Label: Forgotten Jewels - FJ 001 • Format: CD Album, Unofficial Release • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock
There I met Brian Engel, who shared my desire to create something original. Martin Briley. However, what it often turned out to be was just some old blues band or jazz fusion group from Sacramento which, up to six weeks previously, had been Mandrake Paddle Steamer - Mandrake Paddle Steamer The Sancho Ramirez Sound but had changed their name to Intergalactic Motorcade.
The music was usually still the same but with some tabla and sitar sounds over it. We though that, if your graphic imagery contained planets and unicorns and Apache Indian rock paintings, the music ought to have at least something to do with those things. NO history to live down. Brian Engel.
I got a phone call on Sunday morning. I was 17 working full time in a busy commercial art studio in London, and playing in two local bands at the weekends, one was a blues band and one was a covers band doing current pop songs of the 60s.
I desperately wanted to get involved in the psychedelic and progressive rock music scene that was happening in the UK. I replied and so the journey began. I was picked up in an old Commer van hand painted turquoise with a big Mandrake Paddle Steamer psychedelic style purple logo on the side, I met Martin Briley, Brian Engel and Martin Hooker and the van was Sun Going Down - Tom Larson - Elektronische Schallwellen 2008 by John Lindsey the manager.
We drove out to the Essex countryside where I met Barry Nightingale, Mandrake Paddle Steamer - Mandrake Paddle Steamer rehearsed in the garage of his parents country house. After a few months of rehearsals and a few more gigs we were offered some free studio time by Cliff Cooper later to become the owner of Orange Music and Orange Amplification Cliff had purchased some then old recording equipment and needed to try it out.
We were his guinea pigs. We stepped up our rehearsals, got excited and had big ideas of walking away from our day in the studio with maybe four or five recorded songs.
The day in the studio was spent with Cliff scratching his head and learning how to operate a mixing desk and tape recorder, we came out with one recorded song, October Country, the very version that is on the new compilation release by Gunesson Records.
Ten Acetate copies were made of October County. We recorded a single at the legendary Abbey Road number 2 studios Sadly Martin Briley had had enough of band life and wanted to study musical arranging, or the dots as we called it then, and so Martin Hooker, David Potts and myself decided to give it a go as a three piece.
Paula Riordan. Although disappointed in our EMI episode we continued to perform and write. We decided to move into a house in Leyton so that we could really get our act together. Unfortunately Brian was not into moving in with us and eventually decided to leave the band, I can still remember Martin B and I learning the lyrics to the songs and frantically working out our vocal parts in the back of the van on our way to a gig in the Isle of Wight.
The Mandrake Paddle Steamer - Mandrake Paddle Steamer was a success and I was handed the overspill whistle. Martin B is playing the famous whistle on the actual recording. With some new songs mainly being written by Martin Briley we got a two week stint in Hamburg at the 'Star Club'.
Doing four forty five minute sets a night for 2 weeks certainly tightens up a band! We came back exhausted and sadly our drummer Barry decided that being in a band was not for him. David moved in with the band. We were getting more and more high profile gigs, more work in Europe and requests to support bands Pink Floyd, The Nice, Spirit, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and many others, Mandrake Paddle Steamer - Mandrake Paddle Steamer were accelerating.
I was working for David Gilmour at Abbey Road around about Ten Acetate copies were made of October County, some fifty years later and it still gives me goosebumps Romans - The Intelligence* - Vintage Future I hear it.
Although disappointed in our EMI episode we continued to perform and write, we did a couple of John Peel sessions, and a were getting more higher profile gigs. We decided to move into a house in Leyton so that we could really get our act together as a band, we were getting tighter.
Dream And The River - Sephiroth - Cathedron, Beni Kör Kuyularda - Timur Selçuk - Seçkiler (Box Set), You Caught Me - Derrick Harriott - Rock Steady Party, Sabato Pomeriggio - Various - Hit Parade Vol. 22