MICKY WALLER sessions
This is the list of the sessions I know Micky Waller
appears... I've classified them into several categories:
Sessions with former/current bandmates
SESSIONS WITH FORMER/CURRENT BANDMATES
Brian Auger and some other people from the British
sixties rock scene (Jimmy Page, for example), saw how obscure recordings
resurfaced in the 70s, due to their later success. London (1964-1967) must
contain some of those recordings, with Julie Driscoll and his band The
Don't send me no flowers (1969, Marmalade)
Befour (1970, RCA; CD reissue: One Way, 1995)
London (1964-1967) (1977, Charly)
The best of Brian Auger (1997, One Way) (compilation)
In Don't send me no flowers, we can
find more sessions, recorded with Jimmy Page on guitar and bluesman Sonny
Boy Williamson on vocals, as well as Brian Auger (keyboards), Alan Skidmore
(sax), Rick Brown (bass),
Micky Waller (drums). There are several albums (some credited to Auger,
some credited to Williamson, and some credited to Page) from the same period.
Befour is an official album, with
Gary Boyle on guitar, and later member of Stone the Crows, Colin Allen
The best of Brian Auger is a recent
compilation. With many of his musicians. I'll only name here another guy
in my Olympus, Steve Ferrone (drums).
I started to love Micky's work due to in these albums.
I'm a great Rod fan, and my favourite albums always were these ones, full
of emotive moments, acoustic and electric passages interspersed. A real
An old raincoat won't ever let you down (Feb 1970,
Gasoline alley (Sep 1970, Vertigo)
Every picture tells a story (1971, Mercury)
Never a dull moment (1972, Mercury)
Smiler (Sep 74, Mercury)
A shot of rhythm & blues (1977)
Mercury anthology (Sep 1992, Mercury) (2CD) (compilation)
Vintage (Aug 1993, Polygram) (compilation)
I think Rod Stewart doesn't need any introduction.
Micky played in all the early Rod Stewart solo albums, the albums made
in England, and it seems that he brought many of his bandmates at the time.
An old raincoat won't ever let you down
is his first solo album, it was called The Rod Stewart album in
the USA. With contributions from Ron Wood & Ian McLagan (all of them
went to form The Faces just a bit later), Mike D'Abo, Martin Pugh (with
Micky in Steamhammer - watch Micky biography
page), Martin Quittenton (with Micky in Pilot) and an uncredited appearance
by Keith Emerson (then still in The Nice). With a very powerful rendition
of Stones' "Street fighting man" with (future Stones) guitarist,
the good old Ronnie Wood.
Gasoline alley is his second album,
with Ian McLagan again. It contains a beautiful Elton John song, "Country
comfort", and a fantastic cover of "Cut across Shorty". With
Martin Quittenton, Micky Waller, and the complete Faces lineup (Ronnie
Wood, Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones).
Every picture tells a story is the
third album. A superb album! I love it! Roddy at his best! The lineup is:
Ron Wood (guitar, bass), Martin Quittenton (guitar), Pete Sears (piano),
Micky Waller (drums). Plus The Faces playing in one song, the fantastic
"I know (I'm losing you)". With some more guests: Sam Mitchell (slide
guitar), Danny Thompson (bass), Andy
Pyle (bass), Dick Powell (violin), Maggie Bell on vocals on "Every
picture tells a story", old bandmate Long John Baldry, and mandolin
played by a Lindisfarne member. All the songs are superb (really!!), and
one of my favourites is a great rendition of Tim Hardin's "Reason to
believe". With Rod biggest hit ever, "Maggie May".
Never a dull moment is his 4th album,
with Ron Wood, Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan & Kenny Jones (that is, the
complete Faces lineup!), Martin Quittenton (guitar), Pete Sears (piano
and bass, he was with Micky in Silver Metre, and later joined Quicksilver
Messenger Service and Jefferson Starship), Mick Waller (drums), Dick Powell
(violin), Spike Heatley (bass), Neeomi
'Speedy' Acquaye (congas), Gordon Huntley (steel guitar). It contains
a superb cover of a Jimi Hendrix song, "Angel", and a rendition
of Rod's idol, Sam Cooke ("Twistin' the night away", arranged by
Jimmy Horowitz). A great album, really never a dull moment! :)
Smiler is his 6th album (the 5th
one is Sing it again, Rod, a compilation), with Ron Wood,
Martin Quittenton (guitar), Micky Waller (drums), Pete Sears (piano), Kenny
Jones (drums), Ray Jackson (mandolin), the late 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.
A shot of rhythm & blues is an
album compiling unreleased material from Rod early days (1965-1966). With
Cliff Barton on bass.
It contains mostly blues versions of songs by Sam Cooke, Willie Dixon,
Jimmy Reed or Leadbelly.
Mercury anthology, of course, it's
a compilation from that label. With 3 songs not available on official albums,
and 3 live tracks from Faces.
Vintage is another compilation comprising
songs from the 4 first Rod albums. So, with Ian McLagan.
Leigh Stephens, as I've written before, was lead guitar
for Blue Cheer, and he shared group with Micky in Pilot and Silver Metre.
These are his 2 solo albums he made in the seventies. Red weather
is an excellent album, and it includes guest appearances by Nicky Hopkins
and Ian 'Stu' Stewart (both were long time Rolling Stones collaborators),
as well as Micky Waller (drums) and Kevin
Red Weather (1969, Phillips)
Cast of thousands (Jun 70, Phillips)
In Cast of thousands, we can find
the complete Ashton Gardner & Dyke lineup (Tony Ashton, Kim Gardner
and Roy Dyke), plus Aliki
Ashman (vocals), Charlene Collins (vocals), Pete Sears (bass), Glenn
Cornick (bass), Bob Andrews (keyboards), Dick Morrisey (sax), Jeff Peach
(sax), Dave Quincey (sax), Lyle
Jenkins (sax), Dave Jackson (sax), Dave
Caswell (trumpet), Noel Norris (trumpet), Micky Waller (drums), Kevin
Mike Hugg was the drummer in Manfred Mann, and later
singer in avant-garde band Manfred Mann Chapter Three.
Somewhere (1972, Polydor)
Stress & strain (1973, Polydor)
Lots of good musicians in his first album Somewhere:
Brian Hugg (vocals), Caleb Quaye (guitar), Kevin
Peek (guitar, later in Sky), Dave King, Gerry Beckley (guitar, from America),
Mick Rogers (guitar, later in Aviator), Terry Britten (guitar), Andy Bown
(bass, now in Status Quo), Tom McGuinness (guitar, later in Blues Band),
Graham Preskett, Alan Tarney (bass), Manfred Mann (keyboards), Elton Dean
(sax, ex-Bluesology, later in Soft Machine), Micky Waller (drums), Roger
Pope (drums), Henry Spinetti (drums), and vocals by Barry St. John, Liza
Strike and Judith Powell.
Stress & strain is his second
solo album, and we can find again fine musicians like Dave King (guitar),
Ian Carr (from Nucleus), Eddie Grant (guitar), Elton Dean (sax), Kevin
Peek (guitar), Kim Gardner (bass), Paul Westwood (bass), Sonny Corbett
(horns, from Manfred Mann Chapter Three), Tony Rivers (vocals, keyboards),
Micky Waller (drums).
Long John Baldry
This album includes the appearance of Elton John (with
his musicians Davey Johnstone, Ray Cooper and Nigel Olsson) and Rod Stewart,
as well as Jimmy Litherland (guitar, from Colosseum), Bob Weston (guitar),
Sam Mitchell (guitar), John Porter (bass), Bill Smith (bass), Richard
Brown (bass), Ian Armitt
(keyboards), Jimmy Horowitz
(keyboards), Terry Stannard (drums), Micky Waller (percussion), and backing
vocals by Madeline Bell, Barry St John, Liza Strike & Doris Troy.
Everything stops for tea (1972, Warner)
Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane
I've got my own album to do (Sep 1974, Warner)
The "new" member of the Rolling Stones (he'll always
be the "new" member, although he belongs to the group during more than
20 years!) had a very complete curriculum before joining the Stones. His
major bands were Jeff Beck Group and, mainly, The Faces. I've got
my own album to do was Ron's first solo album, while he still was
in Faces. With top guests: Keith Richard, Mick Taylor and Mick Jagger (from
The Rolling Stones), George Harrison, Rod Stewart, Bobby Womack, Ian McLagan,
Willie Weeks and Andy Newmark.
Mahoney's last stand (1976, Atlantic)
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, etc.
As I've explained before, an obscure session from
the sixties, reissued a decade later. With Brian Auger.
Jimmy Page & Sonny Boy Williamson (1975, Springboard)
Sonny Boy Williamson
More sessions from the sixties. With Jimmy Page and
Jam session (1975, Charly)
He was later part of Durocs duo, with Scott Matthews.
He also has composed soundtracks. Produced by the late Jack Nitzsche, and
featuring Jim Barnett (vocals), Ry Cooder (guitar), John Blakeley (guitar),
Micky Waller (drums), George Rains (drums).
This Greek keyboardist and composer started his career
with group Aphrodite's Child. This is his first solo album, much before
he'd obtain huge success with Chariots of fire soundtrack.
I think Micky must play here because the album producer is Giorgio Gomelski,
who was Steampacket's manager. With Brian Odgers (bass), Micky Waller (drums),
Tony Oxley (drums).
Yes, he is! He is Mick Jagger's brother. This was
his second album, with lots of musicians to help him: Peter Frampton, Jim
Ryan (guitar, from John Entwistle band, The Ox), Neil Hubbard & Alan
Spenner (guitar and bass, from Kokomo, later with Roxy Music), Bob Cohen
(guitar), David Pierce (guitar, keyboards), Chris
Stainton (keyboards), Andy Bown (bass), Dave Edmunds (from Love Sculpture,
later in Rockpile), Busta Cherry Jones (bass, later with Talking Heads),
John Mealing (keyboards), John Rousseau (keyboards), Terry Stannard (drums),
Pick Withers (drums, later in Dire Straits), Steve Smith (percussion).
The adventures of Valentine Fox (1974, Asylum)
single 'The adventures of Valentine Fox (1974, Asylum)
Johann G. Johannsson
This Scandinavian artist (he composes, sings, plays
guitar and bass in this album) recorded this album at Olympic Sound Studios
in London, with great British musicians: Miller
Anderson (guitar in 4 tracks), Colin Green (guitar), Brian Gascoigne
(keyboards), Jon Taylor (keyboards), Derek Wadsworth (trombone), Don Weller
(sax), Dave Markee (bass), Jon Hiseman (drums in 6 tracks), Ronnie Verrel
(drums), Micky Waller (drums in 1 track, 'I need a woman'), Robin
Jones (drums), Skaila Kanga (harp), David Snell (harp). The brass section
includes: Barbara Thompson (in 1 song, 'Sentimental blues'), Alan Skidmore,
Dave Lawrence, Bud Parker, Harry Beckett and Butch Hudson. The backing
vocals are performed by Madeline Bell, Joanne Hilkins and Kay Garner.
I don't know who he is. Vocalist and keyboardist,
he's backed here by: Viv McAuliffe (vocals), Ray
Russell (guitar), Jim Gannon
(guitar), Phil Palmer (guitar), John
Turnbull (guitar), Pete Willsher (steel) Gary Taylor (bass), Tommy
Eyre (keyboards, flute), Pete Solley (keyboards), Raphael
Ravenscroft (sax), Richard Burgess (drums), Dave Mattacks (drums),
Micky Waller (drums) and vocals by Aliki
Ashman (under the name Aliki Holland), Viv McAuliffe, Jane Kennaway,
Any other face (1979, Decca)
He was a survivor from the sixties British blues scene.
In his early groups played now famous musicians as the late Brian Jones,
Ian 'Stu' Stewart and Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones). In 1981, he recorded
this album with help from several veterans. I must note with joy that my
much-loved Peter Green plays here, along
with Charlie Watts, Ian 'Stu' Stewart, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Dana Gillespie,
Geoff Bradford, and several others.
Oh, an unexpected collaboration! Billy Bragg is a
songwriter with lots of political contents in his songs. This album produced
by Joe Boyd contains the appearance of Danny Thompson (bass, from Pentangle,
he usually plays in lots of Joe Boyd productions, including some Spanish
albums: for example, Ketama), B.J. Cole (steel guitar), Martin Belmont
(guitar, from Graham Parker band), Bruce
Thomas (bass), and singer Michelle Shocked.
Workers playtime (Sep 88, Go/Elektra)
Marian Segal with Silver Jade
Sorry, don't know who they are. Very good musicians
in the album: James Litherland (guitar), fellow companion Pete Sears (bass),
Clem Cattini (drums), Terry Cox (drums, from Pentangle), and Pete York
(drums, from Spencer Davis Group).
Fly on strange wings (DJM)
Apart from that, Micky Waller has told me that
he has also recorded with Walker Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Patty Labelle,
and Manfred Mann. He has also recorded with Elton John and Paul McCartney.
Can anyone help me to trace these credits, please?
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18/November/1997. Last modified on: 01/December/2003.