Monday, 12 September 2011

MM: Commune by Roy Harper

Roy Harper recorded his first album, Sophisticated Begger in 1966 following a successful residency at the Les Cousins folk club in London. The album suffered from poor distribution and failed to chart, as did his next two albums. He signed to EMI subsidiary Harvest records who released his next album, Flat Baroque and Berserk, reaching number 20 in the UK album charts in early 1970.

Later that year Led Zeppelin released their third album, which included a track entitled "Hats off to (Roy) Harper". The band's guitarist, Jimmy Page, appeared on Harper's next album, the seminal Stormcock, under the pseudonym S. Flavius Mercurius for contractual reasons. The first of many collaborations between the two.

Page appeared on Harper's next album, Lifemask (1973), which was recorded while he suffered with a life threatening blood disorder, and 1974's Valentine, which included the song "Commune" (a video of which is included below). Valentine also featured Ronnie Lane (Small Faces), Keith Moon (The Who) and Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull).

In 1975, Harper released HQ, which featured John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Bill Bruford (Yes) and Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd). That same year, Pink Floyd asked Harper to sing the vocals on "Have a Cigar" for their album Wish You Were Here. He also sang on Kate Bush's album Never For Ever, in reciprocation for her singing a duet on "You", taken from his 1980 album The Unknown Soldier.

In the mid-1980s Harper toured and recorded with Jimmy Page, releasing Jugula in 1985, which reached the top 20 of the UK album charts. Harper continued to record solo material, often featuring his son Nick. In 2000, Roy Harper released his 21st studio album, The Green Man.

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1 comment:

A Mom said...

happy weekend!