Feb. 24 street date. The Battered Ornaments was an ambitious rock band organised by poet and lyricist Pete Brown in the late 1960s. Brown, best known as the co-writer of Cream's greatest hits, has also led a long and active career as bandleader, composer, producer and singer. The Battered Ornaments included Pete Brown on vocals and trumpet with Chris Spedding (guitar), Charlie Hart (organ) and Rob Tait (drums). ‘A Meal You Can Shake Hands With In The Dark’, the group’s obliquely titled 1969 debut, was produced by the late saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith, who also guests on some of the tracks. With strong solo support from Chris Spedding and such distinctive songs as ‘Dark Lady’, ‘Station Song’ and the Jack Bruce/Pete Brown classic ‘The Politician’, this rewarding CD is rich in lyrical flights of fancy, matched by heavy rock musicianship.