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10 Feb 2017

Chick Churchill "You & Me" 1973 UK Prog Rock

Michael George "Chick" Churchill is a classically-trained pianist best-known as on/off keyboard man with Ten Years After, possibly the archetypal British blues/rock band, featuring Alvin Lee's lightning-fast guitar work.

You and Me is Churchill's only solo album, is an unfairly forgotten rock gem with quite strong, progressive influences. A bevy of famous friends Jethro Tull's Martin Barre, Cozy Powell, Leo Lyons, Rick Lee, Roger Hodgson, Bernie Marsden, Garry Pickford Hopkins, it’s really hard to imagine a better configuration on one record. ...............

Besides singer/guitarist Alvin Lee, the only other member of the British blues-rock band Ten Years After who has ever released a solo album is keyboardist Chick Churchill. Churchill’s only solo album, titled You & Me, was released in 1974, when the original breakup of his usual band was all but final. Churchill wrote and produced the ten songs; besides playing the keyboards, he also arranged the strings. Two of his usual bandmates (bassist Leo Lyons, drummer Ric Lee) assisted on some tracks, as did Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, Martin Barre, Cozy Powell, Bernie Marsden, and Bill Jackman. Churchill only sang the lead vocals on two tracks, “You’re Not Listening” and “Falling Down an Endless Day”. The other tracks were sung by journeyman vocalist Gary Pickford-Hopkins, who performed on Rick Wakeman’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth album that same year.

As you might have guessed after reading the names of the supporting players, the music on You & Me suggests that Churchill was considering a solo career in the then-dominant progressive rock genre. The album mainly consists of mellow art-pop. Although it’s not as stodgy as some entries in that genre, You & Me is also not particularly stimulating. Churchill’s playing distinguishes the material only slightly; it’s most effective on the pretty ballad “Dream of Our Maker Man” and the instrumental “Chiswick Flower”. The opening track “Come and Join Me” resembles a Rod Stewart song from the period, but has less vigor than Rod the Mod would have delivered. Churchill is able to carry the tunes on his two vocal turns, but he was wise to tap a professional to sing on the rest of the tracks.

Churchill did not continue to pursue a solo recording career. After the breakup of Ten Years After became official in 1976, Churchill continued to work in the music business as a publisher and promoter. Since then, Ten Years After have regrouped – but that’s another story.....................

Chick Churchill ( born Michael George Churchill, 2 January 1946 , Ilkeston, county Derbyshir) started playing the piano at age 6 and studied classical music. With 15 years of interest in blues and rock music. Nottingham formed his first band "Sons Of Adam". Churchill then met Alvin Lee of '' The Jaybirds''. Cnachala he joined the band as a manager, but soon became the keyboardist . In November 1966 the name was changed to "Ten Years After". With this group, Churchill played at major rock festivals , including Woodstock in 1969, and Isle Of Wight Festival ( 29 August 1970 ) . In 1973 he recorded a solo album, "You & Me". '' Ten Years After'' broke up in 1976. Churchill then became a professional manager to '' Chrysalis Music''.....................

Chic Churchill (Ten Years After, Alvin Lee) on keyboards
Cozy Powell (Bedlam, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath) on drums,
Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) on guitars,
Leo Lyons (Ten Years After) on bass,
Bernie Madsen (Whitesnake) on guitars
Gary Pickford-Hopkins (Ancient Grease, Wild Turkey) on vocals.  

Chick Churchill - Piano, Organ, Moog, Mellotron, Vocals on 7,10
Gary Pickford-Hopkins - Vocals
Martin Barre - Guitar on 1,2,5,9
Rodger Hodgson - Guitar on 3, Bass on 3,4,6,7
Bernie Marsden - Guitar on 4,6,7
Leo Lyons - Bass on 1,2,5,8,9
Cozy Powell - Drums on 1,5,8,9
Ric Lee - Drums on 2
Rick Davies - Drums on 3,4,6,7
Bill Jackman - Sax on 1,3

1. Come And Join Me - 5:10
2. Broken Engagement - 3:09
3. You And Me - 4:41
4. Reality In Arrears - 7:02
5. Dream Of Our Maker Man - 2:58
6. Ode To An Angel - 4:06
7. You're Not Listening - 2:39
8. Chiswick Flyover - 2:54
9. The Youth I Dreamt In Slipped Away - 4:31
10.Falling Down An Endless Day - 3:06

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