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Gargoyle - ST

Format: LP
Label: private T 56568
Year: 1969
Origin: Ottawa, Ontario, 🇨🇦
Genre: experimental, free, spoken word, freak
Value of Original Title: $1,500.00
Make Inquiry/purchase: email
Release Type: Albums
Websites:  No
Playlist: Ontario, $1000 Record Club, Canadian Places, Poetry, Plays And Spoken Word, Rarest Canadian Music, 1960's, Psych, Primitive Cover Artwork, Folk


Side 1

Track Name
Barry Hunter - I Got That Feeling
George Dawber - Remembering Morris
Larry Smith - I'm Gonna Love You
Bill Reach - The Journey Home (Doug Hamilton, guitar; Tim Inkster, bongos)
Barry Hunter - Learning How to Love
Brian Dunfield - Too Late
Ian Young - 8th and 25th of December 1969
Ron Puschak - Ballad of Simon Legree

Side 2

Track Name
Ian Young - A Childhood in South Africa: The Veld Near Ladybrand
Ian Young - Child of the Sea
Jon Craneman Karsemeyer- What Is (read by Doug Watters)
Doug Watters - Five Poems (instrumentation by Paul Lang)
John Naslen - Varsity Blues (background by David King, Rick Williams, and John King)
Doug Watters and Paul Lang - History of the World (occasional percussion by Tim Inkster)


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Gargoyle - ST BACK

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Gargoyle LABEL 01

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Gargoyle LABEL 02

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Probably the rarest Canadian folk psych record in existence. This is the only place where you can listen to this record.

Alec Speer (born 1948) sent the following to MOCM on Feb 4, 2024:
Radio Varsity was created in 1966, the year I first attended the University of Toronto as a Commerce & Finance student. It was a closed circuit (hard-wired) music broadcaster which extensively covered the St. George campus - see Wikipedia CIUT-FM History.

When I first joined the station in the fall of 1966, it had a soft standards popular music programming which featured Frank Sinatra and the like. Also classical. By that Christmas, I had brought the programming into the mid 1960s rock and pop scene - Beatles, Rolling Stones. Bob Dylan etc. A&R reps started appearing at our door, looking for opportunities to introduce new artists to the station's listeners - a prime demographic. This was also the time of the rise of FM music stations - alternative programming versus the dominant top ten territory of AM broadcasters.

Radio Varsity was in that FM groove. It was our station culture that attracted the artists of Gargoyle. The station facility had an open area, a manager's office and three broadcast studios. The studios had egg cartons stapled to the ceilings and walls. Nothing digital in those days. Tape recorders, analog.

In 1969, I was approached by a young woman about the use of our studios to record music performances by a number of people she had in tow. Naturally I said okay and got the permission of the only paid person at Radio Varsity - the station manager Pat Dymond. Performers were set up in the station's rooms and open space, I gave simple instructions on how to use station equipment. They came with their own equipment as well. I don't recall myself as being anything more than that. The artists did their own producing.

A surprise towards the end of the sessions, done over a weekend, was the recording of station id jingles written and performed as a gift. I recall the young woman as having an excellent singing voice on these jingles.
-Alec Speer, University of Toronto campus radio programming manager and DJ, 1966-1969

Tim Inkster: editor
Produced and engineered by Harald Moras

Cover design by John Ruutner

With special thanks to Pat Dymond and Alec Speer of Radio Varsity for the loan of their studios


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