Sunday, 29 April 2018

Python Lee Jackson "In A Broken Dream" 1972 (feat Rod Stewart as guest vocalist) Australia Blues Rock Pop Rock


Python Lee Jackson  "In A Broken Dream" 1972  (feat Rod Stewart as guest vocalist) Australia Blues Rock Pop Rock
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Python Lee Jackson was an Australian rock band active from 1965 to 1968, before a brief sojourn in the United Kingdom. The group’s most famous hit was ‘In A Broken Dream’, featuring Rod Stewart as a guest vocalist. This fine title now gets its first ever release on CD…..~



Python Lee Jackson was an Australian rock band active from 1965 to 1968, before a brief sojourn in the United Kingdom. The group’s most famous hit was ‘In A Broken Dream’, featuring Rod Stewart as a guest vocalist. This fine title now gets its first ever release on CD…..~


Python Lee Jackson were an Australian rock band active from 1965 to 1968, before a brief sojourn in the United Kingdom from late 1968 to mid-1969. The group had recorded a single, “In A Broken Dream” (October 1970), featuring Rod Stewart as guest vocalist in April 1969. The group reformed in 1972 and the single was re-released in August: it peaked at No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 56 on the United States Billboard Hot 100. The group disbanded again later that year. Their early vocalist, Mal McGee (1966–68) died on 17 May 2012.
Australian period 
Python Lee Jackson were formed in December 1965 in Sydney by two men from the United Kingdom – Frank Kennington and Mick Liber (born 1 March 1944, Peebles, Scotland) – and David Montgomery (born September 1945, Melbourne) on drums (ex-Jeff St John & the Id). Both Liber, on guitar, and Kennington, on vocals, were former members of the Denvermen, a surf instrumental group in Sydney, from mid-1965 and contributed to that group’s single, “I Can Tell” (November).

With Roy James on bass guitar, Python Lee Jackson played the underground circuit. In early 1966, Kennington was deported to the UK, and former the Missing Links singer, Bob Brady, filled in for several months before Liber and Montgomery put a new line-up together. In March 1966 keyboard player and singer, David Bentley (born 1943, Brisbane), left Jeff St John & the Id to join his old bandmate, Montgomery, alongside Liber, together with former Unit 4 bass player, Lloyd Hardy (a.k.a. “Cadillac” Lloyd Hudson).

In June, the quartet added former Wild Cherries’ Melbourne-born singer, Malcolm McGee (1 November 1945 – 17 May 2012), and opened Rhubarb’s club in Sydney’s Liverpool Street. McGee described how Python Lee Jackson is “the ultimate name. Group names are becoming more and more ridiculous – PLJ is the name to end all names.”

Jackie Lee Lewes of The Australian Women’s Weekly opined in November 1966 that “Their music is loud and furious” and cited McGee, who felt their sound was in “the Chicago-style city blues idiom."Lewes also reported that "The members of [the group] say they have created a modern image – not only with their music but also with their up-to-date clothes.The magazine provided a double page spread of the band members modelling their clothing.

In September 1966, Bentley left and was replaced by Bob Welsh on piano.The band released its first single, "Emergency Ward” (November 1966), backed by a cover version of Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?” as its B-side.Some sources cite “Emergency Ward” as a single by local DJ Ward Austin featuring Python Lee Jackson as his backing group. Their second single was a cover of Major Lance’s “Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um”, backed by “Big City Lights”, in December 1966.

Late in 1966 Hardy was replaced by Duncan McGuire, from Doug Parkinson’s group the Questions, for three weeks. McGuire appeared on the band’s version of Sam and Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Coming”, backed by “Your Mother Should Have Warned You”, before Hardy (now using by the name, Virgil East) returned for the band’s first trip to Melbourne in March 1967. Like its predecessor, the new single was a minor hit. While in Melbourne the group performed at the Catcher night club, from 17 to 19 March, with various local bands each night. The group returned for an extended stay from 30 March to 16 April. 

In April 1967 Dave MacTaggart from Adelaide band the Black Pearls replaced Virgil East. On 11 June, the group appeared on Opus TV with the Loved Ones and Ray Hoff and the Offbeats. The new line-up released the band’s final Australian single, “It’s a Wonder”, backed by “I Keep Forgetting”, in August before Welsh left to be replaced by saxophone player. Bernie McGann. 

A few months later Liber left and worked with Billy Thorpe and Gulliver Smith’s band, the Noyes. Former member East joined Jeff St John’s next project, Yama. Liber’s replacement was Laurie Arthur from the Strangers. Python Lee Jackson continued to play gigs, appearing at Melbourne clubs, Sebastians, and Berties until they broke up in January 1968. 

McGee then joined vocal trio [the Virgil Brothers with Rob Lovett (formerly of the Loved Ones) and Mick Hadley (ex-Purple Hearts). McGee recorded two singles with the Virgil Brothers, including their Australian hit, “Temptation 'Bout to Get Me”, but he left the group after they moved to the UK in late 1969 and was replaced by Danny Robinson (ex-the Wild Cherries). McGee later played with McGuire in Rush. MacTaggart reunited with Liber briefly in Billy Thorpe’s band. Montgomery reunited with David Bentley in the David Bentley Trio.
British period 
Python Lee Jackson reformed in the UK in October 1968 by Bentley, Liber and Montgomery;[2] they were joined by former Levi Smith Clefs’ bass player, John Helman (also ex-Jeff St John and the Id).[6] They played at the Vesuvio club on Tottenham Court Road. In early 1969 they performed at the Arts Lab on Drury Lane for several months where they were spotted by DJ, John Peel. In April 1969 Bentley, Liber and Montgomery, were joined by Jamie Byrne from the Groove, and recorded three tracks in the studio with Rod Stewart as a guest vocalist. Stewart was paid a set of car seat covers for his recording session. 

Stewart had been brought in to sing three tracks, after Bentley informed his bandmates that he didn’t think his own voice was right for them. They were recorded with Peel producing “In a Broken Dream.” Two other tracks, “Doin’ Fine” (a version of “Cloud Nine”) and “The Blues” remained unreleased until 1970 when Miki Dallon re-produced the track for his Youngblood label and released it, having bought the masters from Peel. The single was not a success on its initial release but Dallon re-released it in August 1972 to coincide with Stewart’s release of “You Wear It Well”, his second solo single. With Stewart more popular by then, “In a Broken Dream”, rose to number three in the UK Singles Chart and No. 56 in the United States Billboard Hot 100. 

Following the recording of the songs with Stewart, the group made sporadic live appearances and Time Out magazine advertised one show at the Bottleneck Club in the Railway Tavern, Stratford in East London on 28 June 1969. The band went into hiatus from 1969 to 1972, during which period the band members explored separate projects. 

In 1972, David Bentley, Mick Liber, and David Montgomery made recordings with new members Gary Boyle (guitar) and former The Easybeats’ member Tony Cahill (bass). These tracks subsequently appeared on the band’s only album (also titled In a Broken Dream) alongside the earlier Rod Stewart recordings from 1969. This resulted in the release of the song and the subsequent charting. The song was popular in Europe and appeared on the soundtrack of films and documentaries (including the art house movie Breaking the Waves) and became the subject of many cover versions. Rod Stewart included the song on two anthologies of previously recorded work and in 1996 an English band, Thunder, delivered a high-octane rendering that propelled it into the UK chart for the second time. In 2004, a cover of the song appeared on Relations, recorded by British singer Kathryn Williams. In 2009, Half A Cow released Sweet Consolation, a 24 track anthology of the band’s work. Meant to be a definitive collection, it does not contain “In A Broken Dream” as the producers were unable to obtain the required licences needed to include their most famous song. Cahill was replaced on bass by Chris Belshaw shortly before the band dissolved

Following the dissolution of the band, Montgomery would go on to briefly play drums for the American band King Harvest. He had been due to meet with Brian Jones on the day of Jones’s death to discuss a collaboration…..Wiki….~



The story unfolds like this. Disc jockey John Peel had signed the group to his Dandelion record label, but they were having problems with the vocals. From the liner notes of a little misunderstood - The Sixties Sessions

Around October 1968 - or possibly month or so later - Rod recorded the infamous In a Broken Dream with Python Lee Jackson. Although originally put down as a guide vocal, Rod's performance was so strong that the band's lead singer, Dave Bentley (who'd penned the song), never got around to putting his own vocals over the top. Although it flopped upon its initial 1970 release, it became a huge worldwide hit when reissued in 1972. As Rod later recalled: 

"It was all John Peel's fault. He said, 'come down and show this guy how to sing the tune'. So me, being naive, and in no particular group at that time [which was patently untrue - Rod was always in a group, and was at that time in the Jeff Beck Group], I went and showed him how to sing it. Then suddenly, three years later, it ends up as a hit single. I don't think Peely had anything to do with that, though. On the other side of the single [the 1970 release] there's a really bad version of the Temptations' Cloud Nine, with me singing the wrong words. But it wasn't called 'Cloud Nine' on the record...they renamed it 'So Fine' [NB: Rod got it wrong - it was actually mistitled Doin' Fine]. I didn't even get a mention." 
Peel was quick to confirm he had nowt to do with the reissue: 

"It all happened about four years ago ... I'd seen this Australian group called Python Lee Jackson at the Arts Lab in Drury Lane. We tried various singers on the song and one of them happened to be Rod. I didn't particularly want to issue anything with a session singer because it wouldn't be representative of what the group was really like, so when Miki Dallon [who'd produced the session] offered to buy the tapes, I was more than willing to sell..." 
The initial 1970 release, on Dallon's Youngblood label, had indeed paired up In a Broken Dream and Doin' Fine (YB 1017); however, a different B-side, Boogie Woogie Joe (which didn't feature Rod), appeared on the 1972 reissue (YB 1002). Rod had also recorded a third track with the band, The Blues, which appeared on their album, In A Broken Dream (SYB 3001), and was later paired up with (a by now correctly titled) Cloud Nine on a 1976 Younglood single (YB 1077). Confusing or what ? [NB: Rod later said that the fee he was paid for singing these three tracks was a set of new mats for his car!!!] --- liner-notes by N. E. Fulcanwright....~




In a Broken Dream reached #3 on the charts in the U.K. and #56 in the U.S. The author David Bentley remembers the recording session like this: 

Python Lee Jackson had a successful run in Australia before relocating to London with a line-up including original members Bentley, Cockney guitarist Mick Liber and drummer David Montgomery. "The band was in starvation mode at the time," Bentley recalls. "We'd worked for six weeks at the Tottenham Club, which was a club the Rolling Stones had started, but the drink bottles were emptying and not being refilled and the fairylights weren't working, so we were getting a bit of a picture." "I went to work on Fleet Street because I'm not good at living without funds. I would have continued with the band if they had something happening straight away, but London wasn't like that at that time, you had to hang about for years for anything to happen." 
But the band still had contacts through their former manager turned Oz publisher Richard Neville, and a recording date was arranged at CBS studios. "Mick (Liber) asked me, 'We've got this date tomorrow, could you write a song?' And if someone says, write a song, you do. I was supposed to sing it as well. I hadn't been the singer in the band before but I did sing, although I was more of a jazz singer". 

"In the morning I was walking along the street and I heard Joe Cocker singing 'With A Little Help From My Friends' coming out of a record shop. And the next shop had Stevie Winwood singing something. "I thought, 'There's no point me singing this'. My style was too gentle and intimate for it to work, so I phoned up and said I didn't want to do the vocal." 

When Bentley turned up, Rod was there. Stewart's manager was a friend of Liber's. "He had rehearsed the song in this little bedsit where the other guys were living. CBS had hired me a Hammond organ, which I loved but had never played before, but when we went in the song just wasn't working, it was horrible. "John Peel (music nut and famed BBC DJ) was the producer, so he sent out for enormous amounts of beer and we got pissed and it worked, you know. "And when Rod came in to do the vocals he added this extra dimension as I'd hoped that a good singer would. I do remember that he couldn't read the last verse because the lights were out so there are a few odd thing in there that aren't in the script!" 

After the job was done, they went their different ways. While it had been floated that they might become Stewart's band, nothing came of it and the singer joined the former members of The Small Faces, along with his Jeff Beck Group chum Ron Wood, to form The Faces, a project that ran in tandem with his solo career. 

In a Broken Dream went nowhere. Bentley's memory is that it was released seven times to zero result but eventually its star rose with Stewart's. "The song didn't connect in England at all until someone picked it up in Los Angeles, by which time Rod's career had moved forward to rekindle interest in the track. By that time people were releasing old Rod Stewart tracks left, right and centre, all of them to no effect except In a Broken Dream." In 1972 the song became a No 3 hit in the UK, and has been successfully reissued several times since. 

It was included on the 1989 Stewart box set Storyteller, where Stewart said in the liner notes: "This was only meant to be a demo which I did for a friend in exchange for a new set of carpets for my automobile." Others had a higher opinion, like respected UK critic John Bauldie, who argued it was one of the best things Stewart ever did. By the time the song broke the band had long since split. For a time Bentley wrote songs for a London publisher, but for the months that Python Lee Jackson was a household name, Bentley was living in splendid isolation in a remote village in Majorca. 

Bentley and Stewart never met again, although they came close. One night when he was on tour, Stewart dined in a Brisbane restaurant, never suspecting that the piano player was the author of In a Broken Dream. Bentley laughs. "I felt a bit weird about being the restaurant piano player and him the big star, so I didn't say anything." 

But he is at ease with the song. He has just included a version of it in his set, the first time he has played it since his brush with fame one night in London, 33 years ago. David Bentley still plays regularly in Brisbane. 
--- this was extracted from the The Rod Stewart Chronicle (primary source unknown)......~


Members in Australia 

* Mick Liber - guitar 
* David Montgomery - drums 
* Roy James - bass 
* Bob Brady - vocals 
* Lloyd Hardy aka Lloyd Hudson - bass 
* David Bentley - songwriter, keyboards, vocals 
* Malcolm McGee - vocals 
* Bob Welsh - piano 
* Duncan McGuire - bass 
* Dave MacTaggart - bass 
* Bernie McGann - sax 
* Laurie Arthur - guitar

Members in UK 

* David Montgomery - drums 
* Mick Liber - guitar 
* John Helman - bass 
* Jamie Byrne - bass 
* Tony Cahill - bass guitar 
* Gary Boyle - guitar



Credits 
Arranged By [String Arrangements] – Tom Parker 
Backing Vocals – Sue & Sonny* 
Bass – Tony Cahill 
Composed By – David Bentley 
Drums – David Montgomery (2) 
Engineer – Dave Hunt, Larry Bartlett 
Guitar – Gary Boyle, Mick Liber 
Keyboards – David Bentley 
Producer – Miki Dallon 
Saxophone – Bruce Johnson 
Vocals – The Bones (2)



Tracklist 
A1 In A Broken Dream 3:40 
A2 Boogie Woogie Joe 4:30 
A3 Doin' Fine 3:55 
A4 Sweet Consolation 4:10 
A5 The Blues 4:15 
B1 Turn The Music Down 3:00 
B2 If The World Stopped Still Tonight 3:05 
B3 Your Wily Ways 3:20 
B4 If It's Meant To Be A Party 3:20 
B5 Second Time Around The Wheel 4:50






Python Lee Jackson "Piano Players Ball" 1998 Compilation Australia Blues Rock

Track listing 
Turn the Music Down 3:00 
Second Time Around the Wheel 4:40 
Your Wily Ways 3:17 
If It's Meant to Be a Party 3:05 
Sweet Consolation 4:07 
Boogie Woogie Joe 4:09 
If the World Stopped Still Tonight 
When You Do Your Thing 3:15 
Then Armed Hairless Men 2:21 
Piano Players Ball 4:09 
Get Back on Your Feet Again 3:57 
Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear 1:56 
Lady Zelda 3:11 
Nightclub in the Day 0:30 


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