Wednesday, July 18, 2007

NORTHWIND-DISTANT SHORES (1977, LP, USA)

The original Northwind band was founded in 1968 by Roland Ernest and Jan Stepka. They were inspired originally by bands such as the Doors, Cream, the Moody Blues, the Beatles, and Procol Harum. Northwind was later heavily influenced by ELP, Yes, King Crimson, and Genesis. Echoes of these styles are found in the Distant Shores recordings. The band went through four membership changes. The first incarnation had drummer Steve White. In 1970 they created and performed an original rock opera entitled “Looking Back.” In 1972 they recorded an untitled demo album featuring the song “Last Day at Lokun.” Tom Iacaboni replaced Steve White on drums when Steve left the band to pursue the guitar. In 1974 Tom, Jan and Roland recorded the world famous (in collectors' circles) Northwind demo album in Roland's family's basement. This album is often erroneously referred to as “Woods of Zandor.” Tom was at heart a jazz drummer, and when he left Tim Cahill joined on drums and percussion. For a short period, Bob Pascoe contributed his rock guitar to Northwind's sound. Northwind then performed mostly in clubs and created a reputation in Canada. This period largely had the band playing covers of other rock bands' material. In 1977 returning to original music, Roland took over guitars and the band added the talents of Rob Foster on wind instruments. In 1978 the band recorded their magnum opus “Distant Shores” in Roland's family's basement in Sterling Heights, Michigan. One song, “Just Yesterday,” was released as part of a local radio station's compilation of Detroit area bands' music entitled “Home Grown.” Tim Cahill's religious calling conflicted with his perception of the rock and roll lifestyle leading him to leave secular musical performing. Howard Wells joined the band on drums and percussion for rehearsals while Roland and the band's manager Ron Geddish vainly persued a record contract. Northwind broke up in 1978 largely because of this failure. In the end, the “Distant Shores” songs were never performed outside of Roland's basement. Jan Stepka created this site in 2002 to keep Northwind's music and memory alive(http://www.northwindband.com/)
Musicians:
Roland Ernest (composer, guitars, keyboards on "Just Yesterday", vocals), Jan Stepka (keyboards), Rob Foster (winds), Tim Cahill (drums, percussion, vibes), Joseph Dedischew (sound), Howard Wells (drums, percussion) click here

3 comments:

francisco said...

OOauhh! so thanks!

Anonymous said...

Iìm looking for the album:
Northwind (aka The Woods of Zandor)1974
If you can help me...
Suzanne

Stella said...

I have a copy of "Last Day of Lokun" for auction on ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Rare-Northwind-Zandor-Distant-Shores-Lokun-Pysche-Album_W0QQitemZ190290253526QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMusic_on_Vinyl?hash=item190290253526&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1448%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50