Paul Brett – Clocks (1974)

FrontCover1.JPGHere´s another rarity from my Paul Brett record collection:

By the time I acquired “Clocks” in one of those glorious used LP shops in the 80s, I was utterly smitten by his late 70s unheralded classics “Interlife” and “Eclipse”. Given that “Clocks” originated in the progressive fires of 1974, I expected to herein find his most compelling work. I was roundly disappointed and have only recently accepted that, while this LP cannot compare to Brett’s best work, it is actually pretty decent in its own right.

One must remember that many styles other than prog were big in the early to mid 70s, among them a British take on American country rock, popularized by LINDISFARNE among others. Brett doesn’t embrace this wholeheartedly on “Clocks”, but it’s certainly one of the main focuses of this eclectic work that I had unfairly branded as MOR and relegated to the shelf accessible only by ladder. One need only listen to “Soho Jack” and “One Sunday Morning” to get the gist. Mike Piggott’s fiddles and Dave Griffiths’ mandolin and fretless bass play an equal role to Brett’s guitars on many of the tracks, among these “Explanation Blues”. While Brett focuses on his acoustic playing, “Circles” boasts some fine lead guitar licks. Among the mellower tunes are “Captain Dan” and “What you mean to me”. Nick Sterling’s cello and tasteful orchestral arrangements envelope these tunes with a sweet wistfulness.

“Clocks” has minimal progressive qualifications but it is a perfectly pleasant if somewhat dated set of mid 70s soft rock with Country and folk accents. (by Keneth Levine)


Paul Brett (guitar, vocals)
Dave Griffiths (mandolin, bass)
Mike Piggott (violin, guitar, drums)
Charlie Charles (percussion)
Pat Donaldson (bass)
Lyle Harper (bass)
Terry Poole (bass)
John Richardson (percussion)
Nick Sterling (cello)

Jim Toomey (percussion)
Rob Young (piano)


01. Clocks (Brett/Piggott) 1.38
02. Soho Jack (Brett/Piggott(Griffiths) 3.25
03. Captain Dan (Brett) 3.36
04. Duellin’ Banjo (from “Deliverance”) (Jayne/R.Dillard/D.Dillard/Webb) 2.53
05. Empty Dreams/Flying Machines (Brett) 3.21
06. Rain From A Clear Sky (Brett/Stirling) 3.07
07. One Sunday Morning (Brett) 3.25
08. Explanation Blues (Brett) 2.28
09. Circles (Brett) 2.47
10. Hunter Of Angels (Brett) 3.05
11. What You Mean To Me (Brett) 2.53
12. Summer Driftin’ (Brett) 4.19
13. Snowbird (Brett) 3.24




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Paul Brett – Eclipse (1979)

FrontCover14 stars Brett’s RCA followup to “Interlife” was different enough to show that he was not going to sit still, but similar enough to sound like the same guy. He has opted for 10 shorter tracks and vocals appear on the weakest 2. The material is more varied, from disco funk to acoustic folk to calypso to heavy rock to Renaissance music to jazz standards. In general this release seems designed for greater digestibility. But none of that stops “Eclipse” from being another excellent album.

A whole new batch of thoroughly competent backing musicians provide Brett with the support to succeed again. Woodwinds add a new dimension to a few of the tracks, while brass has returned here and there. Old Tom Newman has a major behind the scenes role. The highlights are most of the instrumental cuts and the way they convincingly link together in spite of their disparity of styles. For instance, “Calypso Street” is a very accessible and jaunty number followed by the more serious and jazzy “Silent Runner”. The gorgeous flute and acoustic guitar combination of “This Side of Paradise” leads convincingly into the crunch of “Mentalmusic”, as unlikely as that sounds. The title cut is quite similar to the material on “Interlife” but far more concise, with a superb folk-based main melody expressed in a variety of accents and mingled with potent lead and sax soloing. “Overture to Decadence” is a well chosen follow up that persists with a ole Englishe theme more overtly and is enhanced by Rob Young’s string arrangements. The album closes with an entirely convincing acoustic rendition of the Dave Brubeck classic “Take Five”.

Sadly unappreciated and still without a digital treatment, this album eclipsed most of what came out in 1979 with its spirited best of breed arrangements and top notch musicianship. Highly recommended, although most here should start with “Interlife” (by kenethlevine)
Paul Brett about this Album:
“1979 saw the third LP released by RCA Records. Again different to the other two. Instead of long pieces, I opted for shorter ones, but more tracks. Produced by Tom Newman and myself with arrangements by Rob Young. I changed the musicians with one exception, from those that played on Interlife to equally great ones including Tom Nicol (drums), Dave Olney and Dave Williams ( bass gtrs. ), Steve Gregory and  Ray Warleigh ( brass ), Alan Todd ( rythym guitar ) and my old mate Johnnny Joyce (acoustic 12 string guitar ). Rob Young played keyboards & recorder.  The track that got the most airplay was Johnny’s and my version of Dave Brubeck’s classic instrumental Take Five, which we had long played together as part of our acoustic duo act for a long time.  It was recorded and enginnered at T.W.Studios by Alan Winstanley (Stranglers) in Fulham. Cover artwork was by Sandra Goode.”

His acoustic tunes are the hightlights of this album, especially his great acoustic version of “Take Five” !


Paul Brett (guitar)
Steve Gregory (bass)(
Chris Mercer (brass on 01.)
Tom Newman (vocals)
Tom Nichol (drums)
Ray Warleigh (brass)
Rob Young (keyboards, synthesizer, flute)
Graham Jarvis (drums on 04. + 06.)
Johnny Joyce (guitar on 03. + 10.)
Dave Olney (bass on 01. + 03.)
Dave Williams (bass on 09.)
Alan Todd (guitar on 02., 05, + 10.)
01. Nineteen Ninety Nine (Brett/Young) 5.15
02. Calypso Street (Brett) 3.25
03. Silent Runner (Brett/Joyce) 3.09
04  This Side Of Heaven (Brett/Young) 2.55
05  Mental Music (Brett) 3.01
06. Eclipse (Brett) 4.02
07. Overture For Decadence (Brett) 3.00
08. Red Alert (Brett) 3.33
09. Chaos (Brett) 3.19
10. Take Five (Desmond) 4.48

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Paul Brett Sage – Same (1970)

usfrontcover1Paul Brett (born 20 June 1947, Fulham, London) is an English classic rock guitarist. He played lead guitar with Strawbs (though he was never actually a member), The Overlanders, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera, The Velvet Opera, Tintern Abbey, Fire, Roy Harper, Al Stewart, Lonnie Donegan, and switched to twelve-string guitar in the 1970s.

His first twelve-string guitar suite, Earth Birth, was released on his own label, Phoenix Future, and was produced by artist Ralph Steadman of Fear and Loathing fame. Critical acclaim led to Brett being signed on a four-album deal with RCA Records. His K-tel Romantic Guitar album went platinum in the UK, but Brett stopped recording soon afterwards. He started recording again in 2000, with long-time friend and fellow twelve-string guitarist, John Joyce.

Brett wrote for music magazines Melody Maker, Sound International and International Musician and continued working in the music industry in the later part of his career. He now writes a regular column for Acoustic, a magazine specializing in acoustic guitars. He is also the Associate Editor and Features Writer for Music Maker and Live in London magazines.

He has appeared on BBC Television’s Antiques Road Show and Flog It in the mid-2000s. (by wikipedia)


And this is his wonderful debut album from 1970:

Tying together many of the musical threads of their day, Paul Brett Sage was a progressive band in the best sense of the word, with an adventurous sound that was accessible to all, though they never lost sight of their origins. The group grew out of the folk duo of guitarist/singer Paul Brett and percussionist Bob Voice, and their eponymous debut album sees Paul Brett Sage retain a folksy bend, which reaches grand agit-folk heights on “Trophies of War.” Elsewhere, Brett’s fiery licks and solos, particularly on the anthemic “3D Mona Lisa,” paints rock right across the backwoods vista. Evocative flamenco-tinged guitar sizzles around “The Sun Died,” while Brett’s aggressive performance on both 12-string and electric guitar creates a “Warlock” worthy of the modern age. With the band’s prominent use of percussion, Nicky Higginbottom’s haunting flute, their strong melodies, and infectious choruses, Paul Brett Sage hovers between folk, rock, world, and pop; an album that deftly manages to be all things to all people. (by Dave Thompson)


Alternate frontcover from Italy

Paul Brett (guitar, vocals)
Dick Dufall (bass)
Nicky Higginbottom (flute, saxophone)
Bob Voice (drums, percussion)

01. 3D Mona Lisa (Royce) 3.18
02. The Sun Died (Brett) 4.00
03. Little Aztec Prince (Voice) 4.22
04. Reason For Your Asking (Brett) 4.09
05. Trophies Of War (Brett) 3.43
06. The Tower (Brett) 5.14
07. The Painter (Brett) 4.11
08. Mediterranean Lazy Heat Wave (Voice) 3.16
09. Warlock (Brett) 5.41




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Various Artists – Bradley´s Roadshow – Live At The Marquee (1973)

FrontCover1Bradley’s Records was a UK record label in the mid-1970s. It was founded by ATV Music publishers in 1973 and run by Derek Johns. The label was active for four years with moderate success, but was discontinued in early 1977.

Three acts were chosen to launch the label in February 1973: Prog-rock band Kala (an offshoot of Quintessence), Paul Brett and Hunter Muskett.

Lack of commercial success caused a re-think and in late 1973 all three original acts departed (Kala were dropped after they refused to change their musical direction and wear glitter and make-up). Stuart Slater, who by now had replaced Johns, began to concentrate on releasing singles by pop artists; a policy that was to provide a number of chart hits.

Among its roster of artists were The Goodies and Stephanie de Sykes (Slater’s partner) who both had top 20 hits in the UK. Other hits released by the label included Sweet Dreams’ “Honey, Honey” – a top 10 hit in 1974.

Other acts signed by Bradley’s Records included: Tarney-Spencer Band and Claude Francois (by wikipedia)

To promote the label, Bradley realeased a live compilation with three artists of the new label.  It was recorded live at the Marquee Club (Wardour Treet, London) on Sunday 25th March, 1973.

You hear music form

Hunter Muskett:

Hunter Muskett (1968–74) was an English folk-rock band

The group was formed at Avery Hill College in South London when Terry Hiscock and Chris George were joined by fellow student Doug Morter. The band’s name was taken from an anecdote about an eccentric Cornishman.

Hunter Muskett began by playing in London folk-clubs and colleges mixing original songs with acoustic folk and blues.


Paul Brett:

Paul Brett (born 20 June 1947, Fulham, London) is an English classic rock guitarist. He played lead guitar with Strawbs (though he was never actually a member), The Overlanders, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera, The Velvet Opera, Tintern Abbey, Fire, Roy Harper, Al Stewart, Lonnie Donegan, and switched to twelve-string guitar in the 1970s. (More Paul Brett here)



Shiva and Maha Dev left Quintessence in spring 1972 to form the short-lived outfit Kala. Management wanted Shiv to go from serious singer to glitter star, stuff a banana down his trousers and join the glam rock hierarchy. Shiv refused, of course, and Bradley Records together with ATV Records senior management broke the band up and took the equipment and van back. So Kala quickly folded.

And now enjoy these extremly rare recordings from the legendary Marquee Club … performed by real fine musisicans.



Hunter Muskett:
Chris George (guitar, vocals)
Terry Hiscock (guitar, vocals)
Doug Morter (guitar, vocals)
Roger Trevitt (bass)

Paul Brett:
Paul Brett (guitar, vocals)
Mike Piggott (violin)
Nick Stirling (cello)

Chris Brown
O.C. (bass)
Glen Charles (drums)
Shiva Shankar Jones (vocals)
Gary Moberly (keyboards)


Hunter Muskett:
01. John The Baptist (Martyn) 4.18
02. When I’m Not Around (Hiscock) 4.16

Paul Brett: 
03. Black Cat Blues (Brett) 3.54
04. Strawberry Fields Forever (Lennon/McCartney) 3.43
05. Medley (Traditional) 2.59

06. Come On Around To My House (Shiva) 4.36
07. Before You Leave (Cox) 9.49



Paul Brett – Earth Birth – The First Twelve String Guitar Suite (1977)

FrontCover1Paul Brett (born 20 June 1947, Fulham, London) is an English classic rock guitarist. He played lead guitar with Strawbs (though he was never actually a member), The Overlanders, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera, The Velvet Opera, Tintern Abbey, Fire, Roy Harper, Al Stewart, Lonnie Donegan, and switched to twelve-string guitar in the 1970s.

His first twelve-string guitar suite, Earth Birth, was released on his own label, Phoenix Future, and was produced by artist Ralph Steadman of Fear and Loathing fame. Critical acclaim led to Brett being signed on a four-album deal with RCA Records. (by wikipedia)

Paul Brett in his own words:

PaulBrett1977I signed as a solo articte to RCA in 1977 following the release of Earth Birth on my Indie label – Phoenix Future. It was totally out of step with the current music at the time which was definately Punk . In fact, people said it was crazy to launch a solo instrumental works for acoustic 12 string guitar. I have never been one to follow trends and it seemed the right thing to do at the time. With the help of Michael Tickner and Lawrence Brough of Dawes Press in Fulham and the brilliant illustrator Ralph Steadman of Fear & Loathing fame, who designed the LP cover and produced the LP, I recorded and released in a limited edition of 1000 copies – Earth Birth. We were staggered at the response from the Press. Fantastic reviews, even in the Pop and Rock Magazines and the Dailys were over the top with enthusiasm. Subsequently, RCA called us and we made a production contract for all my recordings, which meant we made and leased the records to RCA and they released them World Wide for the duration of the deal. We re-recorded Earth Birth and it was released in 1977.

Paul Brett is rated as one of the best 12 string acoustic guitarists in the world.

Listen to this masterpiece of acoustic musik and you´ ll know why !


Paul Brett (guitar)


01. Christened By Fire 5.09
02. Infant Journey 3.01
03. Alone In Space 4.13
04. Faint Stirrings/New Beginnings 2.21
05. Dance Of The Dawn Herald 2.57
06. Infinite Possibilities 6.17

Music composed by Paul Brett




Paul Brett Sage – Schizophrenia (1972 )

FrontCover1Paul Brett Sage’s second full-length, Jubilation Foundry, was a rocking affair that danced delightfully from rock’s roots in blues and R&B to its many contemporary nooks and crannies. With their follow-up, 1972’s Schizophrenia, PBS dove into the harder side of rock, quite a feat for a group that featured a plethora of percussion but no drummer; although one was brought in for the driving “Slow Down Ma!.” But as “Custom Angel Man” proved, Sage could rock like a Band of Gypsies even without one. However, it was Southern rockers and jam bands that were the group’s strongest influences, and on “Charlene” they bring the two together. Imagine the Allmans fronting the Band to get the idea. The instrumental “Limp Willie,” in contrast, features great dueling acoustic guitars, until the song flops over into PaulBrettSage1972Grateful Dead territory. “Take Me Back I Will Love You” sounds just like Pink Floyd, minus all their pomposity and self-indulgence, and is one of the album highlights. And there’s plenty more of those within, from the gorgeous harmonies and acoustic guitars that stream across “Savior of the World” and “Tale of a Rainy Night” to the bluesy show-stopper “Make It Over.” But as far afield as PBS seemed to have wandered from their folkie roots and for all their use of electric guitars, the many acoustic elements that initially defined their sound remain, giving the band and this set a sound entirely unlike anything else from the time. Routinely labeled acid folk and progressive rock, in fact, Sage were pop/rockers working in a thoroughly unique medium, creating a sound that still thrills today. (by Dave Thompson)

Released in a sleeve opening into a threefold from the middle with lilac Dawn labels.
When held before a light source, the disc is dark red.

Paul Brett (vocals, guitar)
Stuart Cowell (guitar)
Dick Duffall (bass, vocals)
Bob Voice (drums, percussion, vocals)
Rod Coomes (drums on 04.)
Dave Lambert (keyboards on 05.,08., 10.,  piano on 01.)
Rob Young (piano on 04., flute, oboe on 09.)


01. Custom Angel Man (Brett) 2.34
02. Charlene (Hutcheson) 3.06
03. Song Of Life – Song Of Death (Hutcheson) 2.45
04. Slow Down Ma! (Hutcheson) 2.58
05. Saviour Of The World (Hutcheson) 3.39
06. Limp Willie (Voice/Duffall/Brett/Cowell) 1.41
07. Tale Of A Rainy Night (Brett) 3.03
08. Take Me Back And I Will Love You (Hutcheson) 4.13
09. Autumn (Brett) 4.43
10. Make It Over (Goddard/Phillips) 3.10
11. Bee (Brett) 1.01


Paul Brett – Songs From The Compleat Angler (2009)

PaulBrettFrontCover1Paul Brett is rated as one of the best 12 string acoustic guitarists in the world. He has played or recorded with The Strawbs, The Overlanders, Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera, The Velvet Opera, Tintern Abbey, Fire, Roy Harper, Al Stewart, Lonnie Donegan, Paul Brett Sage and in his own right as Paul Brett. He was a top session guitarist in the 1960’s & 70’s, having been in demand for many top sessions with a wide variety of Artistes. His first 12 string guitar suite “ Earth Birth “ was critically acclaimed. It was released on Paul’s own label Phoenix Future and produced by world famous artist Ralph Steadman of “Fear & Loathing“ fame. This led to Paul being signed on a four album deal to RCA. He later achieved album Chart success and Gold & Silver LP sales via his K-Tel “Romantic Guitar “ album. As a journalist, wrote for Melody Maker, NME, Sound International and International Musician in the same time frame he produces shows for Capital Radio, was a Marketing Consultant for Aria Guitars under whose brand he released two “Paul Brett” signature guitars. One six string and one 12 string model which have now become collectors items. In the early 1980’s, Paul decided to move to the “other side” and became Managing Director for Pan Polychord . Wrote TV Themes for Thames Television, credits include CP Taylor’s ” Rainbow Coloured Disco Dancer “, The first Aids series of nightly programmes and The M25 Travel Series. He was then co- head of Production with Michele Breeze for the Rank Holiday Division for eight consecutive years till the mid 90’s and also Production Director for Majesty Cruise lines in the States. Currently concentrating on writing and recording. CD releases include “Acoustic Power” with John Joyce, “Boudicca”, a stage musical co-written with Evita Star Michele Breeze. DVD releases ”Collecting Vintage Acoustic Guitars” ( DVD ) , “12 string guitar & Beyond” ( DVD ). Just released is a brand new book ” Music & Tablature for 12 string Acoustic Guitar” with accompanying CD.

PaulBrettPaul is the resident expert on Vintage Acoustic Guitars for UK National Magazine ‘Acoustic’. He is also, currently the Associate Editor for Music Maker and Live in London magazines. His new collaboration with EVITA Star Michele Breeze on her second one woman musical drama ‘The Queen’s Chambers’, based upon the life of Elizabeth 1, is now in it’s final stages before recording.

He has recently guested on Internationally broadcast television shows “The Antiques Roadshow” and “Flog It”. Both mainstream programmes made by the BBC.(by wikipedia)

TheBook2Paul Brett has set to music and song many of the much heralded poems from Izaak Walton’s Classic book “The Compleat Angler.”

For the very first time, world renown guitarist Paul Brett sets to music and song the classic poems from Izaak Walton’s legendary book The Compleat Angler.
Charting a four day fishing trip by two friends, The Compleat Angler: Or The Contemplative Man’s Recreation was published in 1653 and has become a classic, not just as the seminal fisherman’s reference book, but as a portrait of rural England’s virtues in a century of upheaval. For the first time in History, Pwllheli based,world renown guitarist Paul Brett, has set to song and music on a full CD , many of the timeless, classic poems that feature in Izaak Walton’s magnificent book “The Compleat Angler”. Not only is this book regarded as the Angler’s Bible, it also deals in conservation, food, the countryside, friendship and a whole host of other subjects.
Walton first published his book in 1653, it has only ever been out of print once in over 400 years. It is the third most re-published book in British History with only The Bible and The Common Prayer book published more. Paul Brett has brought to life this classic piece of post Jacobean pastoral narrative and forged an album of exquisite beauty. He plays his 18 string guitar throughout and sings these timeless works with accompaniment by String Quartet and Wind section, intuitively arranged by Carla Zappala.
TheBookThe album opens with a sprightly reading of John Chalkhill’s “O, the Gallant Fisher’s Life” and includes George Herbert’s “Virtue” (driven on a throbbing bassline pulse), Henry Wotton’s hymn to “Spring”, a darkly swirling setting of Michael Drayton’s watery journey “Of Rivers” and an elegantly airy arrangement of Francis Davison’s “In Praise of a Beggar’s Life” that embraces the poem’s pastoral naiveté without any note of modern day irony. Drayton’s masterpiece “The Salmon Leap” also is beautifully presented with the proud salmon’s yearly struggle to ascend the River Teifi.
There are two instrumentals. Titled from the book’s final words, “Study To Be Quiet” is a superb nimble interplay between strings and guitar that makes you wonder why Brett doesn’t enjoy the same high profile as John Williams while “The Compleat Angler” itself is another remarkable display of double neck – guitar virtuosity.
Courtly folk ballads “Corridon’s Song”, “The Angler’s Wish” and jaunty folk dance closer “The Angler’s Song” both draw on Walton’s own writings. In his interpretation of Christopher Marlowe’s world famous poem “The Passionate Shepherd To His Love” (better known perhaps by opening line ‘Come live with me and be my love’. Brett’s has invested a twinkling lust, far removed from the usual images of chaste swains and virginal nymphs. It’s a tremendous piece of work that will appeal to listeners across a wide spectrum of musical genres. (by Mike Davies)

Paul Brett (guitar, vocals)
Sarag Devonald (oboe)
Janna Huneke (flute)
Yaughan Jones (violin)
Rebecca Leyton (cello)
Carla Zappala (guitar)

01. O, The Gallant Fisher\’s Life 3.17
02. Spring 2.07
03. The Salmon Leap 2.54
04. The Passionate Shepherd To His Love 1.54
05. Study To Be Quiet 2.09′
06. Virtue 1.57
07. Corridon\’s Song 2.12
08. Of Rivers 2.32
09. In Praise Of A Beggar’s Life 2.39
10. The Compleat Angler 1.56
11. The Angler’s Wish 2.15
12. The Angler’s Song 2.26

Music: Paul Brett – lyrics: Izaak Walton