Saturday, April 2, 2022

Simon Caine - Simon Caine (1970 canada, beatiful rhythm 'n' blues with jazzy folk psych shades)

Formed in the Bayview area of uptown Toronto in the Summer of Love, the band was originally called Simon Caine And The Catch. At that time Godfrey was a member of The Diplomats while Pendrith had played with several Toronto acts such as Luke and The Apostles, Livingston’s Journey and Ottawa’s Three’s A Crowd. With a solidified line-up, the abbreviated entity of Simon Caine recorded one self-titled album on RCA. 

The album’s liner notes were penned by famed journalist Ritchie Yorke and featured a song co-written by, then, concert promoter John Brower (who would finance and produce the legendary Festival Express cross-Canada train cavalcade). The band was managed by Bob Ezrin and Gary Muth (alongside Cat and Dixie Rump Roast featuring a young Eddie Schwartz) and often booked by Sigma Productions agent Michael Cohl – who would to on to found CPI, Brockham, and has recently been the world-tour promoter for the Rolling Stones. 

Pendrith would go on to a successful career as sideman to some of Canada’s most prestigious talents such as Bruce Cockburn and Murray McLauchlan; Shields still plays (piano, guitar, vocals) and lives in the New Market area outside of Toronto. 
by Gary Muth, Nick Warburton, Richard Wielusiewicz
1. 100 Fat Hairs - 3:18
2. Left By The Riverside - 4:11
3. Scarlet Skies - 4:46
4. High Executioner - 2:49
5. Walked Out The Door (Dave Richardson, Pat Godfrey) - 3:48
6. Introspection (John Lawrence Brower) - 5:35
7. This Girl's Eyes - 2:44
8. Death Bed Lullabye - 3:46
9. Brown Paper Dream - 2:51
10.Leave It Up To You (Pat Godfrey) - 3:44
All songs by Peter Shields except where indicated

Simon Caine
*Peter Shields - Vocals
*Pat Godfrey - Keyboards
*Bill Palmer - Guitar
*Bruce Pennycook - Woodwinds
*Dennis Pendrith - Bass
*John Savage - Drums, Percussion
*Jim Campbell - Vocals
*Arnie Chycoski - Trumpet 
*David Stilwell - Trumpet 
*Eugene Watts - Trombone 
*Russ Little - Trombone