Thursday, June 30, 2011

Riff Raff - Outside Looking In (uk 1999) (originally recorded in 1972)

Riff Raff - Outside Looking in (uk 1999)
(originally recorded in 1972)

Formed: 1972, United Kingdom

* Tommy Eyre (keyboards, Hammond organ, acoustic guitar),
* Alan Marshall (vocals),
* Roger Sutton (bass guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals),
* Rod Coombes (drums, percussion, acoustic guitar),
* Joe Czarnecki aka Joe Peters (2nd drums),
* Martin Ball (guitar),
* Richie Dalton (saxophones),
* Pete Kirtley (guitar 8 to 11),
* Kenny Slade (drums 8 to 11),
* Aurero De Souza (drums 8 to 11).

Related Artists: Mark-Almond, Nucleus, Blue Whale

Genres: Progressive Rock

- Riff Raff (RCA SF 8351) 1973 (reissued on CD by Disconforme, DISC 1952 CD, 1999)
- Original Man (RCA LPLI 5023) 1974 (reissued on CD by Disconforme, DISC 1953 CD, 1999)
- Outside Looking In (never released before 1999; CD by Disconforme, DISC 1951 CD, 1999)
- Copper Kettle/You Must Be Joking (RCA RCA 2396) 1973

01. Outside Looking In – 9:17
02. The Blind Man – 8:18
03. Bach B. Minor Prelude – 2:58
04. Feeling Paranoic – 0:43
05. Buthelezi – 3:42
06. So You Want to Be Free – 10:56
07. Changes – 3:25
Bonus Tracks:
08. Child of the Summer – 6:02
09. For Every Dog – 4:08
10. Morning – 5:59
11. The Garden – 6:59

Riff Raff was a UK progressive rock band formed by keyboardist Tommy Eyre in 1972.The band was a continuation on the back of drummers (and Harrow School of Art friends) Rod Coombes (Juicy Lucy Strawbs and Stealers Wheel) and Joe Czarnecki's (Plainsmen) aka Joe Peter's project originally called 'Crikey' started in 1969 and completed in 1970 when Rod had to accept growing tour commitments with Juicy Lucy.These sessions comprise half of the Riff Raff album 'Outside Looking In' in which Rod wrote half the songs.Rod says that "the concept of the band was based around two drummers and afro-jazz (Rod and Joe were great fans of Ginger Baker and Miles Davis) and fusion(this album was one of the first true fusion albums to be recorded).I had worked with Roger with singer Paul Williams (Juicy Lucy)and Tommy previously and clearly we all enjoyed doing what we do best-playing freely".
Riff Raff later went on to release two albums to lukewarm response; however, their use of jazz and hard-edged rock garnered them a large underground following. Riff Raff also released the single "Copper Kettle". Although not typical of Riff Raff's repertoire, the band were unlucky not to get some chart coverage from the single.[citation needed]
NOTE: This band is not to be confused with a US rock band of the same name (Doug Lubahn: vocals, bass. Ned Liben: guitar. Werner Fritzsching: guitar. Mark Kaufman: drums) who released an album entitled Vinyl Futures (Atco SD-32-108) in 1981 (notable for having a Hipgnosis sleeve design). Also note, not to be confused with the Island recording artists "Riff Raff" 1978, Chris DeMarco, Ray Hennighan, Jimmy Lowell, Ned Liben, David Lanik.
 ~ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Riff Raff came together almost as a natural consequence of the member’s different paths crossing each others at times.
While the Eyre and Sutton pair where working with Mark-Almond progressive duet, they had the time to record an album with Alan Marshall (future Zzebra) and drummer Rod Coombes (future Strawbs), but Mark-Almond became successful in America, so their project (then-named Strabismus) got put on hold. There are also bonus tracks from a recording session of the future incarnation of Riff Raff, with Kirtley, De Souza (and second drummer Kenny Slade).
All tracks (including, bizarrely, the bonus tracks) are written by bassist Sutton and drummer Coombes self-produced, this album is much rockier than the next two Riff Raff albums, and the opening title track is certainly a lengthy energetic number, rather contrasting with its (also length) follow-up Blind Man with its choral middle-section (recorded in the Guilford cathedral).
The Bach piece is much in the line of Blind Man. The side ends with an ultra-short Paranoia (musically-linked to the previous track). Since this album never came out under the vinyl format, it is relatively hard to tell which track would’ve been on which side since Buthelezi is also linked to Paranoiac (and therefore to the Bach piece), but it quickly develops into a drum solo. So far, this unreleased album has reserved us a few surprises, being much more classically-influenced than the next two Riff Raff albums. A bluesier (almost 11-min) To Be Free is certainly still enjoyable.
As for the bonus tracks supposed to be making the link from this unreleased album to the next one, not much is specified as to when the sessions took place, who was still in the group (three drummers for the whole album and two for the bonus tracks). “Child of the summer” is a very nice jazz-laced with soul vocals really announcing the eponymous album and is a small gem, Morning being a bit soul-folk-like, but allowing for instrumental interplay (a good flute-guitar duet), while the 7-min The Garden is a reflective piece offering peaceful ballad-like ambiances.
This “debut” album is rather different-sounding to the classic Riff Raff and is more for the hardcore fans, but still offers a few interesting moments. The bonus tracks are of a bit more interest as they really represent the Riff Raff genesis.
 ~ (Review from

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