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THE RARE CANADIAN SOFT PSYCH LP NOW AVAILABLE
AS TORRENT and LOSSY FOR LIMITED TIME
AS TORRENT and LOSSY FOR LIMITED TIME
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Produced by : CLIFF EDWARDS
featuring :THE FIVE BELLS
Underrated and underappreciated 1st LP from a sweet group out of Montreal Canada.
This album is diverse but cohesive, the group (this being their first LP but together for at least 4 years according to the liner notes)holds dedicated to their own sound, which they achieve with art, hipness and grace. Cliff Edwards, the architect of the group and consequently in retrospect a confirmed canadiana cult artist, left after this LP, then the rest rendering themselves the name "the bells" by the time 'fly little white dove fly' came into fruition. If you like 'the free design', this sound is similar. Light and airy with some psych edges make this a very fine listen, covering a wide gamut of music possibilities. This is not a cheesy 'light' either. Stands as a rare canadian collectable, as it is not available on any other format than the original LP to my knowledge...?
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12-follow the sun
11-i'm a man
09-darktown strutter's ball
08-moody manitoba morning
04-what did i do wrong
02-where i'm bound
Kingston area native Cliff Edwards formed the Five Bells in Montreal in 1965 with sisters Ann and Jacki Ralph, Doug Gravelle and Gordie McLeod.
The band's rock-of-all-ages appeal took them from dates in Canadian small towns to 11 weeks at New York City's Copacabana night club, and then to multi-million dollar resort hotels throughought the US and world-famous vacation spots in Bermuda and the Bahamas.
Adding keyboardist Mickey Ottier, they cut their first single in 1969, "Moody Manitoba Morning". written by Rick Neufeld. The song earned them two Moffatt Awards that year. This was followed by a full-blown album called Dimensions on Polydor Records.
With the departure of Ann Ralph (then married to Cliff Edwards) in 1970 to become a full-time Mom, the band adjusted its line-up and renamed themselves The Bells. The reconstituted line-up consisted of Jacki Ralphs, Cliff Edwards, Doug Gravelle and new members Charlie Clark, Michael Waye -- both from The Maritimes -- and Frank Mills.
While recording their true debut album, Fly, Little White Dove, Fly Frank Mills left to pursue a very successful solo career and was replaced by talented Montreal keyboardist Dennis Will though Mills was credited with all the keyboards on the record. The title track, written by Marty Butler and Bob Bilyk, landed the band in the Top10 on the Canadian charts in December 1970.
The 1971 follow-up single "Stay Awhile", however, would proved to be a monster hit - going to No. 1 in Canada and No. 7 in the US on the Billboard Top-100 in March 1971. This led to successful appearances in the US including TV shows like Johnny Carson's 'Tonight Show', Merv Griffin, and Guy Lombardo's annual New Years Eve telecast. The single would go on to sell four million copies worldwide. Columbia House would even go as far as re-packaging the Fly, Little White Dove, Fly LP for their subscribers under the name Stay Awhile to capitalize on the success.
They rapidly climbed the ladder of success, touring Canada and the United States to great critical acclaim on the heels of 1972's Studio "A". A few years later drummer Skip Layton and bassist Will "Wayne" Cardinal (ex-Satan And The D-Men, Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks)joined the group following the departure of Doug Gravelle, Cliff Edwards and Michael Waye for 1973's Pisces Rising.
Edwards would go on to have a very lucrative solo career with a frequent release of albums and singles on Polydor, Columbia, and A & M Records, including a country-pop album recorded in Nashville in 1988.
He studied broadcasting and became a set designer and camera-man for CKWS-TV in Kingston, Ontario as well as cameraman on the 1988 Calgary Oympics, and wrote/produced the children's TV show The Corner Shop.
He eventually settled in Gananoque, Ontario where he is chairman of events for the Festival Of The Islands.