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Singing as well as ever, Carol Lloyd
embarked on a project to produce a solo album intended primarily for U.S. release

          Within weeks of the official Carol Lloyd Band split Carol had secured a four year world wide solo recording deal with Colin Peterson Productions. The contract was to allow for the production company to lease her tapes to record companies for pressing and distribution. In effect this meant that no matter what happened Carol would always own the master tape copies of any recordings she did and she would retain full control over their treatment and usage.
         In February of 1979 the 'new look' Carol Lloyd was unveiled. Surgery had been performed to correct the famous hook nose and the long locks of flaming red hair had been significantly shortened (her first hair cut in 10 years).

Above: Carol photographed leaving Brisbane's Festival Hall in 1981 whilst on the promotion trail for her solo album


          The plastic surgery took only a few hours but Carol was in plaster for weeks, her head a mass of bruises. The surgery was performed in compliance with a clause in the recording contract negotiated by Colin Peterson (former Bee Gees drummer and child film star 'Smiley'). Lured by the promise of overseas recognition for her next album Carol reluctantly agreed to the nose reconstruction. Cost of the surgery is rumoured to have been in the vicinity of $3,500 and was performed by Dr. Juilian Reisch.
          Sadly all of these sacrifices were made in vain. Colin Peterson travelled to the USA for the purpose of negotiating an American release for the "Take It Or Leave It" album and although he connected with some very interested industry executives it seems he pushed a little too hard when it came time to talk money and the whole deal collapsed around his ankles.
          Carol's career was effectively stopped dead in it's tracks until her contract with Peterson expired in 1981. By the time "Take It Or Leave It" was released music trends had changed as drastically as the processes of radio programming. Stations were adopting specific music style formats such as rock, greatest memories or easy listening. None of them was prepared to accommodate Carol's music in their playlists. It must have been a very harrowing time for her and little wonder then that she withdrew from the music scene for almost 10 years.