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

DANCER

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Dancer picture
Dancer biography
DANCER were formed from remnants of Isle of Wight folk rockers SHIDE & ACORN and future famed film director the late Anthony Minghella. Minghella had previously appeared as keyboardist in a small jazz group known as EARTHLIGHT.

The musicians were discovered by Wilf Pine, former manager of BLACK SABBATH and future reputed ranking member of the Gotti mafia syndicate in the United States. Pine secured the group studio time at Olympia in the Barnes suburb of London in 1972, where they recorded seven tracks over a month's period under the direction of GROUNDHOGS guitarist Tony McPhee. McPhee, despite having an arm in a cast offered the guitar solo to close the title track. DANCER dissolved soon afterwards and their recordings remained forgotten until copies emerged nearly thirty years later and were released by Kissing Spell.

Minghella would go on to a lengthy and successful career as a film producer, while Athey and Cuffe would form the funk band BIG SWIFTY.

DANCER merit a place in the ProgArchives.com for their brief but enjoyable contribution to progressive music at a transitional and largely forgotten period in the individual members' careers.

>> biography by Bob Moore (aka ClemofNazareth) <<

DANCER 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.

DANCER forum topics / tours, shows & news


DANCER forum topics Create a topic now
DANCER tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "dancer"
Post an entries now

DANCER Videos (YouTube and more)


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

Buy DANCER Music


Right Now on Ebay (logo)
SHORTER-NATIVE DANCER CD NEW USD $18.19 Buy It Now
BOBBI MARTIN 'I Can Give You Love' [ LISTEN! ] Northern dancer NM 1966 Promo 45 USD $16.99 Buy It Now
TINA TURNER - PRIVATE DANCER 1983 Album Vinyl - uk release USD $10.87 Buy It Now
CUTTING/ ADVERT : 18/5/74PMM39 BOZ SCAGGS SLOW DANCER ALBUM 7X7 USD $8.95 Buy It Now
N184-10/11P43 TINA TURNER : PRIVATE DANCER SINGLE ADVERT 11X8" USD $10.23 Buy It Now
The Best Of Ray Stevens Featuring Bubble Gum The Bubble Dancer Ray Stevens Viny USD $17.84 Buy It Now
Sister Sledge - Hes The Greatest Dancer - Vinyl Single USD $5.10 [0 bids]
Various Artists - Left Speaker Dancer / Various [New CD] UK - Import USD $6.53 Buy It Now
VERA ZORINA - DANCER'S CHOICE - ballet - 1979 - 2 LP BOX set USD $12.66 Buy It Now
Tina Turner ?- Private Dancer 12" - 12CL 343 - VG USD $8.94 Buy It Now
Indeep Last Night A D.J. Saved.. Maxi-Dancer 12" LISTEN USD $14.81 Buy It Now
Kardinal Offishall "Belly Dancer" 12" Vinyl Single Record f/ Pharrell Williams USD $4.99 Buy It Now
Reggae Dancer Inner Circle Audio CD USD $3.99 Buy It Now
BOZ SCAGGS SLOW DANCER 1974 JAPAN CD OBI 2627yen 28DP USD $39.99 Buy It Now
2Tone Dancer Badge (25mm/1") Pin Button Ska Specials Punk Oi Reggae New Wave Mod USD $1.27 Buy It Now
EVELYN KING - Spirit Of The Dancer - Excellent Condition 7" Single RCA 179 USD $5.10 Buy It Now
ORIGINAL 45's of the 1970s: ADDRISI BROTHERS "Ghost Dancer" 1979 PROMO w/PS VG+ USD $2.24 Buy It Now
robert earl keen jnr-no kinda dancer-1989 line music sawdust records cd USD $12.78 Buy It Now
Whitewind : Wind Dancer CD (1996) USD $5.92 Buy It Now
Adrian Legg : Waiting For A Dancer CD (1997) USD $6.99 Buy It Now
E Wied Ceccarelli della Rosa Street Dancer PHILOLOGY CD USD $14.99 Buy It Now
TINA TURNER_Private Dancer_used Cassette_ships from AUSTRALIA! USD $8.93 Buy It Now 10m 22s
KAYAK Starlight Dancer 12" Record **UNTESTED** USD $8.00 Buy It Now 12m 10s
SANDY STEWART - CAT DANCER (90133) VG/VG+ condition Awesome PROMO Album USD $7.00 Buy It Now 14m 54s
DEVO: Greatest Hits [WHIP IT,SATISFACTION,DON'T BE CRUEL,DISCO DANCER++] USD $12.98 Buy It Now 16m 34s
Tina Turner "Private Dancer / Nutbush City Limits" 1984 Capitol 7"45 RPM B-5433 USD $7.50 Buy It Now 17m 43s
Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Capitol - EJ 2401521 - 1984 UK - Vinyl LP USD $8.89 Buy It Now 21m 51s
Commodores - Fancy Dancer 7" Vinyl Single 45 rpm NM USA Motown USD $12.78 Buy It Now 23m 32s
Audio CD Dancer's Favorites - BBC Big Band - Free Shipping USD $5.47 Buy It Now 25m 24s
RA "She's A Dancer" On Awesome Records INC. AW-101. 1985. US. Promo. USD $19.98 Buy It Now 37m 57s
BOZ SCAGGS - SLOW DANCER (NEW CD) USD $3.87 Buy It Now 40m 32s
THE COLD DANCER: CONTEMPORARY STRING QUARTETS FROM SCOTLAND (NEW CD) USD $19.01 Buy It Now 40m 54s
RARE DETROIT NORTHERN SOUL 45 DANCER "TOWANDA BARNES" LISTEN USD $25.25 [4 bids]
42m 2s
Addrisi Brothers Ghost Dancer 12" Vinyl Single USD $10.23 Buy It Now 46m 38s
Jelly's Last Jam [1992 Original Cast] by Gregory Hines (Actor/Dancer/Singer) (C. USD $5.99 Buy It Now 47m 36s
RARE GREAT POUNDING MODERN SOUL / FUNK DANCER "IRON KNOWLEDGE" L@@K LISTEN USD $25.00 Buy It Now 51m 38s
Broadway 45 WE'VE REALLY GOT THIS THING TOGETHER / EVERYBODY LOVES A DANCER G/G- USD $3.80 Buy It Now 53m 37s
DE MASKERS - "Baby Blue" 1966 mod freakbeat hammond killer dancer HEAR! USD $39.99 Buy It Now 54m 37s
BOBBY WILSON "DON'T SHUT ME OUT" 70's SOUL DANCER LISTEN! USD $10.22 Buy It Now 56m 53s
45 RECORD 7"- EDDIE & DUTCH - MY WIFE THE DANCER USD $2.00 Buy It Now 57m 31s
DE MASKERS - "Unchian my heart" '67 mod freakbeat Hammond killer dancer HEAR! USD $29.99 Buy It Now 1h
Johnnie Taylor 'Take Care of Your Homework ' Stax northern/R&B 1968 dancer USD $2.55 [0 bids]
1h
LES BAROQUES I know '67 mod hard freakbeat psych wild dancer! HEAR IT! USD $19.99 Buy It Now 1h 13m
TINA TURNER - PRIVATE DANCER (UK 1984 12" VINYL ALBUM) CAPITOL EJ 2401521 A2/B1 USD $5.10 Buy It Now 1h 24m
WAYNE SHORTER Native Dancer SICP 1258 CD JAPAN NEW USD $187.77 Buy It Now 1h 35m
SNAP - RHYTHM IS A DANCER - CASSETTE TAPE SINGLE USD $5.10 Buy It Now 1h 37m
BOZ SCAGGS - Slow Dancer 1974 Rock vinyl LP Original Beach Cover Columbia EX/EX USD $7.43 Buy It Now 2h
ROB HOEKE R & B GROUP Don't ask me why '67 mod dancer freakbeat swinger HEAR! USD $19.99 Buy It Now 2h 3m
Boz Scaggs Lp....Slow Dancer...1974...Columbia...PC-32760...VG+/EX+ Condition!!! USD $10.00 Buy It Now 2h 24m
Grave Dancer's Union by Soul Asylum CD Pearl Jam R.E.M. Inxs Brazil Rare Edition USD $9.99 Buy It Now 2h 30m
HEAR - LESLEY GORE - I'M FALLIN' DOWN - UK MERCURY 67 RARE MOD/NORTHERN DANCER USD $12.78 [1 bids]
2h 35m
BOTTOM LINE "THAT'S THE WAY TO GO c/w DISCO DOBRO" 70's DANCER LISTEN! USD $16.61 Buy It Now 2h 37m
Urban Earth- Full Moon Dancer.....new/sealed cassette tape USD $1.00 Buy It Now 2h 53m
SISTER SLEDGE - WE ARE FAMILY / HE'S THE GREATEST DANCER USD $3.95 Buy It Now 3h 3m
INNER CIRCLE Reggae Dancer AMCE-725 CD JAPAN NEW USD $86.82 Buy It Now 3h 4m
THE SPARKLINGS Green Mellow Hill '69 Psych popsike dancer NUGGET! USD $34.99 Buy It Now 3h 8m
45 TINA TURNER private dancer / nutbush city limits **EXC VINYL** 35 USD $6.99 Buy It Now 3h 11m
TINA TURNER~PRIVATE DANCER~1984 CAPITOL DANCE FUNK SOUL CLASSIC LP *IN SHRINK* USD $2.99 [0 bids]
3h 41m
Mohs, Elkington Skyline Dancer CD USD $5.49 Buy It Now 3h 47m
Henri Rosotti/Bolero Samba/Sexy Dancer Cover/10" LP/Mercury MG 25178/VG+* USD $20.00 Buy It Now 4h 12m
NICKY JAMES - MY COLOUR IS BLUE (1963 British Rock 'n' Beat DANCER) ROCKABILLY USD $8.94 Buy It Now 4h 18m
Kate & Anna McGarrigle 6 CD Lot S/T, Dancer Bruised Kness, Tell My Sister & More USD $12.99 [0 bids]
4h 26m
Duggie Potter Music Box Dancer 7'' Vinyl Record Piano Organist private press USD $24.99 Buy It Now 4h 28m
38 SPECIAL FANTASY GIRL/HONKY TONK DANCER 45 RPM RECORD USD $3.60 Buy It Now 4h 32m
PETER STRAKER # LATE NIGHT TAXI DANCER # 7" VINYL SINGLE USD $5.10 Buy It Now 4h 36m
45 C&W Donna Dunlop louisiana sky-new partne Northern Dancer Canada RARE EX HEAR USD $3.63 Buy It Now 4h 37m
45 C&W Donna Dunlop texas moon-cowboy heart Northern Dancer Canada RARE EX HEAR USD $3.63 Buy It Now 4h 37m
DAVID MORRIS Jr. "MIDNIGHT LADY Part 1 c/w Part 2" 70's SOUL DANCER LISTEN! USD $30.68 Buy It Now 4h 37m
KATE & ANNA MCGARRIGLE Dancer With Bruised Knees LP OOP late-70's folk John Cale USD $2.99 Buy It Now 4h 43m
Wayne Shorter - Native Dancer Vinyl LP - Columbia - PC 33418 - Jazz USD $7.50 Buy It Now 4h 51m
Albert L. "Dapper" O'Neil - The Irish Belly Dancer / Same Vinyl 7" 45 - RTP Reco USD $7.00 Buy It Now 4h 51m
Aaliyah UNSIGNED photo - B1658 - American singer, dancer, actress and model USD $2.67 Buy It Now 4h 56m
Aaliyah UNSIGNED photo - B1659 - American singer, dancer, actress and model USD $2.67 Buy It Now 4h 56m
Aaliyah UNSIGNED photo - B1660 - American singer, dancer, actress and model USD $2.67 Buy It Now 4h 56m
Aaliyah UNSIGNED photo - B1661 - American singer, dancer, actress and model USD $2.67 Buy It Now 4h 57m
Aaliyah UNSIGNED photo - B1662 - American singer, dancer, actress and model USD $2.67 Buy It Now 4h 57m
Aaliyah UNSIGNED photo - B1663 - American singer, dancer, actress and model USD $2.67 Buy It Now 4h 57m
Aaliyah UNSIGNED photo - B1664 - American singer, dancer, actress and model USD $2.67 Buy It Now 4h 57m
Aaliyah UNSIGNED photo - B1665 - American singer, dancer, actress and model USD $2.67 Buy It Now 4h 57m
FAMOUS BALLET DANCER MARGOT FONTEYN SWAN LAKE PHOTO 4 USD $4.84 Buy It Now 5h 2m
DARK TRANQUILLITY SKY DANCER OF CHAOS SEALED CD NEW USD $7.29 Buy It Now 5h 13m
WAYNE SHORTER NATIVE DANCER LP ON COLUMBIA RECORDS HERBIE HANCOCK,AIRTO, MORE... USD $15.00 Buy It Now 5h 18m
Dancer, Prancer & Nervous XMAS NOVELTY 45 (Capitol 4300) The Happy Reindeer USD $1.99 Buy It Now 5h 20m
I Want To See You Dance by Avid Dancer (CD, Oct-2014, Grand Jury... USD $5.95 Buy It Now 5h 23m
Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter (CD, Legacy) USD $6.95 Buy It Now 5h 23m
Slow Dancer by Boz Scaggs (CD, Columbia (USA)) USD $6.95 Buy It Now 5h 23m
Sister Sledge: Somebody Loves Me/He'S The Greatest Dancer-1978, Cotillion 45 RPM USD $2.95 Buy It Now 5h 24m
FAMOUS BALLET DANCER MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV 'MOVES PHOTO 4 USD $4.84 Buy It Now 5h 30m
Jethro Tull - Said She Was A Dancer / Dogs In The Midwinter "7 single 1987. USD $3.82 [0 bids]
5h 33m
TINA TURNER - Private Dancer - 1984 Spanish 10-track Vinyl LP USD $46.03 Buy It Now 5h 34m
BJORK SELMASONGS DANCER IN THE DARK SOUNDTRACK CD NEW USD $2.75 Buy It Now 5h 36m
Boz Scaggs - Slow Dancer (Vinyl) USD $29.15 Buy It Now 5h 38m
Wayne Shorter Ft Milton Nascimento - Native Dancer LP Mint- PC 33418 1975 Record USD $20.00 Buy It Now 5h 48m
ERIC SAND "DOUBLE STANDARDS c/w GOOD TIME GIRL" KILLER 80's DANCER LISTEN! USD $25.57 Buy It Now 5h 53m
Pizzuto, Mike Love Dancer CD USD $5.19 Buy It Now 5h 54m
Dream Dancer (US Import) CD USD $4.63 Buy It Now 5h 56m
HEAR IT Metronomes Got to Get You Started Modern Soul Boogie Dancer BEAT, PLAYS USD $14.95 [0 bids]
6h 4m
Elkington Mohs-Skyline Dancer CD NEW USD $17.30 Buy It Now 6h 9m
Sven Všth - The Harlequin - The Robot And The Ballet-Dancer (Vinyl) USD $30.68 Buy It Now 6h 46m
Tina Turner - Private Dancer (1983) Vinyl LP; What's Love Got to Do With It? USD $4.99 Buy It Now 6h 58m

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

DANCER discography


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

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

2.82 | 17 ratings
Tales of the Riverbank
2001

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

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

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

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

DANCER Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Tales of the Riverbank by DANCER album cover Studio Album, 2001
2.82 | 17 ratings

BUY
Tales of the Riverbank
Dancer Prog Folk

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars Dancer came from Isle of Wight, UK and were formed in early-70's by three friends, bassist Mike Cuffe, guitarist/singer Mike Jolliffe and guitarist/flutist Gerry Cahill.They rehearsed regularly and for free in bassist's Tim Marshall cellar, where they met keyboardist Anthony Minghella.He immediately became a stable member of Dancer with drummer Paul Athey joining a bit after.Dancer played live 6-8 times per week and came in notice of Black Sabbath's manager Wilf Pine, who booked a session for the band at the Olympic Studios in London.The problem was they had only 2 and a half songs ready for recording and little time in front of them.They manage to get there with a sum of seven pieces and the session was produced by Groundhog's guitarist Tony McPhee.This material was never released on time and was picked up three decades later by Kissing Spell, which released it as ''Tales of the riverbank'' in 2001.

The album was named after the long title-track of these sessions, which was also Dancer's most ambitious piece.A soft Progressive Rock composition with definite psychedelic and folky touches, exploring the style of KING CRIMSON and JETHRO TULL and swirling between orchestral lines and more lyrical textures with alternating acoustic and electric guitars, smooth Mellotron showering and mellow flute themes with a bucolic edge.A decent piece of somewhat eclectic musicianship with efficient songwriting.The rest of the material though is far from adventurous, typical example of British Psychedelic Pop/Rock.The proggy vibes are more or less gone, instead you will deal with accesible and poppy tracks, where the Mellotron, Moog synth and piano segments are there, but the overall atmosphere is closer to early PINK FLOYD and THE BEATLES.Some cuts tend closer to Folk Rock with constant use of acoustic textures and smooth singing, others are more rich bit still unoriginal and flat in the process with mediocre songwriting, propably affected by the limited time the band had to record some decent amount of material.The exception may be ''Morning'', which still retains the artistic experiments of the group, featuring some diverse keyboard washes on Mellotron, organ, clavinet and harsichord, surrounded by vibraphones and containg a good electric guitar solo at the end.

A 15-min. version of Soft Machine's ''Why am I so short?'', with McPhee playing the Mellotron, was also recorded during the same sessions, but never included in the album.Dancer seem to have disbanded shortly after the sessions at Olympic Studios and this was possibly the reason the material never saw the light of day.Anthony Minghella went on to become a film producer (he sadly passed away in 2008), while Athey and Cuffe formed the Jazz/Funk act Big Swifty.

Average psych-tinged Progressive Folk Rock with a couple of nice tracks, but also strong poppy influences, which moreover sound quite dated.Recommended mainly to collectors of obcure Prog/Art Rock from the 70's...2.5 stars.

 Tales of the Riverbank by DANCER album cover Studio Album, 2001
2.82 | 17 ratings

BUY
Tales of the Riverbank
Dancer Prog Folk

Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

3 stars Dancer formed from the remnants of the Isle of Wight band Peppermint Snuff of Wight / Foehammer / Shide & Acorn, not lasting long and only leaving behind this delayed release to commemorate their existence. The album is largely centered on an early composition by the late Anthony Minghella, set to music mostly for the purpose of this record. The band recorded it over a few months period under the direction of former Black Sabbath manager Wilf Pine. The music here is unexceptional, but its accessible enough to be appealing to most of the sort of people who tend to seek out obscure prog folk music.

The title track, which also happens to consume about a third of the album’s length, starts off with some light acoustic guitar and a couple well-placed harmonic notes, eventually (though slowly) working up around a couple of minutes to some mellotron strings, piano and a little flute before layering on electric guitar, drums and vocals in an easy-going, Genesis-meets-America melodic passage. This segues eventually as well, this time as an even more leisurely organ and stilted piano instrumental. While the music is enjoyable enough to listen to, there’s not a lot of impetus to build toward anything substantive. The boys in the band seem to be content with lazily laying down sound without any definitive purpose. Fair enough, a lot of progressive folk would fit that description. The obligatory flute wafts in around eight minutes, along with some guitar strumming and more organ. I like the pace of this song, but even though it’s quite long it doesn’t really have the makings of anything that would be considered an epic.

Somewhere around nine minutes or so the whole thing starts to sound like one of Andy Tillison’s Tangent story-songs, which I tend to enjoy but are often accused of being derivative. The ending consists of a spurt of electric guitar burst and rising chorus before ending, too abruptly for my tastes but worth a few spins if you’re in an easy-going mood.

The rest of the album tends to be a bit uneven, with the languid and mostly acoustic “American Wood” flitting past before the band moves back to a keyboard-intensive sound with the easy-listening, good-to- be-alive “Morning” that is distinguished by a couple of lead vocalists that morph into a harmonic duo for most of the track.

“Mac's Cafť” is more of a heavy-prog composition that also sound an awful lot like a Tangent song, while “The Change in Me” moves back to an acoustic guitar arrangement distinguished by harmonizing vocals in the vein of Tractor. “Fairhill Affair” has a distinctive Neil Young-sounding guitar track but otherwise is a pretty standard contemporary rock number.

Finally the band closes on a bit of a high note by resurrecting the flute and mellotron on the mildly funky “Mind the Houses” that is easy on the ears while at the same time is firmly rooted in the early seventies.

The band actually broke up before this record could be released, with Paul Athey and Mick Cuffe going on to form a white-funk band known as Big Swifty and the late Anthony Minghella branching out to a successful career as a film producer (The English Patient). Copies of the original tapes floated around for three decades before technology and interest from the now mostly mature prog community leading Kissing Spell to release it in 2001.

This isn’t a masterpiece by any means, but it is a pleasant and well-played bit of rare progressive folk that manages to tie together a number of minor acts from the heyday of progressive music. I’d say three stars is a fair way to rate the music, and would recommend it to fans of Shide & Acorn, The Way We Live and bands of that nature.

peace

Thanks to ClemofNazareth 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