – Ralph Down
Engineer [Assistant] – Pat Moran

Guitar – Ian Hamlett
Bass Guitar – Steve Cook
Drums – Roger Odell
Keyboards – Leary Hasson
Vocals – Larraine Odell
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar – Richard Joseph

Illustration – Chris Moore
Photography By [Lyric Sheet] – Roger Perry
Photography By [Photographic Treatment] – Stuart Constable
Photography By [Sleeve] – Mick Stopher

Doctor, Am I Normal?” backs the non-album a-side “Heart of the Sun,” a Joseph original.

A. “Heart of the Sun” (3:03)

After CMU

Roger Odell teamed with keyboardist Bill Sharpe in the jazz-rock instrumental band Tracks, which released the 1979 album Tracks Tracks Tracks on the British jazz label Spotlite. In 1980, Odell and Sharpe formed Shakatak, a jazz-funk ensemble with onetime Fusion Orchestra singer Jill Saward.


  • Open Spaces (1971)
  • Space Cabaret (1973)


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