Quill (2) ‎– Quill

Cotillion ‎– SD 9017
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Thumbnail Screwdriver 5:30
A2 The Tube Exuding 3:50
A3 They Live The Life 9:23
B1 BBY 4:40
B2 Yellow Butterfly 4:15
B3 Too Late
Written-By – N. Rogers (2)
B4 Shrieking Finally 7:28

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Issued in Unipak style sleeve

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched): ST-CTN-691725 W AT
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched): ST-CTN-691726 W AT
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): ST-CTN-691725 PR
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): ST-CTN-691726 PR

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SD 9017 Quill (2) Quill(LP, Album, Promo) Cotillion SD 9017 US 1970 Sell This Version
WOU 9017 Quill (2) Quill(CD, Album, RE) Wounded Bird Records WOU 9017 US 2010 Sell This Version
ST6817 Quill (2) Quill(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Synton (3) ST6817 Russia 2017 Sell This Version
ST6817 Quill (2) Quill(CD) Synton ST6817 Austria Unknown Sell This Version
SD 9017 Quill (2) Quill(LP, Album) Atlantic, Cotillion SD 9017 Germany 1970 Sell This Version


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June 1, 2014

Quill found its roots in Massachusetts in 1967. Jon (bass) and Dan (lead vocals) Cole, two brothers grew up in the region of Merrimac, MA, Phil Thayer (keys, horns) came from Arlington, MA. Norman Rogers (guitar) grew up in Brattleboro, VT and Roger North (drums) grew up in Plainfield, NJ. Although all stemming from a rock and roll background, members Thayer and Rogers had studied classically which likely had led in part to the progressive sound of Quill. This, along with the bands love and tendency to play improvisational rock music, much like many of their English influences. Jon and Dan Cole were very song writing oriented in terms of developing their sound. The members of the band were not as concerned about the psychedelic rock sound of the 1960’s even though Quill is often referred to as a remnant of this music era. Main influences for the group included Traffic, Cream, The Kinks, Mothers of Invention and Spirit.
Thayer and North started a rock band in 1967 called Catharsis, which would perform at Boston rock venues. Norm Rogers was at the time the lead guitarist for a band called Morning Star Blues Band. The Boston Tea Part, a venue in Boston, MA, was a regular venue that Quill would perform at from the time it opened until its closure. The venue was a regular stop for bands of this time such as Velvet Underground, The Kinks, Blue Cheer, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck Group, The Who, Pacific Gas & Electric, Deep Purple, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Spirit and Rhinoceros. Quill, and Catharsis would open up for many of these groups at The Boston Tea Party. They would also perform at other rock venues on the east coast such as Electric Circus in New England and Steve Paul’s Scene in New York.
When joining Catharsis, Roger North was attending The Massachusetts Institute of Technology receiving his graduate degree. Local radio station WBCN was integral to the scene that was occurring on the east coast at this time, as well as the various rock venues. Catharsis would eventually lead to attracting Jon and Dan Cole, and Quill would eventually be created from their leadership. Jon and Dan both had connections and resources in the Boston area, including their relationship with the company Amphion. Amphion, a partnership ran by Ray Paret and David Jenks, managed Quill as well as other well known acts from this time such as The J. Geils Band, Bead Game, Spire, Andy Pratt, Butter and Ultimate Spinach.
The bands largest claim to fame is likely its performance at The Woodstock Festival. The group was the first to perform at the festival on the day of August 16, 1968 at around Noontime. Quill would catch the attention of Cotillion Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records, which would last between 1968 and 1986. Instead of taking budget money that was provided by Cotillion for studio recording and production, the band used the funds to build a home studio facility at their rehearsal space at their management provider, Amphenol. They would record their album at this space by self-production and engineering offered by friend Bill Reisman. Due to the inexperience of members of the band with ventures like this, the album would turn out to be recorded in an obscure and somewhat bizarre fashion. This would especially be the case when recording drums, which would prove problematic because of separation of sound between instruments. This would lead to the recording process forcing the drums to be tracked first to avoid this type of issue. Despite the unusual recording process, Quills first album Quill would be mastered and released on Cotillion in 1970. Unfortunately, because they were not featured on the Woodstock Festivals’ soundtrack or film, Cotillion lost much of its interest in promoting the bands self titles album. Because of the lack of promotion of this record, it faded into obscurity and was not well heard of outside of Boston. As Roger North puts it, “The record became a collectors item.” The fact that performances were not progressing and the album was not selling well, it created personal friction between band members and would soon create the demise of the band.
Although the band would continue to play around Boston, New York and New England, it had been clear to band members that the momentum of the group had weakened. Rogers and Jon Cole both left the group to pursue their own musical and life paths. Despite this, Quill was still under contract with Cotillion to record another album, which they attempted to do despite the two members’ departure. During the last six months of the band, Quill experienced some member’s changes. Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, of Steely Dan fame, would play guitar for a short period of time, Ted Deane of The Holy Modal Rounders would play sax and local musician Jimmy Thompson would play guitar. Unfortunately, despite the hopes that adding these new members might spark things up a bit, the group decided that the chemistry was not going anywhere and decided to part from the project. Although Dan Cole, Rogers and Thayer would collaborate at Intermedia Studios in Boston to record the second Quill album (despite Norman’s departure from the band), their second album “Quill Too” was never released despite the fact that recordings from this period likely still exist which was engineered by Tony Bongiovi. Cotillion simply lost interest in the group and decided not to pursue the release of Quills second album. At this time, the band was not performing live anymore and decided it would be best to go separate ways since they no longer had to fulfill their contract with Cotillion.
At this point, the former members of Quill are quite indifferent about their days in the band. They don’t dwell on past days or look back on them as an enormous part of their history. Dan Cole and Roger North both currently reside in Portland, OR and have since become friends once again, despite not being in contact for over three decades. Jon Cole resides in Hawaii and Thayer is likely living in Florida. Jon Cole’s daughter Amanda Cole has taken an interest in the group and is currently attempting to create a documentary film about Quill. Roger North has stayed involved with music over the years and has founded an instrument manufacturing company called North Drums. North Drums, although not becoming a major manufacturer of drum sets, would receive much acclaim over the years as being a unique and well-crafted brand. The drums have become somewhat of a collector’s item over the years, much like Quills self-titled album.


October 23, 2012
At present this is very minor psychedelic/progressive item but it could grow in significance. The opening cut Thumbnail Screwdriver is a fine guitar progressive and The Tube Exuding captures the band at their most psychedelic. Compared to these the final track on side one They Live The Life is very disappointing. On side two Yellow Butterfly is a slice of mellow psychedelia, but the remainder of the record is rather ordinary.

The band came from Massachusetts and the two Coles attended Mount Herman Academy where they were in prep-rock outfit The Knights from 1964 to 1965, appearing on their Off Campus album. Quill also made a brief appearance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969