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7 Jan 2017

Beckett “Beckett”1974 UK excellent Prog Rock

Beckett  “Beckett”1974 UK excellent Prog Rock..recommended
Beckett “Rainclouds"1973 
Beckett  “A Rainbow’s Gold” (Old Grey Whistle Test 1974) video
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A progressive rock outfit from Newcastle, who formed in 1970. Ken Mountain was ex-Yellow. After their Little Girl flexi, Gibbons left to join Halfbreed and was replaced by Ian Murray (ex-Music, Goblin). After their album, which was produced by Roger Chapman of Family, Barton and Fisher left, being replaced by Arthur Ramm (ex-Les Humphries Singers) and Barry Black (ex-John Miles Set). Then Ian Murray departed, to be replaced by Jimmy Wiley (ex-Icarus). After the band split, Wilson-Slesser went on to Back Stree Crawler, Wiley and Barton ended up in Captain Whizzo (1976) and Black rejoined John Miles. ….. 

This self-titled album from UK Prog Rock band "Beckett” was their only album from 1974. They have a huge following in the South Tyneside area of England. It is worth noting that Iron Maiden covered “A Rainbow’s Gold”, which is featured on the B-Side of their ‘Two Minutes To Midnight" single. And a few members of “Beckett” went on to form the band “Back Street Crawler” with the ex-guitarist of 'Free’, Paul Kossoff………… 

The album “Beckett” - just one of the greatest and most unjustly neglected of progressive rock albums of the '70s. This small masterpiece belongs to Beckett band from Newcastle, which was formed in 1970. The style of music was always somewhere between progressive and hard rock. This is their only LP, released in 1974, which was produced by Roger Chapman (Eng. Roger Chapman), best known for working with a group of Family. The original vinyl today is, surprisingly, a rarity. 
The album, in short, can be described as follows: after a brief prelude “Once Upon a Time … The End” a group gives us the first gem - it’s an amazing song “Rolling Thunder”. What follows is a beautiful ballad “Rainclouds” and the famous “Life’s Shadow”. Famous is the fact that the group Iron Maiden, cleverly used the lyrics of this song for his composition “Hallowed Be Thy Name” from the album “The Number of the Beast”, and did not forget to grab some musical passages, or rather an instrumental part for the song “The Nomad "from the album” Brave New World “. 

Next we come to the "A Rainbow’s Gold”, which is simply one of the best songs the mid 70s. Her Iron Maiden have taken as they are and played on the 1984 single “2 Minutes To Midnight” is only slightly heavier. 

Of course very sorry that the guys from Beckett did not wait honored sales of the album, but they have received in the future, a little recognition. The vocalist, incredible, Terry Wilson-Slesser (Eng. Terry Wilson-Slesser) later joined the band Paul Kossova (Eng. Paul Kossoff) Back Street Crawler…………. 

Here we have an English hard progressive band formed in Newcastle in the year 1970. Produced by Roger Chapman of Family, the band was composed by Ian Murray (brother of guitarist Dave Murray of Iron Maiden), who soon left the band and was replaced By Jimmy Wiley (ex-Icarus). After the separation of the group Wilson-Slesser entered the Back Street Crawler. Iron Maiden re-recorded the song “Rainbow’s Gold” for 2 minutes to midnight, and the “coincidences” with Iron do not stop there … The song “Life Shadows” of that disc was sucked by Iron Maiden and Is the part of the soil of Nomad, of Brave new world. Check it out !!!………… 

Beckett Vocalist Terry Wilson-Slesser, a native of Newcastle upon Tyne, was to figure in ex-Free guitarist Paul Kossoff’s solo outfit Back Street Crawler and was later hook up with Charlie. The vocalist was also known to be in contention during 1980 for the AC/DC frontman vacancy following Bon Scott’s death. 

Wilson-Slesser had replaced original Beckett singer Rob Turner, the previous frontman having been killed in an auto accident. Soon after this appointment guitarist Les Tones quit. The group’s first major performance was supporting UFO at Newcastle’s City Hall. Beckett carved out a live reputation by performing residencies at the infamous Star Club in Hamburg, Germany. Beckett , having scored the financial backing of Island Publishing, then underwent a major line-up change. 

The band’s 'My Lady’ single was a clear flexi-disc given away free at gigs in 1974, the same year the band released their eponymously titled album, produced by Family’s Roger Chapman, on the Raft label subsidiary of Warner Bros. On the live front Beckett supported the likes of Wizzard, Slade, Free, Ten Years After, Thin Lizzy and The Faces. The band performed at the 1974 Reading Festival, after which they switched labels to CBS Records. For a period Wilson-Slesser was rehearsing with Mott The Hoople musicians following Ian Hunter’s exit. 

The Beckett concerts with Free would ultimately lead to an eventual union between Terry Wilson-Slesser and guitarist Paul Kossoff in Back Street Crawler. Slesser was known to be in contention for the AC/DC frontman position during 1980 after Bon Scott’s death. The singer also acted as backing vocalist on Def Leppard’s 'Pyromania’ album. The Beckett song 'A Rainbow’s Gold’ was covered by Iron Maiden as a B side on their 1984 hit single '2 Minutes To Midnight’. That same year Wilson-Slesser acted as an offstage singer for the Michael Schenker Group, performing on a European and Japanese tour. 
The Rock Detector………. 

Arthur Ramm — guitar 
Frankie Gibbon — bass 
Terry Wilson-Slesser — vocals 
Kenny Mountain — guitar 
Keith Fisher – drums 
Roger Chapman – producer 

01. Once Upon A Time… The End — 0:56 
02. Rolling Thunder — 5:23 
03. Rainclouds — 5:11 
04. Life’s Shadow — 6:52 
05. New Dawn Chorus — 1:02 
06. A Rainbow’s Gold — 4:41 
07. Don’t Tell Me I Wasn’t Listening — 5:31 
08. Green Grass Green — 4:36 
09. My Lady — 3:26 
10. True Life Story — 5:36 

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