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ON THIS DAY… 26 OCT 1987
I RECORDED BLUES ANTHEM WITH CHRIS FARLOWE

On this day in 1987, I recorded ‘Blues Anthem’ (If I Cannot Have Your Love, I’ll Sing The Blues) with Chris Farlowe‚ which appeared on the Outrider album. Chris was somebody who I first saw in about 1957, in the heats of the British Skiffle Championship, where he sang ‘All By Myself’ - a Johnny Burnette number that was rockabilly and not skiffle and he was extraordinary.
I had seen him play with his band ‘The Thunderbirds’ at the Ebbisham Hall in Epsom and he was truly one of the shining lights of the Southern music scene in the late ’50s and very early ’60s. He went on to build a substantial solo career and I had a great respect for his cavalier vocals. I played acoustic guitar on the hit single ‘Out Of Time’‚ so it wasn’t a surprise when I asked him to help me with his vocal talents on the Death Wish II album. I asked him again on the Outrider album. He sang on ‘Prison Blues’ and ‘Blues Anthem’ and both songs were written pretty much on the spot within two takes of each other. As an overdub to ‘Blues Anthem’, I incorporated the guitar-synth to emulate a string overdub.

AUDIO: Blues Anthem (Outrider)

ON THIS DAY… 26 OCT 1987

I RECORDED BLUES ANTHEM WITH CHRIS FARLOWE

On this day in 1987, I recorded ‘Blues Anthem’ (If I Cannot Have Your Love, I’ll Sing The Blues) with Chris Farlowe‚ which appeared on the Outrider album. Chris was somebody who I first saw in about 1957, in the heats of the British Skiffle Championship, where he sang ‘All By Myself’ - a Johnny Burnette number that was rockabilly and not skiffle and he was extraordinary.

I had seen him play with his band ‘The Thunderbirds’ at the Ebbisham Hall in Epsom and he was truly one of the shining lights of the Southern music scene in the late ’50s and very early ’60s. He went on to build a substantial solo career and I had a great respect for his cavalier vocals. I played acoustic guitar on the hit single ‘Out Of Time’‚ so it wasn’t a surprise when I asked him to help me with his vocal talents on the Death Wish II album. I asked him again on the Outrider album. He sang on ‘Prison Blues’ and ‘Blues Anthem’ and both songs were written pretty much on the spot within two takes of each other. As an overdub to ‘Blues Anthem’, I incorporated the guitar-synth to emulate a string overdub.

AUDIO: Blues Anthem (Outrider)

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ON THIS DAY… 26 OCT 1987

I RECORDED BLUES ANTHEM WITH CHRIS FARLOWE

On this day in 1987, I recorded ‘Blues Anthem’ (If I Cannot Have Your Love, I’ll Sing The Blues) with Chris Farlowe‚ which appeared on the Outrider album. Chris was somebody who I first saw in about 1957, in the heats of the British Skiffle Championship, where he sang ‘All By Myself’ - a Johnny Burnette number that was rockabilly and not skiffle and he was extraordinary.

I had seen him play with his band ‘The Thunderbirds’ at the Ebbisham Hall in Epsom and he was truly one of the shining lights of the Southern music scene in the late ’50s and very early ’60s. He went on to build a substantial solo career and I had a great respect for his cavalier vocals. I played acoustic guitar on the hit single ‘Out Of Time’‚ so it wasn’t a surprise when I asked him to help me with his vocal talents on the Death Wish II album. I asked him again on the Outrider album. He sang on ‘Prison Blues’ and ‘Blues Anthem’ and both songs were written pretty much on the spot within two takes of each other. As an overdub to ‘Blues Anthem’, I incorporated the guitar-synth to emulate a string overdub.

AUDIO: Blues Anthem (Outrider)

26 October 1987

26 October 1987

7 October 1966 [1959, 1981]

7 October 1966 [1959, 1981]

20 SEP 1983

I PLAYED THE FIRST ARMS CONCERT AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

Stew (Ian Stewart from the Rolling Stones) had invited me to do this concert at a party at Jeff Beck’s country home. It was to be for Ronnie Lane and the Action Research into Multiple Sclerosis, a condition to which he unfortunately had become a victim.

It had been outlined that the three former Yardbirds would be playing separate sets and maybe play together at the end of the evening. Steve Winwood was also to perform. I agreed enthusiastically to commit to the show, it was only the following day that it dawned on me that I was the only one not to have a solo career with the exception of the Death Wish II soundtrack which made putting a set together for this event an interesting and challenging experience.

The opening number was ‘Prelude’, a re-arranged Chopin prelude in E Minor, performed specifically to employ the house in-built Victorian pipe organ into the set. It was played magnificently by American James Horner. ‘City Sirens’ and ‘Who’s to Blame’ from the Death Wish II album had Steve Winwood graciously supplying vocals.

The set culminated in an instrumental version of Stairway to Heaven - the first time I had performed this on my own. Simon Phillips threw me a wink and surprised me with a double bass drum pattern to great effect.

ON THIS DAY… 15 SEP 1981

I RECORDED THE MAIN TITLE TO DEATH WISH II

Michael Winner had asked me to write the soundtrack to Death Wish II and on this day in 1981, I recorded the main title music. It was later to manifest as ‘Who’s To Blame’ with my lyrics and Chris Farlowe on vocals, but at this point, it’s working title was ‘Synth track’, which referred to the initial guitar track performed on a guitar synthesiser with further overdubs with guitar synthesiser and melody lines from a Telecaster string bender.

The sound source for this was taken from a white label test pressing that I recently discovered amongst some unrelated acetates. It didn’t come out at the time and it didn’t appear on the Death Wish II album but it was used on the opening sequence of the film. Michael Winner was to feature music from Death Wish II in the next of the series, Death Wish III.

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ON THIS DAY… 15 SEP 1981

I RECORDED THE MAIN TITLE TO DEATH WISH II

Michael Winner had asked me to write the soundtrack to Death Wish II and on this day in 1981, I recorded the main title music. It was later to manifest as ‘Who’s To Blame’ with my lyrics and Chris Farlowe on vocals, but at this point, it’s working title was ‘Synth track’, which referred to the initial guitar track performed on a guitar synthesiser with further overdubs with guitar synthesiser and melody lines from a Telecaster string bender.

The sound source for this was taken from a white label test pressing that I recently discovered amongst some unrelated acetates. It didn’t come out at the time and it didn’t appear on the Death Wish II album but it was used on the opening sequence of the film. Michael Winner was to feature music from Death Wish II in the next of the series, Death Wish III.

15 September 1981

15 September 1981

ON THIS DAY… 01 MAR 1982
DEATH WISH II WAS RELEASED

Around July 1981, I was contacted by director Michael Winner to view a rough cut of his latest film, Death Wish II; the second film in what was to become a popular series of cult thrillers. When I viewed this film the required music sections had been identified; it was ninety minutes long and would need forty-five minutes of music, from pieces barely a few seconds in length through to the longest piece; a chase section lasting five minutes and fifty seconds. Michael asked me if I would like to compose the soundtrack. At this time I had my own studio, The Sol, and saw this as being an exciting challenge.
Although the songs with vocals were only set to appear in the film for a matter of seconds, I had recorded full versions of them anyway. It was just as well I did, a three quarters of the way through this writing, recording and transfer process, it was put to me that the record label, Atlantic, wanted an album. So now there was a multitude of sonic vignettes in mono for the film and stereo album for Atlantic, which is how I ended up recording my first soundtrack and soundtrack album.

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ON THIS DAY… 01 MAR 1982

DEATH WISH II WAS RELEASED

Around July 1981, I was contacted by director Michael Winner to view a rough cut of his latest film, Death Wish II; the second film in what was to become a popular series of cult thrillers. When I viewed this film the required music sections had been identified; it was ninety minutes long and would need forty-five minutes of music, from pieces barely a few seconds in length through to the longest piece; a chase section lasting five minutes and fifty seconds. Michael asked me if I would like to compose the soundtrack. At this time I had my own studio, The Sol, and saw this as being an exciting challenge.

Although the songs with vocals were only set to appear in the film for a matter of seconds, I had recorded full versions of them anyway. It was just as well I did, a three quarters of the way through this writing, recording and transfer process, it was put to me that the record label, Atlantic, wanted an album. So now there was a multitude of sonic vignettes in mono for the film and stereo album for Atlantic, which is how I ended up recording my first soundtrack and soundtrack album.

WATCH TRAILER

ON THIS DAY… 01 MAR 1982

DEATH WISH II WAS RELEASED

Around July 1981, I was contacted by director Michael Winner to view a rough cut of his latest film, Death Wish II; the second film in what was to become a popular series of cult thrillers. When I viewed this film the required music sections had been identified; it was ninety minutes long and would need forty-five minutes of music, from pieces barely a few seconds in length through to the longest piece; a chase section lasting five minutes and fifty seconds. Michael asked me if I would like to compose the soundtrack. At this time I had my own studio, The Sol, and saw this as being an exciting challenge.

Although the songs with vocals were only set to appear in the film for a matter of seconds, I had recorded full versions of them anyway. It was just as well I did, a three quarters of the way through this writing, recording and transfer process, it was put to me that the record label, Atlantic, wanted an album. So now there was a multitude of sonic vignettes in mono for the film and stereo album for Atlantic, which is how I ended up recording my first soundtrack and soundtrack album.

1 March 1982

1 March 1982


11 DEC 2007

FALLOUT FROM THE O2

I felt the adrenaline rising as the evening approached. It was as though I was on autopilot, it felt like I was playing again that evening. The euphoric tidal wave was overwhelming. We had done the O2 and the response to it was so positive. The spirit of the band was shining.

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11 DEC 2007

FALLOUT FROM THE O2

I felt the adrenaline rising as the evening approached. It was as though I was on autopilot, it felt like I was playing again that evening. The euphoric tidal wave was overwhelming. We had done the O2 and the response to it was so positive. The spirit of the band was shining.

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