Just found out that in 1972 Morgan (Fisher) and Tim Staffell recorded together an album called Nova Solis.
In the year 2000 this was released on cd as far as I know. (just bought it through I-Tunes)
The album has 4 tracks and the title track is 20 minutes long. That track contains a recording of the Smile song EARTH.
More info on my website (for a snippet of the title track)
and here: http://www.hunter-mott.com/discography/nova_solis.html
The first of Morgan's own projects, recorded by the progressive rock band he and drummer Maurice Bacon of Love Affair formed in 1971. Bass player Bob Sapsed had also played in the last period of Love Affair. Singer and co-composer of this album Tim Staffell had been the singer/bassist in the band Smile, which included Brian May and Roger Taylor, who went on to form Queen. Some say that Tim's powerful tenor voice resembles that of Freddie Mercury. “Nova Solis” is, in true progressive rock style, a concept album, but hopefully with none of the pompousness associated with the genre. A mixture of beautiful acoustic songs (with Tim's voice reminiscent of, yes, Freddie Mercury) and aggressive synths over a powerful rhythm section, it shows power and versatility from beginning to end.
***** Incredible English prog, May 28, 2006
Reviewer: Jeffrey J.Park (Massachusetts, USA)
This 1972 release is very obscure, even amongst proggers, and I am not quite sure why - this stuff is amazing.
The musicians on this album are incredible and include bandleader Morgan Fisher (VCS3, Hammond organ, acoustic piano, and mellotron), Bob Sapsed (fretless bass), Maurice Bacon (drums/percussion), and Tim Staffell (vocals, acoustic/electric guitars). The performances are excellent and there is some fairly intricate ensemble work - just the type of thing that one would expect from high quality English prog. Tim Staffell has a very good and high pitched voice that is occasionally altered by running his voice through the VCS3 synthesizer.
The four tracks on the album range in length from 5'17" (Tim Staffell's haunting piece Alone), to the mammoth, 20'17" suite and prog extravaganza Nova Solis. Morgan is an excellent composer and arranger, and all of the tracks flow along nicely. Melodies and harmonies are also highly developed and dynamic contrasts are used effectively. I guess it's worth noting that sections of Jupiter from Gustav Holst's Planets were worked into the Nova Solis suite only after lengthy negotiations with Imogen Holst (his daughter). Although Morgan is an incredible keyboardist, I have to single out Bob Sapsed. He is an excellent player, thoroughly contrapuntal, and the tone and texture of his fretless bass (he uses glissandos very well) adds great depth to this music.
The album was recorded at the then "state of the art" RCA recording studios in Rome, Italy and the sound quality is excellent. There are abundant and recent commentaries from Morgan both in a general sense and in track by track comments. The lyrics have also been reproduced and there are several photos of the band taken during the recording process (with some pretty funny captions).
This is an unfairly neglected prog rock album that is simply excellent and very highly recommended. For those of you that like this album, the second (and final) album The Sleeper Wakes (1973) is also fantastic.