D'arcy were a psych rock band from Montréal, Québec. The first class lineup featured some of Canada’s finest musicians including D'arcy Draper (Mantra) on accoustic guitar, harmonica, and lead vocals; Graeme Lennox on keyboards and vocals; The legendary Jerry Mercer (Roy Buchanan, April Wine, Revival, Mashmakhan, The Wackers) on drums and vocals; Pierre Fauteux (Mantra) on bass and vocals; Rayburn Blake (Mashmakhan, Riverson, Cliff Edwards, Lisa Hartt Band) on electric guitar on "Forest" and "Are You Coming"; Tim Forsythe (Our Generation, The Haunted, Peter & the Pipers, J.B. & the Playboys) on piano on "Are You Coming" and organ on "Sunflower" and "Forest"; Denis Forcier (Toulouse, Yves Lapierre, Le Coeur d'une generation, Boule Noire, Les Sultans) on electric guitar on "Back at the Beginning" and "One Free Dream"; Abner on flute; Roger D'loger on percussion.
The album features all original compositions written by D'arcy Draper. It was produced by Doug Pringle & D'arcy. Arrangements were by Graeme Lennox & D'arcy. The mixing Engineer was Quenton Meek. The album gatefold design was by: The Other Studio.
The band only recorded and released one album while together for a very short period.
The album was accompanied with a lone single "Forest b/w Fly to the Sky" on Absolu Records ABS-4401 / Polydor.
Denis Forcier went on to record two of his own albums and several singles in 1973.
This particular album that I found had a hand written letter inside from D'arcy Draper to Dick & Pat, his address was on Avenue Champagneur, in Montréal:
"Nice to hear from you. Here's an album. Polydor forgot to put your name in the credits Dick (they also forgot Pierre's for photography) but the next batch they print up will be correct. I start a new job tomorrow morning (9 to 5) so I have many things to do today. I'll write again soon. The album is getting tons of play on the radio and is very well received. D."
Dick Kelder played and wrote 4 tracks with D'arcy on the Mantra LP that they had recorded together back in 1970. He wore a moustache. The last track on side two is entitled "Dick's Song".
This fabulous psych rock album is being made available by D’arcy Draper and the Museum of Canadin Music for the very first time since it’s initial release back in 1972. We think you will enjoy this outstanding and first class album, which features great writing, acoustic guitar, piano, all in all an outstanding listen start to finish, all culminating with the very heavy track "Forest"; all created by some of Canada’s finest musicians from the early seventies.