Friday, July 2, 2010

Bakerloo - The BBC Sessions 1969


1. big bear ffolly
2. this worried feeling
3. the last blues
4. driving bachwards

Bakerloo Members:

Dave Clem Clempson - guitar & vocals
Terry Poole - bass & vocals
Keith Baker - drums

A power trio similar to the latter outfit, they also incorporated some of the artier elements of pop music from that period--Dave "Clem" Clempson played solid, bluesy lead guitar, but he also doubled on harpsichord and piano as well as providing the mouth harp, while Terry Poole played bass and Keith Baker played drums.

They made all the right moves as a performing outfit, courtesy of their manager, Jim Simpson (who also handled Black Sabbath, known as Earth at the time, in those days)--he organised a U.K. tour, dubbed "Big Bear Ffolly" (which later became the title of a Bakerloo song) which had Bakerloo, Earth, Locomotive and Tea And Symphony playing throughout the country

Bakerloo was also one of the support acts on Oct. 18, 1968, the night Led Zeppelin made their debut at London's Marquee Club. Bakerloo were among the early signings to EMI's Harvest label, where they made their debut in the middle of 1969 with the single "Driving Backwards" b/w"Once Upon A Time" in July.

They followed it up that fall with their self-titled album, which gave their jazz-inflected electric blues, reminiscent in some ways of Blodwyn Pig's work, a full workout. Cut under the guidance of producer Gus Dudgeon and released in November of that year, the album was one of the harder rocking releases in the early Harvest schedule. Bakerloo were one of the more sophisticated blues-oriented power trios, and that might've been their undoing in finding an audience.

Given time, they might've been another Ten Years After, but there was barely any time to find their potential, for the band broke up in late 1969 when Clem Clempson quit to join Colosseum, which proved to be a stopping point on his way into the line-up of Humble Pie as Peter Frampton's successor, and later worked with Roger Daltrey, Tom Waits, and The Records, among other major acts. Terry Poole passed through Graham Bond's band in the early/middle-1970's, and Keith Baker later became a member of Uriah Heep. Poole and Baker later reteamed, while Clempson has been a very busy session player for decades. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide



  1. Thanks for this Roby

    I love this post, I cant stop listening to it,

    I no longer have "this worried feeling" and I don't have "the last blues" as i will be "driving bach'to'wards" the airport on Monday to pick up my wife and a healthy teenage son.

    Thanks for your posts over the last couple of weeks. I have listened to the Banco del mutuo soccorso album a couple of times now and i have to say i just cant get as excited over it as you obviously do, its not a bad album but its nowhere as good as some of your previous Italian prog posts like the Balletto Dibronzo YS which i love , Maybe it just hasn't fitted in with my mood recently

    Thanks once again

  2. Thank for your comment, Colin. I'm very happy to know that your son now is healty, one happy end to those bad weeks...
    About BDMS, i hope that you give one other chance to this album, as you made with Balletto Di Bronzo some weeeks ago (Gianni Leone of Balletto di Bronzo was a big friend of members of Banco, and in his -and my- opinion, they were the best prog rock act of Italy).
    If i'll found, i will post in Prog masterwork serie the album "Banco" of 1974, issued for international market and sung in english, for an easier listening to who that doesn't understand italian language


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