Greenslade



Greenslade

Postby Coffee_&_Cigarettes » Tue Mar 24, 2009 6:33 pm

I notice that people don´t talk much about Greenslade, reading about prog-rock and rock in general from 1960-1979 i only found very weak material related to this band.
Doing a little research on google and didn´t find anything like a official site, just fan sites that could not provide me much info besides incoherent – between fan sites – discography.
I´m very curious about it since i already have a thing for obscure english rock from the 70´s.
Does anybody here likes or dislikes Dave´s work, i´ll take any thing, Greenslade, Colosseum, Dave Greenslade solo stuff.Where do i begin?

The only thing i found was this biography on Allmusic.com, even though i hate Allmusic Bios and shitty reviews at least is something...
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Biography

by Gary Hill

[url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=1 :D AVE|GREENSLADE]Dave Greenslade[/url] (keys) and Tony Reeves (bass) formed Greenslade in 1972. The two had previously played together in Colosseum and they recruited [url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=1 :D AVE|LAWSON]Dave Lawson[/url] (Episode Six) as vocalist. For a drummer the group added Andrew McCulloch (King Crimson, Crazy World of Arthur Brown) and their self-titled album was released the following year. A considerably prolific band, they released two more albums in 1973, the first of which was Bedside Manners Are Extra. By the time they recorded a third album, Spyglass Guest, they had added [url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=1 :D AVE|CLEMPSON]Dave Clempson[/url] (Humble Pie) on guitar and Graham Smith on fiddle. The next year Reeves left the band, being replaced by Martin Briley. After releasing Time And Tide in 1975, they broke up in early 1976. A different lineup of the band made a brief attempt at it in 1977, but it just didn't work, however 23 years later in the year 2000, the group re-formed to begin another journey through their style of progressive rock. They released Large Afternoon that year and an album of live recordings from the classic days of the band was also released in 2000.




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Re: Greenslade

Postby the greenman » Tue Mar 24, 2009 6:56 pm

I always 'dug' the covers (Roger Dean - what's not to like?!) but I can never recall their music, it doesnt stick in my mind.. Another one to check out! PHew, Coffee, your prog retrospective is leaving me exhausted!! so much to catch up on!

Are they still going after their 'restart' in 2000?
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Re: Greenslade

Postby Coffee_&_Cigarettes » Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:27 am

the greenman wrote:I always 'dug' the covers (Roger Dean - what's not to like?!) but I can never recall their music, it doesnt stick in my mind.. Another one to check out! PHew, Coffee, your prog retrospective is leaving me exhausted!! so much to catch up on!

Are they still going after their 'restart' in 2000?


Easy now Greenman, my Restrospective days are over, at least for now.
I gave my small contribution, now it´s time to "dig in" on all of those bands and enjoy the music. ;)

I have searched in many fan sites and no news regarding Greenslade situation theses days...mysterious man this Dave character.
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Re: Greenslade

Postby the greenman » Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:28 am

Well, it's been a great series, Coffee! Thank you.

there's not a lot out there about Greenslade is there? Wikipedia has a very limited entry & points to 'the' greenslade website:

http://www.angelfire.com/music4/greenslade/index.html

but the last on there seems to date from 2002.. Dave G seems to have made a living writing TV theme tunes, largely for the BBC.
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Re: Greenslade

Postby Coffee_&_Cigarettes » Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:40 pm

Greenslade is becoming a mystery!
I´ve managed to get in touch through LastFM.com with John Young:
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He recorded with Dave the Greenslade´s album "Large Afternoon" and the live album from 2001.
He´s also played with Scorpions, Fish and John Wetton band.
I´m writing a message to him, lets see how far this story goes...
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Re: Greenslade

Postby the greenman » Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:05 pm

he has a legendary status among Asiafans, does JY, being the only keyboardist other than Downes to feature in the Band. I confess to not being to familiar with his work, but it would be interesting to see if he has anything to say about Greenslade & where they're at now..
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Re: Greenslade

Postby Coffee_&_Cigarettes » Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:30 pm

the greenman wrote:he has a legendary status among Asiafans, does JY, being the only keyboardist other than Downes to feature in the Band. I confess to not being to familiar with his work, but it would be interesting to see if he has anything to say about Greenslade & where they're at now..


You should Check out John Young band, it´s very cool:(http://www.myspace.com/johnyoungband )

He wrote back to me:

"Re: Greenslade

thanks for the kind words, glad you are enjoying the JYB!
As for Greenslade well officially I'm still in it we haven't gigged for about 4 years now though....but never say never!!
As a starting point on Greenslade you could always work backwards:-)
the only CD I've really done with the band was a live album I think in 2002 I'm not sure where you can get it from but it should be on the web.
Once you've listened to the tracks you may wish to delve back in time. The original singer had a very individual voice so it may take a bit of getting used to but it's a lot of fun...time and tide is also a popular album.

gotta run...I'm in a rehearsal!
best regards
jy "


there will be another message later, keep checking this thread...



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Re: Greenslade

Postby the greenman » Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:34 pm

nice one! perhaps your enquiry will prompt a little activity - you never know! A chance phone call leads to a thought planted leads to... well, lets wait & see!
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Re: Greenslade

Postby Coffee_&_Cigarettes » Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:00 pm

the greenman wrote:nice one! perhaps your enquiry will prompt a little activity - you never know! A chance phone call leads to a thought planted leads to... well, lets wait & see!


The Greenman you have to listen to this: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KJ7PQRTH it´s a 4 share download of Greenslade´s first album.

The music is amazing something between symphonic prog and hard rock, Dave Lawson´s voice is very interesting he goes from mellow to hard rock ian gillian/Robert plant-ish kind of attitude in seconds.
Check out "An English Western", "Feathered Friend" and "Temple Song" and "What are you doin´to me"...listen to them all!
Like John Young Said, you need to take time to get used to Dave Lawson vocals and the Greenslade atmosphere, "what are you doin´to me" did it for me ;) !



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Re: Greenslade

Postby the greenman » Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:30 pm

thanks, I will check that out! I guess I must have heard it somewhere down the line, but I cant say I remember it - need to work harder on listening!
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Re: Greenslade

Postby Coffee_&_Cigarettes » Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:14 am

Do not download the file from 4shared!!!!
it´s on .Flac extension, most players like Windows Media, Winamp, Avi, Realplayer and stuff like that don´t read this extension.
I found his first album through Soulseek, you can download it and search Mp3´s.
I found a good link on rapidshare – http://rapidlinkfind.com/18515/Greenslade_David_Greenslade_Solo.html – contains most of Greenslade´s albums(including solo stuff) it´s all on MP3 extension with 256kbps bitrate.

Sorry for the bad link!
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More news about Greenslade and John Young!!!

Postby Coffee_&_Cigarettes » Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:01 pm

I recived a new message from John:

"Gosh ,looks like Greenslade have a new fan:-)
There was some talk last year of doing some shows in Japan but nothing came of it . We played Baya Prog in Mexico a few years back which was fun ...but I guess we are an acquired taste.
Perhaps you can put a good word in with the local festivals for us:-)
I sang on Large Afternoon and played a couple of solos. The original drummer was due to play on it but it didn't happen and as such they used a drum machine which just didn't work for me.... I'm much happier with the live CD.
I don't think there is an official site . As much as we enjoy playing together there is little demand so things haven't really moved on...that said it would be great to tour again with the chaps.
I'll talk to Dave in the next weeks and get an update :)
best regards
jy
P.S. Hope you can help spread the word on both Greenslade and my solo projects ...we need all the help we can get:-)"

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Re: Greenslade

Postby the greenman » Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:24 pm

well you should tell him (as if he doesnt know) that 'prog' is having a bit of a resurgence at the moment, so their re-union in the early 2000's was a little ahead of the curve! Tell him they have some fans in the UK who'd love to hear them again - I can suggest a few venues (there's a good one in Frome, Somerset, where the re-unified Asia played on their 'comeback' tour). & there's a good few festivals in the UK where they could slot in nicely!

Now I must REALLY listen to their music and become a real fan!! hahaha!
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Re: Greenslade

Postby the greenman » Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:48 pm

hmm, yes, gobbling this up! already listened to a few tracks (largely from the 2001 live album it seems) I can see what JY means about it needing a 'live' drummer. a machine just wouldnt work!

But I like the 'bass' led style sound to their sound...
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Cactus Choir

Postby Coffee_&_Cigarettes » Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:02 pm

the greenman wrote:hmm, yes, gobbling this up! already listened to a few tracks (largely from the 2001 live album it seems) I can see what JY means about it needing a 'live' drummer. a machine just wouldnt work!

But I like the 'bass' led style sound to their sound...

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You Should listen to "Time and Tide", "Bedside Manners are Extra" and "Large Afternoon"!
Try on Amazon.com, there are samples you can listen to.
I wrote again to John and told him about that venues you mentioned.I´m also working on briging them here on Brazil.I talked to a old friend who knows the producer of Rio-Art-rock festival, let´s see if i can pull this one off...

Here´s a link to download Dave Greenslade´s solo album Cactus Choir(1976):
http://rs345.rapidshare.com/files/116263539/Dave_Greenslade_-_cactus_choir__1976_.rar
The password to open the files is [color=#cc6600][color=deepskyblue]contramao[/color]
[/color]It´s a great album, i´m listening right now!
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