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Magazine > Music Reviews > Gravy Train - Part 3
Gravy Train - Part 3
Published by Sthelensnow on 27/1/18 (461 reads)

Gravy Train - Part 3

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(A Ballad Of) A Peaceful Man
Second Birth
Staircase To The Day

(A Ballad Of) A Peaceful Man - Vertigo – 6360 051 - Vinyl LP, Album, 1971

The follow-up collection, which sold poorly, was Ballad Of A Peaceful Man. Despite its relative lack of success, many critics considered it to be far superior to the group’s debut, with its complex arrangements, strong musical values and disciplined vocals attracting particular praise. Though they continued to draw crowds on their extensive UK touring schedule, Vertigo became frustrated with their lack of record sales, leading to a move to Dawn.

A1 Alone In Georgia
A2 (A Ballad Of) A Peaceful Man
A3 Jules Delight
B1 Messenger
B2 Can Anybody Hear Me?
B3 Old Tin Box
B4 Won't Talk About It
B5 Home Again

Bass, Backing Vocals – Les Williams
Drums, Percussion – Barry Davenport
Flute, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals – J.D. Hughes
Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals – Norman Barrett
Written-By – Gravy Train
Producer – Jonathan Peel
Arranged By [Orchestral Arrangements] – Nick Harrison
Engineer – Keith Harwood
Engineer [Assistant] – Jeremy Gee
Photography By – Robert Lee*, Robert Lambert
Management [Personal Management] – Ray Makin

Released in a laminated fold-out cover on a 'swirl' Vertigo label.
On the label the title of A2 is abbreviated to '(Ballad Of) A Peaceful Man'

Ballad of a Peaceful Man Label image

Second Birth - Dawn – DNLS 3046 - Vinyl LP, Album, 1973

A1 Morning Coming
A2 Peter
A3 September Morning News
A4 Motorway
B1 Fields And Factories
B2 Strength Of A Dream
B3 Tolpuddle Episode
B4 Second Birth

Composed By – Gravy Train
Design – Paul Chave
Producer – Jonathan Peel

Released in a fold-out cover on a lilac Dawn label.
Spine and cover give the band's name as 'Gravytrain', the label states 'Gravy Train'.

'Second Birth' was also licenced and issued by Pye Records (PYC 3022 - Vinyl, LP Album, Burgundy) in 1973.

Esoteric Recordings (ECLEC2562 CD Album, Reissue, Remastered) released a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the highly collectable and legendary 1973 album by Gravy Train, Second Birth and includes the bonus track 'Good Time Girl', released as the B-side of a single in early 1974.

Second Birth Cover Back image

Second Birth Label A Side image

Second Birth Label B Side image

Staircase To The Day - Dawn, DNLH 1 Vinyl LP, Album, Gatefold

For their final album, 1974’s Staircase To The Day, the group experimented with Greek folk and classical signatures (notably on the Bach-inspired title track), while Roger Dean supplied the cover artwork. The group utilized a wide variety of collaborators for this album, including Russell Cordwell (drums), Jim Frank (drums), George Lynon (guitar), Pete Solley (synthesizer) and Mary Zinovieff (synthesizer/violin). Original drummer Davenport had now left, and the rest of the band elected to close their career after further moderate sales.

1. Starbright Starlight (0:00)
2. Bring My Life On Back To Me (4:28)
3. Never Wanted You (10:16)
4. Staircase To The Day (14:20)
5. Going For A Quick One (21:51)
6. The Last Day (27:07)
7. Evening Of My Life (32:44)
8. Busted In Schenectady (35:43)

Norman Barrett - vocals, electric & acoustic guitars
George Lynon - acoustic & electric guitars
John D. Hughes - clavinet, piano, organ, electric piano, mellotron, flute
Les Williams - bass Russell Cordwell - drums

Jim Frank - drums (1,5), percussion (1), harp (3)
Peter Solley - synthesizer (1,5)
Mary Zinovieff - synthesizer (4), electric violin (8)
Vic Smith - cowbell (5) Fay - backing vocals (1)
Doris - backing vocals (1)
Bobby Harrison - backing vocals (2,5,8)
Gospel Ayres - backing vocals (5)
Pat Arnold - backing vocals (8)

Cover art: "Blue Dragon" by Roger Dean. http://www.rogerdean.com/

Staircase To The Day was remastered and re-issued on Sequel Records, NEM CD 613 in 1991 with 2 bonus tracks, 'Climb Aboard The Gravy Train' and 'Sanctuary'

Esoteric Recordings (ECLEC2565 CD Album, Reissue, Remastered) released a newly re-mastered and expanded edition in October 2016 with the same bonus tracks as the Sequel Records edition.

Staircase To The Day Label A Side image


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This article was created, compiled and produced by Barry Grady. 25 January 2018.

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