Saturday, April 6, 2013

Let It Shine

Also in 1972-1973 Ian Stewart recorded with singer Dennis Coulson, who had just left the remains of McGuinness Flint, the once successful band around guitarist Tom McGuinness, and ex-John Mayall drummer Hughie Flint. Coulson's solo album, co-produced with Benny Gallagher, Graham Lyle, and sound engineer Keith Harwood, was recorded during 1972-73 at Stargroves, Mick Jagger's home, with the Rolling Stones Mobile Recording Unit.

Stu played piano on four tracks: SS Man, Neurosis USA, Is It Me? and Let It Shine. Other musicians on the album included Benny Gallagher (guitar, accordion, bass, electric piano, harmonium), Graham Lyle (bass, banjo, dobro, guitar, mandolin, harmonium), Hughie Flint (drums), Bruce Rowland (drums, congas), Jim Jewell (saxophone), Paul Rutherford (trombone), Toad Thompson (guitar), and Nicky Judd (piano, organ).

Of course Stu knew most, if not all, of the musicians involved, especially Benny Gallagher, who later, together with Ronnie Lane, went on to form the band Slim Chance, and drummer Bruce Rowland, with whom he'd worked together on the soundtrack to the "Mahoney's Last Stand" movie.

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