Andwellas Dream

Andwellas Dream was an Irish psychedelic pop trio that released the 1969 CBS album Love and Poetry. As the four-piece Andwella, they released the 1970–71 Reflection albums World’s End and People’s People. Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist David Lewis release three seventies solo albums.

Andwellas Dream members: David Lewis (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Nigel Smith [Nigel Portman-Smith] (bass, vocals), Wilgar Campbell (drums, 1968), Gordon Barton (drums, 1968-70)

Andwella members: David Lewis (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Dave McDougall (keyboards), Nigel Smith [Nigel Portman-Smith] (bass, vocals, 1970-71), Gordon Barton (drums, 1970-71), David Struthers (bass, vocals, 1971-72), Jack McCulloch (drums, 1971-72)


Background

Andwellas Dream sprung from The Method, a Belfast soul-pop quintet with bassist Paul Hanna, drummer Wilgar Campbell, and guitarist–keyboardist and singer David Llewellyn Lewis (b. February 18, 1951).

In 1968, Campbell and Lewis landed in London, where they hired bassist Nigel Portman-Smith, who recently cut the acetate “Look at the Sun” as part of Louise, a psych-rock band with guitarist–singer Tony Durant and drummer Chris Cutler (who surfaced respectively in Fuchsia and Henry Cow).


1969

They rechristened their act Andwellas Dream and signed with CBS. Early into the sessions for their debut album, Campbell returned to Dublin, where he joined the unsigned Deep Joy with bassist Gerry McAvoy. They opened for Rory Gallagher’s Taste on a 1970 tour. After Gallagher disbanded Taste (and its rhythm section formed Stud), Campbell and McAvoy constituted Rory’s new backing band.

Andwellas Dream hired drummer Gordon Barton, who cut the 1966 single “A Man With Money” in A Wild Uncertainty, a mod-rock combo with Eddie Hardin and (future Samuel Prody) bassist Tony Savva.


Love and Poetry

Andwellas Dream released their debut album, Love and Poetry, in 1969 on CBS. It features thirteen David Lewis originals, including “Felix,” “Shades of Grey,” “The Days Grow Longer for Love,” and “Lost a Number Found a King.”

Lewis wrote every track before his eighteenth birthday. He plays guitar, organ, and piano on Love and Poetry, which features flute and sundry percussion by guest jazz musician Bob Downes, whose arsenal includes Chinese bells, tam-tam (gong), and “dry leaves.”

Original drummer Wilgar Campbell plays on “Felix,” the only track recorded before he cleared for Gordon Barton.

1. “The Days Grew Longer for Love” (3:53)
2. “Sunday” (3:11)
3. “Lost a Number, Found a King” (5:59)
4. “Man Without a Name” (2:41)
5. “Clockwork Man” (2:40)
6. “Cocaine” (4:58)
7. “Shades of Gray” (3:35)
8. “High on a Mountain” (2:30)
9. “Andwella” (3:14)
10. “Midday Sun” (3:40)
11. “Take My Road” (3:21)
12. “Felix” (4:17)
13. “Goodbye” (2:17)

Love and Poetry was produced by Rocky Shahan, a London-based Pakistani singer who once played bass in The Konrads, the first of multiple bands with a young David Bowie. As a performer, Shahan represented Pakistan at the V Festival Internacional da Canção, an annual Brazilian song contest (1966–72) with the 1970 song “The Best Man.”

Love and Poetry lists three CBS Studios engineers: Michael A. Cooper (Steamhammer), Mike Fitzhenry (Gun, Ray Russell, Skin Alley), Phillip Wade (Aynsley Dunbar, Bulldog Breed, Variations).

Love and Poetry features cover art by one C. Nevil Boussmayeff. It shows the name and title in teardrop letters against a yellow backdrops with colorful clusters of nude humanoids and psychedelic flowers.

In late June, Andwellas Dream lifted “Sunday” as a single (b/w “Midday Sun”). Two of the album’s deep cuts (“Felix,” “Shades of Gray”) reappeared as b-sides.


1969 Singles

On August 29, 1969, Andwellas Dream released “Mrs. Man,” a standalone single (b/w “Felix”). The band’s third single, “Mr. Sunshine,” appeared on November 14 (b/w “Shades of Gray”).

A. “Mrs. Man”

A. “Mr. Sunshine”


1970

In 1970, Andwellas Dream added keyboardist Dave McDougall, a onetime members of The Societie, a mod-psych band responsible for the November 1967 Deram single “Bird Has Flown” (b/w “Breaking Down”), produced by Hollies singer Allen Clarke. Now a four-piece, Andwellas dropped “Dream” from their name and became Andwella.

On April 17, 1970, they released a standalone ‘split’ single: “Reflection” (credited to Andwellas Dream) backed with “Michael Fitzhenry” (credited to (Andwella).

A. “Every Little Minute”
B. “Michael Fitzhenry” is a tribute to the Love and Poetry co-engineer who subsequently worked with Amory Kane, Goliath, Trees, and Heaven.

Meanwhile, Lewis recorded Songs of David Lewis, a private-pressed release of eleven demos, including versions of the Love and Poetry songs “Take My Road” and “Man Without a Name.”

Lewis also composed and produced the 1970 Reflection release Goodbye Dave by poet David Baxter, whose backed on the album by Andwella.


World’s End

Andwella released their second album, World’s End, in 1970 on Reflection (UK), Pink Elephant (Netherlands), Stateside (Japan), Bellaphon (Germany), RCA (Canada), and ABC–Dunhill (US).

World’s End features nine Dave Lewis originals, including “Michael FitzHenry,” “Hold On to Your Mind,” and “Reason For Living.” Side Two opens with the epic “World’s End,” written and arranged by New York musician Bobby Scott, who also co-wrote the recent Hollies hit “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.”

Lewis plays guitar, flute, and piano on World’s End, which features McDougall on piano and organ. The album features orchestral arrangements by co-producer John Hawkins.

A1. “Hold On to Your Mind” (3:54)
A2. “Lady Love” (4:13)
A3. “Michael Fitzhenry” (3:30)
A4. “I’m Just Happy to See You Get Her” (2:55)
A5. “Just How Long” (3:14)
B1. “World’s End” (5:18)
B2. “Back on the Road” (3:23)
B3. “I Got a Woman” (2:55)
B4. “Reason for Leaving” (3:10)
B5. “Shadow of the Night” (3:37)

Lewis co-produced the album with Hawkins and CBS–Refection soundman Andrew Cameron Miller (Dogfeet, Steamhammer). Trident Studios soundman Robin Cable engineered World’s End in sequence with 1969–70 albums by Affinity, Elton John, Genesis, Harvey Andrews, Idle Race, Jade, Magna Carta, Michael Chapman, Shawn Phillips, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Van Der Graaf Generator.

World’s End features a sepia photo by Terry Ibbott, whose photography also appears on covers to 1969–70 albums by Ashkan, Bacon Fat, Chicken Shack, Fleetwood Mac, ‘Igginbottom, Kathe Green, Savoy Brown, Synanthesia, and The Web.

In late October 1970, “Hold On to Your Mind” appeared as a single (b/w “Shadow of the Night”). In the Netherlands, Pink Elephant issued “Lady Love” as a single (b/w “Just How Long”). In Japan, Stateside chose “I Got a Woman” as an a-side (b/w “Hold On to Your Mind”).


1971

In 1971, Andwella welcomed a new rhythm section. Nigel Smith cleared for bassist Dave Struthers, who played with McDougall in The Societie. Scottish drummer Jack McCullock (Magic Mixture, Thunderclap Newman, Andromeda) replaced Gordon Barton, who surfaced behind John Entwistle on the Who bassist’s 1972 second solo album Whistle Rhythms.

The lineup of Lewis, McDougall, Struthers, and McCullock made the third and final album (second as Andwella).


People’s People

Andwella released their second album, People’s People, in March 1971 on Reflection (UK, Italy), Pink Elephant (Netherlands), and Stateside (Japan).

People’s People features eleven David Lewis originals, including “All For You,” “She Taught Me to Love,” “The World of Angelique,” and “Four Days in September.”

A1. “She Taught Me to Love” (3:15)
A2. “Saint Bartholomew” (3:00)
A3. “The World of Angelique” (2:26)
A4. “Mississippi Water” (3:28)
A5. “I’ve Got My Own” (2:36)
B1. “Are You Ready” (2:30)
B2. “Four Days in September” (3:47)
B3. “Lazy Days” (1:24)
B4. “People’s People” (3:16)
B5. “Behind the Paint Scheme” (3:26)
B6. “All for You” (2:11)

Sessions took place at Trident Studios, where Lewis co-produced People’s People with Miller and soul soundman Phil Gillin, also credited on the 1971 Reflection release What a Beautiful Place, the debut album by Catherine Howe. Robin Cable engineered People’s People amid 1971 albums by Audience, Colin Scot, Harry Nilsson, Peter Hammill, and Spring.

People’s People sports a black-framed monochrome medium shot of Andwella in windy, autumn weather. In the US, People’s People appeared in October 1971 on ABC Dunhill with an alternate cover that shows a full-scale shot from the same photoshoot.

On January 15, 1971, “Are You Ready” preceded the album as a single (b/w “People’s People”). In Canada and Japan, “Mississippi Water” became the single (b/w “All for You”).


Post-Andwella

Andwella disbanded in 1972. David Lewis reemerged as a solo artist on Polydor (as Dave Lewis) with the 1975 single “Travelling Man” and the 1976–78 albums From Time to Time and A Collection of Short Dreams.

He also wrote “Happy to Be on an Island in the Sun,” a 1975 a-side by Greek pop singer (and former Aphrodite’s Child frontman) Demis Roussos.


Discography:

  • Love and Poetry (1969)
  • World’s End (1970)
  • People’s People (1971)

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