Barry Newman
Noontide

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Noontide" - a term used by German philospoher, Neitzche - with reference to the Apocalypse

This LP (now on CD from GrooveDigger Records - GDR22) was written and recorded by Barry Newman (publisher of Cosmic Debris Musicians Magazine) at Studio One, Vancouver, BC, in August, 1974. It is one of the province's first real "indie" recordings. Newman, who had previously performed in Victoria-based bands Pastime, As Sheriff and Buckeye, plays electric guitar, 12-string acoustic and sings most of the lead vocals.

The four members of Noontide, aged 18 to 21, packed a rented car with as much gear as they could squeeze in, and hopped the ferry to Vancouver to record the project in five days. During the evenings that week, Bryan Adams and John Booth were recording Sweeny Todd in the same studio (Booth now owns a record store in Courtenay and plays in a classic rock band called XLR8).

Some of the studio's commercial accounts (large department stores; there were only a couple of studios in BC at the time), kept interrupting the band's allotted daily sessions to fix up radio jingles, etc. So by late Friday afternoon, instead of having 40 hours to produce the album, only 17 hours had gone into recording the tracks... leaving only 90 minutes left to mix the entire album (other acts were booked with the studio and the band had just enough pesos left for the ferry ride back to the Island).

Considering the multi-tracking of the saxes (at times sounding like a blend of Glen Miller and Blodwyn Pig), this was quite a feat (single songs often take over 100 hours to produce). The studio's echo unit was being repaired, so reverb had to suffice in accenting the band's trademark "psychedelic" guitar/sax harmonies (more dramatic at their live shows).

1) On A Lifeline
2) Such A Sunny Day
3) Juan de Fuca Funk
4) Another No-Party
5) Burnin' Wolf's Beef 
6) Our Code Has a Long Way to Go
One song, 'Juan de Fuca Funk' was co-written and sung by sax player Dave Richardson. Up to four simultaneous tracks of Dave's excellent sax-playing were layered on the record... the sax and guitar harmonies were written by Barry and Dave.

The album was engineered by Laurie Wallace and Rod Dirk; produced by Barry Newman. Cover photo by Derek Thornburn; artwork by David Harrison. The CD was reproduced from vinyl by Monte Nordstrom (master tapes have disappeared... but Newman still has vinyl copies of the album).

Drummer Don Restall and bassist Peter MacDonald went on to play in numerous regional bands. Pete now operates a gardening business in Victoria. Don still drums in various Victoria projects. Dave became an architect.

After the album, Barry continued driving taxi and playing in various bands on Vancouver Island. In January 1994, he founded Cosmic Debris Musicians Magazine, which he continues to publish.

The album received some airplay at CBC Edmonton in 1975 and in the mid-80's, Newman received a call from BMI (now SOCAN) explaining that a song called On A Lifeline... by a "Barry Newman" was used as a soundtrack on an Australian movie. They added that the title of the movie was "It Could Be You" ... !?!

Maybe it was him... he didn't hear any more about it. However, the chances of two identically-named songwriters giving identical titles to one of their songs are exceptionally-remote.


To contact Barry Newman (or to order vinyl copies): fax (250) 743-9717 or email:cosmic@cvnet.net
Cosmic Debris Musicians Magazine:www.cvnet.net/cosmic