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One person found this helpful. Fantastic Album not a bad track on it. I am not knocking it If Panama release another CD in the future I'll check it out first.. Back in the 80s my friend Bill and I used to listen to this and just laugh and laugh. What was your first instrument? Who were your major influences?
I bought my first guitar when I was sixteen, a second hand Hofner electric. In , I purchased a Harmony Sovereign acoustic, which set me on my path. Then I met Gerry Lockran, an excellent blues artist who was very well known in those days, Gerry took me under his wing, gave me lessons and introduced me to Beverley Martin, whom I accompanied briefly.
These experience led me to the vast treasure trove of African-American artists. What bands were you a member of prior to the formation of Panama Limited Jug Band?
Then I became disillusioned, put my guitar in the closet and got a steady office job in the city. I was the last person to join Panama Limited Jug Band. After working for two years in an office, I was bored stiff, but skeptical of getting back into music seriously. The guys tracked me down through the local voter registration office and called my mum. They told me they had been offered a recording contract with EMI Records and that I should give it a go.
I dusted off the Harmony, rehearsed with them, it felt good so I agreed. I put my notice in at the day job the next day! When and where did Panama Limited Jug Band play their first gig? How was the band accepted by the audience? Bukka was a particular favourite, I met him backstage at the Hammersmith Odeon now Apollo , fine chap! Haha, yes, we were all big Beefheart fans and he certainly influenced both my singing and song writing at that time. Did the size of audiences increase following the release of your debut?
Well, because we did very few gigs, any increase would have been an improvement! We were signed to The Beatles management company Epstein Enterprises, so it was a sort of sit back and wait, not one I enjoyed.
I remember we were scheduled to do a gig at Olympia but decided not to, the harp player Gary Compton and I went down to see who had taken our place and it was Procol Harem! I was pissed! It was all done at Abbey Road in either studio one or two, there were three time slots, morning, afternoon and late night. Johnathon Peel produced, Jeff Jarrett engineered. I believe there were about six sessions. I have no idea what equipment was used. Please share your recollections of the sessions.
What were the influences and inspirations for the songs recorded? I remember feeling right at home in the studio and still do. It was very relaxed, I remember one session where we walked in on the tail of a Paul McCartney session and another time bumping into Ritchie Blackmore in the corridor, that gives you focus! There was a nice pub around the corner that we used to frequent during any breaks.
I was seeing a girl that lived in Neasden. At the time I was living in Richmond so it took me an hour to get there by bus, so I wrote the lyrics for my songs on the album, on the back of London Transport bus ticket paper!
This was my first attempt at crafting a tune and I think the imagery and music perform their roles very well. Were you inspired by psychoactive substances like LSD at the time of writing the album? No LSD was involved, that I knew of. Copious amounts of hash and beer would have been the order of the day. How pleased was the band with the sound of the album? What, if anything, would you like to have been different from the finished product?
For me, it was a tremendous experience and opportunity, which encouraged me to continue writing and basically launched me into a career in music. Well, I met Roger at a local bar, he was performing with someone else, an excellent blues woman called Candy Sheppard. Interview Panama Limited Jug Band.
Klemen Breznikar May 7, Doron Barness August 7, Love this band!! Anonymous August 7, Good to discover more bands from the golden age. Never heard of them.