Thursday, 15 February 2018

John Robinson (ex-Blackfeather) "Pity For The Victim" 1974 Australia Prog Psych


John Robinson (ex-Blackfeather)  "Pity For The Victim" 1974 Australia Prog Psych 
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inc Vocals by Jeff St John, and most of the members of his side project “Duck”, Bobbi Marchini, ex-members from bands like, Tamam Shud, Aztecs, La De Da’s, Fanny Adams, Bruno Lawrence etc..~

Overrated solo Lp by ex-Blackfeather legendary axeman. Sure, he was a fine guitar player (his work in “At the Mountains of Madness” still turn me on…) but in this album he showed ONLY a part of his potential as musician and songwriter. A few excellent tracks but, at the other hand, there’s an overdose of string arrangements which make several tracks sound as the “Love Boat” soundtrack. Different lead singers (3) doesn’t help to album’s cohesion, neither…by…metaxa 



Sydney-based John ‘Robbo’ Robinson has been one of Australia’s most renowned guitarists for more than thirty years, and he is also an accomplished composer-arranger and a highly respected guitar teacher. 
John first came to prominence when he joined Sydney band The Dave Miller Set in 1967. The group was formed in early 1967 by Christchurch-born singer-songwriter Dave Miller. John joined a few months later and over the next three years he emerged as one of Australia’s original 'guitar heroes’, with the DMS becoming one of the first local bands to explore the heavy-rock style pioneered by acts like Cream, Hendrix and Free. John’s work with the DMS inluded countless gigs up and down the east coast of Australia and tours to New Zealand and Fiji, Pacific cruises – DMS were one of the first Australian pop bands to do this – and even a pioneering tour to Indonesia in 1969. John featured on the five DMS singles, “Why, Why Why”, “Hope”, “Get Together”, the psychedelic classic “Mr Guy Fawkes”, and their final single, a cover of Chicago’s “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”. After the failure of the last single, which flopped because of the infamous 1970 Radio Ban, the Dave Miller Set split. John soon put together a new group, the acclaimed Blackfeather, and secured a deal with Festival’s new progressive subsidiary Infinity. In April 1971 they released the classic Australian hard rock album At The Mountains Of Madness, which was a Top Ten hit, and they had great success with the hit single lifted from it, the perennial favourite “Seasons Of Change”, which was also successfully covered by Fraternity. 
Unfortunately, the partnership between Robinson and singer Neale Johns broke up acrimoniously later in the year and it was then that John discovered that the band’s name was in fact owned by their agent. Neale Johns formed a rival version of the band and John found himself unable to use the name of the group he had formed. 
John then joined Hunger, the house band at Jonathon’s Disco, which eventualy led to his next project, the acclaimed studio supergroup Duck. Under the direction of producer G.Wayne Thomas they recorded a highly regarded album of rock and R&B covers entitled Laid. Released in mid-1972 and featuring Jon English and Bobbi Marchini on lead vocals, with backing by John, renowned jazz pianist Bobby Gebert, percussionist Larry Duryea (ex Tamam Shud), former Aztec Teddy Toi on bass and Steve Webb on drums; the LP is now a prized collectors’ item. A touring version of the group was put together, with former Wild Cherries frontman Danny Robinson replacing English (who had by then joined the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar). 
After the end of the Duck project, John reunited with Dave Miller for a short-lived revival of the Dave Miller Set. In early 1973 John began working in earnest to develop his arranging and composing skills, which enabled him to get work with Festival producer Martin Erdman arranging recordings for Sister Janet Mead, Barry Leef and Jeff St John. 
John then formed the progressive power trio Eclipse with Tony Anderson on drums and Gary Evans on bass; John later augmented the group with electric violin and Moog synthesiser. By the time Eclipse folded, John had met the acclaimed Hungarian-born jazz-rock bassist Jackie Orzacsky and they formed a trio with drummer Joe Tattersall. With drummer they recorded the superb but little-known LP, Morning in Beramiada, which was released under Jackie’s name. 
Throughout this period John worked on tracks for a solo album project which was finally released in 1974 by Festival under the title Pity For The Victim. It featured an all-star lineup including some of the best singers of the period – Bobbi Marchini, Alison MacCallum, Barry Leef, Jeff St. John and Janice Slater – with Patrick Bleakley, Benny Kaika and Teddy Toi (bass), Julie Pearson and Bobby Gebert (keyboards), Steve Webb and Bruno Lawrence (drums) and Larry Duryea (percussion). It is now a sought-after collectors’ item – only about 1000 copies were pressed according to John and it remains one of the great 'lost treasures’ of Seventies Oz music…~



Credits 
Bass – Benny Kaika, Patrick Bleakley, Teddy Toi 
Congas – Larry Duryea 
Drums – Bruno Lawrence, Steve Webb 
Guitar – John Robinson  
Keyboards – Bobby Gebert, Chris Seresin, Julie Pearson 
Vocals – Barry Leef, Bobbi Marchini, Jeff St. John





Tracklist 
A1 A God Called “Free” 4:08 
A2 Tell Me What You See 2:52 
A3 Prowler 2:31 
A4 Lovin’ In A Taxi 2:25 
A5 Let The Sun Touch The Earth 3:56 
B1 A.M. Mail To Mullagawudji 5:01 
B2 Pay Your Dues 1:13 
B3 When Will I See You Again? 3:40 
B4 Whirlpool 2:57 
B5 A Way Of Our Own 4:50 

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