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In Reply to: A question for Demetrio and other prog fans posted by Tony on June 15, 2005 at 16:24:16:
This little known Canadian band started to get commercial back in the 70’s. The first to put together a very comprehensive progressive music album of which very few of us have ever heard being a Canadian myself, I was very intrigue by them and bought their first album that came out in 1970 called 3:47 EST that spawn the song called “Calling Occupants (Of Interplanetary Craft)”.
Their music at that time sounded fresh and Beatles like in terms of the three part vocal harmonies along with it the progressive music movement in Canada was commercially born. BTW, all of their albums were well produced and recorded to say the least of which contributed a lot to their unique sound.
Their humble beginnings, the earliest roots of Klaatu began in the late 60's when Terry Draper, Dee Long and John Woloschuk all played in different local Toronto groups, when they met at a high school battle of the bands contest. From there Long joined a local group called Bloodstone, while Draper and Woloschuk released an independant single under the name Whitemail. After the demise of that band, the two then formed Mudcow in the summer of 1971, along with Long and Jamie Bridgman. But when things fell apart a little over a year later, they all pretty much went their seperate ways. While Long was in and out of bands the next few months, Woloschuk was gaining invaluable experience working at Toronto Sound recording studios. It was there that he met Terry Brown, a producer on his way up, whose later credits would include, among others, Rush and Max Webster.
IMHO “Hope” is their best album they ever put out if you get a chance buy the vinyl version it’s well worth the asking price.
Damn fine band. I remember, like FA, when the first album came out and the rumour that it was the Beatles reuniting under an assumed name. Of course not true, but my drug addled brain WANTED to believe it.
Splinter. Of course in that case the Beatles (or parts of them) were fully involved. I haven't seen any discussion about them, anyone here like Splinter?
The sound on their LPs is superb BTW.
No CD releases.
BTW, did you buy the new Ian Tyson’s cd? I have got another one for you Harry Manx that is right you have read it here first just keep this little secret between the two of us we do not want the rest to know about this little known folk singer from Edmonton Alberta. If you get the chance give the “Wise and Otherwise” cd a listen sorry no vinyl versions.
Man, that wound be pure Heaven...
Too good to be true. :-))
I did get Tyson's newest, I liked the one just before it better.
Thanks for the tip, it will go onto my long list of stuff.
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