None of the tracks on Drat That Fratle Rat used the complete band of the time, but instead
used selected members, augmented by guests — mostly well-known musicians on the Rock scene.
See the scan of the back cover, above, for exact details.
It’s also worth noting that three of the tunes were co-composed, and all but one produced, by
Steve Hammond, who joined the band in 1971, replacing Stu Morrison on banjo.
So, this a sort of jam session and a real exciting jam session and so this is a sort of jazz-rock session.
I guess most of all people forget, that Chris Barber was and is very variable musician who was open for many different styles … and not only for the traditional jazz music.
Here´s he´s jamming with rock musicians like Rory Gallagher, Tony Ashton (with his friends Kim Gardner & Roy Dyke = Ashton, Gardner & Dyke !)
And on drums we will here Colin Allen from Stone The Crows.
A hell of a session !
And the title track is of course a jazzy version of “Rollin´ And Tumblin´” featuring Rory Gallagher on slide-guitar.
Two different labels
Colin Allen (drums)
Tony Ashton (piano, vocals)
Chris Barber (trombone)
Paul Buckmaster (cello)
Graham Burbidge (drums)
John Crocker (saxophone)
Roy Dyke (drums)
Jack Flavelle (bass)
Rory Gallagher (guitar)
Kim Gardner (bass)
Brian Gullen (bassoon)
Pat Halcox (cornet, trumpet)
Mike Lieber (guitar)
Ann O’Dell (piano)
Martin Roke (piano, trombone)
John Slaughter (guitar)
01. Drat That Fratle Rat (Hammond/Barber) 4.00
02. The Falling Song (Ashton) 7.11
03. Fegalemic Pegaloomer (Hammond) 9.18
04. Earth Abides (Roke) 5.03
05. Sleepy Louie (Hammond/Barber) 4.52
06. O’Reilly (Buckmaster) 11.25