Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce a newly remastered edition of the classic 1975 debut album by American Progressive Rock group Pavlov’s Dog. Formed in St. Louis in 1972, Pavlov’s Dog released this classic album in 1975 with a line-up of David Surkamp (Vocals, Guitar), David Hamilton (Keyboards), Doug Rayburn (Mellotron, Flute), Mike Safron (Drums, Percussion), Rick Stockton (Bass), Seigfried Carver (Violin, Vitar, Viola) and Steve Scorfina (Lead Guitar). A classic of the Progressive Rock genre, “Pampered Menial” has been newly remastered and the booklet fully restores the original album artwork and includes a new essay.
Prairie-raised, Vancouver-based songsmith Young has attracted far more attention in the UK than here. In fact, this, his third album, was released there back in the spring, and notched four-star reviews in Uncut and MOJO. That response is not too surprising, given that his brand of atmospheric melancholia fits easily alongside such faves of the Brits as Giant Sand and Jim White, with his voice occasionally sounding akin to Stuart Staples (Tindersticks). Unlike the earthy approach of prairie peer Corb Lund, Young is distinctly cerebral. It sounds like he spent more time reading existentialist philosophy and watching Wim Wenders movies than herding cattle. On first listen, Young’s dry and parched voice sounds a mite affected, but you’re soon drawn into his evocative soundscapes. Some vocal variety is provided by the lovely harmony singing of Samantha Parton (Be Good Tanyas) on such tracks as “Little Wind” and “Wanderlust,” while his backing band, the Tin Cup, acquit themselves well. Proceedings are occasionally too funereal (a couple of songs clock in at six minutes), but there’s no doubting Young’s lyrical skills.
1. Day Forever Died
3. Everything’s Right
4. Red Meets Blue
5. Counting to 100
6. That for You
7. All I know
8. Wesley, Why?
9. Sweetness in Starlight
10. Wade Through the Night
11. Falling Off the Face of the Earth
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