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Pavlovs Dog - 2014 Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfried?

ARTIST: Pavlovs Dog
ALBUM: Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfried?
LABEL: Rockville Music
YEAR: 2014
SPONSOR: Germusica


LINEUP: David Surkamp - vocals * Steve Scorfina - guitars * Doug Rayburn - mellotron, flute * Tom Nickeson - acoustic guitar, vocals * Rick Stockton - bass * Kirk Sarkesian - drums, percussion

Guest: David Hamilton - piano

TRACK LISTING: 01 Goodbye Trafalgar * 02 Falling In Love * 03 Only You * 04 Painted Ladies * 05 I Love You Still * 06 Jenny * 07 Today * 08 Stop Short * 09 It's All For You * 10 Suicide * 11 While You Were Out * 12 Falling In Love * 13 Julia (acoustic, 2007) * 14 She Came Shining (live 2012) * 15 Fast Gun (live 2011) * 16 She Breaks Like A Morning Sky (live 2011) * 17 Paris (live 2011) * 18 Trafalgar (live 2012) * 19 Only You (live 2012)


We enter the third phase of the Pavlov's Dog discography. It's 1977, the band are in falling into disrepair. Substance abuse is rife and recordings for the third album aren't going so well. In an incomplete state and with the band finally put to the sword, David Surkamp and Doug Rayburn take what's remaining of their recordings, recruit Elliot Randall and Jeff Baxter to help finish it up and present it to their label Columbia Records - who promptly refuse to release it and put it on ice. Since then, bootleg versions of the 'Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfried?' sessions have appeared in poor quality on vinyl and CD under the name St Louis Hounds. However, after all the dust has settled, 'Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfried?' was actually the official third unreleased Pavlov's Dog' album from 1977. Over the years, only one label came close to releasing anything resembling a quality recording, and that was the 2007 edition from Rockville Music. However, it was still inferior quality, but by 2013, the original mastertapes were rediscovered, and in 2013, finally, restorative justice was made to create a decent set of recordings of the original material, and now it is ready at long last.

The Songs
March 14th 2014 sees the release of this record, sourced from the original mastertape, the ten original tracks along with 9 bonus tracks. It's a must have release for long-time fans of the St Louis folk, symphonic, prog rock kings! Also, it was a pleasure to read through the liner notes, along with artwork not seen before. Much of what I'd read about the band through this era was confirmed by Surkamp's liner notes. It is a shame to read that many unscrupulous people tried to hawk off the bootleg recordings, including a German label called TRC, who also stole the cover from the Rick Springfield album 'Working Class Dogs' and matched it up with the Pavlov's Dog material! Real classy.. yeah right!

It must be said that much of the material was written under duress and tight timeframes, and the whole thing came together in days and weeks, rather than months. As can be expected, there's none of that trademark symphonic work from 'Pampered Menial' on these tracks. However, most of it comes across very well. Even Surkamp's high tenor is kept in a tractor beam.

Surkamp quickly came up with a handful of tracks with Doug Rayburn, including the pair of 'Goodbye Trafalgar' and 'Painted Ladies'. Surkamp bought over two songs from the 'At The Sound Of The Bell' sessions: 'Suicide' and 'Only You'. Three songs which followed later don't sound like the usual PD fare.. 'Jenny', 'I Love You Still' and Falling In Love' are quite pop-oriented. The label producers Mark Spector and John Jansen had encouraged PD to pursue covers, and on this album, Marty Balin's 'Today' was included. A good fit admittedly. 'It's All For You' was an out-take from Scorfina's REO Speedwagon days, which he sang lead vocal on. Tom Nickeson provided the mystical sounding 'While You Were Out', apparently its title taken from a message pad left in the studio!

Of the bonus material, we get an acoustic version of 'Julia' released in 2007, plus a live 2011 cut of 'Fast Gun'. Both these tracks are from their debut 'Pampered Menial'. 'She Came Shining' and 'She Breaks Like A Morning Sky' are also covered, as live versions from 2012 and 2011 respectively. Both those songs sourced from 'At The Sound Of The Bell'.

In Summary
If you're a Pavlov's Dog completist, then 'Has Anyone Here Seen Sigfried?' should be right up your garden path! Considering this CD is sourced from the mastertapes, this should wipe out and supercede all poor quality bootlegs that went before. Released by Rockville Music in the US, it has distribution throughout Europe thanks to Soulfood Music, and PR courtesy of Birgit Schwanke and Germusica. A pretty cool CD, and you know what? The band are a stable entity on the live circuit too, with a settled band including two gals in the line-up. Check it out!

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#1 | Nick C on March 09 2014 13:52:37
Cool - I have the earlier Rockville version I'd like to know how different this sounds in comparison - I always thought it had a decent sound - think I'll be getting it anyway. Like the new artwork too.
#2 | Nick C on March 24 2014 19:52:32
Actually will have to get it - the bonus tracks differ from the orig. Rockville version and Stop Short isn't on it at all.
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