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Lead up to the Album:
- Trapeze was the merging of two bands. Terry Rowley and John Jones were in a band called The Montanas. Hughes, Galley, and Holland were in a band called Finders Keepers.
- According to Johnny Jones: In 1969 he and Terry Rowley were taking the train into London when they discussed forming a new band and talked about all the people they’d like to play with. Terry had worked with Holland and wanted him as the drummer. This was on a Friday and by Monday the original 5-piece lineup of Trapeze was together.
- Hughes says that Terry was very well educated musically and he wanted to have strings and orchestrations involved a they were all very taken with what the Beatles were doing. For that same reason they really wanted to have multi-part harmonies.
- Jones says that Yes was also a big influence on them.
- In the 2CD Remastered release liner notes Malcolm Dome says: “The band name Trapeze was suggested by Rowly, and immediately gave them a sense of sophistication, which was highly appropriate when you consider what the debut album sounds like.
- Jones says he originally suggested the name “Trapezium” because he knew of a folk band called Pentangle. Terry it is suspected suggested shortening it to Trapeze.
- Hughes describes the first time seeing Johnny Jones at a Montanas show on stage with sunglasses on and thinking this was the first rock star he’d ever seen.
- According to Hughes they came close to signing with Apple. Hughes says that in the end things just fizzled out.
- Instead of the Beatles it ended up being The Moody Blues who offered Trapeze a deal and John Lodge, the Moody Blues bassist, agreed to produce their album.
- Like many albums at this time they didn’t have time for pre-production but they had songs written so they went into the studio and performed them.
- Hughes says that he believes Lodge hadn’t produced anything before
- Bass, Guitar [Six-string], Piano, Trombone, Lead Vocals – Glenn Hughes
- Drums – Dave Holland (2)
- Lead Guitar, Bass – Mel Galley
- Organ, Guitar, Piano, Flute – Terry Rowley
- Left after this album.
- Rowley would return to the band in 1974.
- Trumpet – John Jones (9)
- Went on to work with Ray Thomas.
- Producer – John Lodge
- Of the Moody Blues
- Research, Coordinator [Co-ordination] – John Tracy
- Author of sleeve notes for numerous releases.
- Coordinator [Co-ordination Assistant] – Jack Stansfield, Sue Henry
- Jack, only credit.
- Sue worked with Trapeze, Marianne Faithful, John Mayall.
- Engineer – Bill Price
- Engineer at West Essex Sound Studio
- Worked with hundreds including Mott the Hoople, Pete Townsend and The Clash.
- Engineer – Chris Neal (2)
- Only a few credits in the 70s.
- Engineer – John Punter
- Worked with Roxy Music, Mr. Big (not that one), and Martyn Ford.
- Engineer – Roger Quested
- Continued to work with Trapeze, Pink Floyd (Meddle), and Cat Stevens.
Recorded: Morgan Studios / Decca Studios, London
(P) 1970 The Threshold Record Co. LTD., England
Distributed By London Records INC.
Album Art & Booklet Review
- Photography By – Barry Wentzell*, David Wedgbury
- Front Cover: Reproduced by kind permission of The Victoria & Albert Museum.
- Verse reproduced by kind permission of Hallmark Cards Incorporated.
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- It’s Only A Dream (Galley)
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- Over (Jones, Galley)
- Nancy Gray (Hughes)
- Fairytale – Verily Verily – Fairytale (Jones, Galley)
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- Am I (Hughes)
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Reception and Review
- The album was released in May of 1970. The follow up album “Medusa (which we covered in Episode #40) was released in November of 1970.
- This lineup was only together for 18 months.
- Hughes remembers the vocal harmonies and arrangements very fondly.
- Shortly after
For Further Information:
- Glenn Hughes The Autobiography: From Deep Purple to Black Country Communion by Glenn Hughes
- Trapeze – Trapeze – 2CD Expanded Edition Liner Notes by Malcolm Dome
- Trapeze – Trapeze – 1994 CD release liner notes by John Tracyj
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