Procol Harum

Beyond
the Pale

PH on stage | PH on record | PH in print | BtP features | What's new | Interact with BtP | For sale | Site search | Home

Eric Clapton, the Complete Recording Sessions, 1969-1992

Origin of two Brooker solo album tracks


From Eric Clapton the Complete Recording Sessions, 1969-1992 by Marc Roberty, NY, St Martin's Press, 1993.

Pages 113-114
"...Eric had recruited Gary Brooker as unofficial musical director for the group and immediately set about recording his new album. The sessions
produced some fairly uninspired results. It is difficult to pinpoint blame; maybe it was Eric simply being lazy, maybe it was the band being too laid
back, or perhaps Glyn Johns in his role as producer was not assertive enough.

Whatever the reason, the album was finished and mastered and cassette copies were sent round to various RSO executives. It was to be called Turn Up Down, but all concerned decided that it was not good enough to release.

Studio Session for Turn Up Down March-April 1980, Surrey Sound Studios, Leatherhead, Surrey

[Tracks all listed as "Unissued"]:

Blues Instrumental
There Ain't No Money
Games Up
Rita Mae
Freedom
Evangelina
Home Lovin'
Hold Me Lord
Something Special
I'd Love To Say I Love You
Catch Me If You Can
Thunder And Lightning
Oh How I Miss My Baby's Love

Guitar/Vocals: Eric Clapton, Albert Lee
Keyboards: Chris Stainton
Keyboards/vocals: Gary Brooker
Drums: Henry Spinetti
Bass: Dave Markee

Producer: Glyn Johns
Engineer: Glyn Johns

Studio Session for Another Ticket July-August 1980, Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas

Say Hello To Billy Jean Unissued
Something Special Another Ticket
Black Rose B side/Another Ticket
Blow Wind Blow - Another Ticket
Another Ticket A Side/Another Ticket
I Can't Stand It A Side/Another Ticket
Hold Me Lord Another Ticket
Floating Bridge Another Ticket
Catch Me If You Can Another Ticket
Rita Mae B side/Another Ticket
Lead Me To the Water Lead Me To The Water
Home Lovin' Lead Me To The Water [This is a different version from the one that was recorded for Turn Up Down jm]

Guitar/Vocals: Eric Clapton, Albert Lee
Keyboards: Chris Stainton
Keyboards/vocals: Gary Brooker
Drums: Henry Spinetti
Bass: Dave Markee

Producer: Tom Dowd
Engineer: Tom Dowd

Another Ticket is a superb album. The first single, I Can't Stand It, received a lot of air play, and both album and single were set to do well. Unfortunately, Eric became seriously ill only eight dates into a huge US tour, resulting in the cancellation of the remainder of the itinerary. With no promotion, the album disappeared fairly quickly from the charts. A great shame, as it is one of the bluesiest albums Eric produced. The last two
numbers were released on Gary Brooker's second solo album Lead Me To The Water."


More Clapton and Brooker excerpts


PH on stage | PH on record | PH in print | BtP features | What's new | Interact with BtP | For sale | Site search | Home