Sun Dial

Sun Dial

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Sun Dial is the vehicle of guitarist and singer Gary Ramon, who started recording in the eighties as The Modern Art. He changed the name to Sun Dial when forming his live band. As Ramon’s cohorts came and went, Sun Dial’s style changed, yet it remained rooted in late sixties psychedelia and often focused on the guitar work. Many of the band’s indie label releases came as collectable limited editions and were re-released over the years; they also recorded and released multiple version of several songs.
The first Sun Dial album, “Other Way Out” (1990), copied the sound of the late sixties perfectly and is still celebrated as one of the best examples of neo-psychedelia. After that, Sun Dial recorded some simpler, harder, noisier tunes, which only saw a belated release on the Album “Return Journey” (1993). On the “Overspill EP” (1991) the band came up with dreamier sounds which connected them to the current indie trends. Shoegaze- and space rock-influences shaped the album “Reflecter” (1992), which also had a track based on a drumloop; Sun Dial further delved into electronics for the “Fazer EP” of the same year. They moved to Beggar’s Banquet and had their most commercial outing with “Libertine” (1993), built upon dance grooves and catchy rock riffs, yet not completely abondoning psychedelia. “Acid Yantra” (1995) was an attempt to return to the band’s roots, yet it lacked the outstanding tunes and underground charm of their early records. Gary Ramon brought Sun Dial to a halt but started releasing records again with a new line-up in 2002.
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Sun Dial Discography

Albums

UFO 1 CD Sun Dial Other Way Out (Album) Tangerine UFO 1 CD UK 1990 Sell This Version
none The Sun Dial* Untitled(Cass, Album) Magic Mixture none UK 1990 Sell This Version
UFO 8 XCD Sun Dial Reflecter (Album) UFO Records UFO 8 XCD UK 1992 Sell This Version
BBQCD 138 Sundial* Libertine (Album) Beggars Banquet BBQCD 138 UK 1993 Sell This Version
GaAs 2503 Sun Dial Return Journey (Album) Acme GaAs 2503 US 1993 Sell This Version
AC8015CD Sundial* Live Drug Acme AC8015CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
8 40587 2 Sundial* Acid Yantra (Album) Beggars Banquet 8 40587 2 France 1995 Sell This Version
AC8029 CD Sun Dial Zen For Sale (Album) Acme AC8029 CD UK 2003 Sell This Version
Drug 14 Sun Dial Live & Rehearsal 1991(CDr, Album, Ltd) Prescription (UK) Drug 14 UK 2004 Sell This Version
TESLP-1001 Sun Dial Other Way In(LP) Third Eye Studios TESLP-1001 UK 2005 Sell This Version
RR 6690 Sun Dial Other Way Out / Other Way In Relapse Records RR 6690 US 2006 Sell This Version
HSLP 316 Sun Dial Sun Dial (Album) Shrunken Head HSLP 316 Netherlands 2010 Sell This Version
SDLP001, SDLP001DV Sun Dial Pumpkinhead (Album) Shrunken Head, Shrunken Head SDLP001, SDLP001DV UK 2010 Sell This Version
DIAL4CD Sun Dial Return Journey - The Lost Second Album Sessions 1991(2xCD, Album) Shrunken Head DIAL4CD UK 2010 Sell This Version
none Sun Dial Live(13xCDr + Box) Acme none UK 2010 Sell This Version
mm pro-16 Sun Dial Mind Control (Album) Tangerine mm pro-16 UK 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TAN 111 Sun Dial Exploding In Your Mind (Maxi) UFO Records TAN 111 UK 1990 Sell This Version
none Sun Dial Frogman(Acetate, 12") Not On Label none 1990 Sell This Version
none Sun Dial Eastern(Acetate, 12") Not On Label none 1990 Sell This Version
UFO 45002 CD Sun Dial Overspill (Maxi, EP) UFO Records UFO 45002 CD UK 1991 Sell This Version
none Sun Dial Fireball UFO Records none UK 1991 Sell This Version
BOB.30 Jeff Dahl And The American Ruse* / The Sun Dial* Jeff Dahl And The American Ruse* / The Sun Dial* - One Track Mind / Loose / Visitation(7", Promo) Bucketfull Of Brains BOB.30 UK 1991 Sell This Version
UFO 45008 CD Sundial* Fazer (EP) UFO Records UFO 45008 CD US 1992 Sell This Version
none Sun Dial Reflecter(Acetate, 12") Not On Label none 1992 Sell This Version
TEX 4 Sun Dial Let It Go (Live)(7", S/Sided, W/Lbl) UFO Records TEX 4 UK 1992 Sell This Version