|Singer/Songwriter, Peter Sando
emerged in the late 60's from the band Gandalf,
formerly the Rahgoos prior to the LP release,
appearing at various New York clubs such as "The Phone
Booth", Scott Muni's "Rolling Stone", "The Electric
Circus", Murray the K's "World", and the legendary "Night Owl Cafe" in Greenwich
Village. It was there that he met songwriters Garry
Bonner and Alan Gordon ("Happy Together", "She'd
Rather Be With Me") who brought the band to the
attention of record producers Koppelman & Rubin.
K&R signed the band and immediately started work
on the GANDALF album which was released on the Capitol
label in 1969, with two songs penned by Peter. "Can
You Travel in the Dark Alone" was a favorite of the
late Allison Steele, "The Nightbird", on WNEW-FM New
York, who would introduce it with a lengthy dose of
her inimitable psychedelic poetry. Unfortunately, the band broke up in
1968 before the original LP was released. At that time Peter again
teamed up with Bonner and Gordon to sing lead on two
singles including their "Dance at St. Francis" as the
on RCA which charted briefly in 1968.
Four original songs were recorded
Arthur's 914 Studios in 1971 and his
self-produced work, "Sandcastles" (1981), lay unreleased until now. Many
tracks have been incorporated into the GANDALF 2 and
Songwriter's Scrapbook albums.
Peter continues to write and perform his songs throughout the New York/New Jersey area folk circuit.
"Creatures of Habit", the first solo CD by Peter Sando was released in 1999 on High Point Records. Comprised of all original material, it featured JOHN BROWN, ode to the militant abolitionist who sparked the Civil War, and DESERT FLOWER, which Peter describes as a "Native American lullaby."
The Gandalf LP, after having been bootlegged several times (including a picture disc and a blue vinyl version) was legitimately re-issued on CD by the UK based See For Miles label in 1991, and more recently, in the USA on the highly rated Sundazed. This definitive release includes an 8 page booklet with new photos and liner notes by Mike Stax.
Three of Peter's songs, co-written with composer Joe Delia, appear in the 1999 Trimark film "Time Served" with Louise Fletcher and Katherine Oxenberg.
A new CD, Gandalf
2, consisting of rare outtakes, unreleased
demos including the "914 Tracks", and live
recordings from Peter's personal archives circa
1967-1973 was released on Sundazed CD and deluxe
Smokey Topaz colored vinyl LP. They are currently
out of print.
More recent solo CD's include, Afraid Of The Dark, and Let There Be Love.
Stay tuned for GANDALF 2020. It will consist of some old, some new original songs and covers of Tim Hardin, Fred Neil, Bob Jenkins, and a couple of Bonner & Gordon gems. Also included will be a new version of Misty Roses On A Stone, a tribute to the late Tim Hardin co-written with Jack McMahon.
Release date: TBA.
Click on HAPPENINGS for current info on Peter's live appearances.
Gandalf (Capitol ST-121) 1969
[rainbow label] Promos were designated by a 'FREE'
perforation at the top right corner of the cover.
"Rock a Delics" by Various Artists (Capitol ST21280) 1971 includes "Can You Travel In The Dark Alone"
Gandalf (Amos, Europe) (bootleg)
Gandalf (EMI/Scorpio) (bootleg?)
Gandalf (Fantazia, Europe) (bootleg)
Gandalf (Picture Disc) (Radioactice) (bootleg)
Gandalf (EMI/Scorpio) (Blue Vinyl bootleg?)
Do The Rahgoo / What To Do (Sanders- Unreleased)
Ill Always Remember You / Im Still In Love With You (Sanders- Unreleased)
A Word on Love / Greetings, This Is Uncle Sam (Lost and Unreleased)
Gandalf (See For Miles SEE-326) 1997, (Sundazed SC 6152) 2002
Gandalf 2 (Sundazed SC 6199) 2007
Gandalf on CD Compilations
"Psychedelic Frequencies" by
Various Artists (Temple TMPCD027) includes "Golden Earrings"
"Hippy Dip" by Various Artists (EMI CDEM 1623) includes "Hang On To A Dream"
"Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers Vol. 9 " by Various Artists (Purple Lantern) includes "Can You Travel In The Dark Alone"
"Ah Feel Like Ahcid! - 24 American Psychedelic Artefacts From The EMI Vaults" by Various Artists (EMI/Zonophone) 2007 includes "Can You Travel In The Dark Alone"
"Garage Beat '66 Vol. 4" by Various Artists includes "Do The Rahgoo" - 2005
Creatures of Habit (High Point HP41004) 1998
Afraid Of The Dark (High Point HP41005) 2011
"Time Served" - 1999
"My Best Friend's Wife" (a/k/a "Grownups")- 2001
"...Oh the years go by and everything changes
like a train rollin' over the tracks
and this old boy's come a mighty long way
I can't find a way to go back
can't find a way to go back"
from "Something I Said" by Peter Sando © Sandbag Music 1998
email Peter at: firstname.lastname@example.org