Natural Gas CD Featuring Joey Molland of Badfinger Gets Remastered | Yesterday... and today | Fab forum

Please consider registering
Guest

Log In Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —

  

— Match —

   

— Forum Options —

   

Wildcard usage:
*  matches any number of characters    %  matches exactly one character

Minimum search word length is 4 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

Natural Gas CD Featuring Joey Molland of Badfinger Gets Remastered
29 November 2010
10.03pm
Guest
 
Legendary Natural Gas Album Featuring Badfinger's Joey Molland 
 
 Music collectors worldwide are ecstatic with the remastering and re-release of the legendary 'Natural Gas' album featuring Badfinger, Humble Pie and Uriah Heep alumni on November 16, 2010. The Natural Gas album has been given the CD treatment by record label ItsAboutMusic.com, who has an impressive back catalog of releases. An out of print inferior reissue of Natural Gas was previously released in 2009, and now the album has been completely re-hauled – meticulously remastered with the original artwork restored and the blessings of the band. Originally released in 1975 on the Private Stock label, the eponymous debut by Natural Gas featured Joey Molland of Badfinger, Jerry Shirley of Humble Pie, Peter Wood of Quiver and Mark Clarke of Uriah Heep and Colosseum.
 
http://itsaboutmusic.net/sampl…../album.m3uPlay 2-Minute Samples of the entire album

"I went to this place called Blakes in London, which was a hangout for rockers," recalls Joey Molland. "It was a cool little place. One night I saw a friend of mine there named Mark Clarke; a bass player from Liverpool who’d played with Uriah Heep and Colosseum. We were just talking and having a laugh and I asked him, 'What are you doing?' He said, 'I’m going up to Jerry Shirley’s this weekend. I’m going to stay there and we’ll probably have a jam – why don’t you come with us.' I didn’t really know Jerry, but I thought it would be cool. So Mark calls him and Jerry says. 'Come on up.' We go on up to Jerry Shirley’s house – he had a lovely little farmhouse outside of London. We found out that day that he had just left Humble Pie. Later on that night we had a jam; I think it was Clem Clemson, Jerry, Mark, myself and there may have been one or two others. We had a lot of fun, just playing rock ‘n’ roll songs and blues songs. The next morning Mark, Jerry and myself decided to put a band together. We thought, 'Why not. But do we have any songs?' I had a couple of songs, which I played to them. One was called 'Once Again A Love Song' and the other was called 'Dark Cloud'. Likewise, Mike had a couple songs. We also got a keyboardist, a guy named Dave Kafinetti from the band Rare Bird. He went on to be the keyboard player in 'Spinal Tap'. What a knockout guy!" Kafinetti was replaced before the recording of the album by Peter Wood who co-wrote 'Year of the Cat' with Al Stewart.
 
The Natural Gas album was recorded at Crystal Studios in Los Angeles and produced by legendary Mountain member Felix Papalardi. "Felix was really nice," says Joey, "a real sociable guy and talented fellow. As far as a producer went, we really wanted Mal Evans to do it. But the label wanted Felix Papalardi, the bass player from Mountain who’d done Cream and all that – the label wanted him to do it. Apparently Felix wanted to do the project as well, so that was that. I think Mal was pretty disappointed actually."
 
And what about a name for the new super group? "I think Jerry Shirley came up with the name ‘Natural Gas’ – he was very into it. I never really suggested names for bands – I’m not really good at it. At the time in 1975 natural gas was very much in favor; it was the new clean burning fuel being more and more used. So it seemed like a good idea, and I guess it’s a cool name. It did suggest energy, which was what we were all about. The philosophy of the band was to rock out, you know what I mean…just have a really good time doing it."
 
The LP was released to critical praise from the music press worldwide. Natural Gas would support the album release with a major tour opening for Peter Frampton on his 'Frampton Comes Alive' world tour. "Jerry Shirley had played with Peter Frampton in Humble Pie and so they were obviously close," Joey recalls. "I’d known Peter myself kind of at arms length since he was with the Herd all those years before. So on and off we’d cross each other’s paths. I think Jerry had been working with an agent who’d worked with Humble Pie – Frank Barcelona of Premier talent. He got in touch with them to see if they’d be interested in booking Natural Gas. They were at that time putting the 'Frampton Comes Alive' tour together. They were able to get us opening slots on a lot of the shows – they did us that great favor!"
 
Unfortunately, Natural Gas's debut album would became the band's only release. Joey Molland would soon return to the Badfinger fold, while Jerry Shirley would go on to work with Fastway and eventually return to Humble Pie. Mark Clarke would find work with Rainbow, Billy Squier and Leslie West, while Peter Wood, who passed away in 1993, would later work with Roger Waters and Bob Dylan. The 'Natural Gas' album sadly drifted into obscurity and eventually would become a much sought after collector's item. Now fans of Natural Gas can rejoice with the new re-mastered version of the album.
 
Joey Molland is currently touring, and recently did a stint of performances with the legendary Jack Bruce. Mark Clarke's first solo album called 'Moving To The Moon' will also be released on ItsAboutMusic.com November 16, 2010.
  
 

 

29 November 2010
11.33pm
mr. Sun king coming together
Nowhere Land
Apple rooftop
Forum Posts: 6916
Member Since:
19 September 2010
Offline

SPAMMERtwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virginstwo-virgins

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
30 November 2010
1.40am
skye
AZ
Apple rooftop
Forum Posts: 2288
Member Since:
13 November 2009
Offline

Maybe, maybe not. There is Beatle's connection to Badfinger after all.

I'll lock this down for now. Feel free to PM me or Joe if this more than just a plug for this album.

Ad hoc, ad loc, and quid pro quo! So little time! So much to know!
30 November 2010
10.53am
Joe
Pepperland
Admin
Forum Posts: 3418
Member Since:
31 March 2008
Offline

Thanks Skye. I've sent a warning email to the PR firm who pasted in the above press release. Hopefully it won't happen again.

Please don't spoil my day; I'm miles away

Can buy me love! Please consider using these links to support the Beatles Bible: Amazon | iTunes

Forum Timezone: Europe/London

Most Users Ever Online: 597

Currently Online: Beatleva
56 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

meanmistermustard: 9302

mr. Sun king coming together: 6916

parlance: 4942

mithveaen: 4651

Ahhh Girl: 4599

Zig: 3772

Annadog40: 3670

Mr. Kite: 3325

Ron Nasty: 2968

fabfouremily: 2927

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 87

Members: 2528

Moderators: 4

Admins: 2

Forum Stats:

Groups: 3

Forums: 34

Topics: 3171

Posts: 130051

Newest Members: JStarStar, StrawberryWalrus, Ringorules2002, surfjabroni, SaxonMothersSon

Moderators: Ahhh Girl (4599), meanmistermustard (9302), Zig (3772), Joe (3418)

Administrators: Joe (3418), Ellie (1)

Members Birthdays
Today: Filipe
Upcoming: Regular John