Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Nigel Olsson - Self Titled 1975 - Vinyl Rip

Olsson's first album appearance was in the band Plastic Penny, which released the album Two Sides of a Penny on Page One Records in 1968. Nigel sang on only one song on that album -- "I Want You." Subsequently, he played drums and sang backing vocals on John's early 1970s albums, teaming with guitarist Davey Johnstone, bassist Dee Murray, and percussionist Ray Cooper to form what most rock fans regard as Elton John's classic backing band.

In 1971, Olsson produced and released the solo album Nigel Olsson's Drum Orchestra and Chorus on Universal Records, featuring Murray and early 70s Elton John guitarist Caleb Quaye. By 1975, Elton John retooled his sound, and Olsson, along with Murray, was released from the band. His second solo album, Nigel Olsson, appeared that year on John's Rocket Record label, and featured a mild hit in a cover of the Bee Gees' "Only One Woman". That song also featured the combination of Johnstone, Murray and Cooper. The album, produced by Robert Appere, contained few rock numbers and was mostly a bow to the emerging "Philly" sound of the mid-1970s.

He continued working as a studio musician, releasing another self-titled album that was produced by Paul Davis on Columbia in 1978. Although that album brought no Top 40 recognition, in 1979, he released the album Nigel and enjoyed some mild success as a solo artist, scoring a pair of Top 40 hits on the US Pop charts with "A Little Bit of Soap" and "Dancin' Shoes," the latter of which cracked the Top 20 at #18. "Dancin' Shoes" was originally written by Carl Storie, and first recorded by his band Faith Band.

In 1980, he released the album Changing Tides on CBS's Bang Records, but the album failed to achieve chart success. That same year, Olsson returned to Elton's band to begin a four-year tenure, working with John for sessions on albums such as 21 at 33 and The Fox. He re-teamed with band mates Dee Murray and Davey Johnstone for the tour behind Elton's 1982 album Jump Up!, and stayed with the reformed classic-era band through the next two albums and tours for Too Low for Zero (1983) and Breaking Hearts (1984). Following a lineup change, the band mates would rejoin only once more in 1988 for backing vocals on Reg Strikes Back prior to Murray's death in January, 1992.

Later, in 1991, Olsson reunited with former band mate Davey Johnstone to form Warpipes, though this group disbanded shortly after cutting its debut album. Olsson then spent the next few years relaxing in California with his wife Schanda and son Justin, and racing vintage cars for fun. He still lives in Los Angeles.

Olsson returned to Elton John's band for good in 2000 as part of his touring band, alternating between drums and backing vocals on certain songs. (The songs Olsson did not play drums on, typically the newer songs, were handled by Curt Bisquera.) Nigel took over the full-time touring drumming chores when Bisquera left to pursue other projects. Olsson, never seen on stage without his trademark headphones and gloves, has been said to have a soulful singing voice.

In the studio, he played and sang backing vocals on several tracks on Elton's Songs From the West Coast (2001). He then played all drums on Peachtree Road (2004) and The Captain & The Kid (2006), as well as continuing in the touring band, along with Johnstone, Bob Birch (bass), Guy Babylon (keyboards) and John Mahon (percussion).

Born on the 10th of February 1949 in Wallasey, Merseyside, England, Nigel Olsson is a rock and roll drummer who is perhaps best known for his work with Elton John. In the 1970s, he was part of what many consider to be John’s classic band, alongside Davey Johnstone on guitars, Dee Murray on bass, and Ray Cooper on percussion. In addition to playing drums on John’s albums of this period, he also sang back up vocals.
Nigel Olsson Top 70's Hits and
Lyrics From Project 70's
Nigel OlssonLyrics Dancing Shoes

In the middle of the decade, John decided to reinvent his sound, at which point Olsson and Murray were let go from the band. Nigel Olsson then pursued a dual career as a studio musician and a solo artist, scoring a minor hit in the year 1979 in the United States with “Dancin’ Shoes.” The following year, Olsson returned to John’s band. He would continue playing for another four years with John. In the year 1991, Olsson and Davey Johnstone would get together to form a group called the Warpipes. After recording a single album, the band broke up.

In the year 2000, John invited Olsson to join his touring band permanently. Olsson now alternates between back up vocals and drums. Olsson can be seen now on stage wearing his trademark gloves and a pair of headphones always.

In addition, Nigel Olsson was known for a brief time as being a member of the English hard rock group Uriah Heep. He played on the band’s debut album from 1970, Very ‘eavy…Very ‘umble.

Track List

1 Something Lacking In Me
2 Don't Break A Heart
3 Tides
4 Only One Woman
5 Get It Up For Love
6 Songs I Sing
7 When You Close Your Eyes
8 Girl, We've Got To Keep On
9 A Girl Like You
10 Give Me Something To Believe In
11 Just Another Lie
12 Can't You See


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

John Lodge - Natural Avenue

John Lodge was born in Birmingham, England and attended school at Birches Green Junior School, Central Grammar School and later went to college at the Birmingham College of Advanced Technology for engineering. His early influences were musicians like Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis, and by age 15 met up with future band-mate Ray Thomas.

Lodge's prolific songwriting for the Moody Blues has created such songs as "Ride My See-Saw", "Eyes of a Child", "Send Me No Wine", "Candle of Life", "Minstrel's Song", "Emily's Song", "Isn't Life Strange" (which earned Lodge an ASCAP songwriting award), "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)" (which also won him an ASCAP songwriting award), "Steppin' In a Slide Zone", "Talking Out of Turn", "Sitting at the Wheel", "Lean on Me (Tonight)" and "Gemini Dream" — the latter being a co-composition with Justin Hayward that won them jointly an ASCAP songwriting award. Bass Player magazine voted him amongst the most influential bass players.

He also collaborated with fellow Moody Blues member Justin Hayward on the 1975 album Blue Jays, and released a solo album, Natural Avenue, in 1977. During the 1970s, he produced the band Trapeze.

Through most of his career he played a Fender Precision Bass. For the last several years he has been playing a Fender Jazz Bass. Other instruments include a custom-made Fender double-neck bass and guitar (which replaced a similar model by Rickenbacker), acoustic bass and acoustic 12-string by Guild.

In 1985, the Moody Blues picked up the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
Lodge in 2007 in Walker, Minnesota at the Moondance Jam

Lodge has been married to his first and only wife, Kristen, since 1968, and they are the parents of two grown children. Their first child, a daughter named Emily, was born in 1970, and son Kristian was born two years later. Kristian is married to Elizabeth. Although he is a private man, Lodge has spoken on several occasions about his Christian beliefs, and credits his faith with keeping him from the dangerous pitfalls and excesses to be found in the often dark world of rock and roll.

Track List

Side One

1. "Intro to Children of Rock 'n Roll" (John Lodge) - 1:04
2. "Natural Avenue" (John Lodge) - 3:56
3. "Summer Breeze" (John Lodge) - 5:22
4. "Carry Me" (John Lodge) - 5:42
5. "Who Could Change" (John Lodge) - 6:04

Side 2

1. "Broken Dreams, Hard Road" (John Lodge) - 4:33
2. "Piece Of My Heart" (John Lodge) - 3:56
3. "Rainbow" (John Lodge) - 3:53
4. "Say You Love Me" (John Lodge) - 6:25
5. "Children Of Rock 'n Roll" (John Lodge) - 4:31

The following review was posted on amazon, and surprisingly was one of only a few positive ones

Writing this review of 'Natural Avenue' is both easy and difficult for me. It's easy because I love John Lodge's music and want others to know what
a great talent this man is. At the same time, it's also difficult because I want to be as objective as possible. That can be almost impossible to achieve
when you're a die-hard John Lodge fan, like I am. I will try to side-step my bias and give as honest an assessment as I possibly can.

I must say John's only (sadly so) solo effort is a terrific piece of work that deserves- and needs- to be heard by a wider audience. While all the songs on Natural Avenue are very good, I will freely admit that there were a couple that didn't really "touch me" as well as the others did. The main reason being that there are two outstanding songs on this Album that are so vastly superior, the other perfectly good songs get lost in their giant shadow. But there were honestly no songs that I like to call "skipper-overs", either. Contrary to what some other reviewers have said, John's light, airy, almost ethereal voice is in fine form and didn't sound like he'd "blown it out" at all- quite the opposite, in fact. I can't see how these nice folks listened to the same album as I did and drew that conclusion.On several of the songs, John's voice is very strong, clear, and spot-on perfect. John also shows some great vocal range, in utilizing a lower register that I had never heard from him before. I'll admit that on a couple of tunes, John didn't get into nearly enough "falsetto mode" for my taste, as I so love to hear him sing that way. But I can't always expect him to go all Barry Gibb on me, after all. The few seconds John did use it left me
desperately wanting to hear more.

'Natural Avenue', the title track, is a great upbeat number. The music, tempo, melody and lyrics are all fine and good, the hard-drivng boom chick a boom sounding very Cash-like. But there is a little something about the song that was lacking for me. At the very end, during the last two chorus parts, John did use his falsetto- albeit very briefly, but it was so faint due to the fade-out that I could barely hear it. Perhaps this is why I responded this way about this tune- my ears feel rather cheated.

'Summer Breeze' is a pretty, airy tune that invokes the spirit and feeling of it's title very well. This is the kind of song that one listens to while lying in a hammock and sipping one of those "little umbrella" drinks on a lazy, warm Summer day. The music is just lovely and John's soft vocals match it perfectly.

'Carry Me' was written for John's son Kristian. It is a beautiful song- without being too syrupy-sweet or overly sentimental. John manages to convey his feelings to his son in such a way that is timeless and ageless and speaks to that relationship at any stage in their lives. This is a song that a man can truly apppreciate, without any of the "chick song" factor.

'Who Could Change' is a well-done love song conjuring up images of a man on his knees, trying so hard to convey the deepest parts of his heart to the woman he loves. John's soft voice and poignant words sound pleading and urgent without being desperate or over-dramatic. Again at the end, Lodgey teases/tortures me with a tiny bit of that fab falsetto.

'Broken Dreams, Hard Road' is one that "lacked a little something" for me, but again, it's not one to turn off either. The song sounded off-balance somehow with the dramatic tempo change- that's the best way I can describe it. The orchestral arrangement and lyrics are fantastic, and John sounds great vocally. Perhaps a different melody change-up would have made all the difference.

'Piece of my Heart' will not rank very high on the rather large list of my favorite songs of John Lodge. It is my least favorite on the CD but it's not so bad that I can't listen to it. I am a bit confused about the nature of the breakup/relationship in the song and it threw the whole thing off-kilter for me. The music and John's vocals sound fine but the lyrics left me puzzling over the possible existence of a love child.

In 'Rainbow' John sometimes walks a very fine line between being lovingly sentimental or downright mushy, something his Moody mate Justin Hayward has been often accused of as well. John manages to pull it off on the side of good taste with lyrics like these: "Make my life the morning, A promise for today. Break my heart or let me in, But do it, right away." A really good song.

'Children of Rock 'n' Roll' is flavored heavily with the influences of some of John's childhood rock heroes. I wouldn't have been surprised at all to hear Buddy Holly's voice coming from my speakers. I have to confess that this song let me down- but only just a wee, tiny bit. I was so hoping John would rock me hard on this number. He almost gives me all I want- but not quite. I suppose I am just too spoiled by his earlier, classic rockers "See- Saw" and "Singer". Still I thoroughly enjoy this one.

I am being very literal here when I say that I had to save the best for last. "Say you Love Me" is the CROWN JEWEL of this Album, and quite possibly his best ballad. This gem blew me away upon the first hearing and I love it more with each new listen. I can listen to it repeatedly and never tire of it. This is possibly the best thing John has penned or sung in the last 30 years. My gosh, what an incredible piece of work this song is and it alone is well worth the price of the whole album. If I let it, 'SYLM' is well on it's way to becoming my all-time John Lodge composition- and that's saying a whole heck of a lot! This song is quite simply extraordinary on all levels. The lyrics, melody and music are all superb. The heavy orcehestration mates so well with John's vocal performance without being overwhelming at all. John's poignantly beautiful words and the incredible way he sings them touch me like no song has in a very, very long time. No, John didn't use falsetto- nor did he need to; the song is just perfect without it. His voice is at times so achingly raw and bare, and the beautiful music makes you feel this song deeply, to the bone. John REALLY needs to sing this one in concert. I could go on and on ad infinitum about this gorgeous song. Way to go John- tres magnifique!

I am so very glad I bought 'Natural Avenue' and didn't listen to all the negative reviews. Otherwise, I would have missed out on a beautiful piece of artwork from John Lodge, and that would be a huge loss to my spirit and soul. I sincerely hope this review will prompt someone to get 'Natural Avenue' and discover this often over-looked(and under-appreciated) member of The Moody Blues. John Charles Lodge is such a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and musician; he's not "just a bass player". Let your lives be enriched by his beautiful words and music. It would be a shame if you didn't.


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Mick Fleetwood - The Visitor _ Vinyl Rip

Michael John Kells "Mick" Fleetwood (born on June 24, 1947 in Redruth, Cornwall, UK) is a British-born musician best known for his role as the drummer with the blues/rock and roll band Fleetwood Mac. His name, combined with that of John McVie was the inspiration for the name of the originally Peter Green-led Fleetwood Mac.

Aside from his work as a drummer, he also helped form the different incarnations of his band Fleetwood Mac, and is the sole member to stay with the band through its ever-changing lineup. In 1974, he met and invited Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to join Fleetwood Mac. Although Buckingham and Nicks deserve credit for contributing to much of Fleetwood Mac's later commercial success, Fleetwood's determination to keep the band together was essential to Fleetwood Mac's longevity as a band and their lasting international success. He is known for his distinctive height, standing at 6'6" (197 cm).

Fleetwood was born to Michael and Bridget Maureen (née Brereton) Fleetwood in 1947. His elder sister, the late Susan Fleetwood, was an actress. In early childhood he and his family followed his father, a Royal Air Force fighter pilot, to Egypt. After about six years they moved to Norway where his father was posted. He attended school there and acquired fluency in the Norwegian language. According to his autobiography, Fleetwood had an extremely difficult and trying time academically at the English boarding schools he attended, including Kings School, Sherborne Park, Glos. He performed poorly on exams which he attributes to his persistent inability to commit facts to memory. He dropped out of school aged 15, and, in 1963, moved to London to pursue a career as a drummer.

Keyboard player Peter Bardens gave Fleetwood his first gig in Bardens' band The Cheynes, thus seeding the young drummer's musical career. It would take him from The Cheynes to stints in the Bo Street Runners, Peter Bs, Shotgun Express (with Rod Stewart), and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. After being dismissed from the Bluesbreakers for repeated inebriety during gigs Mick Fleetwood was asked a few months later by singer and guitarist Peter Green to join him along with bassist John McVie in his new band Fleetwood Mac. Since then more than fifty albums have been released under the name Fleetwood Mac - by far the most popular being the two mega-platinum sets the group put out in the late seventies: Fleetwood Mac and Rumours.

Mick also led a number of side projects. 1981's The Visitor featured heavy African stylistics and a rerecording of "Rattlesnake Shake" with Peter Green. In 1983 he formed Mick Fleetwood's Zoo and recorded I'm Not Me. The album featured a minor hit with "I Want You Back" and a cover version of the Beach Boys' "Angel Come Home". A later version of the group featured Bekka Bramlett on vocals and recorded 1991's Shaking the Cage. Fleetwood released Something Big in 2004 with The Mick Fleetwood Band. That group's most recent album is Blue Again, appearing in March 2009 with the group touring to support it, interspersed with the Unleashed tour of Fleetwood Mac. This music explores the blues roots of the Peter Green era of Fleetwood Mac.

Fleetwood has a secondary career as a TV and film actor, usually in minor parts. His roles in this field have included a resistance leader in The Running Man and as a guest alien in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Manhunt". Fleetwood co-hosted the 1989 BRIT Awards, which contained numerous gaffes and flubbed lines. In the wake of this public mishap, the BRIT Awards were pre-recorded for the next 18 years until 2007; the awards are now again broadcast live to the British public.

He is the author of Fleetwood - My Life and Adventures with Fleetwood Mac, his memoirs of his life, especially with Fleetwood Mac, published in 1991. Included in the book are his experiences with other musicians including Eric Clapton, members of The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and a romance with Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood also discusses his addiction to powdered cocaine and his personal bankruptcy after earning millions of dollars and pounds from his drumming career.

In 1979, Mick Fleetwood was diagnosed with diabetes, after having suffered recurring bouts of hypoglycemia during several live shows.

Having lived in the United States since the mid-70s, Mick Fleetwood became a US citizen on November 22, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.

Recorded in Ghana in 1981, Mick Fleetwood's solo debut reveals more diversity and depth of feeling than any of Fleetwood Mac's multi-platinum monsters. Six of the tracks are not overt attempts at worldbeat, instead using a variety of West African musicians as sidemen, sidewomen, and, in the case of drum ensemble Ebaali Gbiko, sidechildren. Of these six tracks, several stand out. "Walk a Thin Line," written by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, is an infectious pop song blending Adjo Group's enchanting backing vocals with guest George Harrison's lush 12-string and slide guitars. Another Fleetwood Mac veteran, Peter Greenbaum (aka Peter Green), accompanies a multinational percussion section for a remake of his "Rattlesnake Shake," originally found on Then Play On. Even the Buddy Holly classic "Not Fade Away" gets supercharged with a percussion ensemble made up of Fleetwood on drums and Lord Tiki and Adjo Group on hand drums and percussion. The West African tracks that make up the remainder of the album are pure pleasure. "Super Brains" is a funk instrumental with a groove James Brown would be proud of; "The Visitor" features a synthesizer soaring above and growling beneath the Ghana Folkloric Group's vocals and polyrhythmic percussion; and "Amelle" is a lovely finale that again showcases Adjo Group's vocals. An underrated gem, The Visitor rewards repeated listening and deserves a wider audience. ~ Michael Waynick, All Music Guide

Liner Notes

I could not have wished to have been with better people in everyway before, during and after the making of this album.
Thank you all for making a not easy endeavor, a reality. Being a visitor to Ghana will be a heartfelt memory with me for the rest of my life
Much love to you all
from Mick

Dedicated to Amy and Lucy Fleetwood.

Thanks to Faisal Helwani, Founder of Musicians Union in Ghana and Sammy Oto, both instrumental in leading us to Ghanaian musicians used on this album.

Track List

1 Rattlesnake Shake 3:49*
2 You Weren't in Love 3:47*
3 O' Niamali 2:47
4 Super Brains 4:07
5 Don't Be Sorry, Just Be Happy 4:24*
6 Walk a Thin Line 3:19
7 Not Fade Away 2:22
8 Cassiopeia Surrender 4:34
9 The Visitor 4:05
10 Amelle (Come on Show Me Your Heart) 4:35

The Visitor

Produced by Richard Dashut and Mick Fleetwood
Executive Producer Mickey Shapiro

Engineered by Richard Dashut
with Randy Ezratty and Bill Youdelman

* Arranged by Andrew Powell with Mike Moran

All tracks recorded in Accra, Ghana, West Africa
January and February 1981
at the Ghana Film Industries,Inc Studio


Reading Rock Volume 1- Various Artists - Vinyl Rip

Record one

01 - Whitesnake - Walkin In The Shadow Of The Blues
02 - Terraplane - I want Your Body
03 - Marillion - He Knows You Know
04 - Jackie Lynton - Slow Rider
05 - Budgie - Superstar
06 - Bernie Marsden - SOS
07 - Chinatown - I Wanna See You Tonight
08 - Randy California - Come On Woman
09 - Stampede - There And Back
10 - Twisted Sister - Shoot 'Em Down

Record Two

01 - Michael Schenker - Attack Of The Mad Axeman
02 - Marillion - Three Boats Down From The Gandy
03 - Terraplane - Turn Me Loose
04 - Just Good Friends - You Really Got Me
05 - UFO - Hot & Ready
06 - Budgie - Panzer Division Destroyed
07 - Grand Prix - Keep On Believin'
08 - Spider - All The Time
09 - Chinatown - Caught On The Wrong Side
10 - Jackie Lynton - The Hedgehog Song


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Uriah Heep - Easy Livin' A History Of Uriah Heep

I first came across this back in 85 shortly after it had been released, it was issued in both VHS and BETAMAX formats ,well at the time i had a beta machine so i naturally bought it in that format . With the demise of Beta and a subsequent purchase of a VHS machine my first task was to copy the Beta tape onto VHS which then lay largely ignored for years until the PC/DVD era and another round of backing up my old Tapes. Considering the amount of differing formats this recording has been subject to over the years it is in surprisingly good nick and provides a great insight of the band during there Bronze records Carreer

I found the following review on the progarchives website

When I came across this video in 1988, I must admit I became somewhat excited, and perhaps emotional. With both Gary Thain and David Byron having died, there was never going to be another chance to witness the classic line up of the band play live again. I had therefore assumed that I would have to rely entirely on my fond but fading memories of the various gigs I had attended in the 1970's. It never even crossed my mind that somewhere there might be footage of the band which recorded albums such as "Demons and wizards" and "The magician's birthday", let alone that such footage might one day be made commercially available.
The advent of the DVD and the ongoing interest in the band's classic years has of course led to many other releases in recent years but this collection was the first, and for a long time only, visual record of the band to be published.
Pretty much all of the footage of the line up which included David Byron contained on this video is taken from a performance the band did for Central Television in front of a live audience. The concert was never actually broadcast, but the music was released on CD as the "Live at Shepperton" collection. While the CD was noticeably inferior to the classic "Live '73" album, seeing the band performing here more that compensates for any shortcomings in the sound. Byron is in typical strutting, champagne guzzling mode as he peacocks his way around the stage. Hensley and Thain disappear for long periods at a time behind their improbably long hair, Kerslake thumps the skins as if his life depends on it, and Box, well Mick is just Mick! Thankfully he never changes. The songs included from this period range from the delicate ballad "The easy road" to the wonderfully insane "Rock'n'roll medley". And of course there is "Easy livin'", a song which still sounds great no matter how many thousand times you hear it.
The documentary actually covers the history of the band right up until 1985, the then latest album being "Head First". As such, we are led through numerous line up changes the most significant of which is the departure of Ken Hensley. Hensley was the principal songwriter with the band during his time with them, as well as providing their signature Hammond Organ sound. Here, his candid narration (he is not actually interviewed as such) belies any accusations of arrogance. The most poignant moment is when he ruefully opines that if his old mates Byron and Thain were still around perhaps Uriah Heep would be "doing what Deep Purple have just done", and reforming the classic line up. The reference to Deep Purple is interesting as Uriah Heep were sometimes cited as being similar to DP, but always one step behind.

The songs from the then later albums offer a good cross section of that period, with great footage from studio promos and a later live gig, but inevitably they simply act as a supporting cast to the Shepperton footage.
This deleted collection has been largely superseded by the superb DVD material which is available today, especially the "Classic Heep - Live from the Byron era" collection. Even then though, the complete Shepperton performance has never been made available on video, something which must surely be rectified soon.
All that aside, this is an excellent visual history of the band from the early 1970's to the mid 1980's. It has never been made available on DVD, but if you come across it on VHS and still have the means to play it, it is essential viewing.
Track Listings

1. Easy livin'
2. So tired
3. Stealin'
4. Love machine
5. Rock 'n' roll medley
6. The easy road
7. One more night
8. Come back to me
9. Falling in love
10. Feelings
11. The wizard
12. Stay on top
13. Gypsy
14. Look at yourself
15. Too scared to run
16. Easy livin'
17. July morning -part

Running time 70 minutes

Interviews with Ken Hensley are included throughout the video


Tracks 1-6 & 16

- David Byron / vocals
- Mick Box / guitar, vocals
- Gary Thain / bass, vocals
- Lee Kerslake / drums, vocals
- Ken Hensley / keyboards, vocals

Tracks 7-9

- John Lawton / vocals
- Mick Box / guitar, vocals
- Trevor Bolder / bass, vocals
- Lee Kerslake / drums, vocals
- Ken Hensley / keyboards, vocals

Track 10

- John Sloman / vocals
- Mick Box / guitar, vocals
- Trevor Bolder / bass, vocals
- Chris Slade / drums, vocals
- Ken Hensley / keyboards, vocals

Tracks 11-16

- Pete Goalby / vocals
- Mick Box / guitar, vocals
- Trevor Bolder / bass, vocals
- Lee Kerslake / drums, vocals
- John Sinclair / keyboards, vocals

Releases information

UK: Virgin Video VVD-081 ich is available today, especially the "Classic Heep - Live from the Byron era" collection. Even then though, the complete Shepperton performance has never been made available on video, something which must surely be rectified soon.

All that aside, this is an excellent visual history of the band from the early 1970's to the mid 1980's. It has never been made available on DVD, but if you come across it on VHS and still have the means to play it, it is essential viewing.


As this is such a big file I would like some feedback before I try something similar

Perhaps I should also mention that you will need to download ALL files before you can watch it as the rar files are linked