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3 May 2017

Dillinger “Don’t Lie To The Band"1976 Canada Prog Rock










Dillinger “Don’t Lie To The Band"1976 Canada Prog Rock
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 Dillinger are a totaly unknown prog band from Toronto, Canada with two albums released and then gone into oblivion. I was really irritated that this band is so unknown, specially their second offer from 1975 named Don't lie to the band who is a fantastic and complicated little treasure in prog circles. The band was formed in 1973 by Harrison brothers - Jaques and Robert. who right from the beggining compose great catchy mix of jazz rock parts with progressive hooks melted with bluesy hard rock passages. On the album are two cover versions of Spooky Tooth - Two time love and from Beatles - Tax man, both quite ok in this context but not so excellent like their 6 original pieces who grace this release. The music as I said is brilliant, lots of catchy hooks, bith from guitar zone aswell from keyboards and druming parts, all is done with talent and inventivness all the way. The ieces are long, some of them clocking around 8 min, that means thay had room from instrumental exploration here, and is for sure an improvement over their first album. There are some folky arrangements here and there with flute and even sax and all the ingredints of class performance and in combination witt the rest of progressive twists and turns arrangements Don't lie to the band is for me a little tresure for sure. Well sadly this is their last swan song, to bad because this band is needing a far more recognition, at least for this second offer who is really killer and to damn unnoticed. For me easy 4 stars, worth every tune. A prog classic in my opinion who gone under the radar, that's why they disbanded soon after this album in 1976 . Recommended......... by b_olariu.............

"Don't Lie To The Band" is the second album by the Toronto based band, Dillinger. Originally released on the Daffodil Records label in 1976, two years after the band's debut, this album sees the band starting to pursue a hard rock direction on some songs rather than keeping with the progressive style of the previous effort. There are still some bright moments on this album that includes the songs, "It's Not All Mine," a radio friendly cover of a Spooky Tooth tune from the Mirror album, Munchkin Men, a superb psychedelic tinged progressive opus, the frantic Robot Race and the emotional ballad Coming Home. The band also does a miserable funk cover of the Beatles song, "Taxman," that is perhaps one of the worst adaption of a Beatles song ever done. Don't Lie To The Band was to be the last release by Dillinger before founding membersPaul Cockburn and Jacques Harrison split to form the hard rock band "The Hunt". This release by Unidisc is a straight reissue of the original album at a budget price and contains no bonus tracks.......by Keith Pettipas.......

Dillinger was formed by brothers Jacques and Robert Harrison in 1973. In 1974 the band signed with and released their debut album, 'Dillinger', on Daffodil Records. The record only had four songs featuring a 17 minute suite called "Live & Return" and a cover version of Spirit's "Nature's Way".

The album was met with indifference, but constant live gigging provided an audience for their more accessible follow-up, 'Don't Lie To The Band', in 1976. The album was produced by Daffodil president Frank Davies. Initial recording began in October 1975 at Wind River and Pro Sound Studios in Michigan. Dillinger utilized the production team at Toronto Sound of Terry Brown, Steve Vaughan and John Woloschuk (the same team who would complete Klaatu's debut LP in 1976) to complete the Dillinger album from late Fall 1975 to January 1976.

The album featured more cover tunes like Spooky Tooth's "Two Time Love" and The Beatles' "Taxman" as well as a large selection of Paul Cockburn originals. Drummer Robert Harrison was homesick for his native Quebec and would return their to join Offenbach. With his, and soon, bassist Terry Branhall's departure Dillinger's long and sprawling progressive leanings subsided.

This left the band with a fresh start for hold-over members Jacques Harrison and Paul Cockburn who brought in bassist Brian Gagnon (Bullrush), drummer Paul Kersey (Max Webster) and eventually multi-instrumentalist Gerry Mosby (Bond) to solidify a new, tougher, hard rock line-up which was christened by manager Cliff Hunt as The Hunt on the eve of recording their Dillinger's 3rd album at Phase One with producer George Semkiw.

Both Dillinger albums were re-issued on CD by Unidisc in the late 1990's.....
and Gerry Mosby .....Canoe Jam...........

Line-up / Musicians

Jacques Harrison / keys,vocals,sax,flute,accordion
Robert Harrison / drums,percussions
Paul Cockburn / guitars
Terry Bramhall / bass.

Songs / Tracks Listing

1 Two Time Love 3:15
2 Taxman 3:08
3 It's Not All Mine 3:39
4 Munchkin Men 9:35
5 You Lied 8:06
6 Robot Race 6:07
7 Coming Home 7:53
8 Bumpadidilly 3:11

Albums
1974 Dillinger (Daffodil) DAF 10045
1976 Don't Lie To The Band (Daffodil)
1998 Dillinger (Unidisc) AGEK-2155
1998 Don't Lie To The Band (Unidisc) AGEK-2156 

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