martes, 28 de agosto de 2012

Dantalian's Chariot - Chariot Rising (1967 UK)

Las canciones de este disco fueron grabadas en 1967, en esa época brillante del psico-pop británico, que recuerda mucho, por situarnos comparativamente a algún grupo mas famoso, a los inicios de Pink Floyd. Y extraña el hecho de que los músicos que forman este grupo, tan solo un mes antes, tocaban una fusión de jazz con blues bajo el nombre de Zoot Money Big Roll. Aunque solo nos fueron dadas a conocer 2 de las canciones, que fueron publicadas en un single, y no fué hasta 1996 en que salió publicado, ya en formato CD. Hoy en día tiene 2 cosas interesantes, y son el hecho de que aquí está como guitarrista Andy Summers, que mas tarde fue miembro fundador de The Police, y que además, contiene una buena música, letras etéreas, y buenos sonidos guitarreros, también escuchamos el uso de flautas y un sitar, en la canción "Soma", con claros indicios de progresivo, que en su momento, a pesar de su calidad, no encontró apoyo en la industria. Por eso, los blogs nos son muy útiles..ya sabes..descarga, escucha, y si te gusta, intenta comprarlo (si lo encuentras).





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adamus67 dijo...

The sudden arrival of British psychedelia threw up some odd stories, but surely none odder or more notorious than that of Dantalian’s Chariot. Like other established acts – the Beatles, the Stones, Donovan, the Pretty Things, even the homely Hollies – these experienced Beat-era musicians drastically changed tack to embrace the new counterculture, yet no others did it so publicly, nor with such apparent commitment, nor did they fail so spectacularly in spite of critical acclaim and huge hype.

First-ever full release of everything recorded that has survived by this legendary 1967 psychedelic outfit that featured Andy Summers right before his short-stint with Soft Machine, about a decade before he hit it big with The Police!
"Legendary unreleased album by 1967 British acid rockers with Zoot Money and Andy Summers at the helm. Taken from the original master tapes, this release features every known Dantalian's Chariot recording including the classic 'Madman Running Through The Fields', the thought-to-be-lost sitar based outtake 'This Island' as well as every other known Dantalian's Chariot recording. 'Chariot Rising' is as close as anyone will ever get to piecing together 'The Great Lost Dantalian's Chariot Album'. Also includes a lavish 20-page booklet featuring extensive liner notes, photos, quotes, etc."
All tracks recorded in 1967.The CD issue is the equivalent of Tenth Planet's vinyl release (TP015; from 1995 in a limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies) of recordings by legendary 1967 British acid rockers, with Zoot Money and Andy Summers. This CD issue of "Chariot Rising", which has been taken direct from the original mastertapes (rather than the second generation copy used for the vinyl edition), features the thought-to-be-lost sitar based outtake "This Island" as well as every known Dantalian's Chariot recording including the photos, quotes and assorted archive material. This release is assumed to be as close as anyone will ever get to piecing together the Great Lost Dantalian' Chariot Album.

Maybe you know , or ... maybe you don't.
When Zoot broke up the popular Big Roll Band in late 1966 he recorded an albums worth of material using Andy Summers and Colin Allen from the BRB, but it wasn't released at the time because these three then formed Dantalians Chariot which was going in a more psychedelic direction. They recorded a number of tracks for an intended album, and released the amazing "Madman Running through the fields" single. Unfortunately the band broke up before the album could be finished. The record company wanted "product" so in early 1968 they released the album from late '66 under the title "Transition". In the sleeve notes it's claimed that it marks a transition from Dantaleons Chariot to some new direction, whereas in reality it was the transition from the BRB to Dantanleons Chariot.

When Zoot was asked in the 1990s to dust off the DC recordings for a CD release there wasn't enough material so he used three tracks from the Transition album; Coffee Song, Recapture The Thrill and Soma but with new mixes. If you listen to these tracks you can hear that they come from an earlier period. Record production was changing every year in the 60s and material from '66 sounds different to stuff from '67.

I've got this CD and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes British Psych from the Summer Of Love.

adamus67 dijo...

Keyboardist/vocalist George “Zoot” Money had helmed his Big Roll Band since 1961, playing fiery R’n’B to enthusiastic Soho Mod club dancers whilst selling precious few records. Seeing the psychedelic scene suddenly burgeon around them, Money, guitarist Andy Somers and drummer Colin Allen threw themselves bodily on to the bandwagon, announcing abruptly in July 1967 that the Big Roll Band no longer existed and that henceforth they would be Dantalian’s Chariot – Dantalian being a Duke of Hell, referred to in The Key Of Solomon. To emphasise the point they kitted themselves out completely in white – kaftans, guitars, amps, even a white Hammond – and put together a light show so sophisticated that the Pink Floyd hired it on occasions. From their first self-penned recording sessions EMI released a single, “Madman Running Through The Fields”. Despite critical approval it stiffed chartwise, and a subsequent attempt to release an album, appropriately titled Transition, on CBS subsidiary Direction also stalled when the label insisted that its psychedelic elements be diluted with more familiar Money fare and the release credited to the Big Roll Band. This too sank without trace, and a miffed Money finally junked the Chariot in April 1968. Retrospectively, “Madman” became THE essential Brit psych track, much sought after by aficionados as it appeared only rarely on anthologies. The other tracks from the initial sessions attained legendary “lost” status for almost thirty years, until compilers at tiny label Tenth Planet decided to assemble them as the “true” Dantalian’s Chariot album, this finally appearing on vinyl in 1995 with an extended CD release the following year.

After the hype and the wait, the music itself turns out to be rather different from the anticipated unrelenting heavy-psych trip: indeed, it’s an eclectic mix that reminds me more of the Strawberry Alarm Clock’s ambiguous psych credentials. The brilliant “Madman” offers scything backwards cymbals, floating flutes and rippling guitar figures as well as suitably lysergic lyrics, but underneath all this is a tautly constructed pop song, not one of your rambling improvs a la “Interstellar Overdrive”. Some songs follow the distinctively British whimsical personal-narrative psych groove: “Fourpenny Bus Ride” and “Four Firemen” could have come from the Kinks or S.F. Sorrow-era Pretty Things. Others seem purely ersatz psychedelia; the instrumental “This Island” resembles a Morricone spaghetti-western outtake lugubriously decorated with Somers’s electric sitar, and “High Flying Bird” sounds almost like a music industry parody of the San Fran hippie scene, like the Flowerpot Men’s infamously insincere “Let’s Go To San Francisco”. “Sun Came Bursting Through My Cloud” is a winsome acoustic pop song penned, along with two other tracks, by the staff writing team of Tony Colton and Roy Smith. Only the thunderous “World War Three” really approaches “Madman” as a heavy psych tour-de-force. And although the musicianship is excellent throughout, Zoot’s brassy, bluesy vocals simply don’t fit the psych template.

An interesting and enjoyable period piece, then, but not the anticipated Holy Grail of psychedelia, despite its enduring reputation. Dantalian’s Chariot came to an end in the spring of 1968, with Summers joining the Soft Machine (and subsequently Eric Burdon’s Animals); Money would also join Eric Burdon’s Animals around the same time. Bassist Pat Donaldson fell into folk-rock, helping found Sandy Denny’s short-lived Fotheringay and touring with Richard Thompson. Colin Allen drummed on John Mayall’s Blues From Laurel Canyon and subsequently joined Stone The Crows. And after a brief dalliance with Soft Machine, Andy Somers eventually changed his surname to Summers and became one-third of the Police, no less. Listen to his textural backings on “Madman” and hear unmistakeably the genesis of his unique Police guitar style.