After a few unsuccessful stints with groups in his native London, Phil Cordell began recording material on his own, starting with this infectious psych jam released as a single in 1969. As with most of his recordings, he recorded all the instruments and vocals for Red Lady himself. In addition to releasing one full length album under his given name, he also released albums under the names Dan the Banjo Man and Springwater throughout the 1970s. He scored a minor hit in Germany and Switzerland with I Will Return from his Springwater release and then topped the charts again in Germany as Dan the Banjo Man with a song also titled Dan the Banjo Man. All of that is precursor to the creation of the video below, which remains one of the most beautiful and bizarre things I’ve seen on the internet for a while:
If I was writing this post based on what I’ve been listening to the most, I’d have to use Us and Them from Dark Side of the Moon, but as that is one of the most well known and re-issued releases of all time I don’t think I need to convince anybody to listen to it. The ancillary artists are perhaps less well-known, however, which is too bad because they provide some of the most memorable parts of the record (think Clare Torry’s vocal solo on Great Gig in the Sky). Another bit player on Dark Side of the Moon was saxophonist Dick Parry, who recorded the solos on Money and Us and Them as part of his long career as a session musician. One lesser known entry in his discography is this track from Phil Trainer’s debut Trainer, released in 1972. This certainly didn’t get the same exposure as some of his other appearances, which include Rory Gallagher and Marc Bolan. Another oddity about that release was it was put out by the German chemical conglomerate BASF, who began releasing classical music in the mid-1960s and put out records in a variety of genres for around a decade before ceasing operations in 1976.