Eclection

Eclection was a London-based multinational folk-psych band that released a self-titled album in 1968 on Elektra. Norwegian-born guitarist Georg Kajanus later emerged as the frontman of the English music-hall pop band Sailor.

Members: Gerry Conway (drums), Trevor Lucas (bass, vocals, 1967-69), Georg Hultgreen [aka Georg Kajanus] (guitarist), Mike Rosen (guitar, trumpet, 1967-69), Kerilee Male (vocals, 1967-68), Dorris Henderson (vocals, 1968-69), Gary Boyle (guitar, 1969) Poli Palmer (vibraphone, 1969)


Background

Eclection formed in London in 1967 when Kajanus (then known as Georg Hultgreen) teamed with English drummer Gerry Conway, Canadian guitarist–trumpeter Michael Rosen, and two Australians: singer Kerrilee Male and bassist Trevor Lucas.

Hultgreen (born 1946 in Trondheim, Norway, as Georg Johan Tjegodiev Sakonski Kajanus) studied classical guitar as a child at Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris and spent his teens on the Montreal folk scene.

Lucas (born 1943, Melbourne) first appeared with two songs on the 1963 Australian folk compilation The Folk Attick Presents and cut his first album, See That My Grave Is Kept Clean, on the local EAST Records label. In 1965, he moved to London and recorded his second album, Overlander, on Reality Records. Most recently, he contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the 1967 British period drama Far from the Madding Crowd starring Julie Christie.

Kerrilee sings on the 1965 EPs Gospel and Blues Volume I and II by the Sydney-based Ray Price Quartet, both released on the Australian PIX label.

Rosen’s then-girlfriend, Canadian singer–songwriter Joni Mitchell (then busking on the London folk scene) suggested the band name Eclection as a play on their eclectic style.

On June 21, 1968, Eclection released “Mark Time,” a Hultgreen original backed with Rosen’s “Nevertheless.” In Europe, the single appeared on Vogue (France), Metronome (Germany), and Italy (Vedette) with the sides reversed.


Eclection

Eclection released their self-titled album in August 1968 on Elektra. It contains the pre-released “Nevertheless” and two additional Rosen numbers: “Confusion” and “St. Georg & the Dragon (Up the Night).” Hultgreen wrote the remaining tracks and sings lead on “Morning of Yesterday.” Lucas sings “In the Early Days Vocals” and Kerrilee sings the album’s balance.

1. “In Her Mind” (3:53)
2. “Nevertheless” (2:50)
3. “Violet Dew” (3:47)
4. “Will Tomorrow Be the Same” (3:09)
5. “Still I Can See” (4:13)
6. “In the Early Days Vocals” (3:35)

7. “Another Time Another Place” (4:22)
8. “Morning of Yesterday” (4:07)
9. “Betty Brown” (3:03)
10. “St. Georg & the Dragon (Up the Night)” (4:54)
11. “Confusion” (5:02)

Arranged By [Orchestral Arrangements] – Phil Dennys
Engineer – Damon Lyon-Shaw
Photography By [Cover] – Joel Brodsky
Photography By [Inside], Art Direction – William S. Harvey
Producer – Ossie Byrne
Recording Supervisor [U.s. Production Supervisor] – Jac Holzman

Elektra earmarked “Another Time Another Place” (b/w “Betty Brown”) as the second Eclection single (cat. EKSN 45040) but instead released “Please,” a cover of a song by the American West Coast band Kaleidoscope (b/w “St. Georg & the Dragon (Up the Night)”). Upon its October 1968 release, Kerrilee left the band and returned to Australia. Eclection re-recorded the song with new vocalist Dorris Henderson, a London-based African-American singer. The re-released single appeared in November as “Please (Mk II)” (b/w “In the Early Days”)


Discography:

  • Eclection (1968)

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