Savoybg 2012-03-21 14:00:14
When was this first released? Python Lee Jackson
I know it was recorded in ’68, and was a hit in ’72 in both the US and the UK,
but I think it was first released earlier.
Regina litman 2012-03-21 14:00:45
Ah, Python Lee Jackson. Harking back to my recent topic of names that
made me wonder if they were groups or individuals – Is Python Lee Stewart:
A. Rod Stewart under a different name?
B. A person named (or at least stage-named, because I think a python is
some kind of snake) Python Lee Jackson who sounds like Rod Stewart?
C. A group for which Rod Stewart sang lead?
D. A group with a lead singer who sounds a lot like Rod Stewart?
I was not familiar with this song when it was a current release, but I
have it on some compilation, probably in the Rhino “Have a Nice Day” series.
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Mombu 2012-03-21 14:00:55
A is correct. According to his liner notes for the Storyteller boxed
set, he recorded the song as a demo for a friend who intended it for
another artist, then was surprised to see it issued commercially a few
years later after he became a huge star.
Savoybg 2012-03-21 14:01:01
According to Joel Whitburn Rod sings lead on three of the songs on the “In A
Broken Dream” album. The group is listed as an Australian Rock Quartet.
I asume this means that it was first released in 1972?
Maybe Greg would know if it came out earlier than 1972 in Australia.
Greg ioannou 2012-03-21 14:01:17
I don’t know. I just looked for my copy of the album, which I think is an
Aussie pressing. But it wasn’t filed under “Python” or “Jackson” or
“Stewart”, so who knows where it has strayed?
Mike mooney 2012-03-22 16:22:20
Well, kind of. The group was Australian, and a vehicle for
pianist/singer/songwriter David Bentley. They were recording some demo
tracks in London, and the producer (whose name escapes me) thought that the
song “In A Broken Dream” was worth further investigation, and got Rod
Stewart in to sing lead on the demo. In the same sessions he also recorded
“The Blues” (pretty much a re-hash of “Rock Me Baby”) and a cover (sic) of
the Temptations’ “Cloud Nine” (which was pretty good, actually).
With Rod’s later celebrity, the tracks were dusted off and reissued in
various forms – the three Rod vocals plus a bunch of other songs with
Bentley singing. The album has been out on CD several times, and it’s OK.
Bobradil 2012-03-23 12:55:16
But it was titled “Doin Fine” and writing credit goes to “D. Bently”. It was
the “B” side of “In A Broken Dream”.
Mike mooney 2012-03-24 09:53:37
Not in the UK it wasn’t. The B-side of “Dream” here was Bentley’s “Boogie
Woogie Joe”. On the album (which only came out much later, possibly on CD
only) “Cloud Nine” was credited correctly.