Beggars Opera – Two Timing Woman + Lady Of Hell Fire (1973)

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Beggars Opera was a Scottish progressive rock band from Glasgow, Scotland, formed in 1969 by guitarist Ricky Gardiner, vocalist Martin Griffiths, and bassist Marshall Erskine. The line-up consisted of Ricky Gardiner (guitar/vocals) (born 31 August 1948, Edinburgh, Scotland), Alan Park (keyboards) (born 10 May 1951, Glasgow, Scotland), Martin Griffiths (vocals) (born 8 October 1949, Newcastle upon Tyne) Marshall Erskine (bass/flute) and Raymond Wilson (drums). After working together building parts of the M40 Motorway near Beaconsfield, the lads moved back to Glasgow to look for an organist and drummer and found Alan Park and Ray Wilson. After an intensive time in rehearsal they took up residency at Burns Howff club/pub in West Regent Street in the center of Glasgow. Tours of Europe followed and the band found success in Germany, appearing on German TV’s legendary Beat-Club, then at the First British Rock Meeting in Speyer in September 1971.


In 1970, after signing to Vertigo Records, the band recorded their first album Act One, and a single “Sarabande”, which charted record in several European countries. The following year, for their second album, Waters of Change, the band were joined by Virginia Scott (mellotron) and Gordon Sellar (bass) (born 13 June 1947, Glasgow, Scotland). The single “Time Machine” from that album was successful in Germany, where the band toured extensively.

Erskine left the band before they recorded their third album, Pathfinder (1972), which included a cover version of Richard Harris’ hit “MacArthur Park”. Several other personnel changes ensued, with Pete Scott replacing Griffiths in 1972, and Linnie Paterson replacing Pete Scott in 1973. By 1973’s final album, Get Your Dog Off Me, Beggars Opera were reduced to a trio of Gardiner, Park and Sellar.


In 1974/76 a new version of Beggars Opera recorded two albums for Jupiter Records in Germany: Sagittary, featuring Gardiner (guitar), Pete Scott (vocals), Virginia Scott (Mellotron) (born 1948, Glasgow,Scotland) and Mike Travis (drums), and Beggars Can’t Be Choosers with Clem Cattini replacing Travis on drums.

Gardiner went on to play for David Bowie on the Low album, and with Iggy Pop on the Lust for Life album as well as his Idiot tour of 1976. He co-wrote “The Passenger” with Iggy Pop.

Alan Park (organist) worked with Cliff Richard for many years as musical director.


Griffiths sang and was compere in the working men’s clubs in and around Manchester until he left for Germany in 1974. He went on tour and worked with Brian Auger, Osibisa, Ekseption, Klaus Doldinger, Ange and Can before signing a recording contract with Jupiter Records (Ralph Siegel) releasing three singles: “I’ll Be Coming Home”, ”Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” and “Israelites”, which reached number 3 in the German Disco Charts in 1977. (wikipedia)

Beggars Opera

And here´s a rare single from Germany with two non LP tracks, two fine Power Rock songs with a heavy organ sound !


Colin Fairlie (drums, percussion, vocals)
Ricky Gardiner (guitar, vocals)
Alan Park (keyboards, harpsichord, synthesizer)
Linnie Paterson (vocals)
Gordon Sellar (bass, vocals)


01. Two Timing Woman (Fairley) 3.47
12. Lady Of Hell Fire (Park/Fairlie/Sellar/Paterson/Gardiner) 3.43



More from Beggars Opera:

The official website:

It is with deep sadness that we annouce the passing of Ricky Gardiner Guitarist Songwriter/ Composer.
Ricky passed away in his sleep early in the morning of Friday the 13th of May. He had been suffering from Parkinson PSP for the last 12 years of his life. (taken from the oficial website)

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