Force Majeure

Track Listing

Force Majeure

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  1. The Gooz

    (Simon Phillips/Ray Russell)
  2. Force Majeure

    (Simon Phillips/Ray Russell)
  3. Two Socks
    (Simon Phillips)
  4. Harlem Nights

    (Simon Phillips/Ray Russell)
  5. Cosmos
    (Simon Phillips)
  6. Blue Shoes, No Dance
    (Ray Russell)
  7. The Bottom Line
    (Ray Russell)
  8. Streetwise
    (Simon Phillips)
  9. One for CJ
    (Simon Phillips)
  10. Outback
    (Simon Phillips)

Credits

Recorded at Freiburg Zelt Festival by Ric Walton on June 20th and 22nd 1992.

Mixed at Last Chance Studios, London by Ric Walton and Stuart Bruce.

Ray Russell - Guitar
Anthony Jackson - Bass
Tony Roberts - Horns
Simon Phillips - Drums

Release Notes

"Still chasing that record deal in the sky", I was writing more and I felt like I was developing my own instrumental style. I had re-kindled a partnership with Ray Russell, with whom I played with in my first band, Chopyn, back in '74. He very kindly played some of the new material to Robert Trunz of B & W Music - a subsidiary of B & W Loudspeakers - and he offered us a deal. The opportunity to play at the Freiburg Zelt Festival in '92 was offered by Pete York as part of the Super Drumming event. I thought this would be a wonderful way to get a live recording that could be manipulated in the studio. I called Anthony Jackson, one of my all time favorite bass players and Ray called Tony Roberts, a horn player that he had worked with often, and we had a band. Then Ray and I wrote like crazy so we had enough material for a decent length set with more to spare. Anthony flew into London where we rehearsed for 3 days and then it was off to Freiburg. We played 2 shows, one in the Circus Tent and one in the Main Tent - both shows were recorded beautifully by Ric Walton. Ray and I went into the studio to listen, fix and mix. However, this was around the time that I got the call from Toto so I had to put Force Majeure on hold for a few months. I came back to London just before Christmas to complete the mixing and the record was released in '93.