Saturday, January 16, 2016

Dada - 1970 - Dada


01. Big Dipper
02. The Last Time
03. This Is My Song
04. Seed Of Peace
05. Organ Interlude
06. Tonite Is
07. She Walks Away
08. Aspen, Colorado
09. Eyes Of The Warren

Elkie Brooks - Vocals
Paul Korda - Vocals
Don Shinn - Keyboards, Organ, Vibraphone
Barry Duggan - Alto, Baritone Saxophones, Flute
Martyn Harryman - Drums, Percussion
Pete Gage - Guitar, Bass
Malcolm Capewell - Tenor Saxophone, Flute
Ernie Luchlan – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jimmy Chambers – Vocals, Percussion

Fronted by the talented lead singer Elkie Brooks (who was quite popular in England at the time), Dada was a short-lived band project. Sounding something like a slightly arty, British version of Delaney and Bonnie, Dada's sound was heavy, gospel-oriented rock 'n' roll.

"Seed of peace' a gospel-soaked piano drives the chorus, led by Brooks' excellent lead. It's a wonderful track, somewhat reminiscent of Delaney & Bonnie's "Getto." It succeeds precisely because of the understatement in its arrangement. Unfortunately, this is one of the few examples of a laidback approach on the album; they could have done more of these.

Soulful progressive rock in the same vein as Affinty and Brian Auger and The Trinity featuring Julie Driscoll. Their sole 1970 album is often criticized for the fact that it is not progressive enough. Apparently with a name like Dada they were expecting something along the lines of Parsons Sound or International Harvester, but instead Dada sounds like a combination of Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears type "jazz-rock" and the Canterbury rock movement. True there are some weak and directionless moments, but when they are on, they are amazing (i.e. "This is My Song" and "She Walks Away"). Features Elkie Brooks and Robert Palmer who eventually would join Vinegar Joe and had fairly high profile solo careers.

1 comment: