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Pilot - 2007 The Craighill Demos 71:76

ALBUM: The Craighill Demos 71:76
LABEL: David Paton Songs
YEAR: 2007


LINEUP: David Paton - vocals, guitars, drums, percussion * Billy Lyall - vocals, keyboards, flute * Stuart Tosh - drums, percussion * Nobby Clark - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Library Door * 02 Lazy Davie * 03 Joe * 04 Love Has Got Me By The Throat * 05 Meet Me Now * 06 Now That I Found You * 07 My Lonely Companion * 08 Reason * 09 Cold Stories * 10 You're My Number One * 11 Passion Piece * 12 January * 13 You're Devotion * 14 Heard It All Before * 15 Lady Luck * 16 Scorpio * 17 Get Up And Go *18 Goldmine



Here we have a long overdue collection of rarities from what I think is one of the best post-Beatles bands to make its mark on vinyl. Pilot will forever be known for one amazing single 'Magic', but are often overlooked and mistaken for just another 'one hit wonder'. Of course nothing could be further from the truth and the band released four superb albums before being swallowed up by the Alan Parsons Project and a string of successful and noteworthy records. Formed in 1971, Pilot actually has it roots in an early version of the Bay City Rollers with both David Paton and the late Billy Lyall as members, although fortunately neither stuck around for very long, creating their own and infinitely more interesting music.

The Songs
'The Library Door' opens the disc and from the first notes the listener is drawn into the songs beautiful melody. Appearing on the group's final album 'Two's A Crowd', this sparse version is just as gorgeous and a treat to hear. A few years ago I had the pleasure of interviewing David Paton and he told me without Lennon/McCartney there would be no Pilot. This is certainly true when listening to the earliest material and The Beatles influence can be heard on the upbeat 'Lazy Davie' complete with mellotron as well as 'Meet Me Now' although as the CD progresses the Pilot sound becomes more pronounced and original with 'Heard It All Before' and 'Lady Luck' one of the many highlights.

In Summary
One big surprise, guitarist Ian Bairnson doesn't make an appearance on any of the later material, nor does he appear in the CD booklet. Perhaps he just wasn't at Craighall studios, or maybe didn't want to be a part of the release. Whatever the case, this is a fine set of songs and while it's not the best place to start for the uninitiated, its worth having in the collection and takes my vote as the best archive release of the year.

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#1 | swazi on January 27 2011 16:58:15
Does anyone have the mp3 tracks of this one ? It is EXTREMELY expensive ...!
#2 | Eric on January 27 2011 21:07:11
I thought David had downloads of the CD available on his Patonsongs site?
#3 | swazi on April 04 2012 22:21:57
In the meantime I have found 'From the Album of the same Name' on CD, which is spinning right now. Such great songs, besides 'Magic'! Highly recommended!
#4 | Tom Redmond on October 12 2012 23:30:10
agree that Pilot are overlooked and underated. All superb musicians and some great songwriting from Dave Paton and Billy Lyall
#5 | swazi on October 14 2012 10:46:36
This CD and a few others from PILOT and David Paton can be purchased here:
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