Trails 1203 Sylvan Mason: Composer and Performer

One spring day, bored with secretarial life, Sylvan read a horoscope that advised her to ‘follow every golden opportunity’ that month. As you could only do in those magically innocent and exciting days of no qualifications whatsoever, she applied for jobs at Annabelle’s night club as a disc jockey, and Moyses Stephens as a florist. She also sent off a demo disc of her singing and playing … Continue reading Trails 1203 Sylvan Mason: Composer and Performer

The Open Mind/The Dakotas

The Open Mind – Magic Potion Coincidentally with Dakotas, The Open Mind were also initially named after a Native American Indian tribe. The Apaches were formed by Tim du Feu, Mike Brancaccio, Philip Fox and Ray Nye. Ray When Ray Nye left Terry Schindler was drafted in and they changed their name to The Drag Set and released a single. Shortly thereafter they changed their name to The Open Mind and … Continue reading The Open Mind/The Dakotas

Trails 1305 Soundhog: AKA Ben Hayes

‘I’ve been buying records since I was four years old beginning with January by Pilot in 1975.  In 1985, somewhat older but not much wiser I started making music out of other people’s music with 1/4″ tape loops, cassette recorder pause buttons and an Atari 800 based sampler.  This coincided with a headlong dive into ‘60s psych and ‘70s prog thanks largely to my 80s … Continue reading Trails 1305 Soundhog: AKA Ben Hayes

Trails 1406/07 Dreams of Dreams: The Smoke Story

As the 1970 acetate labelled Dream of Dreams proves, the Revolution label added an extra ‘s’ to the official release pluralising it to ‘Dreams of Dreams,’ but that mistake has never bothered heavy psych record collectors.  Popsike lists copies sold for £526.00 and £678.77 in 2013 and 2014 respectively, but forty four years on why does the only record ever released by Smoke still create … Continue reading Trails 1406/07 Dreams of Dreams: The Smoke Story

Trails 1508 Roland Kluger & RKM Music Library

       A Musical Inheritance Roland Kluger (pictured left) admits to being fascinated by the range of musical experiences his father Jacques managed to cram into his short lifetime.  His father’s biography at the bottom of this page is well worth reading, revealing musical collaborations and associations with a host of renowned jazz, easy listening and pop stars from the 1930s through to the 1950s. Interviewing Roland in … Continue reading Trails 1508 Roland Kluger & RKM Music Library