This is the list of the sessions I know Tony Franklin appears... I've classified them into several categories:

Jimmy Page This was Jimmy Page's first solo album, after The Firm. It features great musicians: Chris Farlowe (vocals), John Miles (vocals), Robert Plant (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass on 1 track, 'Wasting my time'), Felix Krish (bass), Durban Laverde (bass), Jason Bonham (drums), and the magnificent Barriemore Barlow (drums). Originally, Tony played in many more tracks, but they were re-worked by Durban Laverde.

Roy Harper After having left Roy Harper band, Tony still played in more albums by Roy.

The album Descendants of Smith was later released under a new title, Garden of uranium. Featuring Nick Harper (guitar), Tony Franklin (bass), Nik Green (keyboards), Kevin McAlea (keyboards), Stuart Elliott (drums), Mark Ramsden and Jacqui Turner.

Burn the world is a strange album, featuring the same song in two different (and long) versions, one recorded in the studio (with David Gilmour, Tony Franklin, Kevin McAlea, Paddy Bush and Preston Heyman), and another version recorded live.

Once features David Gilmour (guitar), Kate Bush (vocals), Terry Cooke (vocals), Steve Broughton (guitar, keyboards), Nick Harper (guitar), Mark Feltham (harmonica), and Tony Franklin (bass).

Death or glory? features Tony Franklin (bass), Nik Green (keyboards), Nick Harper (guitar), Ray Barron, etc.

Gary Hoey The endless summer II is a soundtrack for the sequel of that movie. Also featuring Gregg Bissonette on drums. It features a rendition of an old War song, 'Low rider'.

Bug alley features Gary Hoey, Tony Williams and drummer Gregg Bissonette. Tony co-writes a song with a funny title, 'Moustache muchacho'. Also including a rendition of my much-loved Peter Green, 'Black magic woman', as well as a Dylan cover.

Donna Lewis Talented singer, as well as friend of Tony.

Now in a minute is her first album. After the album was released, Tony also toured with her, as we can read in the bio page.

Doug Aldrich INFO! 

Naomi Tamura INFO!



Gary Wright The keyboardist and singer in mythical band Spooky Tooth. 

Glenn Hughes An all-star album fronted by Glenn Hughes. The band for the album is: And each song features different guitar soloists. They are: John Norum, Warren DeMartini, Mark Kendall, Richie Kotzen, Craig Erickson, Darren Housholder, Paul Pesco, Mick Mars. There is great playing here, and Tony really shines in songs such as 'I'm the man' and 'You don't have to save me anymore'. He also cowrites the song 'Hey buddy (you got me wrong)'. Tony plays bass in 7 songs, while the other ones are played by Glenn Hughes himself.

Driver This was a band from New Zealand, commanded by Steve Driver. The album contains a song written by Tony ('Eye to eye'). 

Tony MacAlpine A great virtuoso (both playing guitar and keyboards).

Info on Premonition!

Evolution features Tony Franklin (bass) and the terrific Mike Terrana (drums). Funnily, it includes two songs after Spanish places ('Seville' and 'Asturias').

Celestial Winds They're a new-age duo. This album features Tony, but playing upright bass! The album features a rendition of The Doors' 'Light my fire'. 

Marty Friedman He's also a guitar virtuoso, from the bands Cacophony and Megadeth. 

Minetaka Higuchi with Dream Castle Minetaka Higuchi was the drummer in Japanese band Loudness. This album features some heavy guests: Ronnie James Dio (vocals, along with his musicians Tracy G. on guitar and Jeff Pilson on bass), Don Dokken (vocals), Richie Kotzen (guitar), Steve Vai (guitar, bass), Ty Tabor (guitar), Michael Thompson (guitar), Stevie Salas (guitar, vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Stanley Clarke (bass), Billy Sheehan (bass), T.M. Stevens (bass), John Schreiner (keyboards), Paulinho DaCosta (percussion), Terry Bozzio (drums on 1 track).

I think the album must be Japanese-only, sadly.

Graham Bonnet A fantastic singer, you can find some more details about him in my pages on Cozy Powell or Chris Glen.

Underground features Danny Johnson (guitar), Tony Franklin (bass), Todd Jensen (bass), Pat Regan (keyboards), and Kevin Valentine (drums).

The day I went mad is a superb album, where Graham is surrounded by great musicians: Vivian Campbell (guitar), Mario Parga (guitar), Slash (guitar), John Thomas (guitar), Tony Franklin (bass), Bruce Kulick (here, playing bass), Michael Alemania (keyboards), Kevin Valentine (drums).




WOW! Jeff Beck is worshipped by lots of guitarists, as we can notice here. Guitar players to appear: Paul Gilbert (guitar, vocals), Bruce Bouillet (ex-Racer X), Vivian Campbell & Phil Collen (from Def Leppard), Warren DeMartini (ex-Ratt, and later in Whitesnake), Amir Derakh (from Rough Cutt), Jake E. Lee (from Badlands), Steve Lukather (from Toto), George Lynch (from Dokken), Mick Mars (from Motley Crue), Stevie Salas (from own band Stevie Salas Colorcode), Walter Trout (from John Mayall band). Superb backing musicians in the tracks: Russ Parrish (bass here), Brett Tugle (keyboards), Tony Franklin (bass on 1 track), Guy Mann-Dude, Billy Sherwood (keyboards), and singers: Paul Shortino, Sass Jordan, Dante Marchi, John Corabi (now in a new band with Kiss fired members, called Union).

Tony Franklin performs in one track, 'New ways train train', with this lineup:

An amazing rendition of this funky track, originally appearing in Jeff Beck's Rough and ready 

VV.AA. This is a benefit album. Tony is featured here, backing Gary Hoey, along with drummer Gregg Bissonette. They play a cover of old classic 'Wipeout'. Other artists appearing: Ramones, Pearl Jam, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Primus, Jewel, ... 

VV.AA. As you can guess, this album is a tribute to the band Queen. Lots of great musicians in this album: Jeff Scott Soto (vocals, from Takara), Glenn Hughes (vocals), Paul Shortino (vocals), Yngwie Malmsteen & Mark Boals (guitar & vocals), Lemmy (vocals, from Motorhead), Robin McAuley (vocals), Jake E. Lee (guitar), Bruce Bouillet (guitar, ex-Racer X), Chris Impelliteri (guitar), Bob Kulick (guitar), Ted Nugent (guitar), Robbie Krieger (guitar, from The Doors), Marty Friedman (guitar, ex-Cacophony and Megadeth), Rudy Sarzo (bass), Tony Franklin (bass), Ricky Phillips (bass), Billy Sherwood (keyboards, ex-Yes), Carmine Appice (drums), Tommy Aldridge (drums), Jay Schellen (drums), as well as some members from Anthrax. From Dream Theater: James Labrie (vocals), John Petrucci (guitar). From Kiss: Bruce Kulick (guitar) and Eric Singer (drums). The album was produced by Billy Sherwood.

Tony plays in three songs with these lineups:

In 'Sheer heart attack':

In 'We are the champions': In 'Get down make love': Tony's powerful playing can be easily heard in the intro for 'Get down make love'.

VV.AA. This album features many different artists: Steve Stevens, Laurence Juber, Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, etc. Tony plays backing Stuart Smith (guitar) and Joe Lynn Turner (vocals), in the song 'Alma d'alma'. 

VV.AA. Cozy Powell forever is a tribute album projected by Minetaka Higuchi (drummer in Loudness) to the great Cozy Powell, and it includes Rei Atsumi (keyboardist in Vow Wow) on most tracks, as well as Carmine Appice and Tony Franklin on a couple of songs (the renditions of 'Theme One' and 'Armed and ready'). Also featuring Akira Takasaki (Minetaka's mate in Loudness). Unfortunately, it was only released in Japan.

VV.AA. This is a tribute to Aerosmith, produced by Bob Kulick. Featuring great musicians: Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Mark Slaughter (vocals), Ted Nugent (vocals, guitar), Vince Neil (vocals), Jack Blades (vocals), Mickey Thomas (vocals), Jeff Keith (vocals), Jack Russell (vocals), Jani Lane (vocals), Stephen Pearcy (vocals), Fee Waybill (vocals), Edgar Winter, Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter (guitar), Earl Slick (guitar), Yngwie Malmsteen (guitar), Steve Lukather (guitar), Tommy Shaw (guitar, vocals), Albert Lee (guitar), Blues Saraceno (guitar), Tommy Skeoch (guitar), Chris Holmes (guitar), Tracii Guns (guitar), Tony Franklin (bass), Rudy Sarzo (bass), Stu Hamm (bass), Phil Soussan (bass), Tim Bogert (bass), Tony Levin (bass), Nathan East (bass), Ricky Phillips (bass), Jeff Pilson (bass), Mike Inez (bass), Adrian Perry (bass - he's the son of Joe Perry), Derek Sherinian (keyboards), Paul Taylor (keyboards), Aynsley Dunbar (drums), Frankie Banali (drums), Gregg Bissonette (drums), Tommy Aldridge (drums), Steve Ferrone (drums), Eric Singer (drums), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Pat Torpey (drums), Randy Castillo (drums), Bobby Blotzer (drums), Steve Riley (drums), David Glen Easley (backing vocals).

Tony plays in one song, 'Rag doll', with this lineup:

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Page created by Miguel Terol on: 16/June/2000. First published on: 16/April/2003. Last modified on: 16/June/2000.