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4 May 2017

Galliard "New Dawn"1970 UK Prog Jazz Rock Deram label












Galliard  "New Dawn"1970  ultra rare UK Prog Jazz  Rock Deram label
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Galliard’s second alum came out the following year of their debut’s release with a major line-up change, even if five of six original members remained: while sax player John Smith departed, he was replaced by a four-man wind section, not including Caswell’s trumpet. Also joining is keyboardist John Morton. While these are included as band members in a few reference books, some of the musicians play so few things, that most likely they were guest musicians (such as the well-known Harry Beckett playing on two tracks only). Again released on the Deram label, the album sports an all black cover and was recorded over the first seven months of 70 . While the album’s name would suggest a new start, the album remains fairly close to their debut effort (at least in half the tracks), although there are a few stranger twists, like Indian sitars, flutes and more. Again, the majority of the 8 tracks are penned by singer/guitarist Brown, but two off them are shared with newcomer keyboardist Morton, Caswell writing the remainder. Another slight difference is that bassist Abbott gets many vocal duties as well. 
After the opening title track, which sounds much like what Galliard did on their debut album with an enhanced brass section, a sitar opens the 9-mins Ask For Nothing before an enchanting flute gets the track rolling in a very trippy direction. This superb track keeps the sitar (played by guitarist Pannell) going throughout the whole track, even while it has veered into a rock structure, but before long it morphed into an electric raga, which gives an exhilarating sound with the acoustic sitar and the brass replies close to orgasmic levels, and the track slowly dying in an organized chaos. Grandiose!! The 6- mins Winter-Spring-Summer starts as a lovely flute-laden folky tune, but soon diverts in a fantastic jazzy tune where Harry Beckett’s flugelhorn is simply divine, with Geoff Brown’s vocals sounding like Cressida’s Angus Cullen. 

On the flipside, Open Up Your Mind returns to the quirky brass rock that they had developed in their debut album. The folky And Smile Again has Morton on accordion and somehow a Bert Jansch atmosphere escapes from the track, mostly due to Brown’s vocals, but the typical Jansch general song delivery also helps. Next up is Something Going On, much reminiscent of early Chicago (the start of 25 Or 6 To 4), often changing tempo and offers some real songwriting for brass, and in the second part, and after a slower middle section with a trombone, the track slips into a joyful faster section, where Brown sounds again like Cressida’s Cullen. Yet another highlight in this album that seem to collect them. The Caswell-penned Premonition is the best typical brass-rock track of the album, with Caswell’s trumpet and Jenkins’ sax pulling delightful solos. The closing 6-mins+ In Your Mind’s Eyes starts on spacey modulator, guitar feedbacks and organ guts wailings, then the brass section jumping out of the box on a wild drum rising from the dead, the track constantly evolving through singing, guitar solo answered by merciless brass replies, this tracks rocks immensely and intensely., before dying much like it was born, amid spacey throes. 

While obviously a more eclectic affair New Dawn is the worthy successor of Strange Pleasure, which this sophomore effort gives much of as well and even more. M%uch more adventurous than its predecessor, New dawn has a schizophrenic quality as half the tracks are pure brass-rock, but the other half is completely eclectic, and thankfully so. This second album is much worth the proghead’s investigation and investment. ………..by Sean Trane ……….. 


Galliard were in on the ground floor of the British progressive rock movement, releasing their debut album, Strange Pleasure, in 1969 and mixing jazz, rock, folk, and psychedelic influences. The following year, New Dawn pretty much picked up where its predecessor left off, with one key exception. The band had initially featured two wind players, Dave Caswell and John Smith; though Smith was absent from New Dawn, a whole brace of additional horn players had been brought in to augment the sound. This was during the period when the likes of Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears (and their British equivalents) were starting out, and brass-rock was all the rage. That’s not to suggest that Galliard were trying to ride the brass-rock gravy train – their work is too skilled and varied for that – but simply that they were right in time for the Zeitgeist. Some cuts, like "New Dawn Breaking” and “Open Up Your Mind,” make full use of the horn section, coming off like a cross between early Chicago and jazzy U.K. prog rockers Colosseum, but that’s far from the dominant sound on this eclectic outing. Lead guitarist Richard Pannell’s sitar work on “Ask for Nothing” contributes to a swirling Eastern atmosphere that seems soaked in a kind of psychedelic afterglow from the late ‘60s. “Winter – Spring – Summer” is an ambitious suite full of shifting dynamics and settings, while the gentle, acoustic-based “And Smile Again” echoes Jethro Tull or the more folk-oriented moments of Traffic. “Premonition” is a straight-up jazz-rock instrumental pushed along by Tommy Thomas’ congas, where Pannell and the horns get to stretch out a bit. Closing track “In Your Mind’s Eyes” (sic) opens with a couple of minutes of atmospheric, otherworldly tones before bringing things home with a blast of bold-faced, brass-filled prog rock. The striking thing is just how good Galliard were at all of the varied styles they attempt on New Dawn, but sadly, it was to be their last album…..by James Allen ………allmusic…………. 


Esoteric Recordings are pleased to release both of the highly collectable albums by Progressive / Jazz Rock outfit Galliard. Formed in the Midlands in 1969 featuring Andrew Abbott (bass), Geoff Brown (vocals), Dave Caswell (saxophones), Richard Pannell (guitar), Les Podraza (drums) and John Smith (woodwind), this innovative group recorded their second album for Decca’s Deram imprint in 1970. Like many other Deram acts, Galliard failed to achieve the commercial success they deserved. Both ‘New Dawn’ and their previous release 'Strange Pleasure’ (also released this month by Esoteric) are among the most collectable and valuable records of the Progressive Rock genre………… 


Formed in the English Midlands as a six-piece band in 1969, Galliard released their second LP New Dawn in 1970. The album has a strong progressive flavour, with an interesting brass section and great, strong melodies. It also features the great sitar breakout 'Ask for Nothing’, certainly one of the highlights here, a trippy 9 minute long sitar raga. Although their first album Strange Pleasure is widely known, New Dawn has remained somewhat unknown to collectors and is reissued on vinyl here for the first time. 

Original artwork and remastered sound. Limited to 500 copies. ………… 


Second album is more dynamic and interesting in its aspirations. With the exception of a raga/eastern theme and other slow stuff which keeps dragging, it’s a pretty fast ride. The old folk ideas are still here, but this time the compositional values have risen a notch, giving a richer texture to the musical approach. Brass driven folk-rock going through adventurous ground - John Smith has been replaced with a 4 man wind/brass section blowing this album into some pretty interesting waters. Tempos keep shifting quite often and in the confusion the brass must usually lead the way unto new unknown territories. Almost four stars, could’ve been better without these redundant sitars and a silly track with the accordion at mid. Pretty good progressive “brass-rock”, give them a shot if you have the chance……by….King Insano ………… 


2nd and last album by the brilliant British early Jazz-Rock Fusion band Galliard, which somehow slipped into obscurity in spite of the fact that they were as good as any of the famous bands of the genre, which enjoyed enormous success, like Blood, Sweat & Tears for example. The band comprised of trumpeter Dave Caswell, guitarist / vocalist Geoff Brown (who composed all the material), bassist Andy Abbott, lead guitarist Richard Pannel, drummer Les Podraza and saxophonist John Smith, but was expanded by additional brass players during the recording session: saxophonist Lyle Jenkins, trumpeter Harry Beckett, trombonist John Hughes and others. The music is excellent, typical of the era, with unexpected turns and twists and superb brass arrangements, often quite complex and always beautifully executed. This is a true lost gem and Jazz-Rock Fusion / Prog fans not familiar with this heavenly music should embrace it with joy. Most warmly recommended!….by……….Jazzis ……… 


Galliard was a sextet formed in the summer of '68 that developed a psychedelic rock led by the Caswell twins and the singer Geoff Brown. They recorded two records on the Deram label (Decca’s progressive subsidiary seal). His first album released in 1969 was quite eclectic, and contained everything from flamenco to medieval music. For his second work, New Dawn (1970), wind instrumentalist John Smith was gone, but the group shared an extraordinary metal section, composed of four musicians plus keyboardist Morton. This second album sounds a bit different, but it’s still more or less in the same musical style as its predecessor. Except for the fact that the musical horizons expand towards the folk and the production is quite better. In general a much more complete album and a work worthy of mention. 

The album was recorded during the first half of 1970, so the name of the album, New Dawn, could suggest a new beginning. Although as I mentioned before, it closely follows the direction marked in its debut, there are some strange turns in that musical route and we find more musical variety. Most of the songs were composed by singer / guitarist Geoff Brown, except one of them being shared with the newly incorporated John Morton (Open Up Your Mind) and Premonition, composed by Dave Caswell…………… 


Η Esoteric συνεχίζει τις επανεκδόσεις και φαίνεται να έχει βαλθεί να φέρει στην επιφάνεια μικρά και δυσεύρετα διαμαντάκια του progressive. Αυτή τη φορά σειρά έχουν οι Βρετανοί Galliard που κατάφεραν να εκδώσουν μόλις δύο δίσκους, το ντεμπούτο “Strange Pleasure” και το εδώ παρουσιαζόμενο “New Dawn”, ένα συνολικά πιο άρτιο άλμπουμ και η καλύτερη στιγμή τους. 

Οι Galliard κινήθηκαν στο χώρο του πρώιμου progressive με αρκετά ψυχεδελικά στοιχεία, όμως η προσθήκη πνευστών στις τάξεις τους τούς έφερε πιο κοντά στον jazz rock ήχο των Blood, Sweat & Tears, των Chicago Transit Authority και των Warm Dust. Ειδικά στο "New Dawn” η ομάδα των πνευστών έχει μεγαλώσει αισθητά με την προσθήκη και φιλοξενούμενων μουσικών που όλοι μαζί δίνουν αρκετές φορές ένα πιο soul και r’n’b άγγιγμα. Είναι φανερό ότι για να αντεπεξέλθεις στην πρόκληση του συγκερασμού όλων αυτών των μουσικών ειδών πρέπει να είσαι ικανότατος μουσικός και φυσικά οι Galliard δεν υπολείπονται διόλου σε αυτό. Το έξτρα κίνητρο που έχει όμως ο επιφυλακτικός με τέτοιου είδους συγκροτήματα είναι ότι, ειδικά στο “New Dawn”, επιδεικνύουν μία εξαιρετική τραγουδοποιία. 

Τραγούδια όπως το "Something’s Going On” θα μπορούσαν αν γίνουν επιτυχίες άξιες να σταθούν δίπλα σε παρόμοιες συνθέσεις όπως το “Vehicle” των Ides Of March ή το “25 or 6 to 4” των Chicago. Σε γενικές γραμμές όλες οι συνθέσεις χαρακτηρίζονται από αμεσότητα και μελωδικότητα ενώ η σχετικά σύντομη διάρκειά τους για τα δεδομένα του είδους (μέσος όρος τα 4-4,5 λεπτά) δεν αφήνει περιθώρια για κούραση. Ακόμα και η σουίτα “Winter-Spring Summer” προλαβαίνει μέσα σε 6 λεπτά και να αλλάξει αρκετές κατευθύνσεις όντας γεμάτη ιδέες και να μην φανεί τραβηγμένη ή κουραστική. 

Μοναδική εξαίρεση αποτελεί το “Ask For Nothing” που πιάνει τα 9 λεπτά και απέχει ελαφρώς από τη φιλοσοφία του δίσκου με το συνδυασμό φλάουτου και sitar. Παρεκκλίνει επίσης του ύφους των υπολοίπων το “And Smile Again” που μοιάζει να έχει ξεπηδήσει από το “Songs From The Wood” των Jethro Tull. 

Ό,τι κι αν δοκιμάζουν όμως οι Galliard τους πετυχαίνει και το σύνολο αποδεικνύεται ιδιοφυές. Το “New Dawn” αποτελεί ένα αδικημένο αριστούργημα και η πολύ προσεγμένη αυτή επανέκδοση μπορεί και οφείλει να το αποκαταστήσει στην θέση που του αρμόζει…………….. 

Line-up / Musicians 
- Andrew Abbott / bass, second lead vocals 
- Geoff Brown / vocals, rhythm guitar 
- Dave Caswell / woodwind (saxophone & flute) 
- Richard Pannell / guitar, sitar 
- Leslie Podraza / drums 
- John Smith / woodwind 
- Harald Beckett / trumpet, flute, horn 
- John Hughes / trombone 
- Lyle Jenkins / saxophone 
- John Morton / keyboards 
- Tony Roberts / saxophone, flute 
- Tommy Thomas / percussion 


Tracklist 
A 1 New Dawn Breaking
A 2 Ask For Nothing
A 3 Winter-Spring-Summer
B 1 Open Up Your Mind
B 2 And Smile Again
B 3 Blood
B 4 Hear The Colours
B 5 I Wanna Be Back Home 

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