Don Robertson's album Dawn was originally recorded for Mercury's subsidiary
label Limelight in 1969. Akarma Records gave this sought after release
a well-earned rebirth with their recent reissue. The original album
artwork is included with a detailed tri-fold insert on nicely textured
paper with a history, pictures and biography of Roberston. Robertson
contributes the story of his career and a detailed account of the
recording session for the album as well. This treats the collector
to a complete package that was previously unavailable.
There was no written music or scores to follow while recording was
taking place during the Dawn sessions. Everything about the project
was spontaneous and committed to tape in one take. These are points
of interest that have made this album a valued collectors item and
a wonder in the recording industry to this very day.
In 1969, the hippie counterculture was in full bloom. Their mottos
were love not war, free love, and lots of dope smoking to enhance
the carefree attitude that prevailed. The entire album is all instrumental
music with a few spoken word passages. The instruments utilized on
the album give it a World-Indian flavor with spaced out sound effects
in the background with things like crickets chirping for a calming
effect. Although none of this was unusual at the time of its inception,
the way it all was accomplished put it in a category all by itself.
The use of unconventional instruments was finding their way into modern
rock music (i.e. The Beatles) more and more. This is but one more
example of that practice.
Robertsons premise was to make positive music, prior to that, he felt
that he was recording negative music that would have such a dreadful
influence on those that listened to it that he felt compelled to change
direction entirely. From that point forward, he focused on our human
spirituality and music that would encourage energy to that end. He
presently has a website www.dovesong.com with MP3s dedicated to this
style of music. Although I was not very crazy about the music itself,
I certainly could see the value and importance of how and why its
validity remains strong today.
1. Dawn - 9:33
2. Why? - 0:53
3. Contemplation - 3:06
4. Where? - 0:48
5. The Candle - 3:48
1. Gateless Gate - 5:22
2. When?- 1:18
3. Belief - 8:37