Many of the great bands I have used before had talented individual members who went out there and made albums of their own. In a few examples here, these guys had busy careers that are as interesting and notable as the respected bands they played in. For example, Wynder K. Frog (Mick Weaver) made albums before working with the bands that had success, which in his case included the Keef Hartley Band and Juicy Lucy. This takes you into the interesting world of session musicians and those who were talented and in-demand.
On the other hand, some of the artists here are not known to have had prolific careers outside of their main band, but for one reason or another had the rare opportunity to helm a solo record.
Researching this subject has revealed a bunch of great music, and in this selection I have chosen tracks that range from 1970 to 1975, covering hard rock, southern rock, jazz-rock, blues and prog.
01. Peter Tilbrook of The Masters Apprentices
A Mad Man Roams Tonight - Single (1971)
02. Mike Harrison of Art and Spooky Tooth
Maverick Woman Blues - from album "Rainbow Rider" (1975)
03. Mick Abrahams of Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig & Screaming Lord Sutch
Awake - from album "Mick Abrahams" (1971)
04. Peter Kaukonen of Hot Tuna & Jefferson Starship
Up Or Down - from album "Black Kangaroo" (1972)
05. Wynder K. Frog of Keef Hartley Band & Juicy Lucy
Howl In Wolf's Clothing - from album "Into The Fire" (1970)
06. Ray Fenwick of After Tea & Ian Gillan Band
Stateside - from album "Keep America Beautiful, Get a Haircut" (1970)
07. Cliff Bennett of Toe Fat
Movin' And Travelin' On - from album "Cliff Bennett's Rebellion" (1971)
08. Ken Hensley of Uriah Heep, The Gods, Toe Fat, Head Machine & Weed
Stargazer - from album "Eager To Please" (1975)
09. Lee Pickens Group of Bloodrock
Thumbs Up - from album "LPG" (1973)
10. Marz of Jeronimo & Atlantis
Lord Have Mercy - from album "The Dream Is Over" (1972)
Peter Tilbrook was in Adelaide's The Masters Apprentices (vol 21) from '67 to '68, playing guitar and bass. He was in earlier bands, and has had a solo career since, which you can read about here. He has since appeared at Masters' reunions too. His single from 1971, "A Mad Man Roams Tonight", is a fun track that gives this comp its name. I got this info from Peter himself:
The band [for this single] was quite a well-known line up.
Steve Hopgood [Masters Apprentices drummer]
John Bywaters [The Twilights bass player] who I am in a band with today - THE TWILIGHT ZONE
Tony fahse [Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons] as second guitarist
Peter Tilbrook [Masters Apprentices] on vocals and guitar
Mike Harrison was formative keyboardist/vocalist of Spooky Tooth. He made three solo albums which did not carry on in the vein of Spooky Tooth's heavier stuff, but the track Maverick Woman Blues from his 3rd album Rainbow Rider certainly did! It is a cover of the excellent band Moloch, who first appeard in TDATS in Vol54.
Mick Abrahams was guitarist/vocalist in bands such as Jethro Tull and Blodwyn Pig. "Awake" is taken from his 1971 album "Mick Abrahams". He made more albums with the "Mick Abrahams Band" and in 1975 he made an instructional LP "Have Fun Learning" The Guitar With Mick Abrahams...One of Britain's top rock band and session guitarists.
Peter Kaukonen is the younger brother of guitarist/bassist and vocalist of Hot Tuna & Jefferson Starship; Jorma Kaukonen. Although he was not a full time member of those bands like his brother, he did play with both of them on occasion. He made a solo album in 1972 called "Black Kangaroo". It's chock full of his great Hendrixian guitar playing.
Wynder K. Frog was the band of Mick Weaver, a keyboard player who later worked with Keef Hartley Band (Vol 74) & Juicy Lucy (Vol 100). To this day he has also worked with Miller Anderson (Vol 74), Janis Joplin and Dave Gilmour to name a few.
Ray Fenwick was an English session guitarist who played in many bands, including After Tea (Vol 63), Ian Gillan Band and the Tee-Set. His sole album from 1970 was called "Keep America Beautiful, Get a Haircut" and the track 'Stateside' is a long piece of great rock-opera.
Cliff Bennett was guitarist/vocalist in Toe Fat (Vol 16) as was Ken Hensley (following) also in Toe Fat. He helmed Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers in the early sixties, the Cliff Bennett Band in 1968 and Cliff Bennett's Rebellion in 1971, on which I found "Movin' and Travelin' On".
Ken Hensley was a keyboard player who was quite prolific, playing in bands such as Uriah Heep, The Gods, Toe Fat, Head Machine, Weed, Blackfoot and The Hensley Lawton Band. He made two good solo albums in the '70s; Proud Words on a Dusty Shelf (1973) and Eager to Please (1975). "Stargazer" is taken from Eager To Please.
Lee Pickens was formative guitarist in Bloodrock (see vols 1 and 30), he made one southern rock-infused album in 1973 called "LPG".
Finally, we have Marz. He was Rainer Marz of German bands Jeronimo (Vol 5) and Atlantis. He made one LP entitled 'Marz' in 1972.
Thanks for listening!