Media Condition: VG+
Sleeve Condition: VG
Genre: Rock, Pop, Soft rock
Notes: Original 1977 pressing with lyrics insert. Album cover shows signs of wear, crease on bottom right corner, small seam split on bottom. Vinyl could be close to NM on visual inspection–no scuffing or scratches, just dust.
If you like: AOR, private press, soft rock & folk–in the vein of Iain Matthews, Salty Miller, Chuck Senrick, or Ned Doheny–tinged with a filter of mild psychedelia, this album is essential for your collection.
About: Dolphin was the project of British musician Paul Carman (vocals, guitar) and featured John Giblin (British session bassist for the likes of Peter Gabriel, David Sylvian, John Lennon, Kate Bush & Brand X), Roy Davies (not Ray!) on keys, Jimmy Jewel on Sax, Roger Churchyard (Orange Blossom Sound) on violin & Jerry Conway (Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull) on drums. Not much else is known about the enigmatic Paul Carman, other than that he continued as a songwriter for awhile after Dolphin, and went on to write for Bee Gees protégés No Hat Moon in the nineties. He also seems to be active over on Bandcamp.
Why it’s worth your time: To write Goodbye off as another prime examplar of soft rock would be a meager attempt at defining its unassuming brilliance. Goodbye is more of a great, lost psychedelic folk classic with grandoise arrangements sometimes even approaching the territory of prog rock. Despite its complexity, it’s a very enjoyable listen that’s hard not to imagine on ‘70s radio frequencies–but alas, it did not get that well-deserved airplay and instead we are left with its quiet and rare rediscovery.
A favorite track: Take Care of the Ocean