Week of September 11, 2005

Cado Belle

Alan Darby - Guitar
Gavin Hodgson - Bass
Stuart Mackillop - Keyboards
Maggie Reilly - Vocals
Davy Roy - Drums, Percussion
Colin Tully - Sax, Flute

Cado Belle (Anchor ANCL 2015) 1976
CD: Airmail/Anchor AIRAC-1082, 2004

EP: Cado Belle EP (Anchor AN 1) 1977

An album of funky rock played and sung pretty well, with backing from strings and horns. All the tunes come from Mackillop or Tully, with lyrics by Alasdair Robertson. The band’s 12" maxi-single release, “Cado Belle” EP is worth tracking down, demonstrating a wide range of styles despite only having four tracks, with its standout cut being Alan Darby's composition “September”. Here the band give vent to mellow guitar and sax, with a great vocal from Maggie Reilly. She, of course, later enjoyed considerable chart success with Mike Oldfield.

(Neil Murray)

Taken from The Tapestry of Delights - The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976, Vernon Joynson   ISBN 1 899855 04 1

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