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8 Aug 2016

Pavlov’s Dog “The Pekin Tapes” 2014 recorded 1973 “Lost” first album


Pavlov’s Dog “The Pekin Tapes” 2014 recorded 1973 “Lost” first album

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Rediscovered after 41 years
The forgotten 1st Pavlov’s Dog album from 1973

Barely anybody knows that by the time Pavlov’s Dog’s iconic debut album “Pampered Menial“ was released in 1975, the band had already recorded a full album nearly two years earlier. The untitled album, therefor just called the “Pekin Tapes“, was recorded in just three days in October 1973 at Golden Voice Stodio in Pekin/IL and was originally designated to become the band’s debut album. But destiny had a different plan.

When ABC Records listened to the “Pekin Tapes“, they signed the band for no less than $650.000 and made Pavlov’s Dog the highest signed newcomer artist ever since. But instead of releasing the “Pekin Tapes“, ABC sent the band back to the studio. The production team Pearlman/Krugman handled the production of “Pampered Menial“: Released in 1975, it became the band’s much cherished official debut album, voted by Mojo among the most important Progressive Rock albums of all times.

The “Pekin Tapes“ comprised 10 songs of 53 minutes duration. The production was handled by the band themselfes. Listening to the “Pekin Tapes“, one gets an impression of the early Pavlov’s Dog’s origin, with no external producers to answer to and no label or management limiting the freedom of their musical creativity.

For Pavlov’s Dog the historical significance of the “Pekin Tapes” is crucial in multiple respects: 1) it enabled them to sign the historical record deal, 2) it’s the rough diamond the iconic “Pampered Menial“ was created from, and 3) it’s the key moment when times changed and a young, hungry, carefree band became the record industrie’s cue ball. Bass player Rick Stockton: “That recording exhibited the pure energy that the band produced and was famous for before the record executives got a hold of us and toned it down some. In my opinion, the “Pekin Tapes“ were awesome.”

In retrospect, the contrast to “Pampered Menial” is endlessly facinating: The “Pekin Tapes” include the original versions of five tracks later included on “Pampered Menial” in much different, re-recorded versions. The other five songs were not respected for “Pampered Menial” (incl. two tracks sung by D. Surkamp, two sung by D. Hamilton and one by S. Scorfina). The 8-minute masterpiece “Preludin & Fellacio in E minor“ was shortened to just a 1.5 minute intro “Preludin” on “Pampered Menial”.

The “Pekin Tapes“ were never used. Their track is lost as Golden Voice Studio burned down in 1977, taking with it the masters of the “Pekin Tapes“. Since then they were believed lost forever and finally forgotten. No bootleg version ever found its way to the day of light. Unexpectedly, in 2014 a copy of the “Pekin Tapes“ was discovered in a private inheritance. After going to extensive lengths to restore the tape as close as possible to its initial beauty, the “Pekin Tapes“ will be officially released by Rockville Music / Soulfood on November 28th 2014, with a delay of some 41 years after its recording.

Additionally, the release includes four bonus tracks of early demo recordings from March 1973. These are the earliest Pavlov’s Dog signs of life ever discovered……

Barely anybody knows that by the time Pavlov’s Dog’s iconic debut album “Pampered Menial” was released in 1975, the band had already recorded a full album nearly two years earlier. The untitled album, therefor just called the “Pekin Tapes”, was recorded in just three days in October 1973 at Golden Voice Stodio in Pekin/IL and was originally designated to become the band’s debut album. But destiny had a different plan. When ABC Records listened to the “Pekin Tapes”, they signed the band, but instead of releasing the “Pekin Tapes”, they sent the band back to the studio……

On Novemer 28th the believed lost „Pekin Tapes“ by Pavlov’s Dog will be released by Rockville Music. The „Pekin Tapes“ were recorded in October 1973, nearly two years before „Pampered Menial“, and were originally intended to become the band’s debut album. They fascinatingly demonstrate the variety and wide-ranging musical scope of the early Pavlov’s Dog, as the band itself handled the production, with no outside producer to answer to. When ABC Records listened to the „Pekin Tapes“, they signed the band and decided to send them back to studio to produce a completely new album: “Pampered Menial“ was released in 1975 and became a milestone in Progressive Rock history. The „Pekin Tapes“ though were never used and finally forgotten. Golden Voice Studio in Pekin/IL burned down in 1977, taking with it the masters of the “Pekin Tapes“. They were believed lost since then. Unexpectedly, in 2014 a copy of the “Pekin Tapes“ was discovered. After going to extensive lengths to restore the tape, the “Pekin Tapes“ will be released with a delay of some 41 years. Additionally, the release includes four bonus tracks of early demo recordings from March 1973. These are the earliest Pavlov’s Dog signs of life ever discovered. ……

Line-up / Musicians

- David Surkamp / Vocals, Guitar
- David Hamilton / Keyboards, Vocals
- Dough Rayburn / Mellotron, Keyboards
- Sigfried Carver / Violin
- Rick Stockton / Bass, Vocals
- Mike Safron / Drums, Vocals
- Steve Scorfina / Guitars, Vocals

01 Subway Sue
02 Natchez Trace
03 Time
04 Stomp Water Magic
05 It’s All For You
06 Song Dance
07 Dreams
08 Clipper Ship
09 Fast Gun
10 Preludin & Fellacio in E minor

Bonus Tracks
(tracks 11-14: Early demo versions, rec. 3/1973)
11 Brand New Day
02 Natchez Trace
03 Fast Gun
04 I Wish It Would Rai


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