Railroad Gin

This Australian pop band emerged out of a loose collection of Brisbane musicians in 1968, and by 1973 had settled to a steady eight-piece line-up comprising Carol Lloyd (vocals), two bass players Dim…
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This Australian pop band emerged out of a loose collection of Brisbane musicians in 1968, and by 1973 had settled to a steady eight-piece line-up comprising Carol Lloyd (vocals), two bass players Dim Janson and Jim Dickson, Bob Brown (percussion, brass), Gary Evans (drums), Peter Evans (flute, percussion, brass), Phil Shields (guitar) and Laurie Stone (keyboards). The music was a mixture of covers and originals written by Stone and was busy, brassy, percussive rock with a funk-jazz feel. But most important was the stunning voice of Carol Lloyd - a voice that was raw, stretched and soared in a manner comparable to Janis Joplin. The band was one of the few Australian acts that was signed to PolyGram Records. A couple of singles in 1974 charted in their home city, and were followed by an album in 1975. Lloyd left and was replaced by Judee Ford. A second album was recorded without the strings and brass of A Matter Of Time. The band released several more singles and toured extensively, but within a year it disbanded, sales of the albums not being high enough to support such a large outfit. Lloyd continued with her own rock band for several years, releasing two albums; Ford became a well known radio disc jockey and Stone formed a songwriting duo with Peter Moscos and provided hits for other artists as well as several charting singles and two albums of their own.