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Road to Harry's Bar [Import]
Format: DVD Genre: Jazz, Music Video (Concert/Performance)
Road to Harry's Bar [Import]

Road to Harry's Bar [Import]

Format: DVD Genre: Jazz, Music Video (Concert/Performance)
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Gordon Haskell made his first record 'Circles' as bassist with the group 'Les Fleur de Lys' in 1966. Produced by Glyn Johns it has become a classic collector's disc valued at £200 by collectors. Glyn Johns went on to become one of the world's best record producers and set the standard that Gordon has always sought thereafter. It was during the 3 years with Fleur de Lys that Jimi Hendrix often played with the band unofficially. He made an album in 1969 for CBS 'Sail in My Boat' and then joined King Crimson recording 'Lizard' as bassist and vocalist. Neither projects were satisfying although they were successful. He was then signed by the president of Atlantic Records Ahmet Ertegun. The producer was the highly acclaimed Arif Mardin (Aretha Franklin/Norah Jones) and the album was called 'It Is And It Isn't'. It was the first album to focus on green issues and 'no one is more important than the earthworm' drew some attention. It was way ahead of it's time lyrically. Misunderstood and overlooked by the majority, it was plagued by corporate decision makers. Haskell walked away calmly to pursue 'the road less travelled'. It was the right decision. To earn a living whilst quietly sticking to his guns he worked with Alvin Lee, Van Morrison and Cliff Richard. He gave up playing bass and was signed to RCA in 1979 as a singer songwriter. The production was below standard and again Haskell walked away in disgust. It was now 1981 and the next 18 years put him on the road to Harry's Bar. Tired of 'listening to idiots' he worked an average of 6 nights a week, always being booked back, and much loved by audiences. He was independent and began making his own records, the first of which was 'Hambledon Hill', which was a beautiful and highly spiritual single and album adored by many and it put him back on the radio. It sold very well and if the distributor had not gone bankrupt it would have been a hit record. It caused a huge debt that had to be repaid out of gig money. Now working 7 nights a week in the Baltic Haskell continued writing and recording and trying to avoid 'the idiots', the sheer hard graft created the voice we now hear as Gordon Haskell. The spiritual aspect of his work carries through on the next album, 'Butterfly in China', leading to the climax reached with 'Harry's Bar'. Produced by Haskell himself (as was Hambledon Hill), it relates directly back to the method of recording used by Glyn Johns in 1966. Before recording Harry's Bar, Haskell joined up with Hamish Stuart and Robbie McIntosh (Average White Band, Pretenders, Paul McCartney) and toured as a 3-piece. They continue to work together whenever they can. Robbie, now with Norah Jones co-produced 'Shadows on the Wall' and Hamish Stuart produced 'The Lady Wants to Know' and is producing the new album due to be released in January 2006.
Studio: Metal Mind Poland
Release Date: 11/14/2005
Item #: 762079X
UPC #: 5907785027015
Attributes: United Kingdom - Import, NTSC Format
Product Type: DVD

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