Today, on July 12th, the great Judy Dyble passed away after courageous fight with cancer. She was 71, yet age and time were the concepts which the English singer perceived from a different, deeply personal, poetical and philosophical perspective, seeing it all as an opportunity to fill the world with wondrous images and sounds, which is why fame didn’t mean anything to her. Judy always found it surprising that she became part of folk-rock narrative.
“I don’t have a huge amount of confidence, so I’m always pleased and delighted, when people say, ‘Oh yes, you were in that band, and you did this and you did that.’ And I think, ‘Gosh, they remember!'” – said Dyble during our longest conversation How can’t they, though, given she was the original vocalist with FAIRPORT CONVENTION, the voice of GILES, GILES AND FRIPP, and a half of TRADER HORNE? Still, these legendary collectives figured prominently on the veteran’s résumé, Judy’s latter-day reinvention of herself mattered much more to those who knew the lady. Having emerged from self-imposed obscurity at the onset of 2000’s – she walked away from music three decades earlier to focus on family – Dyble created an enviable, enchanting body of work as a solo artist, and also lent her voice to a variety of interesting projects.
Starting out as a psychedelically minded quintet, they became the finest heavy funk outfit that England ever produced but the rise of TRAPEZE was cut short when the trio’s bassist Glenn Hughes went on to join a more popular ensemble, and even though guitarist Mel Galley and drummer Dave Holland carried on with their original band, it would never show the same potential and never reached the heights they hoped to scale in the early ’70s. This classic era is the focus of a reissue program which begins on September 18th with a new release of the group’s first three albums – remastered and expanded, with “Trapeze” spanning two discs, and “Medusa” and “You Are The Music” three each.
As announced with a moderate amount of fanfares, THE ROLLING STONES‘ 1973 classic “Goats Head Soup” will be reissued in various formats on September 4th. But while many fans will focus on the box set that features, alongside the album’s newly remaixed version, a smattering of alternative takes and three previously unreleased cuts – including “Scarlet” which has Jimmy Page and Ric Grech parts – as well as a concert document unavailable outside of Japan, there will also be a cassette variant on sale. A limited edition, it’s to comprise only the LP’s stereo remix, yet it’s a sign of the times that it may become the most coveted, collector’s item.
Of course, those wanting to hear more should prepare some cash because the super deluxe set is quite pricey, what with a 120-page book and four posters that accompany the discs, and a 4LP version isn’t cheap either, but 2CD-, single CD- and 2LP releases are accessible.
Almost half a century after its release, “Live” remains the best entry in the COLOSSEUM catalogue, having captured the British ensemble at the height of their flight. This album has seen a few digitized appearances over the years, an expanded reissue on Esoteric being probably most impressive, yet the demand for the band’s recording hasn’t diminished so, in addition to the concert bootleg series announced earlier, Repertoire Records is to offer an alternative version of that classic. The double-disc “Live ’71” – first on CD and, in August, on vinyl – will feature the sextet’s Canterbury University set in its entirety on one disc and basically replicate the previous reissue’s bonus disc on the other, with the exception of “Stormy Monday Blues” which was laid down in Manchester, not Bristol.
Mark “Moogy” Klingman was a musicians’ musician, his songs recorded by rock, blues and pop elite – “I’m A Free Man” by James Cotton, “Ain’t That A Kindness” by Johnny Winter, “Just A Sinner” by Carly Simon, “Let Me Just Follow” by Bette Midler, “Friends” by Midler and Barry Manilow – and served as a musical director for various artists and projects, also producing and playing keyboards. Moogy toured with Lou Reed and played with his pal Andy Kaufman, but it’s another of Klingman’s buddies, Todd Rundgren, that he’s always associated with. Mark’s stint with the latter’s UTOPIA may not have been long, spanning the band’s first years and two albums, yet when the veteran fell ill, Todd organized concerts to raise funds for his medical expenses – in January and November of 2011. Unfortunately, Moogy died from cancer three days before the second one, on November 15th. Both were recorded, though, and May 1st will see the release of a 4CD/2DVD box set comprising the two sets.