Friday, October 06, 2006

"Pidgeon" (US Psych Rock/Folk 1969)

There is very little info available on Pidgeon. The listed personnel includes 3 musicians/vocalists and one poet. All songs were written by Jobriath Salisbury & poet Richard T. Marshall . A blonde lass named Cheri Gage is credited with lead vocals & autoharp. Bill Strong Smith plays drums & percussion. The legendary Jobriath is credited with keyboards, guitar & lead vocals. (This LP is probably the controversial solo artist's recording debut.) The self-titled Pidgeon album has a lot of musical variety including wild Psych guitar & harpsichord on "Milk & Honey" and "Irene". Vocal harmonies abound. Some tracks are more folky/moody /introspective, while others rock. Jobriath's vocals are very distinctive throughout.
In mid-1968, Jobriath, now age 22, quit the L.A. cast of HAIR to form the band Pidgeon. With lyricist Richard T. Marshall, he had just composed a batch of songs. Stan Farber, a noted session singer in the area, found them & agreed to produce. He got them signed to Decca and set up the band members (which included singer Cheri Gage and teenage drummer Bill Strong Smith) in a house for six months to rehearse. By December they were in studio, and finished in about a month. The LP was to be titled Pidgeon: First Flight From the Forest, but was retitled by Decca.
Days after finishing the first, the band set to work on a second LP. On January 21, they recorded "Tasting of the Caramel", "Pine Trees," and "Life at the First National." The following April 22, they recorded "Rubber Bricks" and "Prison Walls" These two songs were released on a 45".

Album credits:
Bill Strong Smith - Drums, Percussion, Vocal
Cheri Gage - Autoharp, Lead Vocal
Jobriath Salisbury - Keyboards, Guitar, Lead Vocal
Richard T. Marshall - Poetry
Published by Far-Fitz Music - BMI
Produced by Stan Farber for Farber for Farber-Fitzpatrick Productions
Recorded at American Recording, Studio City, Calif.
Engineers: Bill Cooper, Richard Polodor
All songs by Jobriath Salisbury, Richard T. Marshall
Photography by: Gene Brownell
Group Photography by: John LeProvost and Bill Gordon
Decca Records, A Division of MCA Inc., New York, N.Y., U.S.A.


01. Of The Time When I Was Young
02. Milk And Honey
03. When She Arrives
04. Dark Bird
05. Irene
06. The Wind Blows Cold
07. Penny's Magic Bell

08. The Main Line
09. Springtime Girl
10. The Dancer
11. House On A Hill Among Trees
12. Rubber Bricks (45 Single)
13. Prison Walls (45 Single)

Sample Pics: 1, 2, 3

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing this.
I've been a Jobriath fan since his first album was released (yeah, I'm old), but I could never find this one.
You're amazing.

06 October, 2006 19:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Thanks! Just given through a quick listen thru & it's pretty good indeed.
I wonder if you have available 'Spike Drivers: Folkrocking psychedelic etc etc" I did see it was posted on chocoreve's, but the 'link killer' has got it removed :-(


07 October, 2006 00:52  
Blogger Lizardson said...


yes, I have. I'll add Spike Drivers to my incoming list.

07 October, 2006 02:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please post Bob Downes Electric City
Thank you.

07 October, 2006 02:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been looking for Jobriath's demos to his unreleased 3rd lp. Have you got those, by any chance?

08 November, 2009 02:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I didn't mention who I was in my last name's Steve. I'm a die-hard fan of Jobriath. I have his records, some unreleased material, his work with Pidgeon...I even have a few Gregg Diamond albums. So yeah, if you or someone you know has the following unreleased stuff for his third lp, maybe you could post it sometime. I've heard some of it, but would like to hear it all in completion...

1.) Jobriath Symphony
2.) Actor Loves Himself
3.) No Need to Cry
4.) New York, New York
5.) Oh Lord I'm Bored
6.) You Little So and So
7.) Moliere's Misanthrope
8.) Weightless
9.) Ducky Lullaby(?)
10.) Girl of the Night(?)

09 November, 2009 01:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance this Pidgeon album could be re Upped?

Thanks so much! I have been looking for it for quite awhile now.

29 October, 2014 09:56  
Blogger EliPunk77 said...

Any chance of a re-up? This record is tough to find especially with the two bonus songs at the end....

Either way. Thanks!

15 March, 2016 05:17  

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