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Greetings From William Robinson (Way Out Willie)

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Way Out Willie, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. Being a yank, I first heard Harper's name mentioned in Led Zeppelin III. While making the rounds of the cut-out bins in Cook's and K-Mart, I picked up copies of "Flashes From The Archives of Oblivion", and a best-of single LP. After hearing "South Africa" (live), with the echo effects, and "Forbidden Fruit", I knew he was worth getting into. His voice is very pleasing, and his attitude I can relate to. I looked on Wickipedia about him, and realized the religious influence which he rebelled against, and that's a connection that I didn't articulate, but now I see. I've never heard his son. Harper's stuff is pretty much a specialty item here in most record stores though you run into the odd CD sometimes. I'm always going to the Ben Harper section and then looking for Roy. I found "Once" as a cut-out CD, and turned several friends on to the song "The Black Cloud Of Islam". I'm looking forward to getting some feedback on English & Scottish bands (like Forever More; anybody remember them?).
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  2. pd

    pd Slightly Desperate Staff Member


    Welcome to the site, Willie. I hope you enjoy it. I don't know "Forever More"... but I'm sure there'll be people here that have a far more encyclopaedic knowledge of British music than I do.

    You're not the first person I've heard of that found "Once" as a cut-out, but I do recall that it had a proper US distribution when it initially came out (the I.R.S label?) so perhaps that's why.

    You mention "his voice is very pleasing"... that's good to hear, but I have to say it's a polarising thing, people tend to either love or hate the voice. I fall into the former category of course :)

  3. Barry

    Barry Computer stained fingers

    His son Nick is well worth checking out, a good starting point would be the mini 6 track cd Light at the end of the Kennel, also the live Double Life is excellent. Though Nick is something to experience live as I'm sure anyone who has seen him on stage will testify.

    If you get a chance, grab copy of Roy's Death or Glory, heavy going but excellent, the first issue with the inclusion of the poems is the best (in my opinion) this is the one with the naked bums on the sleeve!
  4. Things I Like

    Thanks, guys. I currently have 12 Roy Harper CDs: Bullinghamvase, Dream Society, Flashes From The Archives of Oblivion, Flat Baroque And Berserk, Folkjokeopus, HQ, Lifemask, Once, Sophisticated Beggar, Stormcock, Unhinged, and Valentine. I want "Come Out Fighting Genghis Smith" next, and that about completes my early Harper. Yes, he has a beautiful voice, one of those "folk" voices I wish I had. I sound like Gary Brooker when I sing, only not as good. My British music: Yes, Procol Harum, Nick Drake (now everybody's on the bandwagon), Kevin Ayers, Alex Harvey Band (the Sensational), Jack Bruce, Beatles, Murray Head, John Gustafson, Ian Anderson, Blodwyn Pig, Spooky Tooth, the 'OO, Thunderclap Newman, John Entwistle, Kinks, Roxy, Bryan Ferry, Stones, Free, Savoy Brown, Foghat, Dave Edmunds, Roy Wood, ELO, Quatermass, King Crimson, Hollies, Early Elton John, Early Fleetwood Mac, Small Faces, Zep, Jeff Beck, Early Rod Stewart, Donovan, The Move, Traffic, The Nice, ELP, Soft Machine, Ultravox, The Zombies. That's enough of that. Forever More was a Scottish band, who did two LPs on RCA over here. They went on to become the Average White Band, sounding totally dissimilar. One of the guys plays with Paul McCartney now, Owen McIntyre (Onnie Mair) I think. Alan Gorrie had a great voice, also Mick Travis, Sam Hedd, and Stuart Francis on drums. They are a "holy grail" band to me and a small number of "cognesenti" here in Texas. The Average White Band was here in Austin a while back, and I was tempted to take my Forever More LPs to that gig and worship at Alan Gorrie's feet. Cut-outs of these LPs began showing up in, of all places, Radio Shack, a chain not known for selling music. Needless to say, I quickly scarfed them all up. I also have a sheet-music book of the 1st album, "Yours". The second was called "Words On Black Plastic". I still await the release on CD of these masterpieces. Now it's time to find out what the hell "Watford Gap" is about!
  5. Sandie

    Sandie Computer stained fingers


    Just to let you know that Watford Gap is a motorway service station about 80-90 miles north of London on the M1 (the motorway which goes north/soutoh through the centre of England from London to the north) - many musicians stopped off there on their way home from playing (probably still do) - not exactly gourmet cuisine hence Roy's fitting description "plate of grease and a load of crap". Our motorways are similar to American freeways.
  6. Thanks, Sandie. Since my last post, I did some research, and I have even seen a picture of it on Wickepedia. It will now live on, thanks to Roy; or would it have been famous anyway? Or is it even famous, period? I remember an English musician remarking on those "horrible little pickles" we put on our burgers & patty melts. This is a good forum, and its format and graphics are very similar to the "allaboutjazz" forum I frequent. There's some laugh-out-loud stuff in the "festivals & pubs" thread, too.
  7. Forever More: "Yours"/"Words On Black Plastic"

    Here's my favorite Scottish band, finally available on CD. They do some excellent acoustic work, alongside their rock. Allan Gorrie has a great voice.
    I think one of the guitarists went on to play with Paul McCartney. They later became The Average White Band, totally polar opposites. Such a pity that a great band could go so astray.:confused1::(
    Is this CD available in the UK?
  8. aspwatterson

    aspwatterson The Unknown Soldier

  9. The Monster

    The Monster I've got a zappy little nappy

    Hi Willie

    Great list of artists earlier, lots of shared tastes (sorry if that sounds like my tastes are great, but what can you expect me to say!!!)

    I've got Yours on vinyl, can't remember where I bought it from, but I played it to death and particularly love 'Sylvester's Last Voyage'. For some reason, I coloured in the gaps in the letters on the sleeve (well, it did say "paint it yourself"... Hadn't realised they became AWB, but much prefer them in original guise.

    Stewart Francis also played with the criminally underrated Glencoe, who I seemed to see every other week in the early 70s, supporting the likes of Alex Harvey, Argent, Vinegar Joe and Wishbone Ash.

    Have you checked out Roy's book with all the lyrics and explanations of the songs, photos etc? Available from his website and well worth the money.


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