Paul Brett Sage – Same (1970)

usfrontcover1Paul Brett (born 20 June 1947, Fulham, London) is an English classic rock guitarist. He played lead guitar with Strawbs (though he was never actually a member), The Overlanders, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera, The Velvet Opera, Tintern Abbey, Fire, Roy Harper, Al Stewart, Lonnie Donegan, and switched to twelve-string guitar in the 1970s.

His first twelve-string guitar suite, Earth Birth, was released on his own label, Phoenix Future, and was produced by artist Ralph Steadman of Fear and Loathing fame. Critical acclaim led to Brett being signed on a four-album deal with RCA Records. His K-tel Romantic Guitar album went platinum in the UK, but Brett stopped recording soon afterwards. He started recording again in 2000, with long-time friend and fellow twelve-string guitarist, John Joyce.

Brett wrote for music magazines Melody Maker, Sound International and International Musician and continued working in the music industry in the later part of his career. He now writes a regular column for Acoustic, a magazine specializing in acoustic guitars. He is also the Associate Editor and Features Writer for Music Maker and Live in London magazines.

He has appeared on BBC Television’s Antiques Road Show and Flog It in the mid-2000s. (by wikipedia)

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And this is his wonderful debut album from 1970:

Tying together many of the musical threads of their day, Paul Brett Sage was a progressive band in the best sense of the word, with an adventurous sound that was accessible to all, though they never lost sight of their origins. The group grew out of the folk duo of guitarist/singer Paul Brett and percussionist Bob Voice, and their eponymous debut album sees Paul Brett Sage retain a folksy bend, which reaches grand agit-folk heights on “Trophies of War.” Elsewhere, Brett’s fiery licks and solos, particularly on the anthemic “3D Mona Lisa,” paints rock right across the backwoods vista. Evocative flamenco-tinged guitar sizzles around “The Sun Died,” while Brett’s aggressive performance on both 12-string and electric guitar creates a “Warlock” worthy of the modern age. With the band’s prominent use of percussion, Nicky Higginbottom’s haunting flute, their strong melodies, and infectious choruses, Paul Brett Sage hovers between folk, rock, world, and pop; an album that deftly manages to be all things to all people. (by Dave Thompson)

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Personnel:
Paul Brett (guitar, vocals)
Dick Dufall (bass)
Nicky Higginbottom (flute, saxophone)
Bob Voice (drums, percussion)

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Tracklist:
01. 3D Mona Lisa (Royce) 3.18
02. The Sun Died (Brett) 4.00
03. Little Aztec Prince (Voice) 4.22
04. Reason For Your Asking (Brett) 4.09
05. Trophies Of War (Brett) 3.43
06. The Tower (Brett) 5.14
07. The Painter (Brett) 4.11
08. Mediterranean Lazy Heat Wave (Voice) 3.16
09. Warlock (Brett) 5.41

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Paul Brett Sage – Schizophrenia (1972 )

FrontCover1Paul Brett Sage’s second full-length, Jubilation Foundry, was a rocking affair that danced delightfully from rock’s roots in blues and R&B to its many contemporary nooks and crannies. With their follow-up, 1972’s Schizophrenia, PBS dove into the harder side of rock, quite a feat for a group that featured a plethora of percussion but no drummer; although one was brought in for the driving “Slow Down Ma!.” But as “Custom Angel Man” proved, Sage could rock like a Band of Gypsies even without one. However, it was Southern rockers and jam bands that were the group’s strongest influences, and on “Charlene” they bring the two together. Imagine the Allmans fronting the Band to get the idea. The instrumental “Limp Willie,” in contrast, features great dueling acoustic guitars, until the song flops over into PaulBrettSage1972Grateful Dead territory. “Take Me Back I Will Love You” sounds just like Pink Floyd, minus all their pomposity and self-indulgence, and is one of the album highlights. And there’s plenty more of those within, from the gorgeous harmonies and acoustic guitars that stream across “Savior of the World” and “Tale of a Rainy Night” to the bluesy show-stopper “Make It Over.” But as far afield as PBS seemed to have wandered from their folkie roots and for all their use of electric guitars, the many acoustic elements that initially defined their sound remain, giving the band and this set a sound entirely unlike anything else from the time. Routinely labeled acid folk and progressive rock, in fact, Sage were pop/rockers working in a thoroughly unique medium, creating a sound that still thrills today. (by Dave Thompson)

Released in a sleeve opening into a threefold from the middle with lilac Dawn labels.
When held before a light source, the disc is dark red.

BackCover1Personnel:
Paul Brett (vocals, guitar)
Stuart Cowell (guitar)
Dick Duffall (bass, vocals)
Bob Voice (drums, percussion, vocals)
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Rod Coomes (drums on 04.)
Dave Lambert (keyboards on 05.,08., 10.,  piano on 01.)
Rob Young (piano on 04., flute, oboe on 09.)

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Tracklist:
01. Custom Angel Man (Brett) 2.34
02. Charlene (Hutcheson) 3.06
03. Song Of Life – Song Of Death (Hutcheson) 2.45
04. Slow Down Ma! (Hutcheson) 2.58
05. Saviour Of The World (Hutcheson) 3.39
06. Limp Willie (Voice/Duffall/Brett/Cowell) 1.41
07. Tale Of A Rainy Night (Brett) 3.03
08. Take Me Back And I Will Love You (Hutcheson) 4.13
09. Autumn (Brett) 4.43
10. Make It Over (Goddard/Phillips) 3.10
11. Bee (Brett) 1.01

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