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12 Jan 2017

Tony Caro & John “All On The First Day” 1972 UK Private Psych Acid Folk only 100 copies pressed

Tony Caro & John “All On The First Day” 1972 UK mega rare Private Psych Acid Folk only 100 copies pressed…highly...recommended…!!

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One of the rarest acid folk items (100 were pressed at that time) was this album by Tony, Caro & John, which was reissued on LP first a couple of years ago, but now got its official re-release on CD with liner notes, pictures and several bonus tracks. The whole album was recorded on a tape recorder with 2 tracked mono channels. Also this album has all the elements of the magical UK folk years, with acoustic guitars, bass, handpercussion and male/female vocal harmonies and singing, with some small parts of violin, various reverbs, electric wahwah guitar touches. Those persons who like Agincourt, and groups like that have a serious chew here.
Because the album was re-released on LP I gave it another listen and I must say I was surprised again by its quality of inspiration. There must have been a real special moment, atmosphere and even love affair haven been going on listening to to the songs and arrangements. There’s also a feeling of freedom with a few arrangements that crosses the edge of the obvious with creative solutions that are slightly funny but that firs so well and serious too. A happy energy there is. The female backing vocalist makes the association we get with Incredible String Band a bit stronger, but this still is a unique setting and moment of something magical happening. It worked and it’s saved on record ! At the first listens I had a few favourite songs, but now I see something of the same qualities, elements and association on each moment of the album. Recommended!…………

All In The First Day was originally recorded in London in 1970 in a home studio and put on disc in 1972. Only 100 copies were ever pressed and this record album is one of those 100 !. One of the rarest acid folk discs ever. It was recorded on a two track mono channel unit and this album has all the elements of the magical U.K folk years with acoustic guitars, bass, handpercussion, and male/female harmonies and singing, with some small parts on violin, various reverbs, and electric wahwah guitar touches. Some of the band have stated that they were very much influenced by the Sgt Peppers album and the music of Bob Dylan. The music reminds us of ‘Incredible String Band and is as good as Hangmans Beautiful Daughter, All tracks are amazing, no fillers on this album. For many collectors this is the best unknown underground release ever! and for many “there are no greater heroes”.

Tony, Caro and John is a British folk rock trio who recorded the album All on the First Day in 1972. The threesome took much of their inspiration from the Incredible String Band’s eclectic strain of psychedelic folk, although songwriter and singer Tony Doré’s compositions had a sound and voice of their own. The All Music Guide[1] writes of the trio, “Tony, Caro and John were also wont to embellish their basic male-female vocal harmonies, and one electric guitar-one-acoustic-guitar-bass line-up, with weird touches of hippie psychedelia in the occasional electronic effects, tinkling percussion, flageolet (a type of small flute), wah-wah, and violin… Slightly sardonic but cheerfully playful, and with strong tunes effectively blending major and minor modes, they’re more approachable for listeners with conventional rock and pop tastes than the Incredible String Band, or Incredible String Band-like bands of the period, such as Forest and Dr. Strangely Strange.”
Multi-instrumentalist Tony Doré and bassist John Clark were childhood friends in Derby, England, and played together on both the rock and folk circuit. After university they reunited in 1970, when John came to London to join Tony and Caroline (Caro), who had played university folk clubs together. All on the First Day was made in 1972 with almost no budget and primitive equipment, recorded on John’s 2-track; they could overdub in mono only by re-recording the backing track at the same time. They self-pressed the LP in an edition of only 100 copies, with the home-grown nature of the product emphasized by individually spray-painted covers.

Expanding the band line-up with Simon Burrett on lead guitar, Jonny Owen on Harmonica and Rod Jones on keyboards, Tony, Caro and John continued on the college circuit for a little while under the name “Forever and Ever” but the gigging stopped in the late seventies, when families and careers took precedence. The band continued to jam together, and to record in Clark’s by now, multi-track studio.

Then in 2001, Tony Doré was contacted by Shadoks Music in Germany, when it transpired that there was an underground following for the All on the First Day album, and copies were changing hands for substantial sums of money. The band agreed that Shadoks could produce a limited release of vinyl albums from the original master, and at the same time release the album on CD. The release included five bonus tracks recorded around the time of All on the First Day. Almost simultaneously the band released some of the studio tracks recorded since All on the First Day, as the limited edition CD-R album Retrospect under the Forever and Ever band name. This was available online.

Bassist John Clark died in 2005.

Following the wider release of the band’s material, one of Doré’s compositions “The Snowdon Song” was covered by the indie duo Beach House, on their eponymous 2006 debut album. Although not attributed to TCJ on the album, and given a different title (“Lovelier Girl”), Beach House do not dispute authorship of the song. Doré worked with Beach House’s management on authorship and royalty issues….Wiki……………

“Fans of the classic 1972 acid folk LP All On The First Day by Tony Caro & John rejoice! Yes, if you have one of the hundred or so copies of the original UK private press (with the hand-spray-painted cover, then you are probably a millionaire), or you purchased the ultra-limited Shadoks label reissue with EP in 2001, or the Gaarden records reissue of said reissue (if not, pressing two is still available, folks), there is still more! Drag City Records, Gaarden Records, and Galactic Zoo Disk have united forces to bring you Blue Clouds, a collection of the band’s outtakes, rarities and live recordings spanning 1972 –1977. There are full band head-rockers here as well as quiet, stripped down home recordings– plus a little drum machine sprinkled among the folky whimsy. Even casual fans of 60s psychedelic folkiness will enjoy this odds and sods compilation, as it stands up as a 'great lost album’ (do we even need mention that the trendy popsters Beach House ripped off a tune from TCJ’s Tony Dore? ah, probably not) and certainly serious fans of English pastoral folk like Incredible String Band, Bert Jansch, Left-Handed Marriage, The Holyground collective, Dr. Strangely Strange, Forest, etc. will need to grip this fast.”….

All on the First Day was extremely Incredible String Band-influenced in its minimal folk-rock, particularly in Tony Dore’s vocals. While it might be a lot smaller in the range of instruments, and thinner in depth of production than the old Incredible String Band records, it’s also mighty more tuneful and accessible to conventional pop ears. The threesome have a good knack for catchy tunes with minor chords aplenty, without any of the wavering drone-grate categorizing much of the ISB’s output. Although many of the compositions address the hippie mindset of the early '70s – making love, folky vignette story-songs, the apocalypse, and references to nature and fable-like figures aplenty – they’re relayed with just enough irreverent wit to tread the line between clever and indulgent. The homespun male-female harmonies are bolstered by imaginatively unpredictable, if low-budget, weird tinges of electronic effects, slide guitar swoops, violin creaks, wah-wah, Jew’s harp, zig-zaggy guitar reverb, and flageolets (a small flute). It’s a very likable album, heartily recommended to early-'70s British folk-rock fans looking for something of quality they likely have never heard of before, let alone actually heard. Originally issued in a quantity of a mere 100 copies in 1972, Normal/Shadoks’ CD reissue of the album 30 years later adds five bonus tracks, and historical liner notes by the group. The five bonus tracks include two decent outtakes from the album, and tracks of slightly later vintage that have a more straightforward (and less interesting) period rock sound….. by Richie Unterberger………..

This is an oblique view of the group of musical friends that often calls itself Forever & Ever but has variously been named Tony Caro & John (folk phase). Salome & Nihilists (Pre-Raphaelite phase). The Polyphonic Tadpoles (just-discovered-synthesizers phase) Tone Deaf and the Philistines (punk phase) and Ageing Hippies (time-to-own-up phase). These songs are of their time, but they're of our time too, a timeline a bit outside the mainstream of fame, style and the music business. You know those trees in the middle of forests, the ones that may or may not fall? Well, they're us. But art doesn't require the whole world to notice. If we were that desperate for attention we would be sawing sharks in half or something, certainly not making music. 

The 60-second band history for those with the longer attention spans. John (bass), Rod (keyboard), sister Julie (voice) and I spent our childhood in Derby, a Rolls-Royce town with one bookshop, one record shop and one musical instrument shop. It could easily be a cultural haven now, but back then you just got away quick. Down in the Bright Lights we bumped into Caroline of the banana-like melismas and her harp-blowing brother Jonny. Shortly after, Simon walked through the door with his quantum-leap guitar and all-round musicality. And that was the band, a slightly bizarre combination of ex-folkies (Tony, Julie, Caro), electronics aficionados (John, Rod) and R&B types (Simon, Jonny), one that has persisted through the loss of several drummers, groupie-famines, onstage electrocutions, Caroline marrying at least two of us, and expatriations to Norway, Holland and the USA. 

We are still together, and "Life still flickers in the flames......where sounds of laughter still remain"........Tony Doré. 2001 ............................

Acoustic Guitar – Tony Doré (tracks: A1 to A6, B2 to B4, B6, C1)
Bass – John Clark (28) (tracks: A1 to A5, B2, B4 to B6, C1 to D3), Tony Doré (tracks: B1)
Effects – John Clark (28) (tracks: A2, B6), Tony Doré (tracks: A6)
Electric Guitar – John Clark (28) (tracks: A2), Simon Burrett (tracks: C1, D3), Tony Doré (tracks: A3 to B1, B4, B5, D1 to D3)
Flageolet – Tony Doré (tracks: B1, B5)
Kazoo – Caroline Doré (tracks: B6)
Mandolin – Tony Doré (tracks: B6)
Organ – Tony Doré (tracks: C1, D1)
Percussion – Caroline Doré (tracks: A1, A2), John Clark (28) (tracks: A2, B3), Tony Doré (tracks: B1)
Slide Guitar – Tony Doré (tracks: A2)
Tambourine – Caroline Doré (tracks: B6)
Violin – Tony Doré (tracks: A3)
Vocals – Caroline Doré (tracks: A1 to A3, B1 to D1, D3), John Clark (28) (tracks: B5, B7), Julie Doré (tracks: D3), Simon Burrett (2) (tracks: D3), Tony Doré (tracks: A1 to A3, A5 to C1, D2, D3)

A1 The Snowdon Song
A2 Eclipse Of The Moon
A3 Meg II
A4 Snugglyug
A5 Apocalypso
A6 Sargasso Sea
B1 Swordsman Of Samoa
B2 There Are No Greater Heroes
B3 Waltz For A Spaniel
B4 Hole In My Heart
B5 Morrison Heathcliff
B6 Don't Sing This Song
B7 Homecoming
Bonus Single 
C1 All On The First Day
D1 Swirling Sphere
D2 Children Of Plenty
D3 Forever And Ever

All on the First Day (1972). Self-released, vinyl.
All on the First Day (2001). Shadoks Records. Re-release with bonus tracks, vinyl and CD.
Retrospect (2001). Self-released under name Forever and Ever, CD-R.
All on the First Day (2010). Gaarden Records. Digital release.
All on the First Day (2012). Media Arte Records (South Korea). Limited edition CD Mini-LP.
Fall Away Like Leaves (2011). Gaarden records. Digital release under name Tony Doré and Friends.
Blue Clouds (2012). Drag City, Gaarden and Galactic Zoo Records. Vinyl and digital release.
Compilation appearances

Love, Peace & Poetry, British Psychedelic Music (2001). Shadoks Records. Vinyl and CD. Features track “There Are No Greater Heroes”

watch.................. Tony, Caro & John "Blue Clouds" 2012 CD 1972-1977 recordings UK Acid Psych Folk

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