Simon Dupree & The Big Sound

Simon Dupree & The Big Sound were an English R&B/beat group from Portsmouth that issued a string of singles on Parlophone between 1966 and 1969. An album of mostly covers, Without Reservations, was issued by the label in 1967. That year, they released the psych single “Kites” with guest vocals by actress Jacqui Chan. In 1968, the band disguised themselves as The Moles for the 7″ two-parter “We Are the Moles.” The band’s complete recordings were compiled on the 2004 double-CD Part of My Past – The Simon Dupree and the Big Sound Anthology.

Simon Dupree was vocalist Derek Shulman, who harmonized on most tracks with his multi-instrumentalist brothers Phil and Ray Shulman. In 1970, the brothers formed Gentle Giant, releasing 11 studio albums over the ensuing 10-year period.

Members: Phil Shulman (saxophone, trumpet, vocals), Derek Shulman [aka Simon Dupree] (vocals), Ray Shulman (guitar, violin, trumpet, vocals), Tony Ransley (drums, percussion), Peter O’Flaherty (bass), Eric Hine (keyboards, mellotron)

Discography:

  • Without Reservations (1967)
  • Part Of My Past – The Simon Dupree And The Big Sound Anthology (2CD comp, 2004)

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