Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of the first solo album by master guitarist Chris Spedding, Backwood Progression. Originally issued on the legendary Harvest label in October 1970, the album saw Spedding record in his own right at Abbey Road studios soon after the demise of his previous group, The Battered Ornaments. Backwood Progression featured Chris Spedding backed by guest musicians Paul Abrahams (Organ), Roy Babbington (Bass), Laurie Allan (Drums), Royston Mitchell (Piano, Harmonium) and Frank Ricotti (Congas).
One Step Ahead Of The Blues album for sale by Chris Spedding was released Jun 09, 2009 on the Repertoire label. One of England's most in-demand guitarists (he's recorded with everyone from Elton John to Tom Waits) has had few chances to make his own recordings. But he found time in 2001; this bluesy gem shows off his voice and keyboard skills, too: Cajun Moon; Albatross; Young Man Blues , and more including three previously unavailable bonus cuts! One Step Ahead Of The Blues CD music contains a single disc.
Peter Robinson, more widely known by his stage name Chris Spedding, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and record producer. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Spedding is best known for his studio session work. By the early 1970s, he had become one of the most sought-after session guitarists in England. Spedding has played on and produced many albums, and singles. He has also been a member of eleven rock bands: The Battered Ornaments, Frank Ricotti Quartet, King Mob, Mike Batt and Friends, Necessaries, Nucleus, Ricky Norton, Sharks, The Stax Pistols, Trigger, and The Wombles. Spedding pursued a solo career and released his debut album Songs Without Words in 1970. Since then, he has released fourteen studio albums, and two live albums. "Chris Spedding" is the fifth, self-titled studio album by Chris Spedding…
Guitarist/singer/songwriter Chris Spedding has been a mainstay of the British session scene since the late '60s, playing with just about everyone from Nucleus, Jack Bruce, John Cale, Elton John, Iggy Pop, Mike Bratt to Paul McCartney, The Bay City Rollers and recently on Katie Mehlua's album. This collection from his most successful period on Harvest and RAK (1969-81), features all the singles, including his big hit 'Motorbikin', and the best of the B-sides and album tracks taken from his 6 classic EMI studio albums: Backwood Progression, The Only Lick I Know, Chris Spedding, Hurt, Guitar Graffiti & I'm Not Like Everybody Else. Chris himself has helped compile the tracklist, and assisted with the artwork, writing notes for the booklet.
The veteran U.K. guitar hero Chris Spedding has worked with practically everyone, from Brian Eno and John Cale to Cleo Laine and the Wombles, and at the age of 70 he's still picking up a storm and full of rock & roll attitude, as demonstrated on his 2015 solo effort Joyland, his first album under his own name in six years…
Recorded in April 1972, "A Story Ended" was the debut solo album by Colosseum saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith. Recorded upon the demise of Colosseum, the sessions featured contributions by Jon Hiseman, Mark Clarke, Chris Farlowe & Dave Greenslade of the band, along with Graham Bond (of whose Organization Dick was a member alongside Jack Bruce & Ginger Baker), Chris Spedding and lyrical offerings from Pete Brown. A superb example of Jazz influenced Progressive rock, the album appeared on Bronze Records in 1972 and is now hailed as a classic of the genre.
Another masterpiece of British jazz reissued on Universal's outstanding Impressed Re-pressed series, where it joins other long unavailable classics such as Amancio D'Silva's Integration , reviewed last month. Recorded in '69, Greek Variations & Other Aegean Exercises is irresistible on two counts. First, for its daringly conceived and brilliantly performed music, inspired by Greek folk songs and instrumental textures and deep enough to reveal all its treasures only after many repeated listenings. Second, for being recorded at the moment when the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet, a major force in British straight-ahead jazz since '62, had broken up and Carr's equally influential jazz-rock band Nucleus was rising from the ashes.