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Saturday, July 7, 2012

SEE EMILY PLAY-syd barrett-PINK FLOYD-MYSTERY OF THE 1st COVER VERSIONS

The Pink Floyd in their Barrett inspired prime


For a long time, many figured that the rare single by an obscure studio only band called THREE TO ONE from Canada was the first Pink Floyd / Syd Barrett cover, with the song SEE EMILY PLAY released late '67 on ARC records. 
The song then was noticed among the collection of psychedelic sides on another ARC release from Canada called FLOWER POWER. Then once again you have another compilation from Canada called CTV after four on subsidary of ARC called yorkville (based on the teen music show) and it has the Three to One track on it, yet it's not listed on the LP. A hidden track.
I say it's the Three to One track on the CTV comp, because it's the same as the single, different than the Flower Power comp and that's the version that is the most interesting as it has some samples in it, pre sample era, like samples from a kids record or something and spacey 50s SFX in the breakdown and a different vocal than the Flower Power comp, the voice has a bit to be desired to me though, as it kinda sounds like an old stodgy man squeaking it out. 

The Flower Power comp has the same music but it's in true stereo and more soulful vocals. The Three to One and CTV is in Mono. 
So that was exciting for collectors of Canadiana for many years. Three to One 
is the ultimate rarity on ARC, it never shows up.
You take the Flower Power comp with the stereo version and you hear the same voice that is also on many ARC hits-a go go-ect 60's garage rock comps. They are all great covers and do them justice, sometimes better than the originals! 
I personally was so intrigued but was stumped. No one was talking. No one could tell
me who the band was or who the voice was. A clue was had that was on the back of one of the exploito LPs that said the tracks were recorded in England for that authentic sound. I thought they were jivin' me.











Here is all 4 versions one afte the other-

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Turns out they were spilling the beans but not unveiling who the great band was.
Well now it has come to light from some web sources
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.











Listen to a great Stones cover from the Canadian  
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
many markets.

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. 
He wrangled a deal across the pond, but I'm not sure what kind of deal. Those details are probably inside Aherns head, and to my knowledge he hasn't talked about these things. 

I have compiled all versions of SEE EMILY PLAY and now everyone can hear the differences.









Brian is really a little known giant in the music industry especially
with his push of Country Rock and live recording innovations




Brian  Ahern






brian and keith richards - looks like late 70s 



A little about Brian from garagehangover.com :


Brian had his own groups, the Offbeats and the Badd Cedes, whose song "Dolly Magic" was released on two singles as the Chapter V: Verve Forecast KF5046 with "The Sun Is Green" and again on Verve Forecast KF5057 with "Headshrinker", all three songs Ahern originals. Brian also played with 3's a Crowd. More on the Badd Cedes at Nova Scotia Classic Rock.
























Wednesday, July 4, 2012

francoise hardy-Reprise-Canada-1968-THE ESSENTIAL AND EXISTENTIAL

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THE ESSENTIAL AND EXISTENTIAL



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Rare North American compilation.
Sung in French, Francoise was incidentally huge in Quebec Canada
from her very start in the early 60's.
Canada 1st pressing.


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C O N T E N T S :

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01-perhaps that I love you.aif
02-the bottom of a golden dream.aif
03-you're small to me
.aif
04-Four Times (They Are Happy)
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05-I'll be there for you
.aif
06-voila (here is).aif
07-the little boys.aif
08-here as
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09-my days are leaving.aif
10-especially do no look back.aif
11-I should change my opinion.aif
12-who can say?.aif
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Francoise Hardy, singer-songwriter was born to a mother and a father carrying enterprise manager January 17, 1944, in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, near Paris. Francoise Hardy, singer-songwriter was born to a mother and a father carrying enterprise manager January 17, 1944, in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, near Paris. She studied at the institute until La Bruyere bachelor, then entered the Sorbonne university freshman (Faculty of Humanities and Sciences) in order to obtain his degree in German. She Studied at the institute Until La Bruyere bachelor, then Entered the Sorbonne university freshman (Faculty of Humanities and Sciences) in order to Obtain degree in German history. Having been a guitar for her fifteenth birthday, she learned to play alone and composed several songs she intended her mother or sister. Having a guitar for her beens Fifteenth birthday, she Learned to play alone and she Composed Several songs her mother or sister Intended. In the early '60s, along with his studies, she joined the "Petit Conservatoire de Mireille" and has the opportunity to get on television. In the early '60s, along with historical studies, she joined the "Petit Conservatoire de Mireille" and Has the Opportunity to get on television.


In 1961, a hearing at Vogue earned him record his first 45 laps which is an immediate success: All boys and girls. In 1961, a hearing at Vogue historical record HIM Earned first 45 year period Which is immediate success: All boys and girls. Claude Lelouch turns scopitone this song in the Tuileries gardens. Claude Lelouch turns scopitone this song in the Tuileries gardens. The following year, supported by the newspaper teenagers "Hi folks", it goes from strength to strength. The Following year, the newspaper supported by teenagers "Hi folks", it goes from strength to strength. In 1963, Francoise a long tour through France, featured American Richard Anthony. In 1963, Francoise has long tour through France, featured American Richard Anthony. Then there is the Olympia, where she was acclaimed by all critics. Then There Is the Olympia, where 'She Was Critics acclaimed by all. It also represents the Principality of Monaco in the contest "Eurovision" with the song Love is leaving. It aussi Represents the Principality of Monaco in the contest "Eurovision" with the song Love is leaving. Awarded the Grand Pirx Academy Charles Cros, she made her first film a few months later. Awarded the Grand Pirx Academy Charles Cros, she made her first movie A Few months later. However, it continues to register success in English, French, Italian and German, as the song remains his priority at the expense of the films. However, it continued to register success in English, French, Italian and German, as the song restes historical priority at the Expense of the films. His phobia of crowds make him abandon the shows and it will become one of the few artists not to happen in entertainment while achieving success with his songs. His phobia of crowds make HIM the abandonment shows and It Will Become One of The Few artists not to happen in entertainment while Achieving Success with historical songs.





Sunday, July 1, 2012

Zombies-odessey and oracle-1968-DATE-tes4013-stereo CANADA 1ST PRESSING -LPCD with BONUS 45




Zombies-odessey and oracle-1968-DATE-tes4013-stereo 
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the zombies
odessey and oracle
made in canada
date records
TES-4013
STEREO
XSM137383-1A 

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A CANADIAN PRESSING FOR CANADA DAY JULY 1st.

While any pressing of this album from the original release is considered
rare, the Canadian pressing is the rarest from our hemisphere
and it sounds pretty good although there is some noise present
from the vinyl pressing although the copy converted
it from was excellent condition. Since Date was a subsidary
of CBS, they probably used slightly cheaper vinyl. 
Not trying to be redundant with this as there is already a few
issues of this online, but none Canada pressing and most
taken from the Big Beat compilations, which is not that bad
but I notice they brick walled the audio on those reissues  sadly.
The one bonus of the recent reissue is the Stereo version of
'This will be our year' which was mixed mono originally.

To have revelations in life is a gift for the searcher. In the arts there are many gifts
and in the case of pop music designed for radio playback to garnish audience
to listen to commercial breaks there was a designer band that was masterful
at creating an minor key pop vibe that was both unique and emotional.
The Zombies were very much alive in the charts and at the top of the pops
early on starting way back 1964. Anyone heard of 'She's not there'?
Well, they did some really clever stuff, timeless really and then kind of 
poofed. Nothing to be heard really from the Zombies for a few years and then
coming together as the band they started as, for one final studio full
length album which they turned in, with a spelling mistake on the cover
as 'Odessey and Oracle'.

from wikipedia:
The misspelling of "odyssey" in the title was the result of a mistake by the designer of the LP cover, Terry Quirk (who was the flatmate of bass player Chris White). The band tried to cover this up at the time of release by claiming the misspelling was intentional.

I noted the studios the songs were recorded in below with the track list.
One may find interesting that the song 'This will be our year' was recorded
in MONO! I was under the impression that 'Friends of mine' was MONO too
but not on the album. 'Friends' is just a loud ass track, and it shows
up as the B side on the North American, 2 years too late for
the band but a huge
hit of a single 'Time of the Season'. Incidentally the song 
'Time of the Season' has been
sampled a few times of late,most recent example
 very blatantly by some Soul Hip Hop
diva which must have really lined the old geezers coffers
with side effect sample tax.

Here is the scoop of why the song 'This will be our year' shows up
as Mono (I initially thought it was an error on the Canada press
but it's on every release except for the CD noted below)

from wikipedia:
The album was recorded using a Studer four track machine — the same type of tape machine used on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band — and was mixed down in stereo using an experimental transistor console at EMI Studios in 1967. Argent and White mixed the album down into mono, but when they handed the master to CBS, they were informed that a stereo mix was required. The recording budget having been spent, Argent and White used their own money to pay for the stereo mix. One major problem arose when it came time to mix "This Will Be Our Year" into stereo. The Zombies' original producer Ken Jones had dubbed live horn parts directly onto a mono mix. With the horns not having been recorded on the multi-track beforehand, a faked stereo mix had to be made of the mono master. The stereo mix was completed on 1 January 1968.[citation needed]

So it really just sounds like they ran out of time or resources as a Mono tracked
horn bed, can be simple tracked onto a stereo mix. Unless of course the Horns
were tracked onto Mono Rhythm track, which the article does not specify.
I wonder what the Console was, that explains the different kind of airy sound of the album.
Actually sounding more like an 80's high end console!  

Since the 1st releases, there have been many reissues, mostly poor.
Among a few good reissues, one called 'Zombie Heaven' is a massive
inclusive unique box set.

from wikipedia:
For the 1997 Zombie Heaven box-set, "This Will Be Our Year" was given a full stereo mix, albeit minus the horns. This was made possible because The Zombies owned the multi track masters, which are in the possession of Chris White. Alternate mixes of "A Rose for Emily", featuring discarded overdubs of cello and Mellotron, appear on Zombie Heaven and the 30th anniversary release of the album.


There is a dark horse in this history of the Zombies. Al Kooper of the Blues Project and Bob Dylan fame was the one person who convinced CBS after a few attempts to release the album
in the North American market.  Thanks Al. Thanks Mellotron. Thanks Zombies.

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C O N T E N T S :

01-care of cell 44.aif
12-time of the season.aif
02-a rose for emily.aif
03-maybe after he's gone.aif
04-Beechwood Park.aif
05-brief candles.aif
06-hung up on a dream.aif
07-changes.aif
08-I want her she wants me.aif
09-this will be our year-MONO.aif
10-butcher's tale.aif
11-friends of mine.aif

13A-time of the season-MONO canada 45.aif
13B-friends of mine-MONO canada 45.aif

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