Geraint Watkins and the Dominators - the 1979 album reissue on CD with bonus tracks
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'Geraint Watkins & the Dominators' (1979) is issued on CD and digital for the very first time, together with seven bonus unreleased tracks, unseen pics and notes by Andy Fairweather Low in a 12-page booklet.
Geraint Watkins, singer, songwriter, sideman is for most an undiscovered treasure. Born in South Wales in the 50's, after art school he moved to London, joining in the 70's pub rock scene. Hearing a radio session, Andy Fairweather Low tracked Geraint down to produce an album, released on Vertigo in 1979. All bar one track were covers, although the one Geraint composition 'Deep in the Heart of Texas' swiftly became a favourite and was itself regularly covered.
Further sessions with original songs were then cut, and later famed producer Glyn Johns heard the band, decided to champion them, and recorded 'The Dominators'. These both comprise eight bonus tracks on the CD reissue. The back-story to the album is told by Andy Fairweather Low in the sleeve-notes and narrated in a coming video.
Producer Stuart Colman poached the band to back his new protégé, Shakin' Stevens. The project produced the biggest string of UK hit singles of the 80's and led to Geraint becoming the rock'n'roll piano and accordion player of choice. Over the years, he's played with artists such as Van Morrison, Dave Edmunds, Rory Gallagher, Mark Knopfler, Nick Lowe, Status Quo, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Paul McCartney (and two other Beatles). One high point came when four of The Dominators became Willy & the Poor Boys alongside three of the Rolling Stones. Being in such high demand meant there was little time or opportunity for Geraint to pursue his own songwriting, but all the while he was learning from these quality acts and honing his craft. It was nearly two decades before Geraint's next album.
Geraint's songs have been paid respect by being covered by leading artists such as Don McLean, Dave Edmunds, NRBQ, Pokey Lafage and The Holmes Brothers and it is his song craft, his interpretations, instinctive feel, and engaging performances that elevate him to be an equal amongst his peers.
21 Tracks: Man Smart Women Smarter, Casting My Spell, In The Night, Grow Too Old, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Gotta Find My Baby, Paralysed, Nobody, Deep in the Heart of Texas, Don’t You Just Know It, If Walls Could Talk, My Baby Left Me, Cakewalk Into Town. Bonus unreleased sessions: Cowboys and Indians, I Don’t Want To Be In Love, Trying Times, Everything You Need, Forget It, Not Giving It Back, Good Enough For You, Standing on a Wave (feat. Andy Fairweather Low).