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Cado Belle


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Keyboard player Stuart McKillop formed Cado Belle in 1974, bringing together guitarist Alan Darby, Gavin Hodgson on bass, Colin Tully on sax and flute, drummer Davy Roy, and vocalist Maggie Reilly.

Their self-titled album, which was released two years later, featured immaculate musicianship which rivaled the best of American smooth jazz/rock. However, this was about ten years ahead of the heyday of Scottish blue-eyed soul, and, despite some airplay of single Airport Shutdown, an acclaimed EP issued a year later, and a national club tour, the success they deserved eluded the band, and they split in 1979.

Reilly went on to record with Mike Oldfield and Jack Bruce.

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  • Karenbetts

    A great album! Wonderful songs!

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Yes, what an album, at least the original vinyl. . . definitely a 70s gem, and worth listening on high quality hi-fi. . . it would blow away loads of the indifferent quality of some stuff we're served up on CD nowadays. Unfortunately, the recent CD release of this is really poor quality.

    29 Nov 2009 Reply
  • HumbieAl

    Tell me how Dick Gaughan is similar to Cado Belle, please?

    29 Sep 2009 Reply
  • JoannaM1

    This was the last album my brother Andrew bought and he loved the music, used to play it really loud. I've been wanting to hear the songs again for a long time but, until now, couldn't find them. He had good taste in music.

    30 May 2009 Reply
  • rand88

    I bought this album from 25 cent bin in the 80's from a record store, a used cutout. I have always loved it and long to hear it again if only I could figure out how to play the songs on my playlist here! Listen to this album, or a few songs from it and you will find them to be delicate, intelligent, sensitive, energetic and lovely.

    26 Feb 2009 Reply
  • ahesharpe

    As a child of the seventies, I was introduced to the Cado Belle LP by a college friend. It was an instant favourite. I recently got my hands on the CD version (after many years of looking. Give this a listen, your ears will love you forever!

    4 Sep 2008 Reply