Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead at 71

Jack Bruce, bassist from 1960s band Cream, has died aged 71, his publicist confirms.

Born in the Glasgow suburb of Bishopbriggs in 1943, his parents travelled extensively in Canada and the USA and the young Jack attended 14 different schools.
He finished his formal education at Bellahouston Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, to which he won a scholarship for cello and composition. 
He left the academy and Scotland at the age of 16 and eventually found his way to London where he became a member of the influential Alexis Korner's Blues Inc, where Charlie Watts, later to join the Rolling Stones, was the drummer. 
He played in a number of bands throughout the early 60s, including John Mayall's Blues Breakers and Manfred Mann before joining Clapton and Baker in Cream.

The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.

Cream - As You Said

Let's go down to where it's clean
To see the time that might have been.
The tides have carried off the beach.
As you said,
The sun is out of reach.

Let's go back to where it's clean
To see what year it might have been.
The road have carried off the smiles.
As you said,
To judge them at the trial.

Let's go back to now that's bad
To see the time we migt have had.
The rails have carried off the trains.
As you said,
I'll never come again, again, again, again.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Andy Robinson - Patterns Of Reality (1968)

Απολογούμαι για τις μέρες απουσίας, αλλά οι υποχρεώσεις αυξάνονται πλέον με γεωμετρική πρόοδο. Λοιπόν ένα δισκάκι που δεν «παίζει» πολύ στο νετ και πρέπει να υπάρχει. Είναι πολύ καλό. Ανέβασα δυο τραγούδια στο youtube που δεν υπήρχαν να πάρετε γεύση. Για πληροφορίες σκάλισα ότι υπήρχε και σας τα παραθέτω. Δεν αναγράφεται κάπου στα Αγγλικά κείμενα , αλλά ο δίσκος του κυκλοφόρησε το Νοέμβριο του 1968.

Να περνάτε και να περνάμε όλοι καλά δηλαδή όσο καλά μας αφήνουν να περνάμε όλα αυτά τα αχόρταγα τσακάλια που μας έχουν περιτριγυρίσει.

Originally from Philadelphia, he began singing and composing songs while still a student at the University of Colorado in Boulder. It was small clubs in and around Boulder that he first started singing professionally appearing with people like Judy Collins, Odetta and others. Their encourage ment led Andy to New York City where he met Janis Ian, who was impressed enough to introduce him to her manager. He was signed to a contract, and Janis Ian produced his forst album "Patterns of Reality" on the Philadelphia label.

1) According to a comment in "Rate Your Music" Andy Robinson was originally from Philadelphia. "Patterns Of Reality" (Philips PHS 600-289 / 1968) was recorded in L.A. and is full of well-crafted songs that hang together well. One might miss some rough edges but Andy Robinson's ambition wasn't to do a lo-fi album. On the negative side are some loungy moves at the end on some of his songs ("Are You Sleeping" and "Maiden Voyage" in particular), especially when he let's his studio pro's loose. All in all this is an album well worth hearing not unlike to Bob Ray, Toby Ben or Hamilton Camp for instance. Andy Robinson recorded a second album entitled "Break Out Of The City" on Janus in 1970 which I've never got the chance to hear.
Andy Robinson - Ballad of a Summer Girl

From 1966-1970, I was one of the show hosts (I think they still call them "dj's" there today) at college radio station WONY in Oneonta, NY. While the station was essentially a Top 40 formatted station, those of us on the air occasionally had a variety of album tracks and/or single releases (45's) from those albums sent to us by record companies. (Yes, we actually played vinyl records, because no one had even dreamed of mp3 tracks back then.)
In 1968, we featured almost every track on the album Patterns of Reality by Andy Robinson. According to a comment in Rate Your Music, "Andy Robinson was originally from Philadelphia. Patterns Of Reality was recorded in L.A. in 1968 and is full of well-crafted songs that hang together well." The songs weren't just a clear-voiced guy and his guitar; some were fully produced with piano and orchestra strings.
His songs became extremely popular with men and women listeners alike on WONY. The lyrics of his songs were compelling in the sense that they made you think about yourself and your relationships with other people without ever being preachy. And, as strange as it may sound, Andy's songs had an unusual way of making you forget all about time while you were listening. THAT takes real talent. Andy recorded a second album entitled Break Out Of The City in 1970 which I've never seen or heard. This lost song was the single we played that was very popular with WONY listeners. It still sounds good today.

Andy Robinson - Nothing Could Be Better

Andy Robinson - vocals
Artie Butler - piano, organ
Lincoln Mayorga - harpsichord, piano
Jim Gordon - drums
Earl Palmer - drums
Carol Kaye - bass
David Cohen - guitar
Dennis Budimir - guitar
Al Casey - guitar
Ken Watson - percussion
Gene Estes - percussion
Victor Feldman - percussion
Gary Coleman - percussion
Sid Sharp - violin
Bill Nuttycombe - violin
Sam Boghossian - viola
Jesse Ehrlich – cello

01. Absolutely the End (3:38)
02. Ballad of a Summer Girl (3:30)
03. The Exhibition (2:37)
04. Time For Decision (3:41)
05.  Provider (3:25)
06. Tell You the Truth (2:51)
07.  Are You Sleeping? (4:20)
08.  Nothing Could Be Better (2:18)
09.  Maiden Voyage (4:11)
10.  Patterns of Reality (5:12)

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Friday, September 05, 2014

The Sandalwood Candle NEW UPDATE

Few minutes ago, I received a mail from Mr. Gerry Dionne with many infos about “The Sandalwood Candle”.


I was one half of the duo, The Sandalwood Candle. We recorded "Does Your Mother Know?" and "Ended Moments" at Arthur Smith Studios in Charlotte NC  in December of 1969. The other member of  the duo, Dick Lewis and I are the two voices. Dick also played 12 string guitar. I played bass and tambourine. The drummer is Nelson Lemmond, who also played with a Charlotte-based rhythm and blues band called The Tempest. They had a minor hit in 1968 entitled, "Would You Believe?". Other players on the session include Leslie Smiley on violin and harpsichord, Bill Tritt on second violin. I don't remember who played  the cello and oboe. Van Coble and Nelson Lemmond were co-producers. The engineer was Hank Poole. The label, 440 Plus was owned by Arthur Smith and distributed my Monument Records. The record got air play in Charlotte and, I was told, Chicago. Monument was in the process of being sold to CBS at the time, so this release got lost in the shuffle. I don't think it actually ever made it into any stores.

Here are two photos of the Sandalwood Candle from 1970. Dick Lewis is in the gray suit.

Dick Lewis is deceased. He died of cardiac arrest two years ago at age 68.The arranger, Bob Early was a Benedictine monk at Belmont Abbey in Belmont NC at the time  of the recording. He left the  monastery in the '70s, taught literature at Bowling Green University for a few years, got married and moved to Spain. 

Thank you for posting,

Gerry Dionne

I must say THANKS A LOT from my heart Mr. Gerry Dionne. 

The Sandalwood Candle - Does Your Mother Know (1969)

Gerry Dionne singing "The Number and the Name" in 1969 and "Does Your Mother Know" in 1981

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Candy Store Prophets - You’re A Teaser / The Time of Day (1966)

Πρόσφατα αποφάσισα να κάνω ένα back up αγοράζοντας επιτέλους μετά κόπων και βασάνων ένα δίσκο, για να βάλω μέσα τα τις μουσικές που έχω. Στο μεταξύ άκουγα κομματάκια από ένα ξεχασμένο αρχείο, οπότε έπεσα πάνω σε αυτό το γκρουπ.
Οι Candy Store Prophets είναι η συνέχεια ενός γκρουπ που λεγόταν Bassmen (υπήρχε άλλο ένα τότε με το ίδιο όνομα αλλά από την Αριζόνα). Οι συγκεκριμένοι πάντως δεν έχουν καμία σχέση με τους άλλους Candy Store Prophets των Boyce και Hart που έγραφαν και ηχογραφούσαν backing tracks στα πρώτα βήματα των Monkees
Οι Beatles μπορεί να ήταν αξεπέραστοι, έδωσαν όμως την ευκαιρία τότε σε μερικά παιδιά με μερικές συνθέσεις τους, ακόμα και να τους ξεπεράσουν. Έτσι πιστεύω και για το  «Youre A Teaser» όπου νομίζω είναι ένα από τα διαμάντια εκείνης της εποχής και το οποίο απορώ πως κανείς ως τώρα δεν το είχε ανεβάσει.   

Candy Store Prophets - You’re A Teaser (1966)

Candy Store Prophets

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Candy Store Prophets:
Jamie Grant,
Charlie Feldman,
Mike Easter,
Tommy Johnson

Candy Store Prophets - You’re A Teaser
Candy Store Prophets - The Time of Day

Sunday, July 06, 2014

The Kynds (ex Del-Tones) - So, If Someone Sends You Flowers, Babe / Find Me Gone (1966)

Τελικά δεν υπάρχει ωραιότερο πράγμα από τα ψάχνεις πληροφορίες για μία μπάντα και να πηγαίνεις ένα βήμα παρακάτω, από κει που έχουν πάει είτε τα βιβλία είτε τα εξιδανικευμένα αμερικάνικα σαιτ για αυτή την δουλειά.

Το θέμα αφορά μία μπάντα που λέγετε πως ήταν από το Troy της Νέας Υόρκης και λεγόταν The Kynds. Τριμελής μπάντα που αποτελούνταν από τους Jerry Porreca, Rick Piester και Joe Cirincione. Ωστόσο πάνω στο label αναγράφεται και το όνομα Dan Wood ως συνθέτη στο ένα από τα δύο κομμάτια. Η ανασκαφή ανέδειξε αυτή την σπάνια φωτογραφία τους.

L-R Jerry Porreca, Rick Piester, Joe Cirincione

Όμως το ανηλεές ψάξιμο απέδειξε ότι πριν φτιαχτούν οι The Kynds, υπήρχε στο Hudson Valley, εκεί κοντά, μία άλλη μπάντα με το όνομα  Del-Tones (προσοχή διότι υπάρχουν αρκετές μπάντες με αυτό το όνομα) που φτιάχτηκε το 1963, στην οποία δύο από τους κατοπινούς Kynds ήταν μέλη και η οποία διέλυσε το 1966. Οι Rick Piester και Jerry Porreca.  Η μπάντα αυτή δραστηριοποιήθηκε ξανά στις 19 Ιουνίου το 2011 στο Smokey Joe's Saloon and Grill στο Lake George της Νέας Υόρκης, ιδιοκτησίας Jerry Porreca. Αιτία ο θάνατος στο Αφγανιστάν του Ben Osborn ανιψιού του κιθαρίστα David Osborn. Τα χρήματα που μαζεύτηκαν (περί τις 24.000) δολάρια πήγαν για την βοήθεια παιδιών της περιοχής του Lake.

L-R Rick Piester, Jerry Porreca, John Frentino, Dave Osborn

Οι Kynds λοιπόν κυκλοφόρησαν ένα μόνο 45αρι το Σεπτέμβριο του 1966 στην Mo-Foag label, για την οποία δεν υπάρχει το παραμικρό στοιχείο. Συνεπώς όπως υποθέτουν μάλλον ήταν ας πούμε δική τους εταιρεία. Στην πρώτη πλευρά υπήρχε το καταπληκτικό  «So, if someone sends you flowers, babe» και στην πίσω το  «Find Me Gone». Πληροφορίες λένε πως υπήρξε ακόμα ένα κομμάτι ους αλλά ακυκλοφόρητο με τον τίτλο «Ill Get You Yet».

The Kynds - So, If Someone Sends You Flowers, Babe (1966)

The Del-Tones
Formed in Hudson in 1963 by guitarist and singer David Osborn, the Del-Tones performed in many nightspots and at events in Columbia and Greene counties and in the Albany area for three years. The three-musician group disbanded in 1966, and they have not performed together since then. The other two members of the group are Rick Piester, bass and vocals, and Jerry Porreca, drums and vocals. Many area people who were in their 20s and 30s at the time remember the Del-Tones performing at venues including the Oakes Farm, the Bavarian Manor, the Belvedere Manor in Catskill, the General Worth Hotel in Hudson, several nightclubs in the Albany area, and at many special events in the region. This popular Hudson Valley rock and roll band reunite for the first time since 1966 on Sunday, June 19, to spend an afternoon with old friends and raise money for a fund memorializing a Lake George-area soldier who lost his life last year in Afghanistan.

The Kynds:
Jerry Porreca  drums, vocals
Rick Piester bass, vocals
Joe Cirincione  organ

They’re probably from Troy, NY. They released only this one 45 (Mo-Foag 102) in September 1966. It seems that later (1968) Jerry Porreca   joined (it’s not confirmed) The Intruders. 

The Kynds - So, if someone sends you flowers, babe
The Kynds - Find Me Gone

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