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tuneboy

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A Syd Dale Miscellany (7 LPs)
« on: February 07, 2020, 11:50:54 AM »
A Syd Dale Miscellany (7 LPs):
hxxps://mega.nz/#F!jfBFxIqR!gyvZt1_2flezxEeNvUXujQ


This posting is for those with a more than passing interest in Syd Dale.
It is a folder containing 7 albums that Syd Dale was involved in on some level.
Some have been shared here before, but these are my new rips.



The Syd Dale Orchestra: The Chaplin Collection (Windmill 1973)
It is credited to "The Syd Dale Orchestra" on Discogs, but I find noe artist name
on my copy. But Syd Dale's name is mentioned in connection with this
nameless orchestra on the back cover, so it is without a doubt a Dale record.
I don't reckon The Chaplin Collection among his best, but it has
some lively moments. And some kitschy vocal tracks, especially the discopop opener. It may look like a cheapo, but the production sound is high class 70s.

Brazilia 70 & The Chico Lopez All-Stars: South Of The Border (Gallery Stereo 1970)
For Dale afficionados South Of The Border is a must (also released under the title Fiesta! and the name Dali Caldis). A great combination of tijuana, beat and fuzz, seriously catchy. I have never seen the musicians credited, but it would surprise me if the guitarist is anyone else than Vic Flick, and I'm convinced that Ray Davies is among the trumpeters, cause the recording sound very much like Ray Davies' Manzanilla Sound project. (This one would be a good choice for a remastered reissue, I think. Hey, reissue labels, are you listening?!)

Dali Caldis & His Brazilian Nuts - In A Swinging Christmas Dance Party (Deacon 1970)
I would also call this Xmas record a must. It has much of the same fresh sound as South Of The Border, both very much inspired by Herb Alpert

Bama Winds - Windy (Island Records 1967)
Bama Winds is easy listening, but not so easy to categorize. It has no musician credits, so it's a fun game to guess who's on it. I'm sure a gang of library legends is involved. Nice flute and marimba are the main ingredients, light small group sound, vagely exotic and polite versions of hits of the day. No brass or string sections on this one. Syd Dale is credited as arranger. My faves are "Grazin' In The Grass" and "Do You Know The Way To San Josť?" But can you imagine a Syd Dale outfit playing "If The Weather's Sunny" by UK psych-popsters The Smoke?! Seeing that Dale's group project The New Elizabethans (see below) later had a record out on the Morgan label (see below), the connection gets clearer, cause Morgan Studios was where some of the boys in The Smoke were working as tea boys, sound engineers and session players. It's also worth noting that Syd Dale wasn't the only main man behind the Bama Winds project. The album was produced by the founder of Island Records himself: Chris Blackwell. Another piece in the puzzle is that Syd Dale also wrote orchestral arrangements for Nirvana, who was also signed to Blackwell's Island Records.

Johnny Edwards - Slightly Latin (BBC 1976)
The Johnny Edwards album is a soft solo easy listening record by the well-known session trombone player, with music produced and arranged by Syd Dale. Edwards' own composition, "Fiesta", is a highlight. I also like "Evening In Ipanema". The recording has a beautiful studio sound, very cool, calm and collected. Curiously it includes "All On A Summer's Day"(Dale) from Amphonic AMPS 107 - The Happy Beat. It also contains one other original Dale tune called "El Mejor", which I can't remember having heard anywhere else. Edwards and Dale must have known each other ever since the early 1950's, cause they both played in the Squadronaires (the dance orchestra of the Royal Air Force). Edwards is credited with at least 2 tunes on the Amphonic "yellow series". Some of the other musicians credited on this album: Jim Lawless, Tony Carr (latin percussion), Eric Ford, Vic Flick (guitars), Herbie Flowers (bass). It's likely that Johnny Edwards' trombone can be heard on both the tijuana albums above. Edwards was later in on sessions for Bruton, according to Oliver Lomax' book The Mood Modern.

The New Elizabethans' first record was A Sarabande Of Wives (Metronome 1968). I have it, but it has too much crackle to be included in this miscellany. It would need an expert to clean it up. Luckily their second release recycles some of the best tunes from the first, and also includes tracks recorded with Dick Hyman at the harpsichord (an electric one, I think). The best stuff by The New Elizabethans can also be found on Amphonic AMPS 1004 - Harpsichord Rhythm Group

Bonus LP (or bogus LP):
The Session Singers - Sounds Like The Carpenters (Contour 1973).
This one says: Produced by Syd Dale and Joan Walker, Musical Director and Arranger: Gerry Butler. Engineer: Adrian Kerridge. Recorded at Lansdowne Studios.
So if you can't afford to buy a "best of Carpenters" for a quid, you can perhaps make do with this one... It's not bad at all, but the children chorus on "Sing" should surely have been done better. Joan Walker's Karen Carpenter impersonation is sometimes so similar it's scary.

Syd Dale's elegant touches and flair as arranger can be heard on all these recordings.

All lossless flac. I have removed some clicks and pops manually, but some crackle must be expected.





stackjackson

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Re: A Syd Dale Miscellany (7 LPs)
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2020, 01:49:22 PM »
Brilliant! Syd Dale is boss. Thanks for this, tuneboy!

What would've been the point of a Carpenter's impersonation album back in 1973? What was the target audience of this sound-a-like LP? Weird.
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Lord Thames

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Re: A Syd Dale Miscellany (7 LPs)
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2020, 01:56:58 PM »
Brazilia 70 & The Chico Lopez All-Stars: South Of The Border (Gallery Stereo 1970)
For Dale afficionados South Of The Border is a must (also released under the title Fiesta! and the name Dali Caldis). A great combination of tijuana, beat and fuzz, seriously catchy. I have never seen the musicians credited, but it would surprise me if the guitarist is anyone else than Vic Flick, and I'm convinced that Ray Davies is among the trumpeters, cause the recording sound very much like Ray Davies' Manzanilla Sound project. (This one would be a good choice for a remastered reissue, I think. Hey, reissue labels, are you listening?!)

A great selection of albums here, Tuneboy - many thanks!

Just to add, as you asked about the musicians on the Chico Lopez album, the lead guitar is Alan Parker (and probably Vic Flick on rhythm, as you say), Kenny Clare on drums, Jim Lawless on tuned percussion, and possibly Herbie Flowers on bass.  I think you're right about Ray Davies being on trumpet too, as it sounds very like the same band who played on some of his Cavendish recordings, and he also wrote a couple of tracks on the album.

LMTH303

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Re: A Syd Dale Miscellany (7 LPs)
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2020, 04:48:45 PM »
Nice collection of titles Tuneboy! Thanks a lot for this great Dale Miscellany!

krizl

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Re: A Syd Dale Miscellany (7 LPs)
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2020, 06:06:56 PM »
Thanks  ;)

apmnut

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Re: A Syd Dale Miscellany (7 LPs)
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2020, 10:31:40 PM »
Thanks so much, Tuneboy! Listening to one of the "Chaplin" cuts right now!

Your Pal Doug

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Re: A Syd Dale Miscellany (7 LPs)
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2020, 11:50:00 PM »
Thank you so much Tuneboy!
I'm in Syd Dale Heaven

digdeeper

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Re: A Syd Dale Miscellany (7 LPs)
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2020, 12:20:39 PM »
A Syd Dale Miscellany (7 LPs):
hxxps://mega.nz/#F!jfBFxIqR!gyvZt1_2flezxEeNvUXujQ


This posting is for those with a more than passing interest in Syd Dale.

You kidding, mate? :-D Anything by this mood maestro will be automatically saved to my harddrive. Thank you for the post!

Greta

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Re: A Syd Dale Miscellany (7 LPs)
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2020, 05:51:35 PM »
What a beautiful collection of recordings. Thank you for sharing Tuneboy.
G.