Paul and Russell have composed several songs together. One of these, On and On (recorded 2002), has not had any offical release.
A great little spiritual number, the recorded version has a wonderful Spanish/Mexican/Spaghetti Western feel. As I often say, recording is a mystery, and it is possible to create wonderful soundscapes almost without thinking. Often this is how the best material arises!
Variously plagued by ill-health and injury, the performance at our first live performance in many years was missing key members Jez and Russell (who ended up acting as sound man). Old friend and sometime keyboard player for the band, Paul Hazell, manfully deputised on drums (with no rehearsal!).
Paul – vocals, guitar, bass
Andy – vocals, guitar, keyboards
Steve – vocals, guitar
Paul Hazell – drums
The gig was ambitious. Held in the daytime, it lacked a little atmosphere and most of the guests were deep in conversation rather than listening to the band. The initial set was patchy but the second set took off with a barnstorming Sweet Home Alabama – and the rest was history!
The gig was ultimately quite a rousing success. It was notable for the only outing of the most recent collaboration between Paul and Russell – Something That Will Last. This reflective song looks back over past years of being a Christian, and then looks forward to the believer’s glorious destiny in heaven. The track is a big favourite of mine!
Sweet Home Alabama (c)Rossington/Van Zandt, 1974
Spirit From Above
Something That Will Last
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