SEE EMILY PLAY-syd barrett-PINK FLOYD-MYSTERY OF THE 1st COVER VERSIONS
Here is all 4 versions one afte the other-
that the band most likely fabulous group from England called John Smith and the New Sound but that band may only be connected by association, being compiled by Vogue.
I had not seen the LPs which they were connected with for some time and it was not until someone posted information online I was able to confirm it because those LPs were not distributed in Canada.
Wait though. Is that the end? It could get deeper. John himself does not remember recording SEE EMILY PLAY. DOT DOT DOT
This connection opens up many questions I had in general about ARC records
and the fab covers.
It is pretty clear the Vogue was using these compilations
as a vehicle for some tax writeoff/scam
What is coheisive to this story of appropriation and reappropriation
is the fact Vogue put out decent cover versions of hits of the day
under various channels, first being Vogue records, and other
rehashes under POP of Germany (England's top 14 of pop series)
and then across the pond with Brian Ahern and ARC records
recompiling for the market here in Canada.
Listening to the various comps, it is clear there are different bands
involved or at least revolving vocalists.
This leaves the simple fact of the matter I wanted to find out from the start,
if Three to One was a real band who recorded the first Pink Floyd cover
and where were they really from.
When looking at the map and trace to the source, my first references
go back to the ARC compilations from Canada.
HITS A GO GO comp below that was recorded for Vogue
(it shows up again on Let's Spend the Night together ARC stones exploito LP)
I have almost every ARC hits parade, Hits a Go Go ect compilation
from this period and in many cases the songs are definitly
the same that come from the Vogue stable.
The definite aspect that ties ARC to Vogue records and
John Smith and other names tacked onto the Vogue Hits LPs like Daves Soul Group, Ray Merrell, Johnny Smash Ben Cash, The Beat Kings, is they are
the same recordings used and reused and sold and resold by
Another thing that must be made clear about John Smith is he did write
some original tracks and they were released on Vogue 45s.
More information about that and a small interview with John
is found on garagehangover.com
The only track I know of that was remixed and new vocal applied from these
sessions on the ARC compilations was by THREE TO ONE.
So that now creates the new mystery, who is the vocalist on ARC records release and what foward thinking producer mixed in the Samples?
To conclude, the answer is definite that these tracks were produced in the UK to be pushed anywhere they could push it. That usually meant the bargin bin.
The guy who did the deals in Canada was Brian Ahern who aside from being a great musician he ran ARC, probably played on some records, produced, ran one of the first ultra mobile recording trucks in N.America and eventually married Emmy Lou Harris in the 70's and put many artists on who became very well known.
Brian is really a little known giant in the music industry especially
with his push of Country Rock and live recording innovations
A little about Brian from garagehangover.com :