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Friends of the Dawn Album have uploaded various videos to YouTube:

      Dawn & Contemplation
      The Candle & Contemplation
      Gateless Gate & When?


Composed and performed by
Don Robertson & Friends

1. Dawn (9:35)
2. Why? (0:54)
3. Contemplation (3:05)
4. Where (0:48)
5. The Candle (3:48)
6. Gateless Gate (5:22)
7. When? (1:19)
8. Belief (8:32)


Dawn - The First New Age Album

I signed with Mercury Records in 1969, then after moving from New York City to San Francisco, California, recorded my first Album "Dawn," released on Mercury's Limelight label that year. The name Dawn was not only a play on my first name, but was meant to represent the dawning of a new age, as I had been very influenced by the ideas about music expressed by the author Corinne Heline.

The album represents my newly realized understanding of the reality of positive and negative music, the first side of the album representing music that is positive, and the second, music that is negative. Side one opens with an improvised piece that I performed on an Oscar Schmidt 80-string guitar zither tuned to the natural pentatonic scale (C,D,E,G,A), the most harmonious of all scales. Short interludes (Why?, Where? and When?) span sections of the album. Side Two begins with a rhythmic build up that culminates in chaos, then Belief is a sound collage that incorporates duochords.

Dawn -- Recorded during the spring of 1969. Recorded at Columbus Recorders, San Francisco, CA. George Horn, Engineer; Recorded at Pacific High Studios. Dan Healy, Engineer Recorded and mixed at Amigo Studios, North Hollywood. Hank Cicalo, Engineer; Limelight LS-86067 (Mercury Records, Inc)

Dawn was re-released in February, 2003, on vinyl and on CD by Akarma Records, a division of Comet Records in Italy.

From the "Lost" Dawn Album Rehearsal Tape

Revelation 1

The Don Robertson Trio - Don Robertson - guitar, Mike Dahlgren - drums, Rand Elias - bass

That's me

Me, my tambura & jaltarang

Me and my typewriter

My Drummer Michael Dahlgren

These are the only known photos from the Dawn album period. They were taken by my sister, Leslie Able

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