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All On the First Day

Tony Caro and John

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Album Review

All on the First Day was extremely Incredible String Band-influenced in its minimal folk-rock, particularly in Tony Dore's vocals. While it might be a lot smaller in the range of instruments, and thinner in depth of production than the old Incredible String Band records, it's also mighty more tuneful and accessible to conventional pop ears. The threesome have a good knack for catchy tunes with minor chords aplenty, without any of the wavering drone-grate categorizing much of the ISB's output. Although many of the compositions address the hippie mindset of the early '70s — making love, folky vignette story-songs, the apocalypse, and references to nature and fable-like figures aplenty — they're relayed with just enough irreverent wit to tread the line between clever and indulgent. The homespun male-female harmonies are bolstered by imaginatively unpredictable, if low-budget, weird tinges of electronic effects, slide guitar swoops, violin creaks, wah-wah, Jew's harp, zig-zaggy guitar reverb, and flageolets (a small flute). It's a very likable album, heartily recommended to early-'70s British folk-rock fans looking for something of quality they likely have never heard of before, let alone actually heard. Originally issued in a quantity of a mere 100 copies in 1972, Normal/Shadoks' CD reissue of the album 30 years later adds five bonus tracks, and historical liner notes by the group. The five bonus tracks include two decent outtakes from the album, and tracks of slightly later vintage that have a more straightforward (and less interesting) period rock sound.

Biography

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s

Tony, Caro and John, a two-man-one-woman folk-rock trio, recorded the extremely rare All on the First Day album in 1972. The threesome took much of their inspiration from the Incredible String Band's brand of leprechaun-ish folk-rock, though songwriter and frequent lead singer Tony Dore's compositions were more conventionally melodic than the ISB's. Dore's vocals were much like those heard on the early ISB records, as well. Tony, Caro and John were also wont to embellish their basic male-female vocal...
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