Barclay James Harvest‘s first album was produced by Norman Smith, who was engineer on all Beatles album until 1965 and produced three of the first four albums by Pink Floyd whose manager, Peter Jenner produced “Sing Brother Sing”, The Edgar Broughton Band‘s 1970 album. Procol Harum‘s fourth album, “Home”, was produced by Chris Thomas, who had also worked with The Beatles and would work as an engineer on “Dark Side Of The Moon” by Pink Floyd as well as producing the first three Badfinger albums. Wishbone Ash‘s guitarist, Ted Turner, later joined Badfinger. Clear Blue Sky‘s only album was produced by Patrick Campbell-Lyons who had been in a group called Second Thoughts alongside Chris Thomas. I’ll come back to Peter Jenner later.
The Beatles are the connection between Clear Blue Sky/Procol Harum and Fleetwood Mac, who were formed when Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood left John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Mick Fleetwood was replaced by Keef Hartley who had previously replaced Ringo Starr in Rory Storm & The Hurricanes. Guitarist Micky Gee of Love Sculpture had formerly been a member of Joe Cocker’s Grease Band alongside Henry McCullogh, who would later join Wings, Paul McCartney’s band. Geoff Britton briefly drummed with East Of Eden before joining Wings. The Move‘s drummer Bev Bevan had been in a group called Denny Laine & The Diplomats and Denny Laine went on to be a member of Wings after being a member of Ginger Baker’s Airforce. I will come back to Ginger Baker and Keef Hartley later.
Kevin Ayers‘ first album was produced by Peter Jenner. He started his musical career as a member of The Wilde Flowers along with Richard Sinclair who formed Caravan. When John G. Perry left Caravan, he formed a band called Aviator with Jack Lancaster. He had been a member of Blodwyn Pig with Mick Abrahams who had just left Jethro Tull. By the time “The Witch’s Promise” was released, Mick Abrahams had left Jethro Tull to form Blodwyn Pig along with Jack Lancaster, who would go on to form Aviator with ex-Caravan bass player John G. Perry. Let’s briefly re-consider Kevin Ayers. Ollie Halsall, guitarist with Patto, later joined Kevin Ayers’ band, The Soporifics.
There’s another Keef Hartley connection which occurs through John Gustafson, a member of The Big Three who were a Liverpool band, managed by Brian Epstein. John Gustafson later formed Quatermass, and would go on to join The Ian Gillan Band (formerly of Deep Purple). Jon Lord, of Deep Purple, had been in The Artwoods with Ronnie Wood’s brother, Art Wood and Keef Hartley. Jon Lord went on to play in The Flower Pot Men, along with Gordon Haskell, Nick Simper and Carlo Little. Nick Simper joined Deep Purple, and Carlo Little had been in an early version of The Rolling Stones. Hawkwind‘s first album was produced by Dick Taylor of The Pretty Things. He had also been a member of the first incarnation of The Rolling Stones. High Tide‘s Violinst Simon House played on 14 Hawkwind albums. Another member of The Flower Pot Men was Gordon Haskell, who later joined King Crimson. Ian MacDonald and Mike Giles had both been members of King Crimson. Cressida’s eponymous album was engineered by Robin Thompson, who had engineered King Crimson’s first album, “In The Court Of The Crimson King”. Keith Emerson had been a member of Yes, Greg Lake had been in King Crimson and Carl Palmer had been in Atomic Rooster. Vincent Crane and Carl Palmer left The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown to form Atomic Rooster. Sonja Kristina of Curved Air had been in the cast of “Hair”, alongside Alex Harvey, whose Sensational Alex Harvey Band included Ted McKenna who went on to be a member of The Greg Lake Band. Jimmy Helms had been a cast member of “Hair” in 1970 and he later recorded an album called “Songs I Sing”, backed by Stray‘ whose eponymous first album was produced by Hugh Murphy and he also produced Gracious! Reverting back to the Yes connection, The B side to “In My Chair” by Status Quo was produced by John Schroeder, who later recorded an album, “Piano Variations” with Rick Wakeman of The Nice and Yes. Brian Davison’s band was called Every Which Way and he had been the drummer with The Nice. When Dave Stewart left Egg, he became a member of Bruford, formed by ex-Yes and King Crimson drummer, Bill Bruford.
Let’s go back to Ronnie Wood, Mick Fleetwood and Ginger Baker. After leaving Ten Years After, Alvin Lee recorded and album called “On The Road To Freedom” on which the guest musicians included Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood, Mick Fleetwood, George Harrison and Jim Capaldi. In 1969, Traffic split up and lead singer Stevie Winwood joined Eric Clapton (ex-Cream), Ginger Baker (also ex-Cream) and Ric Grech (ex-Family) in Blind Faith. Pete Brown’s band was called Piblokto and he was the lyricist for many of Cream’s songs. Duffy Power played guitar on “Zero She Flies” by Al Stewart. He had teamed up with Graham Bond, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and John McLaughlin in 1963 to record a cover version of “I Saw Her Standing There”. Peter Dunton of T2 had been in Gun along with Adrian Gurvitz who later teamed up with Ginger Baker to form The Baker-Gurvitz Army.
Going back to Al Stewart: his album, “Orange” was produced by John Anthony who also produced “The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other” by Van Der Graaf Generator, “Trespass” by Genesis, “Nicely Out Of Tune” by Lindisfarne and Affinity’s eponymous debut. Nic Potter left Van Der Graaf Generator to join Rare Bird in 1972. Michael Chapman‘s album, “Fully Qualified Survivor”, was produced by Gus Dudgeon, who went on to produce one album by Lindisfarne. Gus Dudgeon also produced “Space Oddity” by David Bowie whose other producers included Tony Visconti – the producer of Gentle Giant‘s first album.
1. TAKING SOME TIME ON – Barclay James Harvest
2. THE GREEN MANALISHI (WITH THE TWO PRONG CROWN) – Fleetwood Mac
3. IF I COULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN, I’D DO IT ALL OVER YOU – Caravan
4. BLACK NIGHT – Deep Purple
5. REFUGEES (SINGLE VERSION) –Van Der Graaf Generator
6. LADY ELEANOR – Lindisfarne
7. WINTER – Atomic Rooster
8. HURRY ON SUNDOWN – Hawkwind
9. THE WITCH’S PROMISE – Jethro Tull
10. NOTHING AT ALL – Gentle Giant
11. SEE MY WAY – Blodwyn Pig
12. SMALL FRUIT SONG – Al Stewart
13. NO MORE WHITE HORSES – T2
14. THE SONG OF MCGUILLICUDIE THE PUSILLANIMOUS (OR DON’T WORRY JAMES, YOUR SOCKS ARE HANGING IN THE COAL CELLAR WITH THOMAS) – Egg
15. APACHE DROPOUT – Edgar Broughton Band
16. SITTIN’ BACK EASY – Patto
1. SINGING A SONG IN THE MORNING – Kevin Ayers
2. EMPTY PAGES – Traffic
3. ALAN IN THE RIVER WITH FLOWERS – Lindisfarne
4. SYMPATHY (SINGLE VERSION) – Rare Bird
5. GERDUNDULA (SINGLE VERSION) – Status Quo
6. RAIN – Locomotive
7. CAN’T BE LONG NOW / FRANCOISE/ FOR RICHARD / WARLOCK – Caravan
8. AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS – Stray
9. A SONG FOR ME – Family
10. GRASS – Pretty Things
11. WHALING STORIES – Procol Harum
12. FUNNY WAYS – Gentle Giant
13. PHOENIX – Wishbone Ash
14. NO OPPORTUNITY NECESSARY, NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED – Yes
1. BLACK SHEEP OF THE FAMILY – Quatermass
2. IN THE LAND OF THE FEW – Love Sculpture
3. JIG-A-JIG – East Of Eden
4. THINGS MAY COME AND THINGS MAY GO, BUT THE ART SCHOOL DANCE GOES ON FOREVER – Pete Brown & Piblokto!
5. TOMORROW’S PEOPLE – THE CHILDREN OF TODAY – McDonald & Giles
6. LUCKY MAN – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
7. MIRROR OF ILLUSION – Hawkwind
8. MY HEAVEN – Clear Blue Sky
9. ALL IN TIME – Brian Davison’s Every Which Way
10. DOWN, DOWN – Cressida
11. THE SUN WILL NEVER SHINE – Barclay James Harvest
12. LUNATIC’S LAMENT – Kevin Ayers & The Whole World
13. THREE SISTERS – Affinity
14. MOMMA’S REWARD (KEEP THEM FREAK’S A ROLLIN’) – Edgar Broughton Band
15. WHY? (HOW – NOW) – Love Sculpture
1. BLANKMAN CRIES AGAIN – High Tide
2. ALL IN YOUR MIND – Stray
3. SOULFUL LADY – Michael Chapman
4. SITUATIONS – Curved Air
5. HEAVEN – Gracious
6. GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS – Family
7. OCTOBER 26 – Pretty Things
8. LOVE LIKE A MAN – Ten Years After
9. ELECTRIC LOS ANGELES SUNSET – Al Stewart
10. WHAT? – The Move
11. THOUSANDS ON A RAFT – Pete Brown & Piblokto!
12. ASTRAL TRAVELLER – Yes