❉ Featuring all 5 tracks from the legendary BOWPROMO LP and previously unheard original demo of ‘Andy Warhol’ featuring David Bowie.
Dana Gillespie first made her name as a teenage singer (and songwriter) in the 1960s, with a string of memorable singles and albums for Pye and Decca.
In 1971, she teamed up with David Bowie’s management company MainMan, joining Bowie at RCA Records. It would be two years before her next record – but it was worth the wait. Weren’t Born A Man was a wonderful amalgam of pop, soul and some wonderful songwriting from Dana.
The title track, for example, wouldn’t have sounded out-of-place on Dusty In Memphis, while Dana’s twist on Bowie’s Andy Warhol (the song had actually been written for her) was unique. Both these album highlights were issued as singles.
Dana swiftly followed up with a second album for RCA, Ain’t Gonna Play No Second Fiddle. The recordings were bluesier in places than on its predecessor but still equally impressive. The LP was promoted by a single, Really Love The Man, but thereafter Dana parted ways with MainMan before building an enviable reputation as a blues singer of some renown.
Issued with the full support and involvement of the artist and MainMan, What Memories We Make is the first proper retrospective of Dana’s recordings for MainMan/RCA. Many album tracks make their debut on CD and have been joined by a raft of rarities and previously unissued material.
All five tracks from the legendary BOWPROMO album from 1971 are included: this was an album circulated by MainMan featuring rough mixes by David Bowie on one side (made prior to him signing with RCA) and Dana Gillespie on the other.
Also present is the semi-mythical, previously unheard original demo of Andy Warhol featuring backing vocals from Bowie, and the rare Libido single (issued on Mooncrest in 1973), plus sessions from late 1974 for what would have been Dana’s third album for RCA/MainMan.
Housed in a plush Digipak with lengthy sleeve-notes by David Wells within a 24-page booklet also boasting an embarrassment of photographic riches, What Memories We Make is a long overdue tribute to a rare British singing/songwriting talent.
1971 Promo LP
1. Mother, Don’t Be Frightened *
2. Andy Warhol
3. Never Knew *
4. All Cut Up On You *
5. Lavender Hill *
Weren’t Born A Man
6. Stardom Road Part I
Stardom Road Part Ii
7. What Memories We Make
8. Dizzy Heights
9. Andy Warhol
10. Backed A Loser
11. Weren’t Born A Man
12. Mother, Don’t Be Frightened
13. All Cut Up On You
14. Eternal Showman
15. All Gone
16. Lavender Hill
17. Never Knew
18. Hold On To Your Fire
19. Weren’t Born A Man
* Previously Unissued
Ain’t Gonna Play No Second Fiddle LP
1. Ain’t Gonna Play No Second Fiddle
2. Really Love The Man
3. Hold Me Gently
4. Don’t Mind Me
5. Pack Your Bags
6. No Tail To Wag
7. Get My Rocks Off
9. Getting Through To Me
10. Never Knew
11. Man Size Job (Ain’t Gonna Play … Outtake) *
October 1974 Demos
12. Stoke The Engine *
13. Goin’ Crazy With The Blues *
14. Say Goodnight To The Night *
15. Do The Spin *
16. Gone At The Game *
17. Andy Warhol *
* Previously Unissued
❉ ‘Dana Gillespie – What Memories We Make – The Complete MainMan Recordings 1971-1974’ (CDBRED745) is released by Cherry Red Records, 29 March 2019. RRP £11.99.
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