MENU
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

DILLINGER

Heavy Prog • Canada


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Dillinger biography
From Toronto,Ontario,Canada the band was formed in 1973 by the Harrison brothers,Jacques (keys,vocals,sax,flute,accordion) and Robert (Drums,percussions) both from Quebec.Paul Cockburn and Terry Bramhall were eventually added, respectively on guitars and and bass.The following year they signed with Canadian label Daffodil and released their first self-titeld album.The album was an original mix of jazz and progressive blusey hard rock.It was made up of only four tracks including the side-long ''Live and Return'' as well as an interesting cover version of Spitit's ''Nature Way''.

Due to it's complexity, the album was met with indefference.Constant live gigging and dedication eventually got the band a bit of recognotion,so they entered the studio to start working on the follow up album in October 1975.The recording sessions lasted a good four months under tha aegis of label owner Frank W.H.Davies who acted as producer aided by John Woloschuk(Klaatu),Steve Vaughn and noted Rush producer Terry Brown,the same team who would complete Klaatu's debut album in 1976.

The album was made up of eight tracks including a decent cover version of Spooky Tooth's ''Two Time Love'' and a not-so-good funky version of the Beatles' ''Taxman''.All the rest were originals and an obvious improvement over the first album.With three tracks clocking in at over eight minutes and another at six,the band had ample freedom to explore and show off their talents as both composers and musicians with many instrumental parts featuring keyboards(organ,mellotron,Moog) and guitar interplay,as well as an healthy dose of folky flute playing and jazzy sax parts.

This was to be the band's last album as Dillinger.Drummer Robert Harrison got homesick and returned to Quebec where he joined highly local popular hard rock legend Offenbach.He eventually quit them and resumed his career as a blues guitarist.Bassist Bramhall also quit,leaving Jacques Harrison and Cockburn (both main songwriters) to re-assemble a band, recruiting drummer Paul Kersey(Max Webster),bassist/singer Brian Gagnon(Bullrush) and multi-instrumentalist Gerry Mosby(Bond).They were re-named The Hunt by manager Cliff Hunt and showed the band moving in a meaner and heavier rock direction.Their first album as The Hunt still showed prog leanings thanks to Cockburn and Harrison's songwriting as well as the ever present flute and thick keyboard sound topping Gagnon's Geddy Lee-like's wailing,eliciting vage comparison...
read more

Dillinger official website

DILLINGER MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with Progarchives.com, learn how to submit new MP3s.

DILLINGER forum topics / tours, shows & news


DILLINGER forum topics Create a topic now
DILLINGER tours, shows & news Post an entries now

DILLINGER Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to DILLINGER

Buy DILLINGER Music


Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Dillinger - Melting Pot / Hearsay (Vinyl) USD $13.30 Buy It Now 6h 57m
One Of Us Is The Killer - Dillinger Escape Plan (2013, CD New & Sealed) USD $11.99 Buy It Now 7h 13m
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Dissociation OTCD-5810 CD JAPAN 2016 NEW USD $50.78 Buy It Now 10h 59m
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN with MIKE PATTON Irony Is A Dead Scene 12" EP New SEALED USD $14.98 Buy It Now 12h
NEW Limited Edition Dillinger: CB200, Bionic Dread CD USD $19.99 Buy It Now 12h 39m
Dillinger - Horses and Hawgs CD Bad Love Home For Better Days We Had It All OOP USD $9.99 Buy It Now 12h 50m
DILLINGER "MELTING POT" 1981 RARE UK 1st PRESS VINYL RECORD 12" MAXI SINGLE~VG+ USD $8.00 Buy It Now 12h 52m
DILLINGER - Answer Me Question (reissue) - Vinyl (LP) USD $28.75 Buy It Now 12h 55m
RARE MUSIC CASSETTE - REGGAE DJs - ISLAND RECORDS - U ROY DILLINGER LONE RANGER USD $6.65 Buy It Now 13h 41m
Dillinger - Gangster Prankster & Rasta (The Prime of /Mixed by , 2001) CD USD $6.65 Buy It Now 13h 57m
Dillinger - Reggae and Ska Twin Pack (Audio CD - 5/21/2002) [Import] NEW USD $9.97 Buy It Now 14h
Dirty & Hairy Dillinger, Troy MUSIC CD USD $5.48 Buy It Now 14h 59m
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine CD + DVD limited Edition USD $9.31 [0 bids]
15h 14m
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN 'CALCULATING INFINITY' PICTURE DISC VINYL LP USD $53.27 Buy It Now 15h 22m
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN 'MISS MACHINE' LIMITED EDITION 180 GRAM VINYL LP USD $66.59 Buy It Now 15h 22m
Damnation Festival 2010 shirt dillinger esc plan paradise lost discharge sabbat USD $11.92 [0 bids]
16h 40m
The Dillinger Escape - Under the Running Board [New CD] USD $7.98 Buy It Now 17h 21m
SUNSHINE REGGAE 3 disc set 50 Reggae Hits from Jamaica Bob Marley Dillinger USD $5.31 Buy It Now 17h 44m
Pop Promo 45 Barry Devorzon - Theme From Dillinger / Theme From Dillinger On Mca USD $5.00 Buy It Now 18h 36m
Mojo REBEL MUSIC: Bob Marley, The Clash, Dillinger, Gil Scott-Heron, Last Poets+ USD $8.97 Buy It Now 18h 38m
Bring You To Your Knees-A Tribute To Guns N Roses-CD-Dillinger-NEW SEALED USD $9.99 [0 bids]
USD $14.99 Buy It Now
18h 54m
Put the Monkey in It Soopafly, Daz Dillinger MUSIC CD USD $5.48 Buy It Now 19h 21m
SMART/DILLINGER/BOOTHE/WILSONWhite Man in Hammersmith Palais E.P.-RSD17,w/Poster USD $11.74 Buy It Now 19h 24m
MC EIHT FEAT. DAZ DILLINGER: Hit The Floor Remixes / Heavy Weights 12 (dj, titl USD $6.00 Buy It Now 19h 28m
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN IRONY IS A DEAD SCENE NEW VINYL RECORD USD $16.74 Buy It Now 19h 48m
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN LIMERENT DEATH [SINGLE] NEW VINYL RECORD USD $11.55 Buy It Now 19h 49m
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN LIMERENT DEATH [SINGLE] NEW VINYL RECORD USD $11.11 Buy It Now 19h 49m
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN DISSOCIATION [LP] * NEW VINYL RECORD USD $29.94 Buy It Now 19h 49m
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN UNDER THE RUNNING BOARD [LP] NEW VINYL RECORD USD $23.88 Buy It Now 19h 50m
Dillinger Escape Plan - Under The Running Board E.p. USD $3.83 [0 bids]
20h 2m
NEW Dillinger & Young Gotti - Clean Version (Digitally Remastered) (Audio CD) USD $23.68 Buy It Now 20h 34m
The Dillinger Escape - Under the Running Board [New CD] USD $11.99 Buy It Now 20h 36m
Dillinger Verses Trinity - Clash [New CD] USD $14.58 Buy It Now 21h 8m
Jimmy Cliff, Melodians, Heptones, Burning Spear, Dillinger U.S. promo cd USD $11.95 Buy It Now 21h 18m
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Miss Machine HWCY-1180 CD JAPAN 2004 USD $24.74 Buy It Now 21h 25m
In The Red Volume 2 Baby Blue Splatter NEW Mike Hale Gunmoll NOFX Dillinger Four USD $16.50 Buy It Now 21h 42m
The Dillinger Escape Plan 7" PS LOT Cursed, Unshaven & Under The Running Board USD $90.00 Buy It Now 22h 53m
~COVER ART MISSING~ DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN CD Irony Is a Dead Scene EP USD $4.77 Buy It Now 23h 4m
The Dillinger Escape Plan- Dissociation [LP] Vinyl 2 Discs  USD $18.00 [0 bids]
23h 14m
Still more Bounce Rap CD - Snoop Dogg KING T Kurupt DAZ DILLINGER Tray Dee KAM USD $4.73 Buy It Now 1 day
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis (Dig) (NEW CD) USD $12.97 Buy It Now 1 day
Dillinger Escape Plan, The - Option Paralysis (NEW DIGIPAK CD) USD $15.30 Buy It Now 1 day
Cave In - Until Your Heart Stops (2010) Converge Botch Dillinger Escape Plan USD $6.66 Buy It Now 1 day
Rare VINYL STICKER Decal DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Metal BAND Blue Wings S3989 10cm USD $2.25 Buy It Now 1 day
DILLINGER/LEROY SMART/KEN BOOTHE/DELROY WILSON 2017 RSD EP w/Poster NEW! USD $19.99 Buy It Now 1 day
The Dillinger Escape Plan Guitar Tab Software Lesson CD + Free Bonuses USD $4.67 Buy It Now 1 day
Dillinger - King Pharaoh - RARE Original 1984 UK "Blue Moon" LP EX Reggae Dub USD $39.99 Buy It Now 1 day
The Dillinger Escape Plan Option Paralysis LP Red White Blue Marbled Vinyl /600 USD $32.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Dillinger. Cokane In My Brain. 12" Vinyl USD $26.63 Buy It Now 1 day
This S*** Is Genius [LP] by Dillinger Four (Vinyl, Feb-2009, No Idea) USD $39.72 Buy It Now 1 day
THE CHRONIC [VINYL LP] [VINYL] DR. DRE; SNOOP DOGGY DOG; KURUPT; DAZ DILLINGER; USD $25.86 Buy It Now 1 day
Witit Witit [PA] by Daz Dillinger (CD, 2012, Dogg Pound) WORLD SHIP AVAIL USD $11.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Dillinger Four - Civilwar [New CD] USD $11.35 Buy It Now 1 day
Option Paralysis (Ltd.Edition Incl.Bonus Track) - Escape Pla Dillinger Compact D USD $8.93 Buy It Now 1 day
DILLINGER Live At The Music Machine LP Vista Sounds Rec VSLP-4030 UK NM- 6F USD $11.19 Buy It Now 1 day
Dillinger & Young Gotti [PA] by Daz Dillinger/Young Gotti (CD, May-2001,... USD $14.00 [0 bids]
1 day
DILLINGER - ANSWER ME QUESTION VINYL LP NEW+ USD $33.38 Buy It Now 1 day
Dillinger Four-Civilwar CD NEW USD $16.00 Buy It Now 1 day
The Dillinger Escape Plan-Option Paralysis CD NEW USD $8.92 Buy It Now 1 day
Dillinger Four Midwestern Songs Of The Americas Vinyl Record LP Punk Hardcore USD $15.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Frodus/The Trans Megetti "split" 7" Dillinger Escape Plan Thrice Fugazi USD $19.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Reggae Vocal/DJ/Dub-Winston Watson/Dillinger/Inamans-Dispensation-UK Upsettress USD $12.65 Buy It Now 1 day
Hot Water Music Forever and Counting LP vinyl record reissue dillinger four all USD $18.95 Buy It Now 1 day
ost VA GANG RELATED UK ENGLAND 2002 NM Doble 2 LP'S 2PAC,DAZ DILLINGER TREY DESE USD $19.99 Buy It Now 1 day
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - DISSOCIATION * USED - VERY GOOD CD USD $13.18 Buy It Now 1 day
Daz Dillinger Feat. Rick Ross On Some Real Shit 2006 Ultra Rare Promo Vinyl LP USD $7.95 Buy It Now 1 day
FACTORY SEALED* The Dillinger Escape Plan DISSOCIATION Etched WHITE 2LP Vinyl USD $43.00 Buy It Now 1 day
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - DISSOCIATION * NEW CD USD $12.89 Buy It Now 1 day
Option Paralysis - 2 DISC SET - Dillinger Escape Pl (CD Used Very Good) Lmtd ED. USD $3.97 Buy It Now 1 day
BARRY DE VORZON Honey 7" VINYL UK Mca 1973 Demo B/W Theme From Dillinger USD $6.65 Buy It Now 1 day
DILLINGER (ROCK GROUP) Horses And Hawgs CD US Jrs 1991 12 Track But Has Small USD $6.65 Buy It Now 1 day
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Dissociation DOUBLE LP VINYL European Party Smasher Inc USD $35.81 Buy It Now 1 day
The Dillinger Escape Plan ?- Limerent Death 7" LP - WHITE Vinyl - NEW COPY USD $9.99 Buy It Now 1 day
DILLINGER Melting Pot 7" VINYL UK A&M 1981 Promo B/W Hearsay (Ams8133) USD $6.65 Buy It Now 1 day
DILLINGER (REGGAE ARTIST) King Pharaoh LP VINYL UK Blue Moon 1984 10 Track USD $18.83 Buy It Now 1 day
DILLINGER (ROCK GROUP) Give It To Me Babe 7" VINYL UK Penny Farthing 1974 Promo USD $4.18 Buy It Now 1 day
DILLINGER (REGGAE ARTIST) Out Deh Light 7" VINYL UK Valdene B/W Woody USD $6.65 Buy It Now 1 day
SNIPS You're A Wonderful One 7" VINYL UK Emi 1980 B/W Mr Dillinger (Emi5071) USD $6.65 Buy It Now 1 day
DILLINGER / TRINITY Mind Your Own Business/Up Town Girl/Jumpers 7" VINYL UK USD $6.65 Buy It Now 1 day
DILLINGER VS TRINITY Clash CD European Burning Sounds 2016 12 Track (Bsrcd997) USD $9.04 Buy It Now 1 day
DILLINGER (REGGAE ARTIST) Mickey Mouse 7" VINYL UK Jamaica Sound B/W Slite Pen USD $11.84 Buy It Now 1 day
DILLINGER (REGGAE ARTIST) Melting Pot 7" VINYL UK A&M 1981 B/W Hearsay USD $10.44 Buy It Now 1 day
DILLINGER (REGGAE ARTIST) Tribal War 12" VINYL German 10 1983 2 Track B/W War USD $6.65 Buy It Now 1 day
The DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Under the Running Board 7" Yellow vinyl Mint USD $24.99 Buy It Now 1 day
The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis [New CD] Ltd USD $6.60 Buy It Now 1 day
Dillinger Badder Than Them vinyl LP album record UK promo AMLH68528 A USD $18.58 Buy It Now 1 day
V/A Studio One DJ's 2x LP NEW VINYL Soul Jazz Dillinger Lone Ranger Prince Jazzb USD $39.99 Buy It Now 1 day
DILLINGER VERSES TRINITY - CLASH (180 GRAM) VINYL LP NEW+ USD $33.24 Buy It Now 2 days
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis - Japan CD+1BONUS - NEW - 11Tracks USD $23.99 Buy It Now 2 days
The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis [New CD] Ltd USD $5.97 Buy It Now 2 days
Spats Dillinger And The Buzzing Half Dozen Fruitcake CD FASTPOST USD $4.65 Buy It Now 2 days
DILLINGER - COKANE IN MY BRAIN - 7" VINYL 1977 BLACK SWAN USD $30.62 Buy It Now 2 days
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - MAGAZINE CUTTING (FULL PAGE PHOTO) (REF ZW) USD $7.92 Buy It Now 2 days
Dillinger - Talkin' Blues FRA LP 1979 /3* USD $33.99 Buy It Now 2 days
REGGAE HEROES CD VARIOUS AUGUSTUS PABLO PIONEERS DILLINGER DYNAMIC 2006 NEW USD $5.31 Buy It Now 2 days
Dillinger : Horses & Hogs CD USD $5.46 Buy It Now 2 days
ZAPIAIN - GIANTNORMOUS LP colour vinyl, BRAND NEW! dillinger four,blueline medic USD $10.59 Buy It Now 2 days
ARMS ALOFT - SAWDUST CITY LP colour vinyl, BRAND NEW! dillinger four,propagandhi USD $11.92 Buy It Now 2 days
GIRAFFE TONGUE ORCHESTRA Broken Lines LP SEALED Mastodon Dillinger Escape Plan USD $19.99 Buy It Now 2 days
DILLINGER FOUR - This Shit Is Genius - CD - **BRAND NEW/STILL SEALED** - RARE USD $100.49 Buy It Now 2 days

More places to buy DILLINGER music online Buy DILLINGER & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
DILLINGER has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

DILLINGER discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

DILLINGER top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.84 | 15 ratings
Dillinger
1974
3.95 | 19 ratings
Don't Lie to the Band
1975

DILLINGER Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

DILLINGER Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

DILLINGER Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

DILLINGER Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

DILLINGER Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Don't Lie to the Band by DILLINGER album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.95 | 19 ratings

BUY
Don't Lie to the Band
Dillinger Heavy Prog

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars Don't Lie to the Band, released in 1976 on Daffodil, was the second album by the Toronto-based Dillinger. They were basically a hard rock band but with a few extra ambitions. Here the album starts off with two covers, Spooky Tooth's "Two Time Love" and George Harrison's "Taxman", both done in recognizable fashion, although the latter with a funky approach, from Paul Cockburn. The rest are all originals. "It's Not Mine" is a ballad, rather nice, but then they get really adventurous on "Munchkin Men". I find it a bit strange to hear a prog rock song about the munchkin men from the Wizard of Oz. There's a bit of a Yes feel in the vocals, although I could have lived without the "We are the Munchkin Men, neh neh neh neh" part halfway through the song, though. There's some nice low key Mellotron on this song. The rest of the album may not reach the heights of "Munchkin Men", but still quite good. I get reminded a bit of Nektar and Camel, even the vocals (apparently from Jacques Harrison) aren't too terribly different from Roye Albrighton, although Paul Cockburb's guitar playing at times is closer to David Gilmour or Andy Latimer. There's an occasional Jethro Tull reminder when the flute pops up. This album will NOT appeal to the prog purists out there, it sounds like those Midwestern bands who'd do some sort of crowd pleasing or radio-friendly material next to much more ambitious prog material. Many of these bands had a blue-collar approach to prog (Kansas being rather obvious), and Dillinger likewise, even though they hardly sound like Kansas. I have to tell you many listeners on this particular album seemed put off by the covers and never reach to "Munchkin Men" and side two, so some might write it off as "bargain bin" filler (actually apparently it did end up in the bargain bin, my LP copy features a small punch hole on the lower left hand corner). By the way, "Bumpadiddly" is only on the CD reissue, it was never on the original LP. The CD cover is also in color, while the original LP, while featuring the same artwork, was in black and while.

No, it's not the most mindblowing thing you'll hear all year, but I really like that nice '70s vibe and does have some nice material.

 Don't Lie to the Band by DILLINGER album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.95 | 19 ratings

BUY
Don't Lie to the Band
Dillinger Heavy Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Dillinger are a totaly unknown prog band from Toronto, Canada with two albums released and then gone into oblivion. I was really irritated that this band is so unknown, specially their second offer from 1975 named Don't lie to the band who is a fantastic and complicated little treasure in prog circles. The band was formed in 1973 by Harrison brothers - Jaques and Robert. who right from the beggining compose great catchy mix of jazz rock parts with progressive hooks melted with bluesy hard rock passages. On the album are two cover versions of Spooky Tooth - Two time love and from Beatles - Tax man, both quite ok in this context but not so excellent like their 6 original pieces who grace this release. The music as I said is brilliant, lots of catchy hooks, bith from guitar zone aswell from keyboards and druming parts, all is done with talent and inventivness all the way. The ieces are long, some of them clocking around 8 min, that means thay had room from instrumental exploration here, and is for sure an improvement over their first album. There are some folky arrangements here and there with flute and even sax and all the ingredints of class performance and in combination witt the rest of progressive twists and turns arrangements Don't lie to the band is for me a little tresure for sure. Well sadly this is their last swan song, to bad because this band is needing a far more recognition, at least for this second offer who is really killer and to damn unnoticed. For me easy 4 stars, worth every tune. A prog classic in my opinion who gone under the radar, that's why they disbanded soon after this album in 1976 . Recommended.

 Dillinger by DILLINGER album cover Studio Album, 1974
2.84 | 15 ratings

BUY
Dillinger
Dillinger Heavy Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars Semi-prog Canadian act formed in 1973 by two brothers, multi-instrumentalist Jacques Harrison and drummer Robert Harrison (later to perform with Offenbach), both coming from the Quebec area.The line-up was completed with guitarist Paul Cockburn and bassist Terry Bramhall, the band soon signed with Daffodil Records and released their self-titled debut in 1974, re-issued in 1998 in CD format by Unidisc.

The album opens with ''People'' in a very promising Classic Prog start, featuring a style split between complex Prog and organ-based Hard Prog with fiery guitar work, excellent organ runs and some beautiful symphonic-inclined flutes towards the end.GENESIS, VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, YES AND JETHRO TULL-influences are more than obvious in this very good composition.However the rest of the album never reaches this level.''City main'' is a commercial Hard Rock tune with decent guitar leads, only saved by a jazzy-influenced middle part.In a very short effort of just over 30 minutes, the cover of the classic Spririt track ''Nature's way'' (from the album ''Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus'') can only be regarded as lack of inspiration.Dillinger added a wind section to this cover, making it quite personal, but the idea of covering a track in such a short release can't be highlighted.The band closed the debut with the 17-min. ''Live and Return''.The ''Live'' part is decent guitar-based Fusion blended with classic Heavy Rock mannerisms and supporting organs with a somewhat dated sound and uninteresting multi-vocal parts, while ''Return'' opens with an organ jamming, soon to be followed by a totally needless and uninspirational long drum-solo, lasting over 3 minutes.

I wish the band would have kept the masterful sound of the opening track throughout the release, but I guess nobody (almost) is perfect.Mediocre album in general, where ''People'' shines through by far.Recommended only if you run over a cheap copy...2.5 stars.

 Dillinger by DILLINGER album cover Studio Album, 1974
2.84 | 15 ratings

BUY
Dillinger
Dillinger Heavy Prog

Review by cannon

3 stars A fusion of two Canadian provinces.

In the early/mid '70's, there was on one side of the Maple Leaf, the hard rock scene in Toronto, Ont. throwing out bands like Rush, Triumph, A Foot In Coldwater, Moxy, Thundermug and on the flip side, prog and folk was blowing strong in Montreal, P.Q. with Maneige, Harmonium, Sloche propelling the movement. Yet another contrast in the differences between two cultural, lingual and political environments at that time in Canada.

Brothers, Jacques and Robert Harrison left the province of Quebec and moved to Toronto and formed Dillinger in 1973, named after the infamous Indiana bank robber, John Dillinger. Torontonians, guitarist Paul Cockburn and drummer Terry Bramhall were recruited and the Harrison's brought their proggy influences from Quebec with Jacques' multi-instrumental talents on the flute, sax, Moog, organ as well as taking on the lead vocals and handling most of the song writing with his brother, Robert on percussions. The band was signed to the small independent Canadian label, Daffodil Records and their self-titled debut was released in 1974. The organ and guitars drive the basis of the music with melodic and harmony vocals shifting between a bluesy hard rock and complex jazzy progressive passages provided by the flute, sax and the keys of Jacques Harrison.

The album opens up with, "People", probably the best track on the album with a honking saxophone, howling guitars and a punchy organ with powerful vocals. A growling guitar solo is followed by a Focus-like flute instrumental interplay with a hammering keyboard line. The first half of "City Man" is more in the realm of Deep Purple Mk. II but then abruptly and somewhat awkwardly takes on a jazzy groove foundation with a searing sax solo. The band's cover of "Nature's Way" from the psychedelic classic, 'Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus' by Spirit is excellent. The tempo is slowed down compared to the original but the addition of a trumpet/trombone (I'm not sure which as I don't have a Ph.D. in musicology) would of have been something that Spirit well might of incorporated as they on occasion would implement horns on some of their jazz-rock tracks. The addition of the female background/harmony vocalists adds a surgary semblance but isn't too sunshine bright. The 17+ minute epic, "Live And Return" starts out very jazzy with Jacques Harrison's lead vocals supported again by the background harmony vocalists may well be over-done/bearing. The majority of the song is an instrumental progressive jazz/blues/hard rock jam (Vanilla Fudge/Iron Butterfly/ELP/Santana fusion) and around the 11:30 minute mark, unexpectedly and somewhat dischording, a drum solo enters into the fray and travels for almost four minutes reminescent of ELP/Carl Palmer's, "Tank" spotlight. A wild but long-winded "suite".

On their next album, "Don't Lie To The Band", released in 1976 and with the help of Rush producer, Terry Brown, the band tightened up their sound and style to more of a hard rock direction though still slanted with progressive passages with some of the tracks in the 8 - 9 minute range allowed the members, most notably Jacques Harrison to showcase his talents. In 1977 the band had some personnel changes and went under the name of 'The Hunt' and released their self-titled debut. A fantastic hard rock album but the prog tendencies were almost nonexistent.

 Don't Lie to the Band by DILLINGER album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.95 | 19 ratings

BUY
Don't Lie to the Band
Dillinger Heavy Prog

Review by Lozlan

4 stars Okay. I'll confess that I'm a little shocked to be the first reviewer of this excellent Canadian export. Admittedly, it took a considerable amount of effort to track down these albums in a listenable form - amazingly, both Dillinger's releases are available on iTunes for a little over 7 bucks a piece. Before continuing this review, I would like to urge any and all to go check them out. This band really, really deserves the attention.

All that being said, this really isn't heavy prog. Dillinger's first album was more overtly experimental, but neither sound anything like Rush to these sensitive ears. Dillinger actually maintain a very unique-yet-accessible sound, an erstwhile combination of jazz and rock that is very easy on the ears while remaining very challenging. They have a very classic eclectic prog sound - the production values are actually quite refined, with the drums in particular having a richness and fullness sometimes lost on more obscure releases. This doesn't sound like a hole-in-the-wall album recorded by an unknown band; on the contrary, the music is very competent and personal, with an evident refinement that makes me very, very surprised that their work isn't more well known.

The album opens with a couple of covers: Two Time Love by Spooky Tooth and a very, very funky version of The Beatles' Tax Man featuring a great talkbox solo. That being said, the album really gets going on Munchkin Men, the album's centerpiece. This is classic epic prog, with some great keyboard soloing and excellent intermittent guitar. The album's other true standout track is the marvelous Robot Race, although in truth there isn't a single song on this release that I dislike in the slightest. There's also some lovely atmospheric mellotron on Coming Home, reminding me why I love that instrument so much.

A great band, possessed of some great experimental chops. Investigate them for their very individual style, which really sounds like nothing else coming out of Canada at the time.

Thanks to Sean Trane for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives