LONDON ALL STARS

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Picture the scene, February 1965 and Eddie Barclay, the millionaire playboy owner of Eddy Mitchell's label, the eponimous French Barclay asked Bob Graham, the most prolific and often uncredited session drummer to emerge from the UK pop scene, to produce an album for the French market. Credited to Le London All Star, "British Percussion", released in September 1965, was a stereo showcase, and featured a stunning array of British musicians.

The higher calibre of studios and musicianship in London attracted many acts from abroad. The French pop star Eddy Mitchell was a regular visitor, recording at least eight EPs in London. For Mitchell's releases the session men were dubbed "The London All Stars". Graham recalls: "Charlie Katz rang - 'please be at Pye records, don't ask who the artist is'. I plodded along there, said to (engineer) Bob Auger 'who is it tonight?' - 'Eddy Mitchell', 'who the hell is Eddy
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LONDON ALL STARS Le London All Star - British Percussion album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Le London All Star - British Percussion
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LONDON ALL STARS Le London All Star - British Percussion

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Many fans of John McLaughlin or Led Zep's Jimmy Page never heard this album exists!Recorded in a single session in 1965 (!)and released on French Barclay label only same year,this recording demonstrates rare very early UK blues-jazz scene's music played by unknown musicians, many of them will become real stars very soon.

Twelve compositions are groovy, melodic,often keyboards based, sometimes with almost big band-like arrangements. Participation of Jimmy Page on solo guitar, extremely rare John McLaughlin playing rhythm guitar and Arthur Greenslade on piano all make this album collectors' dream. All project was extremely short-lived and in fact formed just for one recording session - the concept was to record special album of fashionable in that time "new" British music for French market. Music itself is quite enjoyable combining British r'n'b,bluesy jazz-rock and orchestral arrangements. Not a masterpiece, this album is really rewarding listening for fans of all mentioned musicians.

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