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|The Happening Combo||Kevin Ayers • Lady June • Ollie Halsall|
Ollie & Eva Valliente[?] 1987
with radio Futura 1989
With Distrito 14, 1991
Ollie & Ronnie Wathen
With Rey Lui
"I must get out of Spain and start playing guitar again" Ollie Halsall 1992
Bassist Marcelo Fuentes confirms that, shortly before Ollie's death, he was planning a solo album with Relarivity Records.
Tracks 1, 4, 7 & 10 are Halsall solo demos or Kevin Ayers 1988 album, Still Life With Guitar. The other tracks are alternative versions of songs from the Kevin Ayers album,Diamond Jack and the Queen of Pain, four songs by Lady June Kramer and Marvin Siau's origina demo of Another Time Before, which became Another Rolling Stone on the 1988 Kevin Ayers album, Falling Up.
The Happening Combo
Issue Is or Issue Ain't
Previously unreleased out-takes and re-workings of songs recorded between 1980 and 1997 by cult.Canterbury Scenists KEVIN AYERS and LADY JUNE along with their sparring partner, guitarist OLLIE HALSALL measure their mutualism, originality and independence of spirit to the full. Recorded in New York City, Deia, Majorca (and various places in between), they come back together here, posthumously as THE HAPPENING COMBO, the name given to a 1980 photo of Ollie, Kevin and Marvin Siau (the curator of this release) taken outside Kevin's house in the hills of Majorca, one hot summer's day.
This quality digipak release comes with an 8-page booklet containing notes by Marvin Siau and Kevin Ayersbiographer Martin Wakeling together with previously-unpublished period images cals keys
|The Pa Amb Oli Band||
The Pa Amb Oli Band
Occasional group in which Ollie played drums with Tomás Graves on bass and his brother, Juan, on guitar
Unfortunately no recordings featuring Ollie exist.
The Pa Amb Oli Band 1987
Juan Graves, guitar; Catalina Tortella, teacher at the school and friend of the band; Carmen Garcia-Gutierrez, tambourine; Tomás Graves, bass; Top row, Eva Valiente, Ollie's girlfriend at the time; Ollie; Frances Baxter, singer. Photo by lead vocalist David Templeton
The Outer Tunes
L-R Carmen Graves, Tomás Graves, Ollie
'Tuning Up at Dawn'
The Pambs bass player's book about the Catalan music and culture makes fascinating reading and includes a lengthy chapter on Ollie and his association with The Pa Amb Oli Band.
Available from Amazon here:
Rare un-published recording of songs by Phil Shepherd recorded in Deia, Mallorca some time in the mid 1970's.
It was put together in a day using a 4 track recorder outside Kevin Ayer's house down the Clot on the way to the Cala although I don't think Kevin is on this recording.
Artists include: Phil Shepherd - Songs/Vocals/Conga Drums Ollie Halsell - Guitar/Backing vocals including operatic sounds Pat Medows - Piano Lali Shepherd - Backing Vocals Others ??? Some random parsers by also joined in and did some backing vocals but I don't know who they were. I'm also not sure who is on flute - my guess is it could have been Ronnie Wathen or perhaps Stephany Shepherd? My mother Lali is also singing on the Make it Make it Iintegrate it song
If you were there or know other artists on it - please let me know.
- Dan Shepherd 2017
Al Pie Del Cañón 1991
Los Suaves 1991
Maldita Sea Mi Suerte
A nightmare 'shredding' competition involving various players. Ollie, naturally, provides the best solo - using a mike stand! [See article below]
Coño, es Ollie Halsall, joder!
I met Ollie when I was working at Estudios Kirios, Madrid, in the Synclavier studio in 1991. He was producing an artist, that to my limited knowledge, was never launched by EMI (no surprise there) called Lucrecia, and he wanted to play sampled drums on the keyboard, which he did. I considered myself a bit of a guitarists 'fanboy', but I had never heard of him (I should have known, the people in the Studio venerated him - Coño, es Ollie Halsall, joder!).
He was a pretty cool guy, had his tantrums like anybody else, I found him to be more acrid than fun to be around; he wore a black leather jacket and pants and he used to smoke Ducados-black tobacco.
I had the opportunity to share a 45 minute heavy traffic bus ride from Madrid to Alcorcon (Kirios)and we talked about the weather in the Peninsula, asked me if I could help him find a flat to rent (?), and talked about how easy it was to cop some good stuff in España. Although I was thinking of the smokable THC, I think he was referring to the strong stuff (H-ey, choose your poison!!!), but, anyway, we worked for a while and then he disappeared.
On that bus ride, he told me about a guitar solo that 'Los Suaves' (a hard rock band)
rom Galicia that was recording their 'Dame Rock and Roll' album in the same studio) had asked him to play, along with other guest guitarists, and he told me that he had played the best solo on the record (not very 'umble there) with a right handed guitar and a mic stand!!! At the time I was thinking to myself 'yeah, right, this guy is full of shit' but, ah, life works in mysterious ways, and he was right!
I looked this site up in Google after re-reading a 1997 Q magazine with a Ten Years After album review where they mentioned him (the only time I have ever seen his name in print, shit!) and now, I find he was a legend . . . 12 years later! If I had known, Korben . . . Well, Bless his Soul and I''m glad I shared some time with him - Un Bongazo a su memoria!!!
More meanderings: I remember the first day I met him. I arrived to the studio and he was already there, ready to play triggered drum samples from the Synclavier for Lucrecia''s CD- I thought that he either was an excellent player or a fool-no doubt after a few minutes later (I was the fool)
Germán F [Germán Sánchez Fas] 2005
Please visit the 'Glammest' group website
Check out Ollie's solos at 7:29 to 8:04 and the one with the mike stand at 14:54'' to 15:29
Un Nudo en la Garganta
"Recorded the same day as the funny 'Animals' clip with the instruments switch, on the 1st of April '82, 'cause they all thought it was a joke and everybody lost their bets with Ollie walking into the most high-class studio of Brussels around midday. It's Ollie on the piano, counting the birdseeds; the guitar parts were all taken!" - Marvin Siau 2019
Ollie throws in a wonderful solo at about 1m 20s [which Mr Urini fairly convincingly mimes to in the video link]
Included on an
Austrian 2-CD Compilation Neonbeats - Austrian New Wave and Postpunk
Police Hits (!) 1983]
de Amores 1984
Rarezas [Rarities] 1992
In Concert recordings:
Live in Santander 10 Aug 1989
Live in Madrid 25 Sep 1990
Malaga 3 August 1990
Veneno en la piel
El Primer Tercio
Un dia Entre Semana
Keyboards and slide guitar
Occassional jazz group in Mallorca
Nothing Like You
Apart from playing, Ollie also co-produced the album, so I guess he is to blame for under-mixing his guitar at times. Texidó wrote his songs in English, being from the Malaga-Torremolinos area he found it quite natural to do it that way JS
Corcobado y Los Chatarreros
Suceso 1991 7" EP
Co-produced by Ollie on whiche contributes acoustic and electric guitar, apparently.
Apart from being a nice solo, this was quite probably Ollie's very last studio recording JS
Not yet documented
Sal de Naja
Sopa de Gafas
El Circo del Rock
Fabrica de Hombres
The two tracks feature a couple
A demo produced by Ollie Halsall in 1991 allowed the group to get a record deal, recording an EP called Dias De Gloria, released by EMI in 1993, followed by El Cielo Lo Sabe.
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