This CD brings together the music
from the two albums that Eliffant released in 1979 & 1980 (minus one
track, due to lack of space). The band (and yes, the name is the Welsh
spelling of a large grey animal with a trunk) came together in West Wales
in 1978 and built up a reputation based on high production values on stage
& on record, and constant gigging throughout Wales.
The songs, all written by Geraint Griffiths, the lead singer, are probably
best described as melodic rock, with tinges of each memberís particular
musical preferences - heavy metal, folk, country, Americana and even jazz.
Thematically, the first album "M.O.M." (Mas o Ďma - Out of
here!), though not a concept album as such, contains a number of songs
based in outer space, while the second "Gwin y Gwan" ( "the
weak manís wine" - a reference to an early Welsh advert for the
bandís favourite tipple, Guinness) is more introspective.
The original five piece band broke up (or more correctly, fizzled out) in
1981, but reconvened a few months later with a new drummer, Gordon Jones,
and carried on for a further two years. Geraint himself then launched a
successful solo career which continues to this day.
This CD, however, is a reminder of the glory days - and a collection of
songs which still sound fresh today.
GG: lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars,
piano on "Seren I Seren" , electric piano on "Waun Uchaf", backing
John Davies: lead guitar, backing vocals
Euros Lewis - keyboards, backing vocals
Clive Richards - bass guitar, backing vocals
Colin Owen - drums
NŰl ar y Stryd /Back on the Street:
One of the outer space songs, but also a
statement of intent that GG was back on the musical scene with a new band.
Later re-recorded in the 80s when GG was solo. An early attempt at
understanding the situation in Northern Ireland.
Lisa L‚n /Sweet Lisa:
Named after a traditional Welsh folk song, and written, like many of
GGís songs, on piano. Here, he voices doubts about his return to Wales
after a period in London.
NŰl i Gairo /Back to Cairo:
Space, the unknown, Egypt, the pyramidsÖ..a whiff of hippy-ness!
Seren i Seren /Star to Star:
Composed in the studio, again on piano. Another "space"
Co-written with ex-musical cohort Endaf Emlyn, who also explored an
interest in the "space" theme with his band, JÓp (Jeep).
W Capten /Oh Captain:
Captain Idole is the focus of the "space" songs, and here
the message is "itís lonely in space".
Bleír wyt ti? /Where are you?:
Sung from the perspective of those the Captain left behind.
Teulu Mawr y Byd /Great Family of the World:
The last song in the "space" sequence, although the
Captain returns in the first song. Confused? As GG says, there wasnít a
straight narrative sequence -"I was playing with the idea of
manipulating the space-time continuum".
Gwin y Gwan /Weak Manís Wine:
If thereís a theme to this album, itís darkness and light (from
a slightly older writer), and what symbolises that better than a pint of
Guinness with a good head?
Gole Gwyn /White light:
Stream-of-conciousness lyrics asking a lot of heavy questions.
C‚n y Mynydd Du /Black Mountain Song
Ffair Caerdydd /Cardiff Fair:
A trilogy (sub-titled "The Last Century") originally
written in English and performed while GG was a member of the London band
Limbotrol, and heavily influenced by the works of Alexander Cordell.
Y Falen Fawr /Big Blues:
What it says.
Ffwl Ebrill/April Fool:
GGís birthday is in April - "Iím the fool in the song, I think". One song had
to be dropped so that everything could be fitted on to one CD, and this
was the one.
Waun Uchaf (C‚n Elin)/Upper Heath (Elinís song):
Waun Uchaf was GGís grandfatherís farm, where he spent many
happy summers as a boy. His present Carmarthen home is named after the
farm, and Elin (GG and Paulineís eldest daughter) was presented with a
song to make up for the fact that her younger sister, Lisa, already had
one (see above).
Mas oír Coed/Out of the Woods:
A refusal to follow the expected path of a husband and father to
grow up respectably.
Liner notes/Archivist: Geraint Davies,