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Dreams Fantasies & Nightmares:
Formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1971 this pop/rock band's roots lay in sixties outfit, The Lords Of London, who were later known as Nucleus.
Bob Horne was born on New Year's Eve, 1949 in Toronto. He played keyboards during his childhood and later studied at the London Conservatory near Toronto. Horne had been a founding member of The Lords Of London and was also in Nucleus. He played a wide range of keyboards on their albums (harpsichords, pianos, Hammond organ and synthesizers).
Hughie Leggat had been born in Glasgow on 3rd May 1951, but he moved to Toronto as a child. He developed a love of urban blues, idolising artists like Chuck Berry, B.B. King and Jimmy Reed, but later got into more contemporary sounds like The Beatles and Rolling Stones.
Alex Machin derived from Glasgow too, entering the world on 16th February 1949. Like Leggat, he too moved to Toronto as a child. He started out in R'n'B bands but by the late sixties was caught up in the progressive rock blues scene. He played with Paul Naumann in Island prior to joining A Foot In Coldwater.
Naumann was born in Frankfurt, Germany on 8th April 1952, but moved to Toronto, Ontario in 1959. A year earlier he'd began studying classical guitar. His first rock'n'roll band was Leather and he wrote material for their Felix Pappalardi-produced album, although it was never released. He was later in Island.
The quintet was completed by Toronto, Ontario-born drummer Danny Taylor, who'd also been in The Lords Of London and Nucleus.
The band operated a communal writing style on their debut album, which established them as part of the vanguard of the Canadian progressive rock movement. The most appealing track was (Make Me Do) Anything You Want, which was melodic pop/rock and gave them their first hit when released on a double-sided 45. The album was competent musically and attained a consistent standard throughout. The final cut, In Heat, was particularly powerful veering towards a harder rock style.
Their second album kicks off with some melodic, guitar-driven instrumentation which gives way to a blistering guitar-led assault on Coming In Love. This album also produced further hit singles - (Isn't Love Unkind) In My Life, which again was one of the more melodic pop/rock orientated tracks. It was overshadowed, though, by the final cut, Love Is Coming, which gave them their biggest Canadian hit, peaking at No. 27. Aside from the restrained Sailing Ships, the remaining material, including a later single that missed out - So Long - veered towards hard rock.
A further album, Breakin' Through (Anthem 1-1008) followed in 1976 and more minor hits followed. When they finally called it a day in 1977, Leggat went on to form Thunder Road and Private Eyes. He also formed a duo with his brother Gordon and they recorded an album, Illuminations, for Capitol in 1982.
01. "Coming Is Love" 8:30
02. "So Long" 3:13
03. "Suzy" 5:08
04. "How Much Can You Take" 4:02
05. "(Isn't Love Unkind) In My Life" 4:42
06. "Sailing Ships" 5:28
07. "Love Is Coming" 6:05
Alex Machin (Vocals) - Christopher Edward Campaign , Island, Nucleus, A Foot In Coldwater, Character, Champion, A Foot In Coldwater & Moxy .
Paul Naumann (Guitars) Died October 20, 2009 in Taos, New Mexico - Buttergarden, Leather, Island, Nucleus, A Foot In Coldwater, Character, Steppenwolf (1979), A Foot In Coldwater.
Hughie Leggat (Bass / Vocals) - Lords of London, Nucleus, A Foot In Coldwater, Thunder Road, Private Eye, Leggat, A Foot In Coldwater and The Mississippi Hippies.
Bob Horne (Keyboards) - Lords Of London, Nucleus, A Foot In Coldwater.
Danny Taylor (Drums) - Lords Of London, Nucleus, A Foot In Coldwater, Gus, Leggat, Ryan Brothers, A Foot In Coldwater.