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Zoldar & Clark - 1977 Zoldar & Clark



ARTIST: Zoldar & Clark
ALBUM: Zoldar & Clark
LABEL: Dellwood
SERIAL: DLD 56013
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: 2008, Oxford Circus (USA), OXF005 * 2009, Erebus Records (UK), ERCD014 (bootleg)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Phil Stone - bass, flute, vocals * Jeff Cannata - drums, woodwinds, guitar, vocals * Robert Giannotti - guitar, flute, vocals * Scott Zito - guitar, keyboards, vocals * Jeff Batter - piano, synths * Michael Soldan - piano, synths, mellotron, vocals * James Christian - vocals, guitar * Christopher Hawk - production

TRACK LISTING: 01 Touch The Sky * 02 Now Is The Time * 03 To Be Alive * 04 The Ghost Of Way * 05 Lunar Progressions * 06 In Time * 07 Day After Day


Background
Zoldar & Clark. Who is ths mysterious duo? Sounds like an episode of Superman. Maybe a cartoon comic? No such luck I'm afraid. Z&C are in fact the Connecticut prog band Jasper Wrath who released material way back at the start of the 70's decade. Here, they are going under a secret disguise, and released on a dodgy label. A tax write-off perhaps? Quite possibly. JW were also released under the banner Arden House the same year. The band membership you see should be familiar to JW and Arcangel followers. Was the band even aware that Dellwood had actually released this? Maybe that is a question we'll ask Jeff Cannata one day. Certainly makes for an interesting back-story.


The Songs
So, if you've heard the previous Jasper Wrath material, then this assumes the same identity, except for the different band-name. It's all about Yes cloning in an Ameri-Prog way. The obvious Yes synth work, Steve Howe like guitar lines, and pumping Chris Squire Rickenbacker bass works makes this a complete Yes copy-cat. Well, nearly. The flute work gives it a liberal pastoral atmosphere. The highlight is the majestic 'The Ghost Of Way', with flute, mellotron and aggressive streaks appearing across its six and a half minutes. The material doesn't strike any commercial hits, it's free-form and distinctly radio unfriendly.


In Summary
This Lp sailed under the radar for decades, but thanks to the Internet, we know a bit more about Z&C and Arden House. Now this is where it gets interesting. The original Dellwood vinyl had no details on the album lineup. This wouldn't be revealed for decades later, though many in prog circles already had an idea. Jeff Cannata reissued this on his Oxford Circus label in 2008, while the mystery figure of James Plummer reissued this illegally on the British based Erebus Records label in 2012. Who is that guy?


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#1 | Eric on April 20 2016 03:09:52
I was underwhelmed by this. I had a CD copy on the Japanese Poor House label years ago. They put out cool stuff, but all pirates. The Dellwood label was interesting but a total mystery and I don't think as you have alluded to, the Jasper Wrath story has been completely explained.
#2 | rostoned on April 20 2016 10:21:38
George more about 'James Plummer' (?) here....

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http://www.yogarecords.com/press/radioactive.html[/youtube]
#3 | gdazegod on April 21 2016 01:05:00
Yeah, thanks for that F. That bloke is a parasite..
#4 | gdazegod on April 21 2016 09:54:18
Trying to find a copy of the Arden House release is next to impossible.
#5 | gdazegod on April 21 2016 10:10:05
I just remembered, in the Arcangel article, there is an extensive thread on Zoldar and Clark and Arden House, as well as Jasper Wrath. You can take a shortcut to it using the tags above.
 
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