AYNSLEY DUNBAR sessions
This is the list of the sessions I know Aynsley Dunbar
appears... I've classified them into several categories:
Zappa related sessions
Sessions with other former/current bandmates
Sessions for Blues Bureau/Shrapnel labels
ZAPPA RELATED SESSIONS
After recovering from his accident at the Rainbow
(watch Aynsley's bio page), Zappa started his
new solo album, Waka/Jawaka, and Aynsley Dunbar still assisted
Uncle Meat (Jun 1969, Bizarre) (2LP) (CD reissue:
Waka/Jawaka (Jul 1972, Bizarre) (CD reissue: Rykodisc,
Apostrophe (Mar 1974, Discreet) (CD reissue: Rykodisc,
The Grand Wazoo (May 1973, Bizarre) (CD reissue: Rykodisc,
You can't do that on stage anymore, vol. 1 (May 1988)
(2LP) (CD reissue: Rykodisc)
Freaks & motherfu*%!!@ (1991, Rhino)
At the Circus (1992, Rhino)
Disconnected synapses (1992, Rhino)
Swiss cheese/fire (1992, Rhino) (2CD)
You can't do that on stage anymore, vol. 3 (199?)
You can't do that on stage anymore, vol. 6 (199?)
Playground psychotics (1992, Rykodisc)
The lost episodes (1996)
Son of Cheep Thrills (1999, Rykodisc)
Apostrophe is one of the most famous
Zappa albums. Impressive list of musicians, many of them were long time
collaborators: Sugarcane Harris and Jean-Luc Ponty (violin), Ray Collins
(guitar), Jack Bruce, Tom Fowler and Alex Dmochovski aka 'Erroneous' (bass),
Ian Underwood and George Duke (keyboards), Jim Gordon, John Guerin, Ralph
Humphreys, Ruth Underwood and Aynsley Dunbar (drums), plus Sue Glover (vocals).
You can't do that on stage anymore
volumes compile live tracks from many different Zappa lineups. That's why
Aynsley appears in several of those live albums.
Frank Zappa also made a strange thing: he released
official albums from real bootleg albums! He was in his own right, of course!
There are some box set volumes, called "Beat the boots!". Those include
albums like Freaks & motherfu*%!!@, At the Circus,
Disconnected synapses and Swiss cheese/fire.
Son of Cheep Thrills is a sampler
including material from several albums. Aynsley only plays in one song.
Also appearing, Steve Vai.
Shuggie Otis is Johnny Otis' son, and a cool guitarist.
He played in Hot rats Zappa album, and later he released
this album, with his father and some Zappa alumni (George Duke and Aynsley
Dunbar). With Wilton Felder (bass, from Crusaders).
Freedom flight (1971, Epic)
Sometime in New York City (Jun 1972, Apple) (2LP,
As I've written in the Dunbar
bio page, Frank Zappa and his band played with John Lennon in his concert
at Fillmore East in June 1971. Two live albums appeared from this event,
one credited to Frank Zappa, and this one, credited to John Lennon: Sometime
in New York city. We can find there John Lennon's band, Elephant's
Memory, Zappa's band, plus some other guests, like Nicky Hopkins (piano),
Keith Moon (drums), Eric Clapton (guitar), Billy Preston (keyboards), Bobby
Keys (sax), etc.
I don't have it, but I think that Aynsley is credited
here because of tracks belonging to the John Lennon album just mentioned,
Sometime in New York City.
Ono box (1992) (6CD) (compilation)
He's one of Frank Zappa's sons. A skilled guitarist,
he usually invites great people in their albums, like Steve Vai.
"unknown album" (Any help?)
SESSIONS WITH OTHER FORMER/CURRENT BANDMATES
Champion Jack Dupree
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From New Orleans to Chicago (1966)
Eddie Boyd & His Blues Band (featuring the Bluesbreakers)
(Jun 1967) (Decca)
(scan courtesy of Mike Tolan)
The whole Bluesbreakers band (John Mayall, Peter
Green, John McVie and Aynsley Dunbar) is the backing band for several
tracks in this album. Another appearances: Tony McPhee (guitar, from Groundhogs).
Produced by Mike Vernon, then John Mayall's producer.
Donovan once was called the English Bob Dylan. He
recorded some very beautiful songs, like "Season of the witch" (covered
by many groups), "Universal soldier", "Colours", "Mellow yellow", "Sunshine
Superman", etc. This album was produced by Mickie Most, who brought his
friend Jeff Beck to back Donovan. With Beck,
there came the Jeff Beck Group (lineup: Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, Ron Wood,
Aynsley Dunbar + colleagues Nicky Hopkins and Madeline Bell) to play in
Barabajagal (Aug 1969, Epic)
Slaughter on 10th Avenue (1974, RCA)
Play, don't worry (1975, RCA)
Main man (Apr 98, Recall)
The late and missed Ronno someday will have his
own page in my Olympus. Till now, I only want to tell here that Aynsley
played in his two solo albums from the seventies. Those two albums are
available on a 2CD called Only after dark (1991), with 5
bonus tracks (including 3 live tracks from 1974, although Aynsley isn't
the drummer in these live tracks, but Ritchie Dharma).
Main man is a compilation, also featuring
Ian Hunter, Trevor Bolder, Mike Garson, Jeff Daly, John Mealing, Aynsley
Dunbar, Ritchie Dharma, Tony Newman.
Nils Lofgren is a fantastic guitarist, as well as
pianist. He has been a long time collaborator of Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.
After dissolving in 1973 his own group Grin, started a solo career.
Nils Lofgren (1975, A&M) (CD reissue: Rykodisc,
Cry tough (1976, A&M)
Nils released his first solo album, Nils
Lofgren, with powerful musicians: Wornell Jones (bass) and Aynsley
Dunbar (drums). The album has been reissued with two bonus tracks. I love
it, it's a very good album, fantastic playing along all the songs.
Cry tough is Nils' second album,
where Nils plays with some guests: old mates in Crazy Horse (Billy Talbot
and Ralph Molina), his brother Tom Lofgren, plus Wornell Jones (bass),
Chuck Rainey (bass), Al Kooper (keyboards), Buddy Miles (vocals), P.P.
Arnold (vocals), Jim Gordon (drums) and Aynsley Dunbar (drums).
Leader in Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship,
Paul Kantner recorded his second solo album in 1983. With some of the usual
guys from there: Howard Kaylan & Mark Volman (vocals, from Flo &
Eddie), Ronnie Montrose (guitar), his daughter China Kantner (vocals),
his ex-wife Grace Slick, Ron Nagle (piano), and members from past and present
incarnations of Jefferson bands: Pete Sears, Mickey Thomas, Craig Chaquico,
Aynsley Dunbar, Jack Casady and David Freiberg.
Planet Earth R'n'R Orchestra (1983)
Ava Cherry & The Astronettes
Ava Cherry was a singer produced by David Bowie (she
led Bowie backing vocalist team, under the nickname The Astronettes. She
also appears in Bowie's album Young Americans). This album,
although released in 1995, was recorded in Bowie heydays, thus appearing
several Bowie musicians: David Bowie (vocals), Mark Pritchard (guitar),
Herbie Flowers (bass), the great Mike Garson (keyboards), Aynsley Dunbar
(drums), Geoff McCormack (backing vocals). Tony Visconti made the arrangements.
The album includes several Bowie penned songs, plus renditions of Beach
Boys superb song 'God only knows' (many years later, also covered
by Bowie), or Frank Zappa's 'How could I be such a fool?', and an
early Bruce Springsteen song, 'Spirits in the night'.
People from bad homes (May 95, Griffin)
Just received! Info available in a few days!
"brand new album" (2000, )
album cover (image courtesy of Les Kneeling)
Rainmaker (1968, Harvest)
Michael Chapman lived here from 1968-72 (1982, Cube)
English singer and guitarist, Rainmaker
was his first album. His band was Rick Kemp (bass), Mick Ronson (guitar),
Ritchie Dharma or Barry Morgan (drums). Also featuring on this album, Clem
Clempson on guitar, Danny Thompson on bass, and Aynsley Dunbar on drums.
Michael Chapman lived here from 1968-72 is a compilation
from his first 4 albums, and it includes 3 songs from Rainmaker.
Sorry, I don't know who he is. I've read that he is
a country composer. In this album, he was accompanied by Neal Schon (later
in Journey with Aynsley), Bruce Gary (drums, from Jack Bruce bands), Pete
Sears (bass, keyboards, later in Jefferson Starship with Aynsley).
Souvenirs (1973, Capitol)
Herbie Mann is a great jazz flute instrumentist. But
some of his 70s albums contain rock musicians in them. This is what it
happens in London underground, where he's backed by the great
Mick Taylor (guitar), Albert Lee (guitar), Calvin 'Fuzzy' Samuels (bass)...
Other guest appearances: Aynsley Dunbar (on three tracks), Ian McDonald
(sax, from King Crimson), and Robbie McIntosh (drums).
London underground (1973, Atlantic)
Berlin (Oct 73, RCA) (remastered CD: 1998, BMG)
Between thought and expression: the Lou Reed anthology
(Apr 1992, RCA) (3CD box set, compilation)
Berlin is considered Lou Reed's masterpiece.
A very dense albums, it contains fantastic songs, as well as fantastic
backing musicians: the main core was : Steve Hunter (guitar), Dick Wagner
(guitar), Jack Bruce (bass), Steve Winwood (keyboards), Aynsley Dunbar
(drums), The Brecker Brothers (Randy & Michael, horns), producer Bob
Ezrin (who also played keyboards), Tony Levin (bass in 1 track, later in
King Crimson), Allan Macmillan (piano in 1 track), the much-missed B.J.
Wilson (drums, from Procol Harum, 2 songs), Blue Weaver (piano, 1 song).
If someone has to feel ashamed, I want to say that
this album was censored in Spain. Some 'intelligent' mind thought that
the song 'The Kids' was too much for us, Spaniards. And it was deleted
from the LP, and deleted from the credits! Unbelievable! I'd like to be
able to scan the LP cover to show to all of you this 'crime'. Ah, my LP
reissue is from 1985, and it still has deleted that track. Sorry, I had
to say it! Now I've just got the remastered, 25th Anniversary CD Edition,
with the whole songlist.
First time I heard of her was in the reunion album
by Quicksilver Messenger Service in 1974. But she had many other credits
(vocals in albums by Nigel Olsson, Dave Mason, Nils Lofgren and Rolling
Stones, etc). She sang in Big Brother & The Holding Company after Janis
Joplin had left that band. This is her first solo album. With lots of guest
musicians: Ronnie Montrose (guitar), Neal Schon (guitar), the late John
Cipollina (from Quicksilver Messenger Service), The Pointer Sisters, Papa
John Creach (violin, from Jefferson Airplane), Pete Sears (bass), and Aynsley
Nine on a ten scale (1976, Capitol) (CD reissue: One
This singer and guitarist now is famous for having
been the singer in Van Halen, but he had a very interesting career prior
to that fact. After being lead singer in Montrose band, he started his
own solo career with this album. With several musicians who later formed
Sammy Hagar Band: Gary Pihl (guitar), Bill Church (bass) and Alan 'Fitz'
Fitzgerald (keyboards). With several different drummers: Aynsley Dunbar,
Jerry Shirley (from Humble Pie), Dallas Taylor (from Crosby, Stills, Nash
& Young), and Jim Hodder (from Steely Dan), plus Scott Quick (guitar).
(scan courtesy of Mike Tolan)
All American alien boy (1976, CBS)
Great guy, Ian Hunter was the leader in Mott the
Hoople. This was his second solo album, with help from many great musicians:
bass maestro Jaco Pastorius, Aynsley Dunbar (drums), Chris Stainton (keyboards),
Cornell Dupree (guitar), David Sanborn (sax), David Bargeron (trombone),
Lew Soloff (trumpet), Don Alias (percussion), and some members from Queen
(Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor).
Bill Spooner was (is?) the founder and guitarist in
rock band The Tubes. He is accompanied here by all the other members of
the band, excluding the vocalist: Roger Steen (guitar), Vince Welnick (keyboards),
Mike Cotten (keyboards), Rick Anderson (bass), Prairie Prince (drums).
With some other guests: Aynsley Dunbar and percussionist Mingo Lewis.
A bit related: as someday it will be shown in my
future family tree about Aynsley, Prairie Prince and Aynsley have shared
some coincidences along the times: Prairie Prince was substituted in Journey
by Aynsley. And one of later Aynsley's replacements in Jefferson Starship
was Prairie Prince. Just nice!
Of course, he's the keyboard wizard from The Nice
and Emerson Lake & Palmer (or Emerson Lake & Powell, the variant
with my much missed Cozy Powell). Other
musicians featured in this soundtrack are Mike Sheppard (guitar, bass),
Aynsley Dunbar (drums), Derek Wilson (drums), as well as Brian Chatton.
The diva station (Roadrunner)
Album with lots of instrumentals for this great
guitarist. With his old companion in Gamma, Davey Pattison singing lead
in 1 song. With Davey Fareghar (bass) and Aynsley Dunbar (drums).
Please, note this is taken from an ad. I still haven't
got the album, so I can't confirm it...
Not the same old song and dance - Tribute to Aerosmith
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), Jeff
'Skunk' Baxter (guitar), Earl Slick (guitar), Yngwie Malmsteen (guitar),
Bruce Bouillet (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).
Aynsley plays in one song, 'Toys in the attic',
with this lineup:
Stephen Pearcy (vocals)
Tracii Guns (guitar)
Phil Soussan (bass)
Aynsley Dunbar (drums)
SESSIONS FOR BLUES BUREAU/SHRAPNEL LABELS
This guitarist is accompanied here by Aynsley Dunbar
(drums), John Onder (bass, great player!) and Mike Onesko (backing vocals,
from Blindside Blues Band).
Pat Travers is a fantastic rock/blues guitarist. To
me, he is still underrated, and I can't understand why! He has had fantastic
musicians in his bands: Pat Thrall, Tommy Aldridge, Nicko McBrain, etc.
Just a touch (1993, Blues Bureau)
Blues magnet (Jul 94, Blues Bureau)
Best of the blues plus live (Nov 97, Blues Bureau)
In Just a touch we can find , plus
Greg Chaisson (bass), Kevin Neal (drums) and Aynsley Dunbar (drums). Dunbar
and Chaisson play on 8 tracks, while Kevin Neal (drums) and Travers' long-time
bandmate Pete 'Mars' Cowling (bass) play on the other 2 tracks.
(scan courtesy of Mike Tolan)
In Blues magnet, he is backed by
Michael Amico (bass) and Aynsley Dunbar, plus Blues Bureau boss, Mike Varney,
playing some guitar parts.
In Best of the blues plus live, Pat
is backed by Michael Amico (bass), Brad Russell (bass), Aynsley Dunbar
(drums), Joe Nevolo (drums).
You can find an RA sound file in the Shrapnel/Blues
Bureau web site (watch below for the link).
Little John Chrisley
I heard his harmonicist in the L.A. Blues Authority,
vol. 5, Cream of the crop, a tribute to Cream. This is his first
album, with guests like Michael Lee Firkins (guitar virtuoso), Brad Russell
(bass), Stu Blank (keyboards) and Aynsley Dunbar (drums).
Little John Chrisley (1995, Blues Bureau)
L.A. Blues Authority
Hats off to Stevie Ray is a tribute
album to the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. Under the monicker L.A. Blues Authority,
there has been released several albums, mostly tributes, where blues-rock
and hard-rock musicians play together, like an all-star session. I particularly
love these albums. Another of their albums featuring Aynsley is Fit
for a King.
Hats off to Stevie Ray (1993, Blues Bureau)
Fit for a King (1993, Blues Bureau)
A sampler containing some tracks from albums where
Aynsley had played. The list of bands is impressive: Pat Travers, Craig
Erickson, Glenn Hughes, Rick Derringer, Leslie West, Blindside Blues Band,
The Outlaws, Kevin Russell, and tracks from L.A. Blues Authority monicker.
Songs from the better Blues Bureau (May 1994, Blues
Blindside Blues Band
This blues-rock band is commanded by guitarist Mike
Onesko. I don't know about Mike's former groups. As I've said before, I
have L.A. Blues Authority, vol. 5, Cream of the crop, a tribute
to Cream. A superb album. And Mike Onesko plays in almost every track,
performs his own rendition of 'Politician', and makes a fantastic
vocal duet with Pat Travers in the eternal song 'Sunshine of your love'.
Sorry, I haven't heard his Blindside Blues Band albums.
To the station (1996, Blues Bureau)
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