Company Caine

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Company Caine
Also known as Co. Caine, Company Kane
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres
Years active 1970 (1970)–1972 (1972), 1975
Labels
  • Generation
  • Real/Electric
  • Lamington/Electric
Associated acts
  • Cam-Pact
  • Dr Kandy's Third Eye
  • Metropolis
Past members
  • Ray Arnott
  • Cliff Edwards
  • Jeremy Noone
  • Gulliver Smith
  • Russell Smith
  • Eric Cairns
  • John McInerny
  • Tim Partridge
  • Arthur Eizenberg
  • Ian Mawson
  • Mal Capewell
  • Geoff Burstin
  • John Power
  • Shirley Smith

Company Caine, also styled as Co. Caine and Company Kane, were an Australian progressive rock band. They were formed in March 1970 by Ray Arnott on drums (ex-Chelsea Set, Browns, Cam-Pact), Cliff Edwards on bass guitar (ex-Cam-Pact), Jeremy Noone (aka Jeremy Kellock) on saxophone and keyboards (ex-Leo and Friends), Gulliver Smith on lead vocals (ex-Little Gulliver and the Children, Dr Kandy's Third Eye) and Russell Smith (no relation) on guitar and vocals (ex-Cam-Pact).[1]

Recordings[edit]

In July 1970 Arnott left and was replaced by Eric Cairns (ex-Somebody's Image, Image, Heart'n'Soul) on drums and was replaced, in turn, two months later by John McInerny. At that time Edwards was replaced by Tim Partridge (ex-Clockwork Oringe) on bass guitar. In 1971 the line up of McInerny, Noone, Gulliver Smith and Russell Smith were joined by Arthur Eizenberg on bass guitar (ex-Square Circle, Dr Kandy's Third Eye, Heart'n'Soul) and Ian Mawson on keyboards. In June that line up recorded their debut single, "Trixie Stonewall's Wayward Home for Young Women" (September) and, in July, their first album, A Product of a Broken Reality (November) on Generation Records.[1] They used the TCS Studio in Richmond, it was produced by Gus McNeil and engineered by John French.[2] The album reached the top 40 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart.[3][4] Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, described the album as "a milestone of the early 1970s progressive rock era" as their "music was more expansive, more 'out there' than just about every band of the day."[1]

Noone left in August 1971 to join King Harvest, late that year Mal Capewell joined on saxophone and flute (ex-Phil Jones and the Unknown Blues, Dr Kandy's Third Eye). The group relocated to Sydney and were promoted as Co. Caine. Early in the following year Dave Kain joined on rhythm guitar (ex-Dr Kandy's Third Eye, Space) and they issued another single, "Dear Caroline".[1] They disbanded in October 1972, Gulliver Smith continued his solo career and released his debut album, The Band's Alright but the Singer Is..., in the following year. Russell Smith had joined Duck and then became a member of Mighty Kong, which later included Arnott.[1]

In 1975 Gulliver and Russell Smith formed Metropolis before being renamed, Company Caine, with Geoff Burstin on guitar (ex-Gutbucket, Rock Granite and the Profiles), John Power on bass guitar (ex-Foreday Riders), and Shirley Smith (Russell's wife) as co-lead vocalist (ex-Lizard). McFarlane felt that the "new line-up was superior in some respects to the original, and played the Melbourne and Sydney concert/dance circuit for a year before calling it quits again."[1] In September that year they recorded studio tracks for one side of their second album, Dr. Chop (1975), three tracks were produced by Ross Wilson, the rest were extended versions of previously issued singles recorded with McNeil. The other side had live tracks, with McFarlane describing the album as "excellent and ultra-rare."[1]

Company Caine inspired fellow Australian artists: the Church, the Sports and John Farnham.[1] Gulliver Smith died in November 2014 after a long illness.[4]

Discography[edit]

  • A Product of a Broken Reality (November 1971)
  • Dr. Chop (1975)

Gulliver Smith released a solo album featuring all the band members and a couple of session musicians:

  • The Band's Alright but the Singer Is... (1973)

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h McFarlane, 'Company Caine' entry. Archived from the original Archived 6 August 2004 at the Wayback Machine. on 15 June 2004. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  2. ^ Kimball, Duncan (2002). "Company Caine/Co. Caine". Milesago: Australasian Music and Popular Culture 1964–1975. Ice Productions. Archived from the original on 24 June 2003. Retrieved 5 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  4. ^ a b Cashmere, Paul (13 November 2014). "Gulliver Smith of Company Caine Dies". Noise11. The Noise Network (Paul Cashmere, Ros O'Gorman. Retrieved 16 January 2016.