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CARNABY STREET SOUL WEST COAST VIBES

Released by:  Acid Jazz Records, 2020

ACID JAZZ says: This album is our tribute to an eccentric, a charmer, an unsung sixties hero.....who still has soul. The character that is Graham Dee has lived one hell of a life,  from surviving the blitzing of East London during WW2 to playing with Pink Floyd & Jimmy Page – Graham has done it all and this compilation will look back at the story of his life through music.

Wax Poetics - Dan Dodds

17 March 2020

The Wild Life of Graham Dee

It’s springtime in the South West of England. The sun has set and there’s a cool English chill in the air. Just yards up the road from the Dorset hamlet of Shitterton lies the serene and picturesque village of Bere Regis. On the main thoroughfare, in the centre of the village, is a grade II listed public house called the Drax Arms, a building—having stood for hundreds of years—that is threatening to shake to the muted thrust of live music audible from within. Through the misted canted bay windows a trio of guitar players can be seen. Out front there’s the chalkboard headliners Melody Men with unsung hero Graham Dee stood to the rear; a flat-cap-and-neckerchief-wearing seventy-something playing a solo on his polished, sunburst-hued Fender-Strat. The local punters—some enraptured by the music, others talking amongst themselves—raise their pint pots of Badger Ale in merriment, seemingly oblivious to the pedigree of the featured musician standing before them. 

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Shindig! magazine - Jon 'Mojo' Mills

Issue 99 - January 2020

The Missing Link

January 2020
GRAHAM DEE began playing professionally in the late ’50s. You may not know his name,
but one glance at his Discogs pages reveals a veritable Who’s Who of ’60s beat, soul and
psych familiars. He even recorded a couple of late ’70s pop albums that tick most yachtrock
boxes.
As Acid Jazz continues its archival releases of Dee’s prolific work JON ‘MOJO’ MILLS tries
to keep up with the sprightly 77-year-old’s musical memories and anecdotes.

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THE THIRTEENTH MAN

Released by:  Tin-Kan Records, 2014

Penny Black Music - Malcolm Carter

11 May 2014

One of the things that has made this particular writer smile over the last couple of decades is the way that certain people have been labeled as mod icons and even as a Modfather. It’s been said that Mod wasn’t just about fashion or music but a way of life…there’s obviously a lot of fakes about then; clever fakes admittedly but not the real thing at all. 

A name that is always missing when these so-called Mods are sprouting off about their all so obvious influences is that of Graham Dee. Dee has just turned 71; take a look at the sleeve of his latest single, ‘Duckin’ n Divin’ released on 10” vinyl for Record Store Day (and included on this album) if you can track down a copy, the clothes, that stance, the hair even, and yet we dare give the accolade The Modfather to a whippersnapper in his mid-fifties?! 

Dee has achieved so much in his life...

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Eyeplug - Nick Churchill

13 May 2014

The Thirteenth Man - Graham Dee

I flatter myself that anyone should notice, but before we go any further I must declare an interest here, I have a songwriting credit on this album, generously bestowed on me for providing the title of track three, Emily Nuthin.

More than ever it is impossible to separate the critic from the review and this is much too close for comfort, but here we go…

The very existence of The Thirteenth Man is little short of a miracle in itself. 

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Record Collector - Q&A session

13 May 2014

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