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Ollie Halsall [solo recordings]

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  Ollie Halsall [solo recordings]

 



 

Caves 1999

Hey Hey Little Girl

Come On Let's Go

Back Against the Wall

Crazy When I Fall in Love

Door to Door Daughter

Travelling Show

Lovers Leaping

Stepping Out

You Need a Friend

First Day in New York

Airplane Food

Summertime Kids

Multitrack demos from 1979

This collection of 1979 demos remains, Ollie's only totally solo effort and an intensely satisfying album

Authorised limited re-release 2007

Market Square

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The Caves story


Rusty Strings 1973 unreleased

[Serving suggestion]

White Sports Coat/Buttons & Bows

Medium Twist

This Wheel's on Fire

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Summer in the City

Can't Help Lovin' That Man

Happy Together

Elvis Medley

Platters Medley God Only Knows

Single 1974:

Rusty Strings Rusty Strings

Can't Help Lovin' That Man

b/w

Medium Twist

Platters' Medley

Perhaps the most bizarre artefact of Ollie's entire career, these multi-track instrumental recordings - clearly n the style of Les Paul - were made in early 1973, around the time of Patto's final, unreleased album, Monkey's Bum.

Ollie had experimented with the layered speeded-up guitar tracks on the song  I Need You  [from the aforementioned album] and had also used the technique with devastating effect on Singing The Blues on Reds [from  Roll 'em, Smoke 'em]. However, the 'Rusty Strings' tracks are a world away from such masterpieces.

Quite why he chose to do them is a mystery. Equally unaccountable is why anyone would want to release them, but RCA did just that in early 1974 with a single coupling the Jerome Kern tune with a Halsall original [which does have some redeeming features].

'Admiral' John Halsey describes these efforts as "Horrible".

We are still waiting for a chart entry ;o)

Many thanks to 'Rutling' Ken Thornton of the Patto  Fan Site and Duncan Goddard for finding and researching these recordings.

The 'flying saucer' on the cover mock-up is the container for a set ofThe Picato UL77 'Green Pack' guitar strings [which Ollie used] Image coutesy of David Osbiston


The Happening Combo 2017

The Happening Combo (CD)

Issue Is or Issue Ain't*
Speeding Heart

Somebody Mean*
Lay Lady Lay
Leaving It All Behind*
Gimme a Little Bit
Ghost Train*
Another Time Before

* Halsall solo demos for Kevin Ayers 1988 album, Still Life With Guitar. Other tracks are alternative versions of songs from the Kevin Ayers album,Diamond Jack and the Queen of Pain, four songs by Lady June Cramer and Marvin Siau's origina demo of Another Time Before, which became Another Rolling Stone on the 1988 Kevin Ayers album, Falling Up.

Abbots Langley 2008

Bum Love

Monkey On My Back

Marietta’s Pizzas #1

Don’t Understand

This One’s For Me

Marietta’s Pizzas #2

Seven Days

Time Is By My Side

We Want Out

Marietta’s Pizzas #3

Roll Around

Bonus tracks:

Seven Days (alternative version)

We Want Out (instrumental version)

Run

Shame Shame

 

This new album of previously unreleased recordings by Ollie Halsall is now available from Market Square Records [MSMCD 145].

The material, which includes nine Halsall originals, dates from a 1980 colaboration with drummer John Halsey and is completed by some very unusual extra recordings.

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The Abbots Langley Story

John Halsey and Ollie HAlsall

Halsey & Halsall
Photo: Morgan Fisher


Ollie and The Blue Traffs
1972
(unreleased)

[Illustration only - What might have been]]

The Russian Medical Fan Dance

Peter Abraham

And He Summoned Up The Tidal Wave
Number Three [instrumental]

With Max Von Shmacks [violin]
Gary Windo [sopranino saxophone]
Harry Miller [bass]
John Halsey [percussion]

+ Keith Tippet [piano] apparently - according to this Spanish Magazine Interview

Robert Fripp [producer]

"Max Von Schmax was a total nutcase. I knew him well and avoided him as much as possible, He was classically trained - his father was in the LSO as a viola player and played on many of my sessions. I'm pretty sure his name was Berman. He would headbutt a telephone box on command (usually of Ollie!) He committed suicide (hardly surprisingly!)" - John Altman

Ollie and The Blue Traffs

The Blue Traff guitar

Ollie Halsal

Photo: Morgan Fisher


Kevin Ayes' bassist Marcelo Fuentes confirms that, shortly before Ollie's death, he was planning a solo album with Relativity Records

CinemasPop

The Strange Case of Ollie Halsall

 

 

I was in Ollie's company on numerous occasions during the late 70's early 80's when he would pop into the Verulam arms pub in North Watford he would get up on stage in the old music lounge and jam with the resident duo. Great times.

At the time he was guitarist for Gary Glitter's backing band and reahearsed in the music lounge for the gigs at Baileys nightclub he use to play the star guitar which he did not like and use to rehearse with harvey and tony leonard who where the only original members left and of course Glitter himself I use to go and watch rehearsals to get experience.

I was in a band managed by Joe Seabrook who had asked Ollie to give me and the band some guidance. I was only 17 at the time and Ollie would have been 28-29.

He was a zany but a modest shy character. I remember commenting on his ability as a musician and I say musician because it wasn't just his ability as a guitarist the guy was a multi uinstrumentalist, Drums, keyboard,bass, sax, vibes and of course right and left handed unaltered guitar his comment was I'm just a dude who likes to do what I do.

We used to have some great jam sessions with Ollie in one of the converted cellars that was our rehearsal studio, with Ollie on drums me on guitar and Nige on bass.

I would like to verify that whether the guitar was left or right handed Ollie could play either way with no mods or alterations to the guitar simply because it was my right handed 1967 Pro Gold Deluxe Gibson Les Paul that Ollie played and to say I was lost for words was an understatement. A totally unique guy.

I remember one time I was walking home guitar in hand when a Ford Granada pulls up along side of me. "Jump in, wandering minstrel" said a familar voice. It was Ollie, Tony Leonard & Harvey Ellison driving. They where going back to Ollie's house in Breakspeare Road, Abbotts langley. I was intending to go home, as it was on the way, but ended up back at Ollie's with the guys. We all got a bit out of it but it was great fun. I'll always remember this huge B&W poster of Ollie on the wall in a leopard skin outfit with guitar in hand. Wondered what happened to that. I know his wife and daughters moved in sometime after. Something I guess will never be known.

Gary Sears 2012


[Illustration only - not a real publication]

The Ollie Halsall Song Book

The Ollie Halsall Song Book

Thanks to John Altman

 
  Traveling Show Ralph Heibutski

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'Traveling Show: The Serendipitous & Surreal Six-Stringed Life & Times of Ollie Halsall' by Ralph Heibutzki is reproduced from issues 29, 30 and 31 of Ugly Things © 2009, Mike Stax/Ugly Things. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written permission of the publisher.

 

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