Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bobby Callender - Rainbow (1968 us, wonderful orchestrated orient folk psychedelia with jazz tinges, Akarma remaster bonus tracks edition)



This a very unique concept by Bobby Callender, with Colin Walcott and Donald Robertson on sitar, Paul Harris on organ, piano and harpsichord, and many more "progressive" artists. 

"Rainbow" is a very personal spiritual approach with end 60's progressive foundation. The singing has deep emotions, is fragile in its mellowness. The association for listeners and for Bobby might be different. He was on his spiritual search. For us he's in a sort of musical mind-blowing experience. 

"My rainbow of colours reflects the past and present. Each change has been indicated by the spectrum of my life and only it knows the hidden colours of my future"  says the cover quote about the concept, telling us about Bobby's quest. 

"Sade Masoch" might be the most outstanding track in various ways ; it is a sad but nice touching story about a teacher who lost his mind after a too self-controlled life. The mellowness gives it also a very sad feeling of a very introvert spiritual introspective. As I said before several people might use this more readily to get stoned by. Some tracks are a bit sleepy mellow in singing, but all have interesting progressive approach of music. This contrast makes the complete concept highly original. Also the bonus tracks are worth to discover.
Tracks
1. Rainbow - 2:48
2. Nature - 4:39
3. Sade Masoch - 2:57
4. Purple - 11:49
5. Mother Superior - 4:26
6. Autumn - 3:09
7. Man - 4:13
8. I'm Just High On Life - 4:51
9. Symphonic Pictures - 4:54
10.Raga Man - 6:32
11.Story Of Rahsa And d'Ahra - 4:44
Words and Music by Robert Callender.

Musicians
* Bobby Callender - Vocals
* Collin Walcott - Percussion, Sitar, Tabla
* Paul Winter - Violin
* Richard Davis - Bass
* Maurice Brown - Cello
* Thomas Buffum - Violin
* Robert Bushnell - Bass
* Eric Gale - Guitar
* Louis Haber - Violin
* Paul Harris - Organ, Piano, Harpsichord
* Stuart Macdonald - Violin
* Louis Mauro - Bass
* Hugh Mccracken - Guitar
* Bernard "Pretty" Purdie - Drums
* Alan Raph - Trombone
* Elliott Rosoff - Violin
* David Sackson - Viola

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Drama - Drama (1971-72 holland, significant hard blues rock with folk traces)



For more than a year now people have been talking and writing about the group Drama. The band comprised a number of individuals who had already made their marks in the past in several different bands: Polle Eduard (Tee Set, After Tea], Drummer fen "Shell" Schelfekens (InCrowd, Big Wheel), Ulli Grun (Boots, After Tea), and the young guitar virtuoso Frank Van Der Kloot (Bobby's Children and soon to play on the new Barry Hay album: 'Only Parrots, Frogs And Angels'). 

Twenty five years ago it was Harrie Knipschild, Hollands best known blues expert, who started penning his praise for the band Drama in the Veronica Television Magazine. Drama started after splitting of the band After Tea (Trio: Ulli, Shell and myself). We needed a new challenge, and with the addition of guitarist Frank Van Der Kloot we grew into a band with, what's the word, balls. Record companies quickly became interested and we were even given studiotime without even having written anything. 

We used the studio to write and rehearse, and because we all had the same blood group, we all knew that it would only be a matter of time before the material came rolling out. Now, on the 23rd of July 1997, with the help of a dog eared scrapbook and a somewhat scanty memory, I'm trying to write a foreword for the soon to be appearing Drama CD. Initially I was pleased that this was happening, even though our friend and Drama producer Hans Van Oosterhout won't be able to enjoy it. Hans slipped peacefully into an eternal sleep on the 4th of May 1995, but I know he would have been proud that this was happening. 

Apart from the fact that Hans was also Supers/Step's producer, he was also responsible for a large part of the Drama sound. By this I don't mean the sound on 'Mary's Mama' (produced by Peter Koelewijn). Phonogram had spent a lot of money on Drama by that time, and after the tiring creation of the album, a hit was most welcome. Koelewijn came, and Drama had themselves a hit which they subsequently refused to play live. It wasn't particularly a "Drama" but it was quite difficult trying to explain that to irate venue owners after our gigs. We were quite often involved in hassles after our shows, but never had any trouble with our real fans who had already bought the album anyway. 

Drama came and went quite quickly. After Ulli had gone back to Germany and we'd once more become a trio, we no longer had a recording deal, and couldn't find much work. Quite good reasons to call it a day I can't really think of anything else to say at the moment except that this should have been a double CD with one “studio” disc and one "live1 disc to give you a good picture of what Drama were really about. Because live, without leaving a trace of modesty, we were something else.
by Polle Eduard, July 1997

Tracks
1. Dreamed I Was The President (Schellekens) - 4:46
2. I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man (W. Dixon) - 7:51
3. No Doctor (Van Der Kloot) - 2:29
4. Melodrama (Drama) - 4:30
5. Smile Or Yell (Eduard) - 6:59
6. Tell The World I’m Coming (Grόn) - 2:57
7. Brains Or Not (Eduard) - 6:31
8. Give Up And Go (Eduard) - 2:29
9. Down (Eduard) - 3:08
10. Hard To Believe (Drama) - 5:18
11. Daddy Won’t Let Me (Eduard) - 3:04
12. Everywhere (Grόn) - 3:27
13. Mary’s Mamma (P. Koelewijn, P. Schoonhoven) - 3:20

Drama
*Shel Schellekens  - Drums
*Frank Van Der Kloot - Guitar, Vocals
*Ulli Grόn - Hammond Organ, Mellotron, Guitar, Vocals
*Polle Eduard - Lead Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitar
Guest Appereance
*Sacha VanGeest - Flute

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