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    Posted: January 25 2012 at 12:36

An old stuff, from the golden age, Australia 1971. Gully Smith, Russell Smith and the band were released this fantastic LP Product of Broken Reality:

 
 
 
 
 
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2012 at 13:45

Great find Svetonio! - A magnificent schizophrenic range of moods and feels, from blues-pop to heavy metal to progressive jazz-rock!

During its all too brief career and through constantly changing line-ups, the group established itself as the cult band par excellence, & one which was renowned for their extraordinary and adventurous music. Although the group was short-lived, they lasted long enough to make one of the best records of the period, their extraordinary 1971 album 'A Product Of A Broken Reality'. This was the product of the band's "classic" lineup -- Gullifer (vocals), Russell Smith (acoustic and electric guitars, vocals), Jerry Noone (acoustic and electric saxophone, piano, Hammond organ, celeste), Ian Mawson (Fender piano, hammond organ) , Arthur Eizenberg (bass) and John "Ernie" McInerney (drums, conga).

Company Caine remains one of the most shamefully neglected and overlooked bands in Australian music History. The band were characterised more than anything by the magnetic stage presence and cosmic-comic lyrics of singer Gulliver (Gullifer) Smith.
 
Besides 'Product Of A Broken Reality', they also did a second album in 1975 called 'Dr Chop'. Gulliver Smith also recorded a solo album in 1973  called 'The Band's Alright But The Singer Is ... Gulliver Smith' (Reprise RS 4001).

'Dr Chop' is one of the rarest and most collectible of all Australian recordings. According to musician Keith Glass, Pepperell's Lamington label was teetering on the verge of collapse when the record was made -- hence the half-live, half-studio configuration. The band (unwillingly) had to compromise on this format because Lamington simply couldn't afford more studio time. According to Keith, only about 300 copies were ever pressed before the label folded, thus accounting for its rarity.

 
Proably one for Eclectic Prog team to consider?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 02 2012 at 08:57
I hear the progressive tendencies, but IMO they are place inside a mainstream, classic rock framework. I alerted the Crossover Prog Team for the evaluation. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 02 2012 at 10:58
Broad range of style indeed resulting in an inhomogeneous mix. Especially like the incorporation of soul.
 
By definition too late for proto prog, ergo eclectic as crossover represents a more cohesive musical mix.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 17 2013 at 21:41
Has there been an outcome here?
 
I think Eclectic's the best place too, but maybe Psych? The Day Superman Got Busted, The Cell/Theme From Vishdungarius, Simple Song Of Spring all push in that direction
 
At the very least prog-related
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 18 2013 at 02:50
^ Thanks. Bumped in the Crossover Team thread.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 18 2013 at 15:21
Yes, this was handed to us by Alex (harmonium.ro) back in March last year, and Marty brought the subject up a week or so later, but then it kinda disappeared off the radar. Ermm
 
Anyway, it's in the chart now: http://progfreak.com/Company-Caine-156119.html?path=pa/recent, and we'll see where we end up with it...  Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 05 2013 at 08:11
Sadly this is now looking like a lost cause, with 'no' votes from the two most experienced members of the Crossover team. Cry I stongly believe that this was a standout project of its day, and that it definitely belongs on here, but it looks like there is nothing more I can do.
 
I will paste the write up on the band from http://www.milesago.com/artists/co_caine.htm here as a final epitaph for them on progarchives:
 

"In a period with its fair share of greats, the legendary Company Caine stands out as one of the most remarkable bands to emerge from the fertile early-70s Melbourne scene. During its all too brief career and through constantly changing line-ups, the group established itself as the cult band par excellence, renowned for their extraordinary and adventurous music, and for the magnetic stage presence and cosmic-comic lyrics of singer Gulliver (Gullifer) Smith. Although the group was short-lived, they lasted long enough to make one of the best records of the period, their extraordinary 1971 album A Product Of A Broken Reality.

Many Australians will be familiar with Gulliver's work thanks to his lyrics for the John Farnham hit "A Touch Of Paradise", (co-written with Ross Wilson), but Company Caine remains one of the most shamefully neglected and overlooked bands in Australian music History. Incredibly, they rated only a four-line mention in Noel McGrath's 1978 Australian Encyclopaedia of Rock, although this was rectified by a sizeable entry in Ian McFarlane's 1999 Encyclopedia of Australian Rock & Pop.

Gulliver (whose given name is Kevin) got his start in the mid-60s on Melbourne's booming dance/disco circuit; his first major group was the popular soul band Little Gulliver and the Children. They scored a local Top 40 hit in Melbourne with a reworking of Larry William's "Short Fat Fannie" which went to #29 locally in September 1965. They released a couple of singles and one self-titled EP on the W&G label in 1966.

In 1967 Gulliver moved to Sydney and formed Dr Kandy's Third Eye (1967-8). Reputed to be one of Australia's first psychedelic bands, they used films, slides and other psychedelic lighting effects during their performances. Besides Gulliver, the lineups of Dr Kandy during this period featured some very interesting names - two other future Co. Caine alumni, Mal Capewell (reeds) and Arthur Eizenburg (bass), famed vocalist Alison McCallum, drummer Daryl McKenzie (aka Lefty Zarsoff), later of Nutwood Rug, Jeannie Lewis Band and The Fabulous Zarsoff Bros, and organist Ian Walsh (Levi Smiths Clefs, Python Lee Jackson).

After Dr Kandy's broke up, Gulliver was involved in a series of intruigingly-named 'underground' bands from 1968-70: Time and the Forest Flower (described as playing "soul with a lot of underground things"); A Love Supreme, a jazz-oriented outfit, which included future Flying Circus bassist Terry Wilkins, and Ripped Family Marches, which, reportedly played "heavy versions of bubblegum music" and which changed its name to the even odder Ripped Family Rocket Machine Men in early 1970.

Note: Who's Who of Australian Rock lists Gulliver as being involved with Tully somewhere around this time, although exactly how is not known. It's possible that the Gulliver connection was actually to Space (aka Tully in Space) which was formed by ex-members Robert Taylor and Terry Wilson after they left Tully in late 1971.What is known for sure is that Space guitarist Dave Kain joined Company Caine when they relocated to Sydney.

Gulliver returned to Melbourne. In March 1970 he and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Noone (ex-Lipp Arthur, Sons Of The Vegetal Mother) combined with the final four-piece lineup of Cam-Pact (Ray Arnott, Clif Edwards, Russell Smith and Greg Blissett) and the band was renamed Company Caine. Acccording to Clif Edwards, "Eli Klamm", whose name appears in listings of the band at this period, was a pseudonym for Jerry Noone.

Over the next 12 months the group's reputation grew, but there were more lineup changes, beginning with Ray Arnott. He left in July to join Matt Taylor's Genesis for two months, before replacing Mark Kennedy in Spectrum. Arnott was replaced by Eric Cairns (ex-Somebody's Image, Heart'n'Soul) who left around Sept. 1970 and was eventually replaced by John "Ernie" McInerny, from The Foreday Riders. About the same time Clif Edwards was replaced by Tim Partridge, who apparently stayed only a few months. Partridge went on to become one of the most in-demand bass players in the country during the late '70s and '80s, and now teaches bass at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music.

Gulliver's stage presence helped to earn Company Caine renown for their stage performances, and as the group came together they amassed a strong set of strikingly original material co-written by Gulliver, Russell Smith and Jerry Noone. They became established as one of the leading attractions on the Melbourne 'head' circuit, gigging alongside bands like Spectrum, Sons of the Vegetal Mother, Tully and the (new) Aztecs. In the words of Ian McFarlane, "... the band's music was more expansive, more 'out there' than just about every band of the day". But this should not be taken to mean that the music was wilfully obscure or 'difficult'. In fact, notwithstanding the 'freaky' and experimental elements, it was a unique amalgam of rock, pop, blues, soul, R&B, jazz and avant-garde that was both challenging and accessible. Another key feature was the surreal humour that pervaded their work. The fact remains that their music could - and should - have reached a far wider audience.

By mid-1971, the band had gelled into the "classic" lineup -- Gullifer, Russell Smith, Jerry Noone, Ian Mawson, Arthur Eizenberg and John "Ernie" McInerney. Original member Clif Edwards also returned at this time, but apparently only for the studio recordings. They went into Melbourne's TCS Studios in Richmond in July to record their legendary LP A Product of a Broken Reality. It was produced by Gus McNeil and engineered by John French, and released on the 'Generation' label. McNeil was already something of a legend himself -- once dubbed "The Wild Man of Sydney Rock", he had had gained a considerable reputation as vocalist with seminal Sydney band The Nomads, where he was immediately recognisable by his long hair and bushy beard. (Coincidentally, in mid-1999 as this piece was being written, the Canberra Times published an old photo of Gus fronting the Nomads at a Canberra Day concert in Civic Square in 1967. Most of the members of Gus's band, The Nomads, went on to form highly rated Latin-rock group Pirana.)

In 1978 rock historian Noel McGrath described the LP rather dismissively as having been "...described in some circles as brilliant." He evidently didn't belong to those circles but I believe it's no exaggeration to say that Product is a landmark of Australian music. There is really nothing else quite like it, and it's was easily as good as -- if not better -- than anything that was coming out of the US or the UK at the time, especially considering the pressure under which it was recorded, and it still stands up brilliantly today in all respects.

The LP was packaged in one of the all-time great Australian record covers -- a bizarre, futurist construction by renowned Melbourne artist Ian McCausland, who was a regular Go-Set contributor, art director of Daily Planet, and creator of memorable cover art for Carson, Spectrum, Chain, Daddy Cool, Blackfeather, The Dingoes and many others and designed the Madder Lake logo.

The cover depicts a strange anthropomorphic music machine from some imagined future, emitting a large music note from its speaker/mouth. In the top right-hand corner, the title consists of the prefix "A Product of a Broken ...", underneath which are four check-boxes. The first three, empty, labelled "Home", "Society", "Dream"; the fourth, labelled "Reality" has been crossed.

The material is diverse, yet the album has a genuine identity and cohesion. Musically Product careens across a schizophrenic range of moods and feels, from blues-pop to heavy metal to progressive jazz-rock, yet it all hangs together perfectly. Tying in with the cover art, Side One opens with the strange, mechanised voice of a computer in a future century, informing us that we are about to listen to rock'n'roll music ca.1971; then we're plunged straight into the powerdrive intro of "Symptoms". The song kicks off with a killer keyboard riff, which must be one of the first uses on an Australian record of the Hohner Clavinet (the harpsichord-like keyboard which features so memorably on The Band's "Up On Cripple Creek" and Stevie Wonder's "Superstition"). Russell Smith picks up the riff on guitar before delivering some stinging lead breaks; then abruptly we are launched into a spacey jazz realm, with Jerry Noone's superb bebop saxophone, followed by Gulliver's surrealist soul vocal, and then we are thrown back into a reprise of the frantic opening riff and more powerful guitar work by Smith.

The Cell is a transcendent progressive rock fantasia; its ethereal backing track blending organ, celeste, clarinet and electric guitar, is built around intricate chord changes, and the coda, "Theme for Vishdungarius", trails off with a dreamlike interplay of guitar and celeste. The album's focal point is, of course the druggy paranoia classic "The Day Superman Got Busted". The track is aptly described by Ian McFarlane as

"... freaked out, mind-blowing spazz-rock anarchy that exists in an unhinged vacuum purely of its own design!"

It's certainly comparable to anything King Crimson was producing at the time -- but a lot funnier! "What star sign are you -- flexible?"

Some of the other tracks are pure fun: the boogie-woogie craziness of "Trixie Stonewall's Wayward Home for Young Women" -- surely one of the nuttiest songs ever to be released as a single in Australia -- and the bouncy (and maddeningly catchy) "Simple Song of Spring", which gleefully namechecks Australian columnist/journalist David D. McNicoll and rhymes him with "pickle"; it also features some of Gullifer's renowned vocal stylings - his scat singing and one of his trademark stream-of-consciousness 'raves' (in this case about aliens from 'the planet Ballboys').

The more musically adventurous tracks are balanced by three powerful and memorable ballads: "Woman With Reason" (with thrilling vocal backing by Danny Robinson (The Wild Cherries, The Virgil Brothers) who also sings on "Trixie" and "Symptoms"). The soulful "It's Up To You" (graced by some beautiful, mellifluous guitar work by Russell Smith) and "Go See The Gypsy". The closing track "The Last Scene" is an impassioned plea to someone about to commit suicide. As the record closes we again hear the mocking tones of the computer, ending with the sound of manic laughter. Intriguingly, three of the tracks -- "The Cell", "Theme for Vishdungarius" and "The Last Scene" -- are noted on the inside cover as being "From the forthcoming Opera "What The F**k Is Happening On Planet Earth?". Interestingly, on the back of the 1975 re-release, the word "forthcoming" has been crossed out and the word "Never!" scrawled underneath it.

There are so many features that make Product such a special album. Gulliver's lyrics range from Goon-style humour to nightmare visions, and his bluesy, declamatory singing style is as much a trademark as his famous black beret. In Russell Smith they posessed one of the ablest and most inventive guitarists on the scene; Jeremy Noone was equally crucial to their sound, broadening the group's tonal palette in much the same way that Ian Underwood did for Frank Zappa. The group as a whole really cooks, as tracks like "Symptoms" will show, and particular mention has to be made of the sterling rhythm section of Mawson, Eizenberg and McInerny. The album is now extremely rare, and the fact that this incredible record has not been available since 1975 is tragic -- although we still hope that this will soon be rectified (see Discography).

A single was issued from the album in September 1971, "Trixie Stonewall", b/w "It's Up To You", which is now just as collectible as the LP. The next single featured two new tracks, "Dear Carolyn", backed by the hilarious rocker "Now I'm Together", the last release from the first incarnation o the band.

There were lineup changes during late 1971 -- Jeremy Noone had left the band in August, briefly joining King Harvest before being invited to join Daddy Cool. His replacement at the end of 1971 was reed player Mal Capewell, whose credits included work with British bands Dada (which featured dual vocalists Elkie Brooks and Robert Palmer) and Graham Bond's Holy Magick. At the start of 1972 the band moved to Sydney and shortened the name to Co. Caine (presumably for those who hadn't already got the joke) and brought in another ex-Dr Kandy player, Dave Kain (or Kane) as rhythm guitarist. Sometime during this period, legendary Australian jazzer Bernie McGann also worked with the band.

Co. Caine broke up in October 1972. Russell joined the touring version of the band Duck (a studio supergroup put together by musician/producer G. Wayne Thomas) and then rejoined Gulliver and began work on forming a new project with Ross Wilson and Ross Hannaford, who had recently broken up Daddy Cool. Gulliver went his own way soon after, and launched his solo career.

He signed to the Australian division of the Warner empireReprise imprint, and his solo album The Band's Alright But The Singer Is ... -- apparently the first Australian release on the Reprise label -- featured all of the Company Caine members, plus session contributions from Mick Tulk (Lizard). Bobby Gebert and Dave Conners. Musically, it was a continuation of Company Caine's eclectic musical approach. Two Singles were lifted from the album: Such A Shame/Platonic Love, Woman Pie and Lazy Shoe/Almost Freedom (written by Greg Quill). Such A Shame included two b-sides not on the LP. Russell Smith featured throughout the album, but stayed on with Wilson and Hannaford to become the lead guitarist in what eventually became their new group Mighty Kong.

After fronting a number of backing bands, Gulliver revived Company Caine in 1975; As well as Smith, Smith and Noone, the '75 lineup included guitarist Geoff Burstin and bassist John Power (later members of Jo-Jo Zep & The Falcons) and backing vocalist Shirley Smith, Russell's wife. The impetus was the re-release of Product on the Real label, so they reformed for a well-received tour and put together a second LP Dr Chop, mostly produced by Ross Wilson, with liner notes by rock writer David "Dr Pepper" Pepperell who had been one of the chief instigators of the reformation. Comprising a mixture of live and studio tracks, it's especially valuable for the inclusion of the full-length versions of two songs from the Product era -- "Dear Carolyn and Now I'm Together. the 1971 single tracks (produced by Gus McNeil) which were only released in shortened form at the time.

Dr Chop is one of the rarest and most collectible of all Australian recordings. According to musician Keith Glass, Pepperell's Lamington label was teetering on the verge of collapse when the record was made -- hence the half-live, half-studio configuration. The band (unwillingly) had to compromise on this format because Lamington simply couldn't afford more studio time. According to Keith, only about 300 copies were ever pressed before the label folded, thus accounting for its rarity.

When the label folded, so did Co. Caine Mk II. In 1976 Gulliver put together a new band, the R&B-based Gulliver's Travels. It lasted until 1977 and was quite a super-group -- the roll-call included old pals Mal Capewell, Ian Mawson and Russell Smith, plus John Mills (Spectrum, Ariel), Wayne Duncan (Daddy Cool), "Sleepy" Greg Lawrie (The Creatures, Carson), Rob Souter (Lizard, Dynamic Hepnotics) and veteran guitarist Les Stacpool, whose incredible CV includes work with Johnny Chester, Merv Benton, Levi Smiths Clefs, Rockwell T. James, Doug Parkinson In Focus, Genesis, Aesop's Fables, the Hair stage production, and Country Radio.

Gulliver moved to England in 1977 and lived and worked there for many years. He returned to Australia in the late 80's and reformed Gulliver's Travels in 1989. He continues to write and perform under the slightly changed moniker of "Gullifer Smith". In 1996 he and his partner and collaborator Stephanie Hopkins released the excellent Deux Poetes album, which includes songs co-written with Arthur Eizenberg. Gulliver is now based in Sydney and continues to perform occasionally. In June 1999 he appeared at the Empire Hotel in Annandale, Sydney, and performed a great set of blues and R&B standards, spiced up with the very welcome additions of the Company Caine classics "It's Up To You" and "Now I'm Together", plus some fine tracks from Deux Poetes.

Arthur Eizenberg lives in Sydney and continues to collaborate with Gullifer and Stephanie. Russell Smith now lives in Perth and is a member of the all-star band The Embers, who back the great Jeff St John. MILESAGO is in touch with both Russell and Clif Edwards and we hope to be able to provide a lot more detailed information about the History of Company Caine in the near future. Any reports on the whereabouts or activities of Ian Mawson, Mal Capewell or the elusive Jerry Noone would be much appreciated.

In recent years Gulliver and Stephanie's son Nick has established himself both here and overseas as a blues singer of considerable talent. He has released several highly-regarded Albums under the name Blacksmith Hopkins, which are well worth checking out.

Company Caine has always been highly regarded by other musicians. Admirers over the years who have recorded their songs include the following Aussie greats:

- Steve Kilbey (The Church) covered "Woman With Reason" on his album The Slow Crack

- Jeannie Lewis covered "It's Up To You" on her LP Free Fall Through Featherless Flight

- The Sports covered "Now I'm Together" and "Don't Hold Back That Feeling".

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Edit: More in hope than expectation I have voted 'move' (to Eclectic, which is where I would personally have placed them in the first place). It at least might give the band a stay of execution if the move were to be confirmed. The Prog Related or Proto options wouldn't really stand much chance I feel because the band is so little-known in the wider music-loving community.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 05 2013 at 10:51
Definitely belongs here somewhere. They're about 2 years too late for Proto... but... simply this first 10 minute song could be considered prog. Not many hard rock bands were willing to go this jazz in the middle of a song.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 05 2013 at 20:14
"They're about 2 years too late for Proto", and yet we have the precedent here of the Masters Apprentices, whose proggish phase did not begin on record until 1971.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 08 2013 at 12:21
^ Which of course can be a case of "exception proves the rule", right ?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 17 2013 at 12:17
Anyway, majority of the team decided that the band is REJECTED for Crossover. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 11 2014 at 09:55
More of their "mainstream, classic rock..."
(only because these couldn't be found online this time a year ago)

http://val.fm/03-the-cell-company-caine-mp3/
http://val.fm/04-theme-from-vishdungarius-company-caine-mp3/
http://val.fm/06-simple-song-of-spring-company-caine-mp3/
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 31 2014 at 07:02
Originally posted by sl75 sl75 wrote:

More of their "mainstream, classic rock..."
(only because these couldn't be found online this time a year ago)

http://val.fm/03-the-cell-company-caine-mp3/
http://val.fm/04-theme-from-vishdungarius-company-caine-mp3/
http://val.fm/06-simple-song-of-spring-company-caine-mp3/

Good news perhaps: on their website, Aztec Music has aPoaBR on a shortlist for reissue "with extras" - however that has been listed there since February this year and the CD is not yet visible on their main catalogue so not sure what's happening. Hopefully if they do reissue aPoaBR, word will get around about it. (I am not involved with Aztec, apart from having purchased a heap of their reissues of their early Oz Prog and heavy rock CDs over recent years and loving them all).

I agree CoCaine has a good argument to be on PA - but it's understandable that the PA assessment team(s) are reluctant given the lack of music for them to assess - hopefully this situation will change and there can be a more conclusive assessment. I will get this CD if it comes out, although I'm not keen on what I've heard of Gulliver Smith's singing...

I'd suggest Madder Lake should be on PA too, but they too have been considered and rejected for PA - hopefully not just because of 12 pound toothbrush....

Sadly the early '70's here in Australia never came up with the kind of classic symphonic prog that was around at that time in Europe: so Spectrum, Tully, the Shud, CoCaine and Madder Lake are the closest we got - in terms of music on record - until Seb Hardie and Rainbow Theatre showed up later in the '70's... 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 22 2015 at 07:39
Originally posted by David64T David64T wrote:

Originally posted by sl75 sl75 wrote:

More of their "mainstream, classic rock..."
(only because these couldn't be found online this time a year ago)

http://val.fm/03-the-cell-company-caine-mp3/
http://val.fm/04-theme-from-vishdungarius-company-caine-mp3/
http://val.fm/06-simple-song-of-spring-company-caine-mp3/

Good news perhaps: on their website, Aztec Music has aPoaBR on a shortlist for reissue "with extras" - however that has been listed there since February this year and the CD is not yet visible on their main catalogue so not sure what's happening. Hopefully if they do reissue aPoaBR, word will get around about it. (I am not involved with Aztec, apart from having purchased a heap of their reissues of their early Oz Prog and heavy rock CDs over recent years and loving them all).

I agree CoCaine has a good argument to be on PA - but it's understandable that the PA assessment team(s) are reluctant given the lack of music for them to assess - hopefully this situation will change and there can be a more conclusive assessment. I will get this CD if it comes out, although I'm not keen on what I've heard of Gulliver Smith's singing...

I'd suggest Madder Lake should be on PA too, but they too have been considered and rejected for PA - hopefully not just because of 12 pound toothbrush....

Sadly the early '70's here in Australia never came up with the kind of classic symphonic prog that was around at that time in Europe: so Spectrum, Tully, the Shud, CoCaine and Madder Lake are the closest we got - in terms of music on record - until Seb Hardie and Rainbow Theatre showed up later in the '70's... 


It looks like this CoCaine album has indeed now been released as suggested  - now showing in the main catalogue of Aztec records... Anyone got it yet and had a listen? And also the reissued "Rock and Roll Scars" album by Ariel (complete with the Jellibad Mutant album as a bonus CD)?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 22 2015 at 09:22
Originally posted by David64T David64T wrote:


It looks like this CoCaine album has indeed now been released as suggested  - now showing in the main catalogue of Aztec records... Anyone got it yet and had a listen? And also the reissued "Rock and Roll Scars" album by Ariel (complete with the Jellibad Mutant album as a bonus CD)?


I've got the CD, and have been playing it on high rotation since I bought it.
Bonus tracks are the 1972 single edits of Dear Carolyn and Now I'm Together (I guess they're saving the full-length versions for a Dr Chop reissue), and four GTK recordings - versions of The Cell and The Day Superman Got Busted, and two otherwise-unrecorded tracks, 1967 and a cover of Flip Flop & Fly. The latter two had previously appeared on the ABC release The GTK Tapes (which I should probably add to the Various Artists discography), the first two have never been previously released as far as I know.

I didn't bother with the Ariel reissue, since I already have the earlier CD release of Rock n Roll Scars (my least favourite Ariel album in any case) and the separate CD release of The Jellabad Mutant from about 10 years ago - I don't care how good the liner notes or the remastering is, if it merely offers up the same tracks I already have on CD with nothing new, I don't bother. I passed on the Aztec re-releases of Blackfeather's At The Mountains Of Madness and Mackenzie Theory's Out Of The Blue for the same reason.
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Originally posted by sl75 sl75 wrote:


Bonus tracks are the 1972 single edits of Dear Carolyn and Now I'm Together (I guess they're saving the full-length versions for a Dr Chop reissue), 

Correctly predicted. I've just picked up the Dr Chop reissue, listening to it right now.
Bonus tracks this time are additional tracks from the Dallas Brooks Hall concert from which the original side two was drawn, plus live tracks from the Mulwala Festival 1972 (listening to those right now, they're good so far), and a single by The Record Bandits (Company Caine were the backing band, the singers are Gulliver, Graham Lowndes, Keith Glass and John Power).
Not as proggy (or as good) as the first album.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 29 2017 at 07:12
Originally posted by sl75 sl75 wrote:

I've just picked up the Dr Chop reissue, listening to it right now.


Awesome news - CoCaine CD to be added to my post-Christmas shopping list. I may also invest in the Leo DeCastro 2CD set also new on Aztec (not prog but sounds interesting). Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 29 2017 at 07:31
Originally posted by David64T David64T wrote:

Originally posted by sl75 sl75 wrote:

I've just picked up the Dr Chop reissue, listening to it right now.


Awesome news - CoCaine CD to be added to my post-Christmas shopping list. I may also invest in the Leo DeCastro 2CD set also new on Aztec (not prog but sounds interesting). Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 29 2017 at 07:36
Originally posted by David64T David64T wrote:

  I may also invest in the Leo DeCastro 2CD set also new on Aztec (not prog but sounds interesting). Smile

That depends on whether you count Healing Force as prog ("Golden Miles" and "The Gully" both included because of the Charlie Tumahai connection)

Or Ayers Rock (who actually have been accepted here, unlike Company Caine, go figure) (an early live version of "Lady Montego", credited to Friends, with De Castro on vocal, is included)

(and if "Lady Montego" counts, I think "Freedom Train" should count too. "Lucille" and "BB Boogie" on the other hand...)
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