Monday, June 11, 2007

Syrinx - "Syrinx" & "Long Lost Relatives" {Canada} [70,71] (electro)

John Mills-Cockell (piano, organ) founded the worldbeat group Syrinx in 1970 with drummer/vocalist Malcolm Tomlinson, percussionist Allan Wells and saxophonist Doug Pringle. The band released four albums: Syrinx (1970), Long Lost Relatives (1971), Neon Acclerando (1976) and Gateway: A New Music Adventure (1977). Syrinx broke up in 1979, but Mills-Cockell returned a year later with a new project, JFC Heartbeat.(allmusic.com)

18 comments:

nahavanda said...

links:
http://lix.in/bc867e
http://lix.in/364a68

Art Nouveau said...

Thanks for posting these, they sound better than ever! A very unique Canadian band, however the allmusic writeup is right off the mark. Syrinx was a visionary electronic music trio founded by John Mills-Cockell (synthesizers and keyboards) with Alan Wells (percussion) and Doug Pringle (saxophones). They recorded only 2 albums, Syrinx (1970) and Long Lost Relatives (1971). Malcolm Tomlinson did join the group later, but no recordings with him were ever released. The group broke up in 1972, and Mills-Cockell released the following solo albums: Heartbeat (1973), A Third Testament (1974), Gateway (1982, released in the U.K. as Neon Accelerando), and Do You Hear The Rushing River (1995). Before Syrinx, he was a member of Intersystems, who released 3 albums: Number One (1967), Peachy (1967), and Free Psychedelic Poster Inside (1968). Intersystems were more freeform avant-garde with spoken word. He does a lot of theatre & film soundtrack work now. His latest recording is Concerto Of Deliverance (2004).

Greg said...

Really thanks Mister Nahavanda...
I can't stop hearing this album...
It remind me best albums of french "Philippe Guerre".
Syrinx is a group I didn't know and now I want to discover 3 other albums.
Thanks !

Greg.

Princess Sparkle Pony said...

These are awesome albums.

And to anybody else reading this, I believe Mutant Sounds has all three of the Intersystems albums, and they are utterly amazing, and shockingly ahead of their time. When I heard their first album, I was convinced that there was no way it was from 1968.

Anonymous said...

i found a somewhat damaged copy of this vynil album and transfered it to mp3 in case anyone is interested.

has this ever come out on CD?
i would love to find a CD of this!

moonmadness.ca@hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone, I'm looking for the two SYRINX albums: Syrinx and Long Lost Relatives. Does anyone know where I can find them, on vinyl, CD, or in mp3? Thanks a gazillion!
:-) You can reach me at:
veryounique@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much.
I heard this band in a short film by Cronenberg. And since this day I hope to find them.
Thanks.

MIke said...

Thanks for these, they were one of the huge formative influences of my youth - and not just because "Here Come the Seventies" had a girl with a nice bum walking naked into the sea during the fantastic intro with "Tillicum" as the theme. Syrinx now has a myspace site BTW at http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=281506756.

Anonymous said...

Long Lost Relatives is undoubtedly one of the best albums of all time. Songs such as Field Hymn from melodic masterpieces to something very cerebral with dark brooding undertones when played at higher volumes. Utterly fantastic. Both albums are available through the composer's website at a nominal cost on CD. Timeless and Brilliant!

Anonymous said...

John Mills-Cockell's recently released album, Concerto of Deliverance, along with excerpts, are at http://www.concertoofdeliverance.com
...an ingenious work!

Anonymous said...

here come the 70's was great

Anonymous said...

Hell we used to take them for granted. Saw them at all day shows in High Park and such.
Just another great band from Toronto (that we took for granted...).

Anonymous said...

This is a late comment on a conversation from six years ago but ... I have this album and was playing it yesterday. I was living in Canada in the early 70's and saw the Royal Winnipeg Ballet do a piece to this and it was awesome. I got the album next day. I was wondering what had happened to them and were they still making music to decided to look them up and found this site. Nice site. Great idea. I will check some of the featured music out. Thanks.
Pam XXX

isabelbc said...

Syrinx
70 - "Syrinx" -> http://sonidosetal.blogspot.com.br/2012/06/syrinx-1970.html
71 - "Long Lost Relatives" -> http://morefantasticcolors.blogspot.com.br/2012/04/syrinx-long-lost-relatives-1971.html

Anonymous said...

A re-up would be enormously appreciated...

Anonymous said...

Don't, you know, strain yourself or anything.

MattPayne said...

Man I can't buy or download this album anywhere LoL. I could get the vinyl from amazon buuut I want an mp3 or wav or flac version.

Anonymous said...

when is AMG ever all that close to being on the mark unless they are writing about something mainstream? Toronto was a good good city to grow up musically b.i.t.d. I remember those High Park shows and others. You would see bands like this one, Leigh Ashford, Chris Kearney, Lighthouse, even Cockburn in smaller venues...it was a wild-ass time. Pre-AFICW, better known as Nucleus, and don't get me started about the line-ups at the CNE every summer for two weeks. That place was my live music education when I was 13 and 14. What great music!

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