In this section are some favourite recordings that I have either played drums on or produced. My thanks to everyone below for allowing me to use these tracks.
Matt Scales deserves a special mention. Matt and I first worked together when he was seventeen. I knew he had Cystic Fibrosis but was amazed not only at his voice but at his fantastic attitude too. Matt became the "voice" of the Cystic Fibrosis charity wordwide and his song "Breathe" a massive hit. Here is the original version of the tune that he and I worked on.A trust has been set up in his name to carry on the great work:Matt Scales Music Fund
Learned My Lesson written by guitarist Phil Selby is I think one of the best songs that I've had the pleasure to play on. Plus I got to produce the CD From A Bridge that this great song appeared on.
Tampa Road was myself, Ian Ellis (Clouds,Savoy Brown,The Pete Townshend Band,Ummagummaa) and Gary Sanford (Joe Jackson, Kirsty MacColl, Aztec Camera). Loved It!
Ummagummaa was a recreation of the early years of Pink Floyd. This was the first song in the set and I never tired of playing it. The big build on floor toms and the tom fill that introduced the guitar theme got me into the zone every time.
Interstellar Overdrive was recorded with the second Ummagummaa album in mind but the album was never completed. I came up with this arrangement by taking the best parts from three different bootlegs of early Floyd. I like to think that Syd might have approved.
The Killer Penguins were a great band to be in. We always had fun and no show was complete without Radar Love. Dave Page on vocal.
Rock The Monkey's Wipeout was always a crowd pleaser. This version recorded live at "The Square, Harlow.
The Counterfeit Stones. One of my best memories of being a Counterfeit was helping Simon Bates to get revenge on his Radio Bosses. Simon tricked them and the rest of the nation and gave The Counterfeit Stones half an hours prime air-time! Even got our faces in "The Sun" with Piers Morgan the following day!
John Benson. John was the man who gave my the push into becoming a professional player, and introduced me to the world of sessions. We had to wait over 20 years however to make this cut for his "With Friends" album.
Simon Whitney's 30 Years was the first CD I produced at Bridge Studio. Simon is a hugely talented Harp player/guitarist/vocalist and writer. Vocals on this, the title track of the CD, by the excellent Yve Mary B.
Kast Off Kinks are made up of former Kinks John "Nobby" Dalton, Mick Avery and The Baptist. Dave Clark on vocal. I was very happy to be the engineer/producer of this re-recording of the Kinks classic.
Pick Up The Pieces This recording is Hertfordshire based function band Stax.Richard Ashby on drums and me on the knobs and dials.
Sylvan Guitar This was a great chance for me to record a classical guitarist.
Voyeur It seemed like a good idea in the early 80's to be in band of that name however in this internet era it ensures that my email spam filter is never short of a job! This is a very early recording of one of my songs.
Angie was recorded as a demo for the Counterfeit Stones. I really liked the way I got Steve's vocals.