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5.0 out of 5 stars "...I'm Rocked To Stony Silence..." - Cado Belle by CADO BELLE (2014 Expanded BBR CD Remaster), 1 Aug. 2014
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cado Belle - Expanded Edition (Audio CD)
Cado Belle made only two official releases in the UK - their highly revered self-titled debut album in late 1976 and a hard-to-find 4-track 12" Single EP in late 1977 (see below). Across the years there have been two attempts to my knowldge at CD reissue (2004 and 2008) - both of which are hard-to-find and for years have pulled extortionate prices on the Net. Well at last in 2014 - Big Break Records of the UK have gotten hold of the master tapes and interviewed members of the band for this superb expanded CD remaster that gives us their entire recorded output and a little more. Here are the wee Scottish Soul details...

UK released 23 June 2014 on CD (July 2014 in the USA) - Big Break Records CDBBR 0268 (Barcode 5013939056831) breaks down as follows (58:32 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 10 are their sole album "Cado Belle" - released October 1976 on Anchor Records ANCL 2015 in the UK and Anchor Records AN 2015 in the USA

Tracks 11 to 14 are "The Cado Belle E.P." - released November 1977 as a 4-track 12" single in an album picture sleeve in the UK on Anchor Records AN 1

Track 15 is new - an Ashley Beedle re-edit of "I Name This Ship Survival" - it remixes and enlengthens the album track from 4:33 minutes to 5:11 minutes

The band arose out of the ashes of two obscure Scottish groups - Stuart MacKillop's pop combo called "Joe Cool" and a jazz-fusion unit called "Up". They signed to the then little known Anchor Records Label in the UK (Anchor was home to Paul Carrack's ACE who had a huge hit with "How Long" from their wonderful "Five-A-Side" album). Cado Belle's sound was a rock-group with soul/funk leanings - a sort of lighter version of the Average White Band with a Van Morrison feel to the tunes - fronted by a classy female singer. I remember seeing them live in Dublin with my sister several times (they were hugely popular there) and was duly blown away.

CADO BELLE was:
MAGGIE REILLY Lead Vocals
STUART MacKILLOP on Keyboards
ALAN DARBY on Guitar
COLIN TULLY on Saxophone
GAVIN HODGSON on Bass
DAVID ROY on Drums

The 12-page inlay pictures the gorgeous 'vaudeville' photos artwork of the Cado Belle E.P. as well as the two 7" singles lifted off the album - "Got To Love" b/w "Paper In The Rain" on Anchor ANC 1033 (released October 1976) and "Stones Throw To Nowhere" b/w "Airport Shutdown" on Anchor ANC 1038 (January 1977). A bit of a slip up is not producing the inner sleeve of the LP that had the lyrics to each song on either side. But balancing that is new interviews with Lead Singer Maggie Reilly and Saxophonist Colin Tully recalling the album's history, gigs, lack of chart action and eventual breakup in 1978 when the Anchor label folded leaving them high and dry. But the big news for fans is the fabulous audio quality - really beautiful stuff - gorgeous throughout - especially on one of my all-time faves - the Alan Darby penned "September". It's the second track on Side 1 of the E.P. and comes on like Gary Moore's "Parisienne Walkways" from 1978 - all Soulful guitar and aching lyrics. It's also nice to hear their covers of "It's Over" by Boz Scaggs (a co-write with David Paich of Toto - it's from the 1976 "Silk Degrees" LP) and the 1967 Soul classic "Gimme Little Sign" by Brenton Wood. For many fans - the album cuts "Stones Throw From Nowhere" and "Rocked To Stoney Silence" in this beautiful audio quality will thrill - but there's also the superb Stuart MacKillop tune "Play It Once For Me" on Side 2 of the E.P. - what gems the lot of them.

Contributing to their Soulful Rock vibe is the fantastic Glasgow-born Scottish singer MAGGIE REILLY (not to be confused with Maggie Bell from Stone The Crows). She was similar vocally to Maria Muldaur in ways, even a touch of Chaka Khan circa Rufus. Maggie later had duet hits with Mike Oldfield on three occasions "Five Miles Out" in 1982, "Moonlight Shadow" in 1983 and "To France" in 1984. Since 1976 she's sessioned as a vocalist on albums by Jack Bruce, George Harrison, Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, Sisters Of Mercy and Mike Oldfield. Maggie has her own website now and a few dedicated to her. Maggie's latest album "Rowan" was released in 2006 and has received huge praise from all quarters (especially her lovely cover version of "Wild Mountain Thyme").

So why didn't CADO BELLE make it? As others have noted - I guess they lacked that one killer hit that would have made people and the charts sit up and take notice - perhaps if they'd released the epic "Stones Throw From Nowhere" first - things might have been different. Still - it's a sign that they're still remembered with such affection today - closing in on 40 years after the event...

A stunning BBR CD reissue - well done to all involved...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Sound Of Summers Past, 4 July 2014
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A. R. Durham "Top Dog Max" (Wiltshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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The crass Amazon edit for this album calls Cado Belle a "slick soul/funk/disco" album. What utter garbage - CB had nothing to do with disco. Indeed, in the CD notes Maggie Reilly rightly says that the material was very difficult to categorise - probably why the album didn't sell because it is tricky to stick in a marketing pigeonhole.

If you must insist on a comparison, then CB are solid blue eyed soul in the style of Kokomo, Looking Glass, Boz Scaggs, Ace, Danny Wilson and Big Whakoo - with no small addition of some jazzy Steely Dan chords. This is the music you would hear on a summers afternoon in the mid 70's when Radio 1 played good music.

This great little band launched Maggie Reilly's career (she of Moonlight Shadow with Mike Oldfield), and boasted all original material with solid bass hooks and jazzy horn charts. The songs are generally of high quality, even though it lacked a real stonker (like Ace's How Long or Looking Glass's Brandi You're A Fine Girl) which no doubt would have made the difference to CB's success. Hence only the 4, and not 5 stars.

It is beautifully recorded by Keith Olsen of Fleetwood Mac fame; and the CD remastering is just wonderful. A real analogue-type quality with depth and low level resolution.

CB can be justifiably proud of this recording. Rhythmic, soulful, melodic with great playing. Nothing to shatter the windows, but you don't want that on a warm summer's afternoon - do you?

Recommended for relaxed, sultry listening. Shame they didn't record another - a missed opportunity for us proper music lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cado Belle CD - 40 Year Wait!, 17 Nov. 2014
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Colin Gibson (England) - See all my reviews
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A brilliant purchase this month.

I was a 22 year old puppy when I fell in love with this group back in the early 1970's and despite only one album and one EP at the time - have played those tracks many times each year since. Now turned 60 I still love their music - and it seems ageless listening to it again on this CD this week but with a bit more clarity on CD/and download version.

Crisp Vocals, just brilliant...and with the volume turned up a bit fantastic. A real pity nothing followed from the group, I remember waiting on any new release at the time and I can still recall my disapointment of 40 years ago with nothing else following. My disapointment continues to the present day. A real understatement of talent.

Now with MP3 downloads and back issues its great to listen to remastered tracks with such clarity rather than the needles and scratch of yesteryear. Love this CD, just love it.!
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4.0 out of 5 stars with Maggie Reilly's soaring vocals and Colin Darby's excellent guitar work they had two real aces, 7 Jan. 2015
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Rob Frampton "Rob Frampton" (Dartford, UK) - See all my reviews
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This album was, alongside Ian Dury's 'New Boots & Panties' and Kate Bush's 'The Kick Inside' was what kept me going through my first year at Uni (and boy does that date me!) - although they are, of course, vastly different albums. Up 'til that point I wasn't drawn to soul or funk, but the blue-eyed Hall & Oates and the rather heavier sound of AWB turned my head. Cado Belle, though, were a rather different prospect, with Maggie Reilly's soaring vocals and Colin Darby's excellent guitar work they had two real aces.
This reissue of their only album includes their eponymous EP and possibly the highlight track of their career, "September".
It's a sound very much of its time but nonetheless a sweet and soulful experience worth checking out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Album, 24 Aug. 2014
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One of the great bands of their time (mid 70's), a great pity they never did enjoy the success they deserved. Great to find their work on CD it was not for many years but here it is!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic lyrics, 19 Nov. 2014
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Fantastic lyrics - such a shame they split up just after making this albumn
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