Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Pavlov’s Dog "Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfried?“ 2007 Recorded in 1977 US Prog Rock


Pavlov’s Dog  "Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfried?“ 2007  Recorded in 1977 US Prog Rock
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Recorded 1977 and originally titled "Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfried”. For the first time ever regularly released in 2007 by Rockville Music with 10 bonus tracks - rare and unreleased live and studio recordings 1974-77. 

Tracks 11-15 recorded live at Ambassador Theatre, St. Louis in 1975. 
Tracks 16-18 recorded live at Ford Auditorium, Detroit in 1976. 
Track 19 previously unreleased early version recorded at Pekin Studios. 
Track 20 previously unreleased song recorded in 1977, performed by David Surkamp and Doug Rayburn. .~


Reissue of the ‘Lost 3rd Album’. First ever version in top sound quality, compiled from the 2013 re-discovered original master tapes. The album was recorded in 1977 but not released. The master tapes were believed lost. Since the 80s there were several versions available, all made from very poor sounding cassette copies. This reissue comes in 2013 re-discovered, originally designated but never used Columbia artwork. 9 unreleased bonus tracks of live recordings & studio outtakes. The booklet tells the story of this album written by David Surkamp and includes a re-print of a Pavlov’s Dog comic….~


The band’s third album finds them improving somewhat over their second album (At the Sound of the Bell). That album had a more muddled sound quality, and weaker, poppier songs. This one inversely has more rock-based songs - like their first album - and a brighter, cleaner, more dynamic sound quality. 
The stronger songs tend to be in the second half of the studio tracks: Stop Short, It’s All For You, Suicide, and While You Were Out. It’s All For You features some nice lead vocals by guitarist Steve Scorfina. While You Were Out is a nice instrumental closer. It’s rather visual, and to me suggests the end of a beautiful sunny afternoon (at least, that’s how I’ve heard the song while listening to it, and it matches well). 
Violinist Siegfried Carter is again missing, which leaves out a key dimension from their debut album (Pampered Menial, their best album). That would have boosted the artistic element, and enriched the songs, here. 
The bonus live tracks are okay, but a universe away from the time this album was recorded. It’s hard to pair the two together, considering that the album was done in 1977, and the live tracks in 2011 with a completely different band….. Jim Richmond….~


I discovered these guys back in the 70s when I purchased “Pampered Menial” and “Sound of the Bell” and cannot believe that these albums are not available on Amazon or iTunes!!! But I was happy to find “Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfried” so that I could get back in touch with the amazing music produced by Pavlov’s Dog! I am awaiting the release of the first two albums on Amazon. I know they are available in the CD format but … But I can again appreciate the soaring American progressive music along with David Surkamp’s amazing voice. I admit it may take some getting used to but David’s voice works so well with the beautiful musicality of the group. Listen to “Julia” “She Came Shining"and "Only You” to get an idea of the wonder that is/was Pavlov’s Dog! ….by…James Gettens….~


The dilemma facing any Pavlov’s Dog fan, who no doubt already has Rockville’s previous release of Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfied? and even the bootleg issues of St Louis Hounds, is whether to buy this updated version of the band’s classic 'lost’ third album. The answer has to be Yes. First off there is the hugely improved sound on this 2013 release, which draws from the master tapes that have recently been unearthed. Then there is the altered running order of the tracks on the 2013 album, which, by reverting to the originally planned sequence, brings it to life. Rather than opening with Only You, as all earlier versions of the album do, this CD begins with the more upbeat Goodbye Trafalgar and follows with Falling in Love, before moving to Only You. This re-ordered - or rather original - running order sets a more upbeat tone for the whole album: quite why the changes were made for St Louis Hounds is unclear, but it does make a huge difference having tracks in the planned sequence. Thereafter, in no particular order, the benefits of the new release are: a bonus studio outtake from the Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfried? sessions, great liner notes from David Surkamp, an alternative mix of Falling in Love, an acoustic version of Julia, and some fine live tracks from the modern Pavlov’s Dog band (taken from the 2011 and 2012 tours) which include tracks from the first three albums (Pampered Menial, At The Sound of the Bell and Has Anyone….). In fact, the only downside of this new release is that anyone buying it will not get the bonus tracks on the original Rockville release, which include five exciting and vibrant live recordings of the band in its heyday (before the release of Pampered Menial) that were recorded at the Ambassador Theatre in St Louis in 1975, as well as the original recording of Theme from Subway Sue (which started it all four decades ago) and other unreleased material. For me, the only way to resolve the dilemma is to have both albums. You know it makes sense….by… Regor…~


David and the “Great Lost Pavlov’s Dog” album. So that is what you want to hear about, huh? Okay. I suppose it is worth a shot. Those were heady days, and more than a little depressing for your erstwhile poet find singer. 
Pavlov’s Dog had been touring in support of “The Sound of the Bell,” bringing its melodic romanticism to some of the strangest venue’s your narrator could have imagined in his youth. Yet living it! Concert dates with Nektar, Slade, Kraftwerk, Blue Oyster Cult, Journey, ELO, Thin Lizzy, Peter Frampton , ad nausea I left the band tired, restless and completely discontent. 
The rhythm section had been salvaged, with Kirk Sarkesian more than capably handling the drum chores in the wake of Mike Safron and Bill Bruford’s exits. David Hamilton was handling the piano in the studio, with Tom Nickeson holding it down on tour, in addition to his vocals and guitar duties. 
Me, I was just plain unhappy, with the record company, management and agencies all pushing for a “HIT.” Now lets be a trifle honest here, shall we? I write love songs, this is not the Brill Building. Major Plan Concocted!! Bring in new producers (Krugman and Perlman help meeeeeee!!!!!!), the band decides they ate songwriters (even the roadies), and EVERYBODY wants to sing! Did I want to vomit-you betcha! 
So the powers that be want David to deliver the “pop” songs, ouch. Douglas and I came up with “Painted Ladies” and “Trafalgar” in minutes, not our best work that. “Falling In Love” and “Jenny” were tossed out, spent seconds of pleasure on that pair. “Only You,” “I Love You Still” and “Suicide,” squarely where my heart was. 
The recording began in St.Louis at Technosonic Studios, not far from both my boyhood and present homes. Mark Spector $ John Jansen co-producing this awful mess. I came equipped with my bulldog Charlie & and Telecaster guitar each day, and amid wrestling bouts with Mark (yes…really), managed to get the basic tracks recorded with the band spinning out of control. Overduba were not pretty….Steve Scorfina is singing “It All For You,” a song he had from his REO Speedwagon days, and Tom came up with a quick instrumental exit for the album, “While You Were Out.” 
I’m singing the Jefferson Airplanes’ “Today,” (is this somebody’s idea of the “HIT” ?), and hating my every waking moment. Time to ditch this scene, David & Douglas escape to New York with the master tapes! Bring in the ringers! Jeff Baxter takes a masterful turn on the guitar solo on “Painted Ladies,” thanks Jeff! Jeff & Elliot Rahdall compose some melodic harmony guitars for “Falling In Love,” “Jenny” and elsewhere, Jim Maelen contributed some terrific percussion & smoothing quite a few bad patches. 
That’s Elliott on the solo in “Falling In Love,” he said he really liked the song & I didn’t. O well In any case, the gothic intrigue of “Only You” still holds measure with me today (I love Scorfina’s tragic pathos in the solo), as does “Suicide.” Is that where the unfortunate rumours of my untimely demise stem? I still perform Love You Stiff,“ from time to time, I enjoy the way my voice sounds! Also, "Only You,” occasionally. It still maintains the potential’ & penchant’ for a heartbreak… So It Goes ….by David ….~


- First ever release of the 1977 “Lost 3rd Album” in top sound quality, as finally compiled from the 2013 rediscovered original mastertapes (any other versions were made from bad sounding cassette copies). 
- plus 9 bonus tracks, previously unreleased and all different to bonus tracks of older versions 
- in the originally designated artwork of 1977 (as well rediscovered 2013) 

Full album info text: 

It’s been only three years since 1974, when Pavlov’s Dog were celebrated the highest signed newcomerband ever since, ready and being expected to climb the peak of rockmusic. Classics such as Julia and Song Dance, plus David Surkamp’s incredible vocal performance branded their iconic release Pampered Menial in 1975. But the band started to fall apart already when they recorded their 2nd album At The Sound Of The Bell. Violin player Sigfried Carver had already left (that’s where the title „Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfried?“ comes from). 1977, during the recording sessions of Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfried, the band finally split. 
Frustrated and burned out David Surkamp and Douglas Rayburn took the unready tapes to New York and finished the work with contributions of Elliot Randall and Jeff Baxter of Steely Dan. Columbia Records anyway refused the release. The musicians received a cassette copy in 3rd class sound quality. Since then the original mastertapes were believed to be lost. 
In the 80ies one of the musicians manufactured a short run of vinyl copies - made from his cassette copy - and „released“ it under the banner of „St. Louis Hounds“ (he was scared to use the name „Pavlov’s Dog“). From this vinyl some dubious „labels“ manufactured CD bootlegs (titled e.g. „St. Louis Hounds“, „Third“ or „Great Lost Third“, a.o.). So enforcedly the 2004 reformed Pavlov’s Dog authorized the first ever legal release to Rockville Music in 2007, titled „Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfried?“. Unfortunately still in poor sound quality, but with 10 bonus tracks added. This could have been the end of the story, if … 
… in 2013 the original mastertapes weren’t rediscovered! After restauration the sound quality turned out excellent. The difference to what’s been out before is just phenomenal (once again: Anything out before was made from copies of copies of anyway bad sounding cassette tapes). So finally, after 36 years, fans can listen to the album as its been recorded and produced back in 1977! 
Together with the mastertapes, the artwork designated to become the artwork of the original release, was as well rediscovered. Additionally, this release holds 9 new & previously unreleased bonus tracks: Stop Short was originally recorded but not included on the „St Louis Hounds“ vinyl. Plus 6 live tracks recorded 2011/2012 (incl. the never before released Paris), plus an acoustic version of Julia (2007), plus an alternative mix of Falling In Love, which was as well found on the mastertapes…..~


The artsy hard rock group Pavlov’s Dog spanned progressive music and heavy metal in much the same way that Rush did in its early days. Also like Rush, Pavlov’s Dog had a singer, David Surkamp, whose distinctive high-pitched voice was the group’s take-it-or-leave-it factor. Outside of a small cult following, most folks chose to leave it, but over the decades Pavlov’s Dog has remained a popular find for fans of the obscure end of American arena rock. 
Pavlov’s Dog formed in St. Louis in 1972 out of the ashes of a local cover band called High on a Small Hill, with Surkamp, formerly of the minor folk-rock act Touch, on vocals and guitar, joined by lead guitarist Steve Scorfina; keyboardist David Hamilton; Mellotron and flute player Doug Rayburn; bassist Rick Stockton; drummer Mike Safron; and strings specialist Siegfried Carver (born Richard Nadler), who added violin, viola, and an odd hybrid instrument called a vitar (that sounded something like Eddie Phillips’ bowed guitar in the '60s freakbeat heroes the Creation). The combination of flute, Mellotron, violin, and Scorfina’s guitar heroics led to some comparisons to David Cross-era King Crimson, though Pavlov’s Dog had a much more straight-ahead, less twisty sound. 
Growing popularity on the Midwestern club circuit led to the band’s signing to ABC-Dunhill Records in 1975 (supposedly for a then-record 650,000 dollar advance, though that might have been press-release puffery) and the recording of their debut album, Pampered Menial. History is unclear as to exactly what happened next, but somehow, Pavlov’s Dog found themselves off of ABC-Dunhill and on Columbia Records almost immediately, with the result that Pampered Menial was released twice, almost simultaneously, on two different labels with exactly the same sleeve design and track lineup. 
Tom Nickeson replaced David Hamilton during the sessions for Pavlov’s Dog’s second album, 1976’s At the Sound of the Bell. Carver left the group after the tour for the second album, leading the band to provisionally title their third album “Whatever Became of Siegfried?” When Columbia dropped the group after the commercial failure of At the Sound of the Bell, these completed tapes were eventually bootlegged, most often under the name The St. Louis Hounds; the tapes were released on CD by a German label called TRC in 1994 under the title Third. (Bizarrely, the cover art for Third is quite shamelessly stolen from the cover of Rick Springfield’s million-selling Working Class Dog!) Pavlov’s Dog broke up in 1978. Surkamp and Rayburn re-formed the band briefly in the late '80s with an otherwise new lineup, releasing the album Lost in America in 1990. Surkamp continues to play solo gigs around the St. Louis area. ~ Stewart Mason…..~


Pavlov’s Dog is a 1970s progressive rock/AOR band formed in St. Louis in 1972. Pavlov’s Dog originally comprised David Surkamp (vocals and guitar), Steve Scorfina (lead guitar), Mike Safron (drums), Rick Stockton (bass guitar), David Hamilton (keyboard), Doug Rayburn (mellotron and flute), and Siegfried Carver (born Richard Nadler) (various string instruments including the rare vitar, a cross between a guitar and a violin). Carver left the band after the first album. On their second album At the Sound of the Bell (1976), Tom Nickeson was added to the line-up on guitar and he took over Hamilton’s keyboard position after the album had been recorded as Hamilton left the band. Safron was still a member of the band but did not appear on the second album, former Yes drummer Bill Bruford played as a guest musician. Safron left in the aftermath of this, partially due to his failure to receive a promised credit on the album sleeve and the band’s third album featured Kirk Sarkisian on drums. The band’s debut Pampered Menial was released in 1975. It was briefly released on ABC Records but quickly re-issued by Columbia Records. The result was that both versions appeared in stores at nearly the same time, which may have confused the public. Their second album At the Sound of the Bell followed on Columbia in 1976. The band recorded a third album in 1977, but due to poor sales of the first two albums, Columbia refused to release it, hastening the band’s split. The third album finally appeared as a bootleg in the 1980s, a limited edition pressed from stolen master tapes. It was released under the name The St. Louis Hounds, without Pavlov’s Dog’s name on the sleeve. The album was released legally in 2007 by German label Rockville Music, titled HAS ANYONE HERE SEEN SIGFRIED, remastered and including additional 10 bonustracks of unreleased material from the 70ies. The German label TRC illegally bootlegged the album titled THIRD, but this does not include the bonustracks. In 1990, a reformed version of the band, with only Surkamp and Rayburn and some contribution from Scorfina from the original line-up, recorded Lost in America for US label Telectro. LOST IN AMERICA was re-released worldwide by Rockville Music in 2007, after TRC also having illegally bootlegged it in the late 90ies. Also in 2007 the solo album DANCING ON THE EDGE OF A TEACUP by Pavlovs Dogs lead singer DAVID SURKAMP was released by ROCKVILLE MUSIC. The band toures again annually in Europe since 2005. Among others they played the Arrow Rock Festival in Holland 2006 in front of 54000 people, as well as headlining both the Burg Herzberg Festival 2007 (12000 people) and the Woodstock Festival 2008 (5000 people). David Surkamp’s distinctive voice has been compared to that of Geddy Lee of Rush. When the band split up in the late 1970s, Surkamp was rumoured to be dead, although he in fact was working with former Fairport Convention member Ian Matthews on a band named Hi-Fi. While living in Seattle the group was successful on the club scene and recorded a 5 track live 12" EP in 1981 entitled Hi-Fi Demonstration Record and a studio album in 1983 entitled Moods for Mallards. The 2 Hi-Fi releases were on First American Records and were intended for national distribution, but promotion outside the Pacific Northwest was virtually non-existent. The label self-destructed and was later revealed to be losing large amounts of investor money on purpose as part of tax shelter scheme. Hi-Fi proved to be even more obscure than Pavlov’s Dog. Album: 1975 Pampered Menial [33 rpm] Vinyl LP CBS S 80872 1975 Pampered Menial Vinyl LP CBS SBP474339 1975 Pampered Menial [Gatefold] Vinyl LP ABC ABCD-866 1975 Pampered Menial [33 rpm] Vinyl LP Columbia KC 33552 1975 Pampered Menial [Gatefold] Vinyl LP CBS 80872 1988 Pampered Menial CD Columbia 462444 2 1988 Pampered Menial CD CBS CDCBS 32480 1988 Pampered Menial [Reissue] CD 2007 Pampered Menial [Reissue] CD Rockville Pampered Menial CD Columbia 469085 2 Pampered Menial CD Columbia CDCOL 32480 Pampered Menial Vinyl LP CBS CBS 32480 1976 At the Sound of the Bell Vinyl LP CBS CBS 81163 1976 At the Sound of the Bell Vinyl LP Columbia PC 33964 1988 At the Sound of the Bell [Reissue] CD 1992 At the Sound of the Bell CD Sony 32405 At the Sound of the Bell CD Columbia CDCOL 32405 At the Sound of the Bell [Reissue] Vinyl LP CBS CBS 81163 At the Sound of the Bell CD CBS CDCBS 32405 At the Sound of the Bell Vinyl LP CBS CBS 32405 1977 The St. Louis 'Hounds’ 1977 Third (aka 'St. Louis Hounds’) 1992 Third (aka 'St. Louis Hounds’) [Alternate Cover] CD ANT 5.11 1994 Third CD TRC TRC 0362007 Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfried? (aka the Lost “Third” Album) [Bonus Tracks], [Reissue], [Remastered] CD Rockville 21258 2007 Has Anyone Here Seen Siegfried [Bonus Tracks] Rockville 1258 1990 Lost in America 2007 Lost In America [Bonus Tracks], [Reissue] CD 21259 

EP: 1995 End of the World [as 'Pavlov’s Dog 2000’] 

Single: 1975 Julia / Episode 7" Vinyl CBS S CBS 3671 

Compilation: 1976 Super Sound Vinyl LP K-tel TA 254 1989 Pampered Menial + At the Sound of the Bell [2 CD] [Alternate Cover], [Box Set] CD CBS CBS 465217 2 1989 Pampered Menial & At the Sound of the Bell 1992 Pampered Menial & At the Sound of the Bell CD Columbia 465217-2 2000 Collection 2006 The Essential Rock 70’s & 80’s CD Sony-BMG 82876747642 2007 Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfried? [Archival] CD Rockville 21258 2007 Classic Rock Box [Box Set] CD EMI Belgium 5099 95040222 9 The Best of Progressive Rock CD 

Bootleg / Unauthorized: Live, Detroit Michigan 1976 [Live] CD Live in New York 1975 CD Preludin (Live St Louis, MO 1975) CD Live, The Ambassador Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri, March/April, 1975, Live, CBS Records Studio B, New York, 1975, USA Live, Ford Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan, May, 14th, 1976, USA Reunion Concert, Stages Club, Illinois, Missouri, March, 21, 1984, Live, Augsburg, June, 21 2005, Germany Live, Trier, June, 26th, 2005, Germany Live, Burg Herzberg Festival, Brieitenbach, July, 20th, 2007, Germany 

David Surkamp Album: 1970 David Surkamp & Touch «Street Suite» (3 songs), Gear Fab Records 2001 Roaring With Light USA 2007 Dancing on the Edge of a Teacup CD Rockville 21257 Single: 1984 Louie, Louie Compilation: 2006 Not Alone: Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders [Box Set] CD Durtro DURTRO/JNANA 1963 Bootleg / Unauthorized: 1994 David Surkamp Band Live, September, 08 Hi-Fi: 1981 Demonstration Record 1981 It’s Almost Christmas 1982 Moods For Mallards ……Stephen Michael Scorfina Album: 1999 Polychrome Love Songs……~


“Pampered Menial” and “At The Sound Of The Bell” were undoubtedly albums that were always close to our turntable. 
Now, the lost, third album is released these days. 
The then intended title “Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfried?” is easily explained: Sigfried Carver (Richard Nadler), violinist of Pavlov’s Dog, had left the band, as well as Bill Bruford (drums), and was considered lost. 
What is now available was recorded in 1977 in St. Louis and tuned by ten, personally selected by the singer of the band’s bonus tracks. 
Most of the original songs were written by Surkamp’s 'Man-Like-It-Or-Not-Wonders’. 
Pavlov’s Dog made great music and had hits with “Julia” or “Song Dance”. 
The acoustic “Today,” a song by Jefferson Airplane, would have had the makings of another bestseller, but the band got into the millstone of the record industry, if you can put it that way. Columbia did not show any interest in the band after the commercial failure of “The Sound Of The Bell”, and in the 1990s, the present album circulated as a bootleg titled “The St. Louis Hounds.” One did not want to wake sleeping dogs. 
Suddenly, for the 30th anniversary of the debut album, there was Pavlov’s Dog again, in original cast. They toured in 2005 in Germany and in 2006 there were 54,000 spectators at the Arrow Rock Festival. 
The driving, bass-heavy and guitar-oriented “Trafalger” would also have been a hit. 
The original album is not just David Surkamp on the vocal microphone: Steve Scorfina sings his self-written ballad “It’s All For You”, which pleases with well-balanced Mellotron and piano runs. The repeat button is announced. 
The band founder Mike Safron had also pissed. The drumsticks were taken over by Kirk Sarkisian. 
Great is the final instrumental piece “While You Were Out” written by keyboarder Tom Nickeson. 
“Falling In Love” walks in pop-rocky climes and there we hear, in addition to the falsetto voice of a Surkamp, ​​very female-sounding backing vocals. Plenty of acoustic rhythm guitar characterizes “I Love You Still” and the two electric guitar solos are great. With “Jenny” Surkamp has made a great love song. This guitar! Crystal clear and engaging, it ensnares the listener’s eavesdroppers. 
Too bad that it was not released at the time. It’s great that the label Rockville Music officially releases this piece of contemporary history. 
Let’s get to the bonus tracks: previously unreleased live and studio recordings from the years 1975, 1976 and 1977. 
Here you will hear “Song Dance”, “Of Once And Future Kings”, “Natchez Trace”, “A Little Better” and “A Look In Your Eyes”, a retreat with the violinist Sigfried Carver. 
In the live recordings, it creaks something from the speakers: time travel. 
Wow, what is offered musically, is first cream. “Song Dance”, “Of Once And Future Kings” and “Natchez Trace” all come from “Pampered Menial”. 
This Sigfried Carver was a real wisp on his instrument and plays in the truest sense of the word blisters on the fingers. 
Heavy rocking sounds open up “Song Dance”, interrupted again and again by airy inlays of the violin. Many breaks and tempo changes line the way and the track has a great hookline. Piano and violin are a good contrast to the electrical department of the band. 
“Once Once And Future Kings” is characterized even more by changes in speed and loud and quiet phases. The violin solo is booming and the number has epic set pieces that are just great. Toward the end, the electric guitar shifts to the foreground until Carver regains the upper hand. 
Organ and a splendidly riffing guitar then play the main role in “Natchez Trace” and Carver plays, with the exception of a solo, rather the second fiddle. Rock music from the seventies at its best! 
What the Carver in “A Look In Your Eyes” launches, is already beautiful again before obliqueness. Then comes “Julia” in all her glory. Is that wonderful to hear this track again and live? Goose bumps! 
With “She Came Shining” we have the next listener! Steve Scorfina makes a short, but striking solo out of the six strings. All in all a compact song with great backing vocals. Keyboards make their mark on “Did You See Him Cry”, an instrumental song with Douglas Rayburn’s wonderful introductory piano runs, and with “Theme From Subway Sue” we come up with a more worn number that was recorded at Pekin Studios. Best Rock in the quality of the Band Family. 
In very calm waters, the short “I Wait For You” with Rayburn on piano and Surkamp on the mic concludes a packed CD, which is very interesting and finally closes the gap in the Pavlov’s Dog story.In very calm waters, the short “I Wait For You” with Rayburn on piano and Surkamp on micro concludes a brimming CD, which is very interesting and finally closes the gap in the Pavlov’s Dog story. It is hellish fun to sit in the time machine …~

Pavlov’s Dog were about to launch their 3rd album in 1977, but years of touring and line-up had put the band out of business and the internal crises were no longer over. In addition, there was a depression of the band leader and influential singer David Surkamp, ​​without whose unique organ the band would never have attained the achieved fame anyway. So the publication fell under the table. In addition, shortly after the Mastertapes were lost and so there were of this album initially only inferior bootlegs, which were dubbed by x-copied cassettes. Even the first official edition of 2007 could only resort to a very weak sounding copy. 

2014 brings the first full-quality release of the album of 77, because in 2013 the 36-year-old lost master tapes were found! Through this sonic quantum leap, the album now shines with a very different power than you previously knew. Of course, this does not change the songs themselves - partly Leftovers from the predecessor At The Sound Of The Bell, but predominantly re-composed in a few days or shot by other composers - but in any case their effect. Has Anyone Here Lakes Sigfried? It certainly can not compete with the debut Pampered Menial in terms of quality and intensity. This is especially because the songs note that Surkamp’s confidence in his prog roots had been lost and he promised himself more of a more commercial orientation. 

From today’s point of view, surely a wrong decision and yet Surkamp’s voice has lost none of its impact in 1977 and it gives the rather straightforward rock songs something special. The pieces can be described as spicy and versatile, despite occasional slips. In addition, recordings were recorded by the inclusion of numerous session musicians with a decent drive and the good old Mellotron was kindly in Surkamp and Co and Anno 77 still in honor. 

The new release in digipack now shines next to the original cover with beautiful liner notes, all lyrics, a Pavlov’s Dog comic strip and nine bonus tracks. Among these are next to two takes from 1977 exclusively newer live recordings of the old songs, which are rather appetizers for the newer Pavlov’s Dog rather than that they were more closely related to the original. The only thing that remains unclear is who exactly played which instruments and on what song. Apparently, the exact information even David Surkamp are no longer available, he admits in the accompanying text that he is no longer sure if he played guitar on this album. 
Pavlov’s Dog are also with Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfried? a kind of evergreen tip for the fan of the melodic, song-oriented rock-prog prog - but only for those who already own and appreciate Pampered Menial or At The Sound Of The Bell (with Bill Bruford on drums)…..by… Harald Schmidt….~


Although we are talking about a new edition of Pavlov’s Dog, there is a lot of history behind this release and its staunchest followers know it well. This last disc of the American band of progressive rock is really the third of his career recorded back in 1977. A work of which the original masters were lost and which owes its title to the march of his violinist Sigfried Carver. The album has been published over the years with different names, but never from the mastersoriginals, but the cassette copies that had some of its components. Since the name of Pavlov’s Dog could not be used during the separation of the band this record appeared under the denominations of “St. Louis Hounds ”,“ Third "and” Great Lost Third “. Already with the meeting of the band in 2007 Rockville Music edited the work with 10 bonus tracks , with a low sound quality. But if we pay attention to what they tell us, it turns out that in 2013 the original masters of that special album appeared, with what we now have this jewel of the progressive rock of the 70s with an optimal sound quality. Almost nothing of laps that has given this story. 

The work responds to the quality of a huge group that impresses in all aspects. His unique touch with the footprint of the unique vocalist David Surkamp is present in a few songs that reach our bones with their magical keyboards and guitars that grow from simplicity to magnify in a colossal way. All this is reflected in topics such as "Good Bye Trafalgar”, “Painetd Ladies” or “Today”. But it is that the thing is not in recovering the themes of the original disc, but that 9 bonus tracks are offeredwithout waste. Among them of the most outstanding is the song originally recorded for that album that was finally out of all previous editions “Stop Short”, one of the most moved of a work that lacks the usual violins in the band by the reason previously used and that is the cause of the title. 

Those violins can be found in different live versions of the band in much more current times. And is that the group has returned full of all its charm, quality, and feeling, demonstrating it in live tracks like “Only You”, different from the studio version with these details of the current band, or “Paris”. Topics collected in performances of 2011 and 2012 in which the beautiful puts to the test that the voice of David Surkamp has remained undaunted by the passage of time. We can already see it in a solo song from 2007 as “Julia”, also picked up live to complete this release, which also has the curiosity of the alternative mix of “Falling In Love”, if it fits with more life than the original . And it is possible that within the level offered by the group, perhaps it is reflected a darker sound than usual in the band and that could be marked by the convulsive period that ended with its dissolution. 

Finally, in good sound quality, a progressive rock work for collectors. The work that so many times had been published, but that never really saw the light until now. A lost album in the history of a band full of quality, talent and originality that now some of us can say we have whole, recovered and safe for our rejoicing…by Antonio Refoyo….~


The story of this album is tragic, indeed. Originally recorded as the third official album of the Pro-St-Louis / Missouri rocker PAVLOV’S DOG, it fell victim to both quarrels within the band and the then record label, which refused to release “Has Anyone Here …”; The band around chief thinker David Surkamp had simply sold too few copies of the first two, today highly respected in insider circles albums. After two of the participating musicians published the material under the banner “The St.Louis Hounds” as strictly limited bootleg in the early eighties, which the German label TRC later tried to market with abysmally poor quality, the founding father Surkamp had no other choice, as the album in 2007 again under its own direction re-release - but without the meanwhile disappeared master tapes and qualitatively correspondingly bad. These master tapes have now appeared again, which explains the new release, with a new cover, a new booklet (including the “only true” story of the Odyssey by David himself) and new bonus material. 
Of course, this release will not lure anybody out of the oven today, nor will PAVLOV’S DOG bring many new fans. Although the band has been active since 2004 - the last release “Echo & Boo"was not even of bad parents - is "Has Anyone …” much too dusty, and despite excellent audio quality only insiders and nostalgics can make happy, people who have annoyed about the bootleg quality of the predecessor, or people who really need to have everything from her favorite band. The measure of things should be either the milestone “Pampered Menial” (1975) or the current work of this often underrated band, but at least the circle broken in 1977 joins in that this “lost” album has finally returned to its creator. 
The digipack is spiced up with a total of nine new bonus and live tracks from the last three years, classics like the melancholy “Today”, “Goodbye Trafalgar” or the short swan song “Suicide” still have more with British bands like To do GENESIS than with American rock bands of the seventies. “Has Anyone …” is a nice rock album in the present quality, which would have paved the way to commercial, if the band had not dissolved before the first release. Due to the nostalgia and the fact that the Scheiblette anyway only completes the back catalog, I save myself here by way of exception the rating…..by….Mike Seidinger….~



Pavlov’s Dog 
*David Surkamp - Vocals 
*Douglas Rayburn - Mellotron, Piano 
*Rick Stockton - Bass 
*Kirk Sarkisian - Drums 
*Tom Nickeson - Keyboards, Piano 
*Steve Scorfina - Guitar 
*Sigfried Carver - Violin (11-15)








Tracklist 
1 Only You 4:33 
2 Painted Ladies 3:22 
3 Falling In Love 3:27 
4 Today 3:08 
5 Trafalgar 3:10 
6 I Love You Still 4:04 
7 Jenny 4:07 
8 It’s All For You 3:50 
9 Suicide 2:03 
10 While You Were Out 2:38 
Bonus Tracks - Unreleased Live And Studio Recordings 
11 Song Dance (Live) 6:29 
12 Of Once And Future Kings (Live) 6:50 
13 Natchez Trace (Live) 4:18 
14 A Little Better (Live, Previously Unreleased) 2:18 
15 A Look In Your Eyes (Live, Previously Unreleased) 4:27 
16 Julia (Live) 2:55 
17 She Came Shining (Live) 4:37 
18 Did You See Him Cry (Live) 6:06 
19 Theme From Subway Sue (Previously Unreleased Early Version) 5:40 
20 I Wait For You (Previously Unreleased 1977 Studio Recording) 1:44 

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