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Mainhorse

Artist: Mainhorse
Label: Import Records
Catalog#: IMP 1001
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1971
Tracklist
A1 Introduction 5:04
A2 Passing Years 3:51
A3 Such A Beautiful Day 4:39
A4 Pale Sky 9:09
B1 Basia 5:27
B2 More Tea Vicar 10:11
B3 God 0:17
Credits

Grahame Berney - Art Direction [Art Direction, Illustration]
Keith Davis - Art Direction [Art Direction, Illustration]
Jean Ristori - Bass, Cello, Vocals
Bryson Graham - Drums, Percussion
Lou Austin - Engineer [De Lane Lea]
Peter Lockett - Lead Guitar, Violin, Vocals
Bryson Graham - Lyrics By
David Kubinec - Lyrics By
Peter Lockett - Lyrics By
Jean Ristori - Music By
Patrick Moraz - Music By
Patrick Moraz - Organ, Electric Piano, Piano, Glockenspiel, Synthesizer [Klaviosynthesiser], Vocals
Wolf Huber - Photography
Mainhorse - Producer, Arranged By

Notes

Side one recorded at De Lane Lea Studio.
Tracks B1 and B2 recorded at Morgan Studio.
Track B3 recorded at De Lane Lea.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Hailing from Morges, Switzerland, Patrick Moraz was a classically-trained keyboardist who spent the 60s as a student and jazz musician, touring throughout Europe and England. With friend and bassist Jean Ristori, the pair travelled to England in 1969 in search of musicians with whom to start a group. They enlisted drummer Bryson Graham and vocalist David Kubinec, the latter previously in The World of Oz. Back in Switzerland-and aided by the same Dutch millionaire that funded Supertramp, Stanley “Sam” August Miesegaes-the band, now called Mainhorse Airline, expanded to a six piece. Kubinec, however, suffered a heart attack in 1970 and returned to England. Shortening both their name and their lineup, Moraz, Ristori and Graham added guitarist and vocalist Peter Lockett to the fold, signed to Polydor Records and recorded their eponymous album in 1971 at De Lane Lea Studios in London. “Introduction” does just that: Big chords from Moraz and some great breaks set the stage for a blistering lead from Lockett; it’s classic keyboard rock. “Passing Years” and “Pale Sky” are holdovers from the Kubinec era, the latter offering an extended jam that illustrates the group’s dexterity. “Such a Beautiful Day” and “Basia” keep the energy high, with “More Tea Vicar” opting for a more pastoral feeling. The closing “God” is majestic, as any track with that name should be, reprising its theme through the long fade. Lockett’s guitar adds diversity to the band’s sound, and mostly avoids comparisons to other contemporary keyboard trios of the day. Still, with success not forthcoming, the band broke up in early 1972. Moraz switched to composing film scores to bide his time before surfacing with his next project, Refugee; while Bryson went to work with Gary Wright and Spooky Tooth. The album also saw release in the US on the Import Records label in 1976.
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