Flying Mountain - Mountains Dream
Cat #: GAS 104
Vinyl: VG++, a few light scuffs
Cover has ring wear, 3-inch split seam at top, wear along edges and corners, a light bend mark on top right corner
Song sheet included (has some ring wear)
One Fast Trip Through a Walking Dream
Step Right Up
Dan Rubin (vocals, fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki, guitar)
Satoru Suttles (vocals, guitar, keyboard, saxophone)
Ron Mongovius (vocals, electric bass, pedal steel, harmonica, flute)
Ferguson Neville (vocals, congas, bells, gongs, dulcimer, trombone)
Flying Mountain was considered one of Vancouver's most eclectic folk fusion groups. Formed in 1976 when musician Dan Rubin returned to Vancouver from living on the Gulf Islands. With guitarist Satoru Suttles, bass player Rawn Mongovius and drummer Ferguson Neville, Rubin originally called group "Dan Rubin And The Flying Mountain."
Rubin's training as a classical composer was complemented by years of playing with Vancouver musicians who included Rick Scott, Joe Mock and Shari Ulrich (with whom he played in the group Amazing Grease, before they went on to become Pied Pumkin), as well as Jack Smith, Bruce Miller and Rick Van Krugel from whom he learned about traditional fiddle tunes; Suttles was a rock musician, who played with several bands in Canada and who had toured Europe in his teens; Mongovius was a die-hard bluegrass bass player, while Neville was a graduate of Vancouver's Beefeater Marching Band.
Early gigs in Vancouver clubs included appearances at the Classical Joint coffee house and a residency at Sophia's Folk Dance restaurant, which led to the group establishing its identity as The Flying Mountain known for its enthusiastic use of improvisation onstage, as well as for combining traditional instruments in unusual ways. Although characterized by Jim Brown in his book on West Coast Music as "the crown princes of granola music" Flying Mountain was actually an early example of world fusion music.
The musical styles which Flying Mountain explored during its five year career included traditional fiddle tunes, Celtic roots, Oriental and South Pacific traditions, First Nations drumming, bluegrass, ballads, blues and more.
The name Flying Mountain was derived from a drawing of a mountain with wings first scrawled on a napkin in a diner, by Ferguson. Flying Mountain toured the province of BC, making occassional forays into Alberta, and the Yukon, gathering audiences as it went.
The 1977 'Earth And Sky', featuring artwork by artist Andrew Pratt, was produced by Simon Garber in his basement between bursts of heater fan noise from his furnace. The band mailing list announced the release of "Earth and Sky" in the summer of 1977, and the original album was paid for by subscribers before it went to pressing. It was a local hit, and established Flying Mountain as one of BC's most adventurous musical groups, with a growing following. Along with Pied Pumkin and a number of other folk ensembles, Flying Mountain soon joined the folk festival circuit.
With the support of a new manager, Nora Specht, Flying Mountain appeared at festivals in Blackfalds Alberta, Calgary, Nelson, Kaslo, Courtenay, Whitehorse and Faro in the Yukon, Skagway Alaska and even smaller centres, before being invited to appear at the Winnipeg folk festival. Their appearance at the first Vancouver folk festival was a real highlight. In the last slot on the first night the four appeared in the rain, playing to hundreds of happy, mud-coated dancers in Stanley Park.
Also during 1977 and 1978 Flying Mountain teamed up with the Brass Tacks Choir to create two conceptual theatre pieces. The first was "Voices Of A Winter's Night" and was performed in Vancouver and toured to Saltspring Island and Victoria; The second, which was mounted with funding from the Touring Office of the Canada Council, was "Celebrations Of the Sun" which toured the BC interior and then returned to a final sold-out final performance at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.
The release of the second album, 1979's 'Mountain's Dream', featuring a colour painting by guitarist Satoru Suttles, was once again recorded by Simon Garber (at Goldrush Studios in Kitsilano) on the heels of their first Canadian tour.