From The Basement Episode 17
17 is a magic number this week as we explore different sounds with the same number as the latest episode. We'll also unearth a long lost and never released John Coltrane Quartet recording, as well as previously unreleased live material from Derek & The Dominoes and Traffic. The new bin is overflowing with Death Cab For Cutie, Fantastic Negrito, Low, Peter Buck and Joseph Arthur, Spiritualized and M. Ward to name a few... and new stuff from living legends Buddy Guy (with Mick, Keith and Jeff Beck), John Fogerty and new single from Nick Lowe. Plus a whole bunch more. Thanks to all for the wonderful get well wishes. I most definitely feel the love and thank you with all my heart.
Can't believe I went more than a month without posting but I've been in dental reconstruction hell, as well as very busy at work. That said, here's a few new and old things that I've been cranking in the Basement Studio recently.
A Spooky Tooth Family Tree
"Waitin' For The Wind" and "Evil Woman" were staples of my musical life back in the day and interestingly enough, this particular line-up of Spooky Tooth wound up branching off into some very interesting directions. "Spooky Two" was actually the second and final album by the band's original line-up, after one pre-Gary Wright release as Art.
The band on this record was:
Mike Harrison - keyboards, vocals Gary Wright - organ, vocals Luther (Luke) Grosvenor - guitar, vocals Greg Ridley - bass, vocals Mike Kellie - drums
Greg Ridley left after this record and wound up joining Humble Pie for their best period (in my opinion), here's Greg taking lead vocals on one of the first classic live albums of the 70s.
Luther Grosvenor soon realized that nobody could pronounce his name anyway, so he changed it to Aeriel Bender and replaced Mick Ralphs in Mott The Hoople. That's him in the middle with the top hat below.
I'm sure everyone remembers Gary Wright's huge solo success in the mid-70s with "Dreamweaver" but I was always partial to his earlier solo work, like this one.
For me the most interesting member was typically the drummer and in this case, Mike Kellie doesn't disappoint. He played on a variety of great rock records as a sideman (as did Gary Wright) before he joined up with Peter Perrett and formed the legendary band, The Only Ones. That's Mike on the far left in the leather jacket.
Peter and Mike had an admirer in NY Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders, who recruited the pair to play on this classic.
And let's not forget "second-generation" Spooky Tooth guitar player Mick Jones, who was on board for what I feel was the band's last solid album.
After a brief stint with Leslie west, Mick became the most commercially successful of the bunch with the band he designed... Foreigner.
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