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BJ Cole - The New Hovering Dog lp (BJ Cole)


Very cool / odd album from session steel-guitar player BJ Cole, originally issued in 1973 but sounding very 2015 to me! Love the cover, too. Charming! For me, much cooler than most of the reissue on LITA... Jim Ford, etc. This one is just... cool and weird! 

He says:
"The New Hovering Dog was my first solo album, and was originally released in 1973. It has never been re-released on CD, and has become a much sought after collector's item. After making three albums with the country rock/psychedelic band Cochise (1969/1973), I broke away from the country rock format to create a more experimental album that combines poetic lyrics with orchestrations and electronics. In retrospect it can be compared with the early work of Brian Eno. 

"The tracks "Regal Progression" and "Cold Mountain Mariner" features a strong cast of the top musicians of the era, including Danny Thompson on double bass, Mike Giles (King Crimson) on drums and Francis Monkman (Curved Air) on harpsichord. Robert Kirby, who is better known for his work with Nick Drake, did the orchestral arrangements. As with most of the other tracks on the album, and on this unique occasion, I did the singing, as well as all the pedal steel parts. 

"Now You See Them, Now You Don't," "You're Probably Lost" and "I Know Now." Songs of paranoia and megalomania, featuring my old buddies Keith Baker (bass) and Laurie Jellyman (drums). Heavily inspired by seeing Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band. Additional madness is supplied by Graham Preskett (violin & vocals) and Bill LeSage (piano). "Up On the Hill Where They Do the Boogie." A momentary lapse into country music territory with this cover of a John Hartford song. This was the single, believe it or not. 

"Five Pieces For Steel Guitar & Percussion," my first attempt at writing a suite of orchestral pieces. Featuring Tristan Fry (later of the group SKY) on percussion. "The East Winchley Tango." In 1971 I got hold of one of the first VCS3 Synthesizers. This tune was edited down from a longer improvised performance utilising the oscillators and joystick control, and morphed into ring modulated wind chimes." - BJ Cole

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Aquarium Drunkard waxes eloquently here
The New Hovering Dog blends art rock, prog, and folk, and Cole’s indelible country and western influences. In the liner notes of a newly remastered and reissued edition, Cole states the music has been compared to early Eno, and it’s an apt comparison. “The Regal Procession” shares a theatrical vibe with the wild melodicism of Here Comes the Warm Jets, and “Five Pieces for Steel Guitar and Percussion” and “The East Winchley Tango” suggest parallels to Eno’s nascent ambient compositions. But it’s impossible to imagine Eno undertaking the inexplicable hillbilly romp “Up on the Hill Where They Do Do The Boogie,” which wonderfully disrupts the proceedings with a detour into madcap Americana.

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 23 October, 2015.

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