Warm Dust

Warm Dust was an English post-psych, jazz-rock band that released the 1970 double-album And It Came to Pass on the Philips-subsidiary Trend, followed by 1971’s Peace for Our Time. Their self-titled third album appeared in 1972 on the German jazz label BASF.

Despite the presence of future serial singer Paul Carrack, harpist–guitarist Les Walker (aka Dransfield Walker) was the principle Warm Dust vocalist. In 1976, Walker appeared on back-to-back albums by Big Jim Sullivan’s Tiger. Over the next two decades, Carrack enjoyed a sequence of high-profile roles in Ace, Squeeze, and Mike & the Mechanics.

Members: Les Walker (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica, vibraphone, shakers), Paul Carrack (organ, piano, guitar, timpani, vocals), John Surguy (saxophone, flute, oboe, clarinet, vibraphone, guitar, vocals), Alan Solomon (saxophone, flute, oboe, piano, clarinet), Terry “Tex” Comer (bass, guitar, recorder), Dave Pepper (drums, percussion), Keith Bailey (drums, percussion, vocals), John Bedson (drums, percussion)


Warm Dust formed in 1969 in Sheffield. Bassist Terry Comer and drummer Dave Pepper came from So On And So Forth, a Burnley teenage mod quintet that covered songs by Cream (“Sweet Wine”) and The Monkees (“(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone”).


And It Came to Pass

Warm Dust released their debut album, And It Came to Pass, in November 1970 on Trend.

A1. “Turbulance” (11:06)
A2. “Achromasia” (7:30)
B1. “Circus” (5:37)
B2. “Keep On Trucking” (4:13)
B3. “And It Came to Pass” (10:50)
C1. “Loosing Touch” (8:50)
C2. “Blues for Pete” (7:25)
C3. “Man Without a Straw” (5:10)
D1. “Wash My Eyes” (14:15)
D2. “Indian Rope Man” (7:10) Ritchie Havens

Producer – John Worsley
Engineer – Tony Rockliffe
Composed By – Warm Dust (A1 to D1)

Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Oboe, Piano – Alan Soloman
Bass, Guitar, Recorder – Terry Comer
Drums, Percussion – Dave Pepper
Organ, Piano, Guitar – Paul Carrack
Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Oboe, Vibraphone, Clarinet – John Surgey

“Keep On Trucking” backs the 1971 non-album a-side “Mr. Media,” released on Trend France.

A: “Mr. Media”


Peace for Our Time

Warm Dust released their second album, Peace for Our Time, in August 1971 on Trend. Due to the cover text, the album sometimes appears listed as Peace for Our TimeNeville Chamberlain, 30th September 1938.

1. “Blood of My Fathers” (5:07)
2. “Winds of Change” (5:16)
3. “Justify the Things Your Hands Have Done” (8:53)
4. “Rejection” (4:43)
5. “Very Small Child” (4:14)
6. “Song For a Star” (4:53)
7. “Peace of Mind” (3:34)

Directed By – Barry Class
Engineer – Tony Rockliffe
Producer – John Worsley

Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Organ, Electronics – Alan Solomon
Bass – Terry Comer*
Drums, Congas, Maracas, Vocals – Keith Bailey
Organ, Piano, Timpani, Vocals – Paul Carrack
Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Oboe, Guitar, Vocals – John Surguy
Vocals, Harmonica, Vibraphone, Shaker – Les Walker

Written-By – A. Solomon*, J. Surguy*, K. Bailey*, L. Walker*, P. Carrack*, T. Comer

Design, Art Direction – Pye Records Studios
Directed By – Barry Class

Also in 1971, Warm Dust released the non-album single “It’s a Beautiful Day” backed with “Worm Dance.”

A. “It’s a Beautiful Day”
B. “Worm Dance”

Trend issued “It’s a Beautiful Day” with pictures sleeves in Germany and the Netherlands.


Warm Dust

Warm Dust released their self-titled third album in 1972 on the German label BASF.

A1. “Lead Me to the Light” (5:17)
A2. “Long Road” (4:47)
A3. “Mister Media” (3:07)
A4. “Hole In the Future” (8:37) Richie Havens

B1. “A Night on the Bare Mountain” (1:05) Modest Mussorgsky
B2. “The Blind Boy” (18:56)
      Pt 1. Trouble in T Mill – 5:20
      Pt 2. Clogs and Shawls – 3:20
      Pt 3. Blind Boy – 4:05
      Pt 4. Slibe – 5:05
      Pt 5. Dustbust – 1:06

Producer – Derek Lawrence
Engineer – Martin Birch

Bass Guitar, Percussion – Terry Comar
Drums, Percussion – John Bedson
Organ, Piano, Electric Piano, Percussion – Paul Carrack
Flute, Keyboards, Baritone Saxophone, Synthesizer, Soprano Saxophone [Electric & Acoustic] – Alan Solomon
Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone [Electric & Acoustic], Flute – John Surgey
Vocals, Percussion, Coordinator – Les Walker

Guitar – John Knightsbridge (A2)
Percussion – Eddy & Casper

Written-By – Warm Dust (A1 to A3, B2 to B5)


Discography:

  • And It Came to Pass (2LP, 1970)
  • Peace for Our Time (1971)
  • Warm Dust (1972)

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