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Skye Records discography

This is a discography of the albums released on the Skye label between 1968 and 1970. The main series of albums and the Skye Discovery series are listed in the first two sections. The third section is a single album which does not appear to fit into a series.

Skye became part of the Buddah Group in 1970 and four further albums were released using the Skye main series numbering but with Buddah labels. These form the last section on the page.

Skye was set up by Gary McFarland, Gabor Szabo, Cal Tjader and Norman Schwartz. Albums by McFarland, Szabo and Tjader were released on the label.

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Skye main series

Solar Heat, Cal Tjader, 1968, Skye SK-1

Tracks : Ode To Billy Joe, Never My Love, Felicidade, Mambo Sangria, Here, Fried Bananas, Amazon, La Bamba, Eye Of The Devil, Solar Heat

Musicians : Cal Tjader, João Donato, Mike Abene, Gary McFarland, Bobby Rodriguez, Chuck Rainey, Orestes Vilato, Ray Barretto

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Does The Sun Really Shine On The Moon, Gary McFarland & Co., 1968, Skye SK-2

Tracks : God Only Knows, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Sunday Will Never Be The Same, Lady Jane, Flamingo, Flea Market, Here, There And Everywhere, Three Years Ago, O Morro, Melancholy Baby, Up, Up And Away

Musicians : Gary McFarland, Marvin Stamm, Jerome Richardson, Warren Bernhardt, Sam Brown, Chuck Rainey, Richard Davis, Donald MacDonald, Grady Tate

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Bacchanal, Gabor Szabo, 1968, Skye SK-3

Tracks : Three King Fishers, Love Is Blue, Theme From Valley Of The Dolls, Bacchanal, Sunshine Superman, Some Velvet Morning, The Look Of Love, Divided City

Musicians : Gabor Szabo, Jim Stewart, Louis Kabok, Jimmy Keltner, Hal Gordon

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Skye SK-4 and Skye SK-5 were the initial releases in the Skye Discovery series. The actual issue numbers were Skye SK-4D and Skye SK-5D. Following the those albums the main series continued with SK-6 and the Discovery series continued with SK-6D. See the next section below for details of the Discovery series.

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Cal Tjader Sounds Out Burt Bachrach, Cal Tjader, 1969, Skye SK-6

Tracks : Moneypenny, What The World Needs Now, Anyone Who Had A Heart, Don't Make Me Over, Message To Michael, My Little Red Book, I Say A Little Prayer For You, Walk On By, You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)

Musicians : Cal Tjader, Marvin Stamm, Garnett Brown, George Marge, Jerome Richardson, Jerry Dodgion, Walter Kane, Lew Del Gatto, Ray Alonge, George Berg, Joseph Grinaldi, Harvey Newmark, Mike Melvoin, James Helms, Albert Wagner, Henri Aubert, Jim Keltner

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Dreams, Gabor Szabo, 1969, Skye SK-7

Tracks : Galatea's Guitar, Half The Day Is Night, Song Of The Injured Love, The Fortune Teller, Fire Dance, The Lady In The Moon, Ferris Wheel

Musicians : Gabor Szabo, Brooks Tillotson, Ray Alonge, Tony Miranda, Gary McFarland, Jim Stewart, Julius Schacter, George Ricci, Louis Kabok, Jim Keltner

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America The Beautiful: An Account Of Its Disappearance, Gary McFarland, 1969, Skye SK-8

Tracks : 1st Movement: On This Site Shall Be Erected…, 2nd Movement: 80 Miles An Hour Through Beer-Can Country, 3rd Movement: Suburbia: Two Poodles And A Plastic Jesus, 4th Movement: If I Am Elected…, 5th Movement: Last Rites For The Promised Land, 6th Movement: Due To A Lack Of Interest, Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled

Musicians : Gary McFarland, Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Snooky Young, Marvin Stamm, Randy Brecker, Richard Williams, Garnett Brown, Danny Bank, Hubert Laws, Jerome Richardson, Joe Farrell, Ray Beckenstein, Romeo Penque, Wally Caine, Earl Chapin, Jim Buffington, Ray Alonge, Harvey Phillips, Warren Bernhardt, Eric Gayle, Chuck Rainey, Jerry Jemmott, Bernard Purdie, Bill Lavorgna, Warren Smith, plus strings

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Gabor Szabo 1969, Gabor Szabo, 1969, Skye SK-9

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Plugs In, Cal Tjader, 1969, Skye SK-10

Tracks : Alonzo, Lady Madonna, Nica's Dream, Spooky, St. Croix, Tra-la-la Song, Morning Mist, Get Out Of My Way

Musicians : Cal Tjader, Al Zulaica, Jim McCabe, Armando Peraza, John Rae

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Slaves, Grady Tate With The Gary McFarland Orchestra, 1969, Skye SK-11

Tracks : Slaves, Slaves, Meetin' House, Black Lullabye, Another Mornin', Pickin' Cotton, Nightwind (Esther's Theme), Another Mornin', Pickin' Cotton, Nightwind (Esther's Theme)

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Journeys of Odysseus, A Jazz Suite For Orchestra By Bob Freedman

This album was recorded and planned for release as Skye SK-12 but appears not to have been released. The music was released for the first time on Cobblestone in 1972.

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Black Is Brown And Brown Is Beautiful, Ruth Brown, 1970, Skye SK-13

Tracks : Yesterday, Please Send Me Someone To Love, Looking Back, Try Me And See, Miss Brown's Blues, My Prayer, Since I Fell For You, This Bitter Earth

Musicians : Ruth Brown, Richard Tee, Billy Butler, Eric Gayle, Chuck Rainey, Herbie Lovelle, Howard Roberts Chorale

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Today, Gary McFarland, 1970, Skye SK-14

Tracks : Because, My Cherie Amour, Suzanne, I Will Wait For You, Everybody's Talkin', Shadow Of Your Smile, Get Back, Desafinado, Shadows Are Falling, Michelle, Sombras De Saudade, Berimbau

Musicians : Gary McFarland, Curtis Fuller, Hubert Laws, Sam Brown, George Ricci, Chet Amsterdam, Ron Carter, Grady Tate, Sol Gubin, Airto

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Lena & Gabor, Lena Horne & Gabor Szabo, 1970, Skye SK-15

Tracks : Rocky Raccoon, Something, Everybody's Talkin', In My Life, Yesterday When I Was Young, Watch What Happens, My Mood Is You, Message To Michael, Nightwind, The Fool On The Hill

Musicians : Lena Horne, Gabor Szabo, Richard Tee, Cornell Dupree, Eric Gayle, Chuck Rainey, Grady Tate

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No album identified, Skye SK-16

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After The Long Ride Home, Grady Tate, 1970, Skye SK-17

Tracks : Prologue, After The Long Ride Home, Follow the Path, I Can Deliver, I Think It's Going To Rain Today, There's Nothing Between Us Now, In My Time, Interlude, Bridges (Travessia), I'll Try Again, Suicide is Painless (Song from M*A*S*H*)

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Skye Discovery series

Windmills Of My Mind, Grady Tate, 1968, Skye Discovery Series SK-4D

Tracks : The Windmills Of Your Mind, And I Love Her, Sack Full Of Dreams, Would You Believe, Work Song, A Little At A Time, T.N.T., Don't Fence Me In, All Around The World

Musicians : Grady Tate, Paul Griffin, Herbie Hancock, Billy Butler, Eric Gale, Bob Cranshaw, Chuck Rainey, Bernie Purdie, Bob Thomas

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Wild Thing, Armando Peraza, 1968, Skye Discovery Series SK-5D

Tracks : Wild Thing, Mony Mony, Souled Out, Funky Broadway, Red Onions, Viva Peraza, Al Bajar El Sol, Granny's Samba

Musicians : Armando Peraza, Garnett Brown, Johnny Pacheco, Sadao Watanabe, Sol Schilinger, Mike Abene, Chic Corea, Bobby Rodriguez, Chuck Rainey, Donald MacDonald, Cal Tjader, Tommy Lopez

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Genesis, Wendy & Bonnie, 1969, Skye Discovery Series SK-1006D

Tracks : Let Yourself Go Another Time, The Paisley Window Pane, I Realized You, By The Sea, You Keep Hanging Up On My Mind, It's What's Really Happening, Five O'Clock In The Morning, Endless Pathway, Children Laughing, The Winter Is Cold

Musicians : Wendy Flower, Bonnie Flower, Michael Lang, Mike Melvoin, Larry Carlton, Randy Cierly, Jim Keltner

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Feeling Life, Grady Tate, 1969, Skye Discovery Series SK-1007D

Tracks : Hooray, My Ship, The End Of A Love Affair, You're Gone, I Fall In Love Too Easily, Meditation, Nature Boy, Lost In The Stars, Fools Rush In, Poor Butterfly, What Now My Love

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The Chuck Rainey Coalition, Chuck Rainey, 1969, Skye Discovery Series SK-1008D

Tracks : Eloise (First Love), How Long Will It Last, Genuine John, The Rain Song, Got It Together, The Lone Stranger, Harlem Nocturne, It's Gonna Rain, Theme From Peter Gunn

Musicians : Chuck Rainey, Melvin Lastie, Trevor Lawrence, George Stubbs, Richard Tee, Billy Butler, Cornell Dupree, Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, Herb Lovelle, Jim Johnson, Ken Rice, Montego Joe, Specs Powell, Warren Smith

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Skye one-off release?

Paean, An ACT/Inter-ACT Communication, 1970, Skye SKI P-1

Tracks : Introduction, To Thomas J. Watson, To C. A. Kirk, To J. I. Barton, To F. W. Nichol, Paean, Ever Onward, Hail To The I.B.M., To Thomas J. Watson, I.B.M. Country Club Song, Land Of Hope And Glory

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Skye: main series continued by Buddah

Watch What Happens, Lena Horne & Gabor Szabo, 1970, Skye BDS 18-SK

Tracks : Rocky Raccoon, Something, Everybody's Talkin', In My Life, Yesterday When I Was Young, Watch What Happens, My Mood Is You, Message To Michael, Nightwind, The Fool On The Hill

Musicians : Lena Horne, Gabor Szabo, Richard Tee, Cornell Dupree, Eric Gayle, Chuck Rainey, Grady Tate

This is a reissue of the Lena & Gabor album (Skye SK-15)

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Tjader-Ade, Cal Tjader, 1970, Skye BDS 19-SK

Tracks : Solar Heat, Never My Love, Nica's Dream, Don't Make Me Over, Lady Madonna, Ode to Billy Joe, Here, A Message to Michael, Alonzo

This is a compilation of tracks originally released on Solar Heat (Skye SK-1), Sounds Out Burt Bachrach (Skye SK-6) and Plugs In (Skye SK-10)

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Blowin' Some Old Smoke, Gabor Szabo, 1970, Skye BDS 20-SK

Tracks : Sunshine Superman, Stormy, Divided City, Dear Prudence, Galatea's Guitar, Bacchanal, Walk Away Renee, Some Velvet Morning, Fire Dance

This is a compilation of tracks originally released on Bacchanal (Skye SK-3), Dreams (Skye SK-7) and Gabor Szabo 1969 (Skye SK-9)

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Natural Feelings, Airto, 1970, Skye BDS 21-SK

Tracks : Alue, Xibaba (She-ba-ba), Terror, Bebe, Andei, Mixing, The Tunnel, Frevo, Liamba

Musicians : Airto, Hermeto, Sivuca, Ron Carter, Flora Purim

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Last updated November 2014