Sunday, January 17, 2016

John G. Perry - 1974 - Sunset Wading

John G. Perry 
Sunset Wading

01. I Wait My Friend (2:24)
02. How Goes The Night ? (0:15)
03. Devoke Water (4:51)
04. Birds And Small Furry Beasts (3:19)
05. As Clouds Gather (3:45)
06. Storm (2:59)
07. Ah Well, You Can Only Get Wet! (1:56)
08. Dawn (7:05)
09. Morning Song (3:09)
10. On The Moor(3:09)
11. Roundelay (0:51)
12. Etude (3:33)
13. A Rhythmic Stroll (1:12)
14. Sunset Wading (2:35)

John G. Perry / bass, vocals, piano
Michael Giles / drums
Rupert Hine / piano, electric piano, celeste, Moog, vocals
Geoffrey Richardson / viola, flute
Morris Pert / marimba, vibes, percussion
Elio D'Anna / sax, flute
Corrado Rustici / guitar
Simon Jeffes / koto, string quartet conductor

And with :

Beryl Streeter / vocals;
Roger Glover / A.R.P. synthesizer;
Gavyn Wright / 1st violin;
Steve Rowlinson / 2nd violin;
Levine Andradi / viola
Helen Liebman / cello

A tranquil Canterbury album thrown together by John G. Perry after his brief tenure as bassist for Caravan. Thematically speaking, Sunset Wading indulges a little heavy-handedly in the sort of romanticisation of the countryside Mike Oldfield was also guilty of at the time, and I find myself agreeing with those who suggest that there's a mild Milk Oldfield influence at work on the album. I don't detect much of the Caravan sound in the compositions this time around - the mood seems a bit more melancholic, serious and thoughtful than Caravan's usual playful mode - but the album is nonetheless a great addition to the less musically frenetic and more laid-back and tranquil end of the subgenre.

A very smooth album with an impressive lounge feeling and influences from jazz rock,Canterbury prog,psych-, classical- and even world music.Hard to be compared the album features some hypnotic arrangements based on the combination of steady rhythms and various solos,coming from guitars,violins,flutes and keys.So,when needing something trully compelling yet quite calm at the same time,''Sunset wedding'' is your thing...

God bless Estoteric records for running a reissue series on some of the Canterbury Scene artists. They have done a careful job of remastering and that shows.

'Sunset Wading' is an album I have been looking for for quite some time and I am pleased to say it lives up to its reputation as a lost classic of pastoral, jazzy prog-rock. Perry's bass-playing shines throughout but does not dominate the proceedings and the whole is a tasteful and relaxing experience that gives you the choice to either sink into it or to allow it to drift along as abackground. A balance that few albums can achieve.

The incomparable Mike Giles is also masterfully active on the drums and Geoff Richardson's viola brings the Caravan sound back in places.

John Perry was a major contributor to my favourite Caravan LP 'For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night' and here his talents as a writer and leader are evident.

Blue Goose - 1975 - Blue Goose

Blue Goose 
Blue Goose

01. Struttin' Stuff   
02. The Chorus   
03. Call On Me   
04. Loretta   
05. Snowman   
06. Over The Top   
07. Let Me Know   
08. Inside Yourself

Allan Callan - Guitar, Vocals
Eddie Clarke - Guitar
Nicky Hogarth - Keyboards
Chris Perry - Drums
Nick South - Bass
Mike Todman - Guitar

"Crunchy guitar driven rock in the vein of mid-70s Stray, strong vocal presence, great dynamics, keyboards and harmonica, shame this was a one-off!"

Inspired, firstly by Eric Clapton, then later by Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Clarke began a guitar-playing career around his hometown of Twickenham in Middlesex. By the time he was 15, Eddie had been through many local bands, one of whom went under the name of The Bitter End.

Eddie continued gigging around locally until 1973, when he turned professional by joining Curtis Knight’s band, Zeus, as lead guitarist. This was an incredible turn of coincidence for Eddie, as most rock fans will probably know that Jimi Hendrix played with Curtis Knight’s band, The Squires, during his pre-Experience days, so for Eddie, this was a particularly poignant step to take. Other personnel in the Zeus line-up at the time were Chris Perry (drums), Nicky Hogarth (keyboards) and John Weir (bass).

During his 18-month stint with Curtis Knight and Zeus, Eddie and the band recorded an album titled The Second Coming at Olympic Studios during March 1974. The Clarke guitar style is indelibly stamped within the songs on this album, and Eddie also wrote the music to Curtis’ lyrics on the track titled The Confession. Eddie also appeared on the single, Devil Made Me Do It, which had an album track, Oh Rainbow, as the flip side. A further album titled Sea Of Time was also recorded and released, but only in Europe where the band was very popular.

Whilst still with Zeus, a guitarist friend, Allan Callan, invited keyboard player, Nicky Hogarth, and drummer, Chris Perry, to a jam session at Command Studios in Piccadilly. Four tracks came out of this session, three of which were complete except for the addition of bass and vocals. In fact, the tracks were that good that the quartet managed to secure a deal with Anchor Records, and called the band Blue Goose.

With the Anchor contract in their pocket, Eddie, Nicky and Chris left Zeus to concentrate on their own project with Allan Callan. Curtis Knight was outraged at this mutiny, so much so that he put the word around that if he ever met up with them again he would beat them up for leaving him in the lurch.

Allan Callan had no amps of his own, so Eddie allowed him to share his during rehearsals. This later flared into an argument as Eddie found it impossible to hear his solos as Callan was drowning him out. The upshot of this ended in Eddie being sacked. However, within a few days, the band had asked him to re-join them, but he refused as he felt that they, as a band, were doing Anchor an injustice in that they had been paid an advance for the recording of an album, but at the time they had made no moves towards doing so.

The self titled Blue Goose album was released by Anchor in 1974. The only reminder of Eddie’s time with the band was an instrumental track titled Over The Top, credited to Clarke-Hogarth-Perry, and is nothing like the Motorhead track sharing the same title.

Almost immediately after the high noon with Blue Goose, Eddie formed another band with Be Bop Deluxe bassist, Charlie Tumalhi, Ann McCluskie on vocals and Jim Thompson on drums, under the name of Continuous Performance. This liaison lasted through to early 1975 when their demo tracks failed to secure a suitable record deal. The band, as such, then folded, but Eddie enlisted Nicky Hogarth from Blue Goose to try again with Tony Cussons (bass) and Terry Slater (drums). Sadly, the line-up suffered the same fate that led to Continuous Performance disbanding and Eddie giving up the music business for a short while...

Curtis Knight Zeus - 1974 - The Second Coming

Curtis Knight Zeus 
The Second Coming

01. Zeus - 3:19
02. New Horizon - 4:00
03. Silver Queen - 6:15
04. Mysterious Lady - 2:47
05. Road Song - 4:38
06. People Places and Things - 2:55
07. Cloud - 8:27
08. Eyes of a Child - 2:47
09. The Confession - 5:54
10.Oh Rainbow - 2:47
11.The Devil Made Me Do It - 2:36

*Curtis Knight - Guitar, Vocals
*John Weir - Bass
*Eddie Clarke - Guitar
*Nicky Hogarth - Keyboards
*Chris Perry - Percussion

Born Curtis McNear, 9 May 1929, Fort Scott, Kansas, USA, died 29 November 1999, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Having completed his national service, Knight settled in California where he hoped to pursue a career in music. He appeared in a low-budget movie, Pop Girl, before relocating to New York during the early 60s. Knight then recorded for several minor labels, but these releases have been eclipsed by the singer’s collaborations with Jimi Hendrix, who joined Curtis’ group, the Squires, in 1965.

Hendrix’s tenure there was brief, but the contract he signed with Knight’s manager, Ed Chalpin, had unfortunate repercussions, particularly as the guitarist ill-advisedly undertook another recording session in 1967. His spells with Knight yielded 61 songs, 26 studio and 35 live, which have since been the subject of numerous exploitative compilations. Although some of this material is, in isolation, worthwhile, such practices have undermined its value.

As Curtis Knight continued to pursue his career throughout the 60s using whatever musicians were available, he increasingly relied on his Hendrix association, and in 1974 published Jimi, ‘an intimate biography’. By this point Knight was based in London where he led a new group, Curtis Knight - Zeus. This band comprised Eddie Clarke (guitar; later in Motörhead), Nicky Hogarth (keyboards), John Weir (bass) and Chris Perry (drums).

They completed two albums, but only one was issued in the UK. The singer undertook a European tour and recorded an unremarkable album before returning to the USA. In the latter part of the decade Knight conceived the black punk rock band, Pure Hell. He continued to work with a variety of musicians while running his own limousine business. In 1992, Knight relocated to the Netherlands where he continued to record up to his death from cancer in November 1999. He had recently launched the Double Rainbow/Happy Dream label.

Knight cut a storming set of tunes which varies from the immediately attractive rocking title track, through the peaks and troughs of New Horizon, to the comparative restraint of The Confession. It’s hard to imagine any rock fan not finding something to enjoy here, with the quality of the playing and instantly memorable songs. Here and there Knight uses a female chorus to enhance certain tracks, while his overall production of the album is clear and engaging. One bonus, The Devil Made Me Do It, is added to the original, making this a highly recommended reissue for any Hendrix or general rock fan.
by Kingsley Abbott

If anyone out there has the first Zeus album... I would really be grateful if they would send us a copy... I have really looked all over the net and have not been able to find one online.

Rising Sons - 1966 - Rising Sons

Rising Sons
Rising Sons

01. Statesboro Blues
02. If The River Was Whiskey
03. By And By (Poor Me)
04. Candy Man
05. 2:10 Train
06. Let The Good Times Roll
07. 44 Blues
08. 11th Street Overcrossing
09. Corrina Corrina
10. Tulsa County
11. Walking Down The Line
12. The Girl With Green Eyes
13. Sunny's Dream
14. Spanish Lace Blues
15. The Devil's Got My Woman
16. Take A Giant Step
17. Flyin' So High
18. Dust My Broom
19. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
20. Baby What You Want Me To Do
21. Statesboro Blues version 2
22. I Got A Little

*Taj Mahal - Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar, Piano
*Ry Cooder - Vocals, 6-string, 12-string, Slide, Bottleneck Guitars, Mandolin
*Jesse Lee Kincaid (Nick Gerlach) - Vocals, Guitar
*Gary Marker - Bass
*Kevin Kelley - Drums, Percussion

No one knew quite what to make of this L.A. band in the mid-'60s, who unbelievably included Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Kevin Kelley (later in the Byrds), and even Ed Cassidy (briefly) in the same lineup.

They only managed one single on Columbia before breaking up in 1966, but they also got to lay down an album's worth of unreleased material, which was finally issued over 25 years later.

Their languid, bluesy, folksy sort of sound anticipated future recordings by outfits like Moby Grape, Buffalo Springfield, the Grateful Dead, and even the country-rock Byrds.

Their lone single and unreleased album form the core of this 22-track reissue, which features imaginative rearrangements of standards like "Corrine, Corrina," an obscure Dylan cover ("Walkin' Down the Line"), rocking originals, a confident performance of Goffin/King's "Take a Giant Step" (later Mahal's signature tune), and nifty guitar interplay between Mahal and Cooder throughout.

Overall, it sounds a lot more like it belongs in 1967-1968 than 1965-1966. This archival release has value above and beyond historical interest.

This mid-'60s curio would have served as an introduction to two remarkable musicians had it not been buried in the vaults at Columbia Records from 1966 until 1992. Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder were two of the unfortunate Sons, who were briefly an L.A. club phenomenon. Neither man was in full possession of his talent, and the album (produced by Terry Melcher of Byrds fame) is more rewarding as an historical artifact than as a country-blues breakthrough.

This is a must CD for fans of Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. The sound is bit like Country Blues takes a ride on a LA freeway, but you have to love such great cuts as "Take A Giant Step," "Last Fair Deal Gone Down," and "Corrin, Corrina" cause you already know what these fine musicians recorded down the road.