RIC GRECH sessions
This is the list of the sessions I know Ric Grech
appears... I've classified them into several categories:
Sessions with other former/current bandmates
SESSIONS WITH FORMER/CURRENT BANDMATES
This flute player was Ric companion in Ginger Baker's
Airforce, and played in lots of Donovan and Alexis Korner albums, plus
some other albums from albums with members in my Olympus, like Steamhammer
(Micky Waller), Cressida (with Iain Clark,
the fabulous drummer, once in Uriah Heep). With Colin Green (guitar), Keith
Tippett (piano), Ric Grech (bass), Tony Carr (drums), plus the rhythm section
from Pentangle, Danny Thompson (bass) and Terry Cox (drums). He died soon
after this album, in 1971.
A great keyboardist and sax player, a pity he died
back in 1974. This album features great players: his wife Diane Stewart
on vocals, plus John Moorshead (guitar), Kevin Stacey (guitar), Steve York
(bass), Alex Dmochovski (bass), Ric Grech (bass), John Gross (sax), Jerry
Salisbury (harmonica), Keith Bailey (drums), Pete Bailey (percussion),
Godfrey McLean (drums), Aliki Ashman (vocals), Annette Brox (vocals), Victor
Holy Magick (1971, Vertigo) (CD reissue: Repertoire,
1990, with 6 bonus tracks)
Winwood is not really a new album, but
a compilation of songs from earlier Steve bands, including Blind Faith.
Winwood (1971, UA)
Finer things (Mar 1995, Island) (4CD)
Finer things is a 4CD box set with
songs from Steve's long career. I only mention the other members in my
Olympus: Dave Mason (of course), Joe Walsh, Ric Grech and Steve Ferrone.
This album is Jim's solo debut. It includes lots of
friends. From Traffic: Steve Winwood, Dave Mason, Ric Grech, Rebop, Jim
Gordon, Chris Wood. From Muscle Shoals: Roger Hawkins, David Hood, Barry
Beckett (all three were to join Traffic sometime later), Jimmy Johnson
(guitar). Plus some others, like Sue Glover & Sunny Leslie (vocals),
the great Paul Kossoff (guitar), Trevor Burton (bass), Bob Griffin (keyboards),
and Mike Kellie (drums).
Oh! how we danced (1972, Island)
Ex-Family members Roger Chapman and Charlie Whitney
put together a new project: Streetwalkers. The original idea was to keep
the band as a duo (Chapman and Whitney). They recorded the first album,
Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers, with several former companions
in Family: John Wetton (bass, then in King Crimson, and later in Uriah
Heep and many others great bands), Ric Grech, Jim Cregan, Poli Palmer,
as well as Boz Burrell, Ian Wallace & Michael Giles (all from King
Crimson), Tim Hinkley, Neil Hubbard and Max Middleton, etc.
Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers (May 74, Reprise)
Ron Wood/Ronnie Lane
This soundtrack, although it was released in 1976,
was started to be recorded in 1972. Mahoney's last stand
album is credited to Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane. Ron and Ronnie are accompanied
by many fellow musicians: Pete Townshend (guitar, from The Who), Ric Grech
(bass and violin), Ian McLagan & Kenny Jones, Benny Gallagher (bass,
from Gallagher & Lyle), the late Ian 'Stu' Stewart, Micky
Waller (drums), etc.
Mahoney's last stand (1976, Atlantic)
This album was released in 1977, with several Ginger
musicians from the past: Ric Grech (bass) and Snips (vocals), plus the
magnificent Chris Spedding (guitar), Herbie Flowers (bass), Kuma Harada
(bass), DeLisle Harper (bass), Derek Wadsworth (trombone), Alan Skidmore
(sax), and others.
Eleven sides of Baker (1977)
This superb 4CD box set, contains lots of unreleased
tracks, covering the whole career of Eric Clapton from their beginning
in The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (with Hughie Flint), Cream,
Blind Faith (with Ric Grech), Derek & The Dominos, and his solo career
(thus including Dave Mason and Chris Stainton). I only mention here the
guys from my Olympus.
Crossroads (Apr 88, Polydor) (4 CD)
Here we can find the original Traffic lineup: Steve
Winwood, Dave Mason, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood, plus members of Family:
Ric Grech, Jim King and Poli Palmer. Could this be the origin of Ric's
choice for Blind Faith? Who knows. More great guests: Julie Driscoll (vocals),
Luther Grosvenor (vocals), Robbie Blunt (sitar), and Remi Kabaka (percussion).
Yes, she's one of the female voices in the famous
Joe Cocker hit 'With a little help from my friends'. She also sang
in some other albums by Wendell Richardson (guitarist from Osibisa and
Free), Yvonne Elliman, Kevin Ayers, Baker-Gurvitz Army, and she sang in
some other album where Ric appears. She also released her solo album, with
Colin Green (guitar), Henry McCullough (guitar), Ric Grech (bass), Gordon
Beck (keyboards, a long time Allan Holdsworth collaborator), Ken Craddock
(keyboards), Henry Lowther (trumpet), Harold McNair (flute), Jim Price
(trumpet), Bobby Keys (sax), Bruce Rowlands (drums).
Billion dollar babies (1973)
Once I read that this album contains guest cameo
appearances by Donovan, Marc Bolan, Ric Grech and Keith Moon, but my Spanish
LP copy doesn't have credits, so I can't be sure. Can anyone check it for
Muddy Waters arrived to London to record some sessions
with avid British alumni. With some members of Muddy's band, such as Sammy
Lawhorn (guitar) and Carey Bell (harmonica). Great names here: Rory Gallagher
(guitar), Ric Grech (bass), Steve Winwood (keyboards), Mitch Mitchell (drums),
plus Rossetta Hightower on vocals.
London Muddy Waters sessions (1971, Chess)
London revisited (1974, Chess)
London revisited seems to be a collection
of some other tracks from the same sessions.
This fantastic and fine musician, sadly passed away
in 1973, when he was only 26. He was a member of The Byrds, and later a
founder member of The Flying Burrito Brothers. As far as I know, he only
recorded two solo albums while he lived, GP and Grievous
angel, but his legend grow immensely after his death, and like
some other great names, his discography is still increasing nowadays. Ric
Grech was a great friend of Gram, and that's why he appears in his offcial
albums, as well as in almost every collection of demos or outtakes.
GP (Jan 73, Reprise)
Grievous angel (Jan 74, Reprise)
Sleepless nights (1976, A&M)
Warm evenings, pale mornings, bottled blues (1992,
Cosmic American music (1995, Sundown)
(cover of two-fer CD, with albums
GP and Grievous Angel)
GP was Gram's solo debut. With his
then girlfriend Emmylou Harris, and some Byrds-related musicians, members
of Elvis Presley band, and some other country-rock musicians, like Buddy
Emmons (steel guitar), the great James Burton (guitar), Byron Berline (violin),
Glen D. Hardin (keyboards), Al Perkins (steel guitar), Ron Tutt (drums),
and John Guerin (drums). With a song written by Ric, 'Kiss the children',
who also co-produced the album along with Gram. It was recorded September-October
His second album, Grievous angel
features again Emmylou Harris, James Burton, Byron Berline, Glen D. Hardin,
Al Perkins, plus Linda Ronstadt (vocals), Herb Pedersen (guitar), Emory
Gordy (bass), Bernie Leadon (guitar, from The Eagles). There's a song co-written
by Ric and Gram, 'Ohh Las Vegas'. Ric is not credited in the album,
but I think he must be there, just my guess... Recorded during Summer 1973.
It contains a really superb rendition of 'Love hurts', sung as a
duet by Gram and Emmylou.
Sleepless nights comprises unreleased
songs from The Flying Burrito Brothers. Well, really, the album is credited
to Gram Parsons & The Flying Burrito Brothers. Again, with Emmylou
Harris, James Burton, Ric Grech, Byron Berline, Glen D. Hardin, Al Perkins,
Ron Tutt, plus Herb Pedersen (guitar), Emory Gordy (bass), . And from The
Flying Burrito Brothers: Bernie Leadon (guitar), Chris Hillman (bass),
Sneaky Pete Kleinow (steel guitar), Michael Clarke (drums).
Warm evenings, pale mornings, bottled blues
is a retrospective of Gram's complete career, including his early bands.
Cosmic American music is a compilation
of demos recorded around 1972. Ric Grech appears here, as well as Emmylou
Sorry for the long explanation, but Gram deserves
Life in a tin can (1973, RSO)
They always were great! This album contains their
usual guitarist, Alan Kendall (guitar), plus guest appearances by Sneaky
Pete Kleinow (steel guitar), Tommy Morgan (harmonica), Jerome Richardson
(flute), Jane Getz (piano), Jim Keltner (drums). Ric Grech plays great
parts of violin and bass in the song "While I play".
Eddie Harris was a jazz tenor sax player, who died
in November 1996. Although mostly of his albums are really jazz stuff,
he also tried a bit in the rock scene. This album is also known as The
Eddie Harris London sessions. Ric Grech performs in only one song,
along with Jeff Beck (guitar), Albert Lee (guitar), Steve Winwood (keyboards),
Loughty Amato (percussion) and Ian Paice (drums). Other great musicians
who appear in the album: Neil Hubbard (guitar), Boz Burrell (bass), Zoot
Money (keyboards), and from Yes: Chris Squire (bass), Tony Kaye (keyboards)
and Alan White (drums).
Eddie Harris in the UK (1973, Atlantic)
The late Viv Stanshall was the leader in the Bonzo
Dog Dadah Band. This was his solo debut, helped by Steve Winwood, who brought
here his fellow companions in Traffic: Jim Capaldi, Ric Grech and Rebop.
Plus Madeline Bell & Doris Troy (vocals) and Neil Innes (guitar, keyboard,
from Bonzo Dog Band).
Men opening umbrellas ahead (1974, Warner)
Smiler (Sep 1974, Mercury)
Smiler is Rod's 6th album, with Ron
Wood, Martin Quittenton (guitar), Micky Waller
(drums), Pete Sears (piano), Kenny Jones (drums), Ray Jackson (mandolin),
Ric Grech (here, playing violin), Spike Heatley (bass), Andy Newmark (drums,
later with Roxy Music, Nils Lofgren, Roger Waters and countless others),
Willie Weeks (bass) Ray Cooper (percussion), Elton John (piano and vocals
in his own song 'Let me be your car'), Dick Powell (violin), Doreen
Chanter (vocals) and the Memphis Horns.
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