Week of December 2, 2001
A supergroup in the true sense of the word, except it was comprised of
noteworthy musicians with not just past but also future successful careers (see below). This formation's sole album,
"Stop Off", was released on Polydor in 1972, PD5507. This, in a way, could be viewed as a half-solo outing by Aliki Ashman, singer of
Ginger Baker's Airforce and
Organisation, but is also notable for featuring guest vocalists (on two
tracks) Madeline Bell (Blue
Mink) and Liza Strike, who've done a lot of session work contributing background vocals to many a "heavyweight" project.
The music is a mixture of ballzy early 70s rock in the Faces/Stones mould, interspersed with laid-back yet powerful country-rock ballads and slow-paced rockers, West Coast style. Heartily recommended.
Aliki Ashman - Vocals (Ginger
Keith Boyce - Drums (Heavy Metal Kids, Savoy Brown)
Tony Clarke - Percussion
Rod Edwards - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals (Piccadilly Line, Gordon Giltrap)
Mickey Keene - Guitar (Alex Harvey, Hair musical)
Harry Reynolds - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Madeline Bell - Guest Vocals (Blue Mink)
Liza Strike - Guest Vocals (backing vocals on everyone's records, from Leo Sayer and Carly Simon to Pink Floyd, Nazareth and Whitesnake)
Bob Weston - Guitar (Murray Head, Fleetwood Mac, Long John Baldry)
Thanks to my friend Miguel for alerting me to this gem.
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