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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Dear Mr. Time “Grandfather” UK 1970 Prog Psych


Dear Mr. Time  “Grandfather”  UK 1970 Prog Psych
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Dear Mr Time were an obscure British outfit who straddled the late-period psych/early prog divide with their sole album, a concept piece entitled Grandfather. It (loosely, of course, in true concept album style) tells the story of one man’s life from his birth around the turn of the century to his own death, as recounted by his grandson. Birth - The Beginning makes for a pastoral enough start, but the pace picks up quickly enough as the story races towards the protagonist’s experiences as a soldier in the trenches. The rest of the album veers between acoustic and electric, but quality’s maintained throughout, avoiding the ‘only two or three decent tracks’ syndrome. On reflection, the concept actually owes a little to the Pretty Things’ seminal SF Sorrow, but it’s a very different album and, let’s face it, a fairly universal subject.No-one’s credited with Mellotron, so I’ll assume keyboard player Barry Everitt was responsible for the excellent MkII strings on Prelude (To Your Country Needs You?) and the rather shorter part in closer Grandfather. Pity they didn’t use it more, but there you go. Incidentally, the cellos in Prelude are real.All in all, this is really rather good, and undeservedly obscure, especially when you consider some of the third-rate stuff that’s been available for years. The CD appears to’ve been pressed from a vinyl copy, but the surface noise isn’t too bad, and rather a slightly crackly copy than none at all! A welcome addition to the field of UK psych/prog reissues, with a couple of good 'Tron tracks. Assuming you can find it, buy. ... ~ By planetmellotron ...~

This is an obscure progressive concept album which now interests some collectors. It is similar at times to The Moody Blues, and the project featured comment on the life of one man from the turn of the century until the time of his death.. The 45 Prayer For Her was a track from the album. 
~ from Tapestry of Delights. ...~

Reminiscent of the Moody Blues….. light, gentle english soft rock of a very easygoing kind. The rear cover depicts a bunch of long-haired stack-heeled polite groovers who drove trucks in the day and worked in the post-office, lolling about on a sunny day in Hyde Park or Kensington Palace Gardens, with a bigger bunch of Chelsea Pensioners looking on in amiable puzzlement at these rockin fellahs. Really quite charming in a simple way, like me. I own only a handful of rare Vinyl, this is a copy i got very cheap because its covered in scratches and virtually unplayable - this makes it sound even more of a strange time-capsule of that dim and distant infinitessimally small sunny day on the rear cover. I only played it once. ... By Mykepsych (RYM). ...~

“First-ever official reissue of Essex-based band Dear Mr. Time’s highly-regarded and much sought-after psych/prog concept album Grandfather. Heavily influenced by the Moody Blues and early King Crimson, Grandfather was recorded in mid-1970 and issued by the tiny Square Records in February 1971, but was only pressed in a total quantity of 1000 copies. This definitive release is taken from the original master tapes, and adds five superb home demos recorded around the same time as the album by guitarist and chief songwriter Chris Baker. It tells the group’s story for the first time, and includes many previously unpublished photographs.” Includes a 16-page booklet. …~


Dear Mr.Time - Grandfather (1970). Exquisite album. Not so long ago had a chance to seriously fill up the collection and I think this record perhaps the best of the acquisition for the last time. Delicate - not sounding as here there is also a pretty tough thing, but by careful, subtle relation to polyphony and melodic, LP. Awesome work, which, in my opinion, could compete with the most pathetic and famous teams, has been pressed in quantities of thousands of copies … 
The plate with a solid, verified sound, conceptual on a plan - I will not say that the idea is new, as similar stories already beaten, and even here in the blog, have similar drives. This is a peculiar story of a man in the story dear_mr_time_1970.jpgzarisovkah-compositions that tell the name of the grandson of the life and death of his grandfather, the historic rock pastoral. But it fulfilled all so harmoniously, at such a delicate and precisely seasoned verge of lyricism that brings me to a state of almost religious ecstasy - well, I have something, in general, a man carried away and is not always adequate, so we can only hope that you record might like otherwise my enthusiasm will look silly … A thin, shimmering sound. Something like that could catch the best things in another British band, Andwellas Dream - can upgrade memory, this blog is also present. “Authorities” talk about the music related to the Moody Blues, 
I catch him, and if, then, for purely external signs - some vocal and harmonic techniques actually have a certain similarity with music luminaries. 
Here are the names of the band members, who “melted in the mist of the centuries” after the release of a tiny edition of this wonderful vinyl: ..~

Highly sought-after on the collectors' circuit for many years, the Dear Mr. Time album Grandfather is an obscure but genuinely impressive example of the British late psychedelic/early progressive rock sound, firmly in the same vein as the likes of the Moody Blues and early King Crimson. Originally released in February 1971 by the small independent label Square Records, it now finally receives a first-ever official reissue. Taken from the original master tapes, this definitive release adds a batch of home demos of similar vintage by the band's guitarist and chief songwriter Chris Baker. It also tells the band's story for the first time and includes many previously unpublished photos. ....~

A bootleg version of the original Grandfather by Dear Mr. Time has been out there for years. You may even own it. Cast it aside and get this fully authorized reissue with five bonus tracks - released on UK's Wooden Hill in 2010. The sound quality is excellent as is the exhaustive booklet. Chris Baker, principal songwriter, provided Wooden Hill with four demos and a fifth un-issued track, Only Fooling, which seems pretty record-ready. The first reviewer has done a great job of putting this band and their only LP into context - sitting among the best of the concept albums of the late 60s and early 70s. While probably too simplistic an observation, you will find Moody Blues influences throughout including the stunning opening track - Birth that moves effortlessly into Out of Time - think On The Threshold Of A Dream period. Another surprise is the periodic use of the "wall of saxes" that King Crimson, VanDerGraph Generator and Jonesy used. Your Country Needs You has been compiled several times but, on my well worn CD player, Only Fooling is on "repeat". As a final thought, it remains always interesting how influential the often-maligned White Album (Beatles) really was. While never imitating, Dear Mr. Time explores a range of musical styles - capturing in Yours Claudia some of the magic of dear Prudence and I Will. Prog music has now become a kind of kitchen sink reference to post-60s music. In this case this is less prog and more just beautiful songs played well....By Purple Sub......~

Grandfather's sole effort - "Mr.Time", recorded and released on Square label in 1970, remains until now one of the most accomplished (and neglected) masterpieces of early British psych/prog. 
This is concept album (mini rock-suite, if you wish) based on philosophical, almost Biblical, attempt to describe the life of a man from his birth to the death. Often compared to uninspiring although ambitious effort by Pretty Things (S.F. Sorrow) it's far superior in all aspects. I would suggest that Grandfather stands closer to Procol Harum, Moody Blues, and, aesthetically, next to lesser known Grannie, although Grandfather is more mellow. In a way, it paved the road for another lesser miracle of British prog - The Alchemist. 
The album consists of 11 parts - superb psych/prog, with excellent acoustic elements, great strings and flute, competent and pleasant vocal harmonies. Almost all compositions were written by Chris Baker (except "Make Your Piece" by Barry Everitt and "Prelude" - credited to the whole band). "A Prayer For Her" could easily have commercial success even now (I cannot understand why it didn't happen?), "Your's Claudia" has interesting sound effects, while "Years & Fortunes" and "Grandfather" have strong flavour of medieval pieces, and "Out Of Time", "Your Country Needs You?" are rather hard-edge about them. 
Little is known about the band, which didn't even make it into The Tapestry of Delights (Tapestry of Delights), but they were: Barry Everitt - lead vocals + organ, piano, harpsichord; Chris Baker - lead guitar, backing vocals; Jim Sturgeon - sax, flute, acoustic guitar; John Clements - drums; David Sewell - bass. 
The album was released with unpretentious artwork by Barry Reeve. 
Really worth every penny...By Golovanov Alexey......~

The British proto-progressive movement of the early seventies gave the world many glorious names. However, even here there are still unfilled pages of history, which are closed by enthusiasts who search the archives. Among such finds is the only album of the quintet, Dear. Time. The concept album "Grandfather" was released in February 1971 by a small record company called Square Records. A modest circulation of a thousand copies sold out instantly, as the demand for such music at that time clearly exceeded the offer. 
In the center of the plot of the five guys from Essex - the collective image of the grandfather, whose difficult destiny, colorfully captured by his grandson, should serve as an example for the upbringing of the younger generation. A noscientific excursion into the country's past, carried out by rock means, is not the most common scheme. Nevertheless, here it works completely and completely. The melodic drawing of the individual chapters evokes definite associations with the creativity of The Moody Blues. But it, in general, and not surprising: these pioneers of the symphonic-fatal direction had an impact on many. The introduction "Birth-the Beginning" is very typical for the lyrical melody: the ballad-folk intonations are gradually superimposed on the sweeping polyphony with the vocal harmonies of all the ensemble members. Progressive rhythm and blues "Out of Time" demonstrates a bias in the more rigid, "rugged" areas: the voice of the frontman - organist Barry Everett - is also contributing to this. The entrancing flute intro Jim Sturgeon in "Make Your Peace" is sustained in a half-psychedelic shades of a la Jade Warrior, and then comes the bravura saxophone attack with the support of the rhythm section (Dave Sewille - bass, John Clements - drums, percussion). Tomato jazinka flickers gorgeous sketch "Your's Claudia", where from the instruments are presented only the guitar of Chris Baker and Mellotron. String imitation, together with juicy piano chords, forms the foundation of the beautiful dumb symphonet "Prelude (to Your Country Needs You?)". But the subsequent play "Your Country Needs You?" rhythm and a noticeably heavier sound remotely echoes with the early King Crimson. Hard-core efforts push the art component in the first half of the play "A Dawning Moonshine", however, its development proceeds in a dramatic manner. A nice choral sketch of "Years & Fortunes" on a couple with the motive country number "A Prayer for Her" acts as a kind of respite from the concept-bloat. And it is only in "Light Up a Light" that we are returned to the eventual panorama that is rid of frivolity. Elegical melodeclamation dominates in the introspective part of the finest composition "On a Lonely Night", combining chamber neobarochnye receptions with complex fatal monotematism. The narrative finale is a light folklore pastoral "Grandfather", 
I sum up: an excellent addition to the collection of a conservative tuned music lover. Enjoy.....by...sagael ....~ 

Members: 
* Chris Baker (guitar, vocals), 
* John Clements (drums, percussion), 
* Barry Everitt (vocals, organ, piano, harpsichord), 
* Dave Sewell (bass, vocals), 
* Jim Sturgeon (saxophone, flute, guitar, vocals) 

Tracks: 
01. Birth - The Beginning 4:01 
02. Out of Time 4:30 
03. Make Your Peace 5:23 
04. Your’s Claudia 2:54 
05. Prelude (To “Your Country Needs You?”) 3:01 
06. Your Country Needs You? 3:40 
07. A Dawning Moonshine 3:50 
08. Years and Fortunes 4:09 
09. A Prayer For Her 2:57 
10. Light Up a Light 3:26 
11. On a Lonely Night 4:19 
12. Grandfather 2:44 

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