Date of the first publication: October, 2003 / last update: in English-09.12.2007 / in Polish - 21.01.2006
Phantom's Divine Comedy
INTRO : Tales from a Wizard
PRELUDE: Devil's child
Calm before the storm
Half a life
Spiders will dance
(on your face while you sleep)
WIZARD: Black magic/White magic
ENTRANCE: Stand beside my fire
Welcome to hell
LP " Phantom's Divine Comedy part I "
Capitol Rec. 11313 / rok 1974 i 1989
CD " Phantom's Divine Comedy part I "
One Way Rec S 21 56842 / 02.02.1993
CD and LP " Phantom's Divine Comedy "
Radioactive Rec. RR 002 /11.2002
Y & W bg
Phantom bag p&g
In 1974 Capitol Records released an album called "Phantom's Divine Comedy Part I" by Phantom's Divine Comedy. Before
longplay, the company issued SP"Calm before the storm/Black Magic, White Magic" (No. 3857; promo~disc with white label
and serial~disc with orange label). Music from the album sounded like The Doors. And the lead vocalist really sounded like Jim
Morrison. The cover of record was printed with informations that in group played drummer X, bassist Y, keyboardist Z and
singer Phantom. Officially, the Lizard King died on 03.07.1971 in Paris. But circumstances of his death were mysterious and quite
strange. Some of the journalists suggested in their writings that Morrison had in fact no died and he returned with a new band.
Capitol Records kept silent while revenue came in from the album. It was leading to legal action by Electra Records, parent -
company of the Doors. The album and the group vanished without a trace.Officially nobody knew really musicians name by many
years. Vernon Joyson in "The Tapestry of Delight" wrote that Phantom's Divine Comedy was the same group called Phantom
(aka Walpurgies) which recorded other album called "The Lost Album" (bootleg: Flash 49 and CD by Ghost in 1990) with
Tom Carson-voc, Denis Craner-bg, Gary Meisner - g, Mike DeMartino-keyboard, John Badanjeck-dr (ex~Detroit Wheels).
The Phantom line-up made a second self-tittled album in 1978 under the name Happy Dragon Band (Fidllers 1157). But one
thing was intriguing. In 1973, record company called Hideout, realeased single-play "Calm before the storm/Black Magic,
White Magic" (No.1080) by Phantom's Divine Comedy. Is it the same? In my opinion LP"Phantom's Divine Comedy" is great.
So I build a little site about Phantom's DC. In October 2003 I received e-mail from GARY GAWINEK:
"Dear Piotr !
I wanted to tell you that all info about Phantom's DC are wrong.
Here s the real line-up:
PHANTOM'S DIVINE COMEDY
Vocals, Lead Guitar, Piano and writer of all the songs.
Produced by Gary Gawinek and Punch Andrews. All band members and producers from Detroit Michigan area. Songs
were never meant to be like the Doors, but Punch Andrews who is Bob Segers and Kid Rocks Manager wanted and sold
it that way to Capitol Records. Both Phantom'DC and Phantom (aka-Walpurgies) have most of the same players, but
Walpurgies was done in a home studio and Phantom's DC was record at Pampa Studio Warren Michigan and
engineered by Jim Bureses who also recorded a few Bob Seger Lp's. I have written to the other people who have
Phantom sites, but you are the only one to respone. So you are the only one with the true story. I have been told that
Arthur Pendragon has passed away (almost 5 year ago in March). Jim Rolland the drummer now lives in Lansing Mi and
doesn't play music any longer. Russ Klatt owns an Art Gallery in Birmingham Mi and I don't know where Harold Beardly
is. Punch Andrews never got along with Arthur Pendragon so when I brought demo tapes to Punch I didn't let him know
it was Arthur until he said he wanted to record the music. Hideout is the production company of ED "Punch "Andrews
who is manager to Bob Seger and Kid Rock.. Also Phantom DC lp cover Art work done by Tom Weschler who did early
Bob Seger records and is still in Photo and lives in Birmingham Mi.
Gary Gawinek cooperated with Hideout Records and "Punch" Andrews. He's always working in
musical business. He was A&R-man, producer, B.Seger's road manager. At present, he attempts
own power as musician and producer (House of Ill Compute Recording).
His son, Christian Colin is guitarist.
Thank you very much for all informations which I got from you by electronic mail.
Many years ago, Phantom was singing: "Black Magic, White Magic...". Now we have a new
WEB'S MAGIC !