ROB TAIT info
Rob Tait (drums)
(scan courtesy of Alex Gitlin)
In 1969, he was part of Pete Brown's Battered Ornaments,
the band assembled by Pete Brown:
They released an album with a funny title, A
meal you can shake hands with in the dark in 1969, produced by
Dick Heckstall-Smith, who also plays sax here. But soon that year, Pete
Brown is fired, and Charlie Hart also leaves. The rest of the band carries
on as Battered Ornaments:
They released Mantle piece in 1969.
In 1970, Rob rejoins old boss Pete Brown in a new
project, Pete Brown And Piblokto!:
After a single, they released an album with an endless
title: Things may come and things may go but the art school dance
on, with some guests. After the album was released, Roger Bunn
After a second album, Thousands on a raft,
all the musicians (sadly) leave the band.
CHECK ABOUT THIS LINEUP!!
In September 1970, Arthur Brown (from Crazy World
of Arthur Brown) forms a new band, called Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come.
This was the original lineup:
The lineup changed very soon, before they released
any material. But ... many years later, an album has been released comprising
loose sessions from the past. The album is adequately titled as Jam.
People Band was a band with loose lineup, with
some old mates from Battered Ornaments. Rob Tait played with them along
the years, up to 1973. Some members were:
The People Band released a self-titled album in 1970.
Another famous sporadic member was Charlie Watts, who produced the album.
Arc was a band formed by Mickey Gallagher and John
Turnbull in 1970. After a while, they soon changed their drummer, and Rob
Tait was recruited:
They released Arc at this. But in 1971,
they went on to act as backing band for old mate Graham
Bell. They finally formed a stable lineup, under the name Bell &
They released Bell & Arc, with lots
of great guests: Kenny Craddock (guitar, keyboards), Bud Beadle (sax),
Steve Gregory (sax), Jeff Condon (trumpet), John Woods (percussion), Alan
White (drums, percussion). But after the album, Rob Tait left, being replaced
by John Woods.
This was the initial lineup for the band Vinegar
Joe, around 1971:
Rob Tait left the band when their first album, Vinegar
Joe, was being recorded. So, they ask their friend, Keef
Hartley to help in some of the tracks. Other musicians appearing in
the album: Dave Thompson (keyboards), Dave Brooks (sax), Conrad Isadore
(drums), Gaspar Lawal (percussion), and from Average White Band: Malcolm
'Molly' Duncan and Roger Ball.
In October 1972, Rob joins Gong:
But his stay was very brief, just that same month.
But in October 1973, Rob joins Gong again:
After a long tour, Rob Tait and Diane Stewart leave
again in March 1974.
Some years later, a live album was released, Gong
Live etc. Featuring different Gong lineups, Rob Tait is featured
in some tracks. Originally a 2LP, it has been reissued in abridged version
as 1CD, lacking 1 track, so beware...
A 2nd live album has resurfaced along the years.
It's The Peel Sessions (1971-74 pre-modernist wireless on radio).
Also featuring different lineups, but Rob is featured in one track from
And I've never seen him mentioned again since 1974.
Does anybody know what happened to him?
Albums with Pete Brown's Battered Ornaments:
Albums with Battered Ornaments:
A meal you can shake hands with in the dark
(1969; CD reissue: 1994, with bonus tracks) (with Chris Spedding,
Vincent Crane, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Charlie
Hart, Pete Lemer)
My last band (1977, with Chris Spedding,
Jim Mullen, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Charlie
Albums with Pete Brown and Piblokto!:
Mantle piece (1969, with Chris Spedding)
(CD reissue: 1994, with 2 bonus tracks)
Albums with Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come:
Things may come and things may go but the art
school dance on (1970, with Jim Mullen, Henry Lowther, Phil Seaman,
Danny Thompson) (CD reissue: 1994, with bonus tracks)
Thousands on a raft (1970, with Jim
Mullen) (CD reissue: 1994, with 2 bonus tracks)
Albums with The People Band:
Jam (1995, but recorded circa 1970)
Albums as Arc:
The People Band (1970) CHECK IF HE APPEARS!
Albums as Bell & Arc:
Arc at this (Jan 71) (with Mickey Gallagher)
Albums as Vinegar Joe:
Albums as Gong:
Bell & Arc (Jul 71) (with Mickey
Gallagher, Bud Beadle, Kenny Craddock, Steve Gregory, Alan White, Graham
Gong live etc. (1977, with Pierre Moerlen,
Diane Stewart) (2CD, 1CD lacking 1 track) (live)
The Peel Sessions (1971-74 pre-modernist wireless
on radio) (1996, with Steve Hillage) (live)
Kevin Ayers (Joy of a
toy, Dec 69)
Paul Korda (Passing stangers,
1971, with Chris Spedding, Ray Russell, Andy
Roberts, Alan Gorrie, Madeline Bell, Doris Troy, Nanette Newman)
Dick Heckstall-Smith (A story ended,
1972, with Dick Heckstall-Smith, Clem
Clempson, Dave Greenslade, Mark Clarke, Jon Hiseman, Chris Spedding,
Caleb Quaye, Graham Bond)
(CD reissue with bonus live tracks: 1995)
Pete Brown and Ian Lynn (Party in the rain,
recorded in 1976, released in 1984, with Jeff
Seopardie, Bimbo Acock, Dill Katz, Helen
Hardy) (CD reissue with 5 bonus tracks)
From the always interesting Alex's
Picks (by Alex Gitlin), we have:
Thanks to: Alex Gitlin,
for his help.
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