A limited number of unplayed copies of National Health's 1982 album D.S. Al Coda, signed by Dave Stewart and taken from his personal archive. The albums were shipped directly to Dave from the US pressing plant at the time of release and have been carefully stored ever since, so are in excellent condition.
Recorded as a tribute to their colleague Alan Gowen, the album consists entirely of Alan's compositions performed by a stellar line-up of Phil Miller, Dave Stewart, John Greaves and Pip Pyle with contributions from Elton Dean, Jimmy Hastings, Annie Whitehead and Ted Emmett. Richard Sinclair, Amanda Parsons and Barbara Gaskin also make guest appearances, adding a distinctly Hatfield-esque vocal flavour to their featured tracks.
The inner sleeve depicts a timeline of Alan Gowen and National Health's musical history from 1971 to 1981, designed by Alan's wife Celia.
An essential item for Canterbury collectors, this is an unrepeatable opportunity to own a near-mint original copy of this historic album.
"I became friends with Alan Gowen in 1973 when our bands Hatfield and the North and Gilgamesh collaborated in a double-quartet UK performance. Two years later Alan invited me to start a band with him, planting the seed which would grow into National Health (named after my spectacles).It was a pleasure to work with this excellent keyboardist - his compositions, synth sounds and playing added a unique dimension to our music.
After Alan died in May 1981 National Health reunited to play a small tribute gig based on pieces he had arranged and notated but never recorded. We strongly felt this unreleased material needed to reach a wider audience, so in October we recorded D.S. Al Coda (see what we did there?) with finance from Jean-Pierre Weiller, an old friend of Alan and his wife Celia. The album sleeve is an iconic portrait of Alan as Henry V, a serious study of a much missed friend whose kindliness, sense of humour and brilliant musical talent enriched the lives of his loved ones and colleagues." Dave Stewart, October 2023