BJ Cole The New Hovering Dog on LP
BJ Cole came to prominence in the early 1970s with the country rock outfit, Cochise. His signature pedal steel playing has marked numerous LPs including releases by T. Rex, Elton John (Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across the Water), Cat Stevens, Bjork, The Verve, Depeche Mode, Beck, Elvis Costello, David Gilmour, Emmylou Harris, Pet Shop Boys, Robert Plant, Scott Walker).
The man Sting once described as "the best pedal steel player in the world" is versed in many styles from pop, rock, jazz to experimental. His versatility is perhaps no better showcased than on his first solo album The New Hovering Dog; it combines poetry with orchestration and electronics with a strong cast of musicians from that era. Originally released in 1972 on United Artists, BJ Cole's The New Hovering Dog is now available once again on LP after 40 years, remastered with two bonus tracks.
"The New Hovering Dog was my first solo album, and was originally released in 1973. It has never been re-released on CD, and has become a much sought after collector's item. After making three albums with the country rock/psychedelic band Cochise (1969/1973), I broke away from the country rock format to create a more experimental album that combines poetic lyrics with orchestrations and electronics. In retrospect it can be compared with the early work of Brian Eno.
"The tracks "Regal Progression" and "Cold Mountain Mariner" features a strong cast of the top musicians of the era, including Danny Thompson on double bass, Mike Giles (King Crimson) on drums and Francis Monkman (Curved Air) on harpsichord. Robert Kirby, who is better known for his work with Nick Drake, did the orchestral arrangements. As with most of the other tracks on the album, and on this unique occasion, I did the singing, as well as all the pedal steel parts.
"Now You See Them, Now You Don't," "You're Probably Lost" and "I Know Now." Songs of paranoia and megalomania, featuring my old buddies Keith Baker (bass) and Laurie Jellyman (drums). Heavily inspired by seeing Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band. Additional madness is supplied by Graham Preskett (violin & vocals) and Bill LeSage (piano). "Up On the Hill Where They Do the Boogie." A momentary lapse into country music territory with this cover of a John Hartford song. This was the single, believe it or not.
"Five Pieces For Steel Guitar & Percussion," my first attempt at writing a suite of orchestral pieces. Featuring Tristan Fry (later of the group SKY) on percussion. "The East Winchley Tango." In 1971 I got hold of one of the first VCS3 Synthesizers. This tune was edited down from a longer improvised performance utilising the oscillators and joystick control, and morphed into ring modulated wind chimes." - BJ Cole
BJ Cole The New Hovering Dog Track Listing:
1. The Regal Progression
2. Now You See Them, Now You Don't
3. The Cold Mountain Mariner
4. Up On The Hill Where They Do The Boogie
5. You're Probably Lost
6. Five Pieces For Steel Guitar & Percussion
7. I Know Now
8. The East Winchley Tango