Spoke Trails


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John Cameron Composer and Producer John Cameron speaks about the recording of the Frog single and other aspects of his career eloquently and modestly, frequently laughing at the hectic nature of it whilst recognising the weekend prior to this interview had been no different.  Conducting an orchestra at the Royal […]

Trails 1102 John Cameron Composer and Producer


Jewel Akens creative source
One spring day, bored with secretarial life, Sylvan read a horoscope that advised her to 'follow every golden opportunity' that month. As you could only do in those magically innocent and exciting days of no qualifications whatsoever, she applied for jobs at Annabelle’s night club as a disc jockey, and Moyses Stephens […]

Trails 1203 Sylvan Mason: Composer and Performer


meet the dakotas
The Open Mind – Magic Potion Coincidentally with Dakotas, The Open Mind were also initially named after a Native American Indian tribe. The Apaches were formed by Tim du Feu, Mike Brancaccio, Philip Fox and Ray Nye. Ray When Ray Nye left Terry Schindler was drafted in and they changed their name […]

The Open Mind/The Dakotas



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‘I’ve been buying records since I was four years old beginning with January by Pilot in 1975.  In 1985, somewhat older but not much wiser I started making music out of other people’s music with 1/4″ tape loops, cassette recorder pause buttons and an Atari 800 based sampler.  This coincided […]

Trails 1305 Soundhog: AKA Ben Hayes


Smoke drummer
As the 1970 acetate labelled Dream of Dreams proves, the Revolution label added an extra ‘s’ to the official release pluralising it to ‘Dreams of Dreams,’ but that mistake has never bothered heavy psych record collectors.  Popsike lists copies sold for £526.00 and £678.77 in 2013 and 2014 respectively, but […]

Trails 1406/07 Dreams of Dreams: The Smoke Story


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A Musical Inheritance Roland Kluger (pictured left) admits to being fascinated by the range of musical experiences his father Jacques managed to cram into his short lifetime.  His father’s biography at the bottom of this page is well worth reading, revealing musical collaborations and associations with a host of renowned jazz, easy […]

Trails 1508 Roland Kluger & RKM Music Library