Released on the same Indianapolis label as 1970s underground classics like Zerfas and Primevil, interest in Modlin & Scott’s excellent 1976 album The Train Don’t Stop Here Anymore seems to be increasing. I recently came in contact with Dave Scott, who together with Dan Modlin formed the duo, and Dave kindly …
Folk-rock, laid-back 70’s rock, slightly psychedelic, slightly country-rock … it’s not an easy album to describe, but it is a great album with good songs and a spectacular production that will make you believe that you are facing great instead of an unknown band.
Edited in 1976 by the seal of Indiana 700 West (the same one that edited the great Zerfas), this is an album that rarely appears in the original, and as the book Acid Archives reads … “It’s very, very good”.
Never reissued before in any format, now available in limited edition of 350 lps and 350 digipacks.
As I recall, Jay Wilfong was the person who first introduced me to Moe and 700 West. I was immediately impressed with the audio quality and I think the first cut I heard out there was Ezekial Longspur’s song about “Rolling Down the Highway.” It sounded so good that it was obvious this Whittemore guy knew what he was doing.
Shortly after that I played bass on a demo for Bill Jackson and Tom Mobley at 700 West. Rex Thomas also sat in on that one on steel. Jackson was a superb vocalist, and I still think he was one of the best I’ve ever been around……….. Tom later got involved with Sequoia, but I don’t know what happened to Bill………. He sang one song called “The Death of the Circus with No Thanks to Fellini” that I wish I could hear again………… Definitely good stuff…
I remember sitting on that little padded bench Moe had by the window in the control room and watching him work wonders. He was always lighting up a fresh batch of tobacco in his pipe, and his favorite past-time was making up humorous new lyrics for our songs. We learned so much from him about mike placement and ping-pong techniques for recording with limited tracks.
We were really blessed to have so much talent in that place. The people who sat in on our album project were really good. Obviously, Jerry De Rome and Jay Wilfong were a tremendous help. Jim Moore, who was the steel guitarist for Bill Wilson, did a great job. We couldn’t afford to pay the session players, but they just did it because they wanted to record out there. Everybody did.
I remember I later tried to return the favor by playing bass for some other artists there. I don’t recall all of the projects, but I do remember playing on a single or two for Ed Ott.
Moe invested a tremendous amount of time and patience in all of us. He could fix so many problems. I had a strap button let go and my priceless Gibson J-50 fell on concrete one night. You could have dropped a golf ball through the back of it. Moe repaired it, and I ended up using it on the acoustic lead break in “I’ve Seen Your Face.” I still use that old Gibson for recording
700 West was such a unique place to record. You could hear goats outside and smell Moe’s coffee brewing inside. He had a knack for putting you at ease with his sense of humor, and that was really important—- especially the first few times you saw that red recording light go on………. Dan Modlin.
For the first time on CD. LP cover in miniature with OBI (Promo Strip). Lyrics included. 24-bit digital remastering. The only duo album by Dan Modlin / Dave Scott in the original was released at 700 West in 1976. Encouraged by the participation of various guest musicians, “The Train Do not Stop Here Anymore” is a unique rural rock. A good reissue of the release of this hidden duo brings us back to the good old days.
• The duo of Modlin & Scott included two musicians Dan Modlin (Dan Modlin) and Dave Scott (Dave Scott), who preferred to play folk rock, a little scribbling and a bit of country rock. In 1976 they released on the label “700 West” (like Zerfas, and Primevil, if you remember) in Indianapolis an album with the unusual name “The Train Do not Stop Here Anymore” with the corresponding shaped cover. The image of abandoned access railroads to the station, with a tower, wooden power posts (but without wires), with a dull northern landscape, rare degenerated Christmas trees can cast some associations … As for the music itself. then it is one of the samples of American provincial rock, honest and frank. Jerry Derome (percussion), Jim Moore (guitar), M.J. Whittemore (piano), Ken Yparilla (violin), Pat Johnson (good) and others.
• One of the reviews of “The Train Do not Stop Here Anymore” says that this is an excellent album, listening to which you can understand that this duo is much more than just unknown performers. In addition, the release is positively evaluated on Acid Archives. The authors themselves assure that the stories of all the songs are based on real stories. The album is a rarity (in 1976 it was released only 1,000 copies), for many years it was searched by many collectors, it was never reprinted in any format and for the first time, in 2008, it was repeatedly, but in limited quantity, returned to life in the form of a vinyl disc, as well as on CD by Italian label “Mandrax”. In Korea, the album was released on CD by Big Pink Music Kr in 2011.
– PS: According to Dan Modlin, he also prepared re-releases of the album in Japan and Korea.