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Dave Knights

Red Crystal Fantasies


Dave Knights, Procol Harum's first bass-player, was later involved with the 1974 album with Ruby called Red Crystal Fantasies

This was on Chrysalis, produced at Trident Studios by Ken Scott, of stitching-together In Held 'Twas in I fame. DK sings (backing only, I'm 99% sure), plays acoustic guitar as well as bass, and wrote 4 of the songs including the single Someday I Will Return which is a classic in the poptastic mode of Manfred Mann or The Hollies and has a curious organ / strings middle. (Thanks, Sam Cameron)

 

Snake Robertson adds:
The title, Red Crystal Fantasies does not appear on the front or back of the jacket, but is on the spine, and on the label. It's Chrysalis UK, CHR-1061, 1974

Mike Lentin electric / acoustic 12-string guitars
John Abbott second guitar / wah wah / vocals
David Knights bass / acoustic guitar / vocals
Rab Munro vocals / percussion

Geoff Swettenham drums on Oh Woman [also played with Matthew Fisher]
Colin Fairley drums and percussion on other tracks
Gerry Shury strings on Someday I Will Return

Produced & engineered by Ken Scott; second engineer on mixes Dennis Mackay; recorded at Trident Studios and Kinks Studios; mixed at Trident Studios and Scorpio Studios

Album design Terry Barham; back photos Mike Putland; all songs published by Carlin Music Corporation

Side 1 (times not quoted)

Side 2

Brown Eyes
Abbott / Munro

Oh Woman
Knights / Abbott

Better Days, Better Nights
David Knights

You Are Everything To Me
David Knights

Someday I Will Return
David Knights

Pretender
David Knights

Rainbow
Mike Lentin

Coach a-Coming
Mike Lentin

Strange Love
Mike Lentin

Starshine
John Abbott

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