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Clive Griffiths bass vocals
Ollie Halsall guitar vibes keys vocals
Mike Patto vocals piano
John Halsey drums vocals

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Australian tour poster
Thanks to Vezetek

"I went to see Joe Cocker on the opening night of his stint at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney. The Hordern is a huge hall in the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds in Sydney. At that time it had been fitted with a flat seating arrangement and a raised stage to cater for touring rock bands like Cockers. I lived in a share house in Surry Hills which is across Moore Park from the Showgrounds and I saw a lot of shows at the Hordern.

"Patto was the support for Cocker and his entourage. I knew little about them even though I was an avid reader of NME and other industry rags. I had read that Ollie Halsall was a hot guitarist but that was all I knew. I was, and still am, a huge Cocker fan so I was really looking forward to seeing him after following him from the intial hit of 'With a Little Help from My Friends' and on through the albums and the Woodstock and Mad Dog films. Patto were a revelation. A solid rocking act. The only song I really remember is "Singing the Blues on Reds" but I was amazed by Ollie Halsall's solos.

"Tanyrate, Cocker and entourage come on stage and start up. Somewhere along the line they had lost Bobby Keys and Jim Price so they were short handed compared to the advertising but we didn't care. Cocker was in fine form, out of his head but so was most of the audience. Two or three songs into the set, Ollie wanders onstage looking a bit lost. I think there was an on stage announcement by Cocker as to the circumstances but it was forty years ago and the memory is hazy. What I do remember is Ollie and the other guitarist standing nose to nose with the guitarist yelling out the chords till Ollie got the tune. Ollie gained confidence as the show went on and started to unleash on a couple of the solos that just made time stand still. I'm no musician but I knew I was listening to some one really special. Then they started on "The Letter" and the band wound into this one with a big powerhouse sound. Cocker wailed, the chorus was a surge and Ollie played a solo. A solo that had the entire band agog trying to figure out where he was going and how he was going to resolve. The band was watching him intently, with the piano player hanging off his stool. As Ollie swept into the climax he turned his back and pulled out some piece of utter magic. The piano player nearly fell off his stool, the band roared on, Cocker laughed and launched into the wind up.

"I've seen a lot of acts now but that night does stick in the memory."

George Millwood 2012

 

Western Springs, New Zealand 1972
© Lloyd Goodman

 

Western Springs, New Zealand 1972
© Lloyd Goodman

Note: Although Ollie's 'Beatnik' beard dates this photo correctly, he has the same jacket he wore onstage with Boxer some 4 years later. Maybe he picked it up in there!

 

Rather disturbing photo of Joe Cocker under arrest in Melbourne during the tour. Thanks to Buda. [The picture that is, not the arrest!]


Korig Roots

When I was in my teens and living in Wales I was part of a three piece rock band called Korig Roots. We played the usual round of youth clubs and church halls but this one Saturday we were booked as a support act at Penarth Paget rooms.

This was a fabulous old Victorian venue on the coast just a few miles from Cardiff. When we arrived there was in the foyer a display of album covers with the title "Hold Your Fire" by a band that I had not heard of called Patto.

We unloaded our gear but found that the venue was too big for our Bells catalogue p.a. system. We met the band in their dressing room, They looked very tired and dishevelled but incredibly friendly and insisted on their crew miking our gear. We played our set whilst the band looked on from the side of the stage as we finished our set they gave us great encouragement and commented on our set with kindness.

Now it was the turn of Patto to take the stage; they wandered onto the stage with a friendly, casual ease, the gear being so minimalistic with a couple of combos on stage. Then they played . . . As a teenage wannabe guitarist it was the most inspirational evening of my life and changed my way of looking at music.

Like most of us in this group I cannot believe how the band never gained world wide recognition that they so deserved but for me they inspired me to make my living from music so huge thanks to Ollie and the rest of Patto.

Danny Chang

Sounds of The 70's - Alan Black
Recording 11 March 1970
Broadcast 17 April 1970

Hanging Rope
Beat the Drum
Government Man
Red Glow


Mike Harding - Sounds of the Seventies
Recording 27 March 1970
Broadcast 12 May 1970

Time To Die
Hold Me Back
Hanging Rope


Sounds of The 70's - Mike Harding
Recording 3 November 1970
Broadcast 10 November 1970

Government Man
Hard Life
Love Me

Two of these tracks later appeared on a transcription disc probably produced for the BBC World Service:

'Top of The Pops' - Brian Matthew

Government Man
Love Me


Sounds of The 70's - Bob Harris
Recording 30 March 1971
Broadcast 5 April 1971

The Man
Money Bag
Air Raid Shelter


Live In Concert - John Peel
Recording ?? March 1971
Broadcast ?? March 1971

San Antone
Government Man
Beat The Drum
Sitting Back Easy
So Cold

+ Bernie Holland: Guitar

BBC transcription disc. Excellent quality apart from surface noise
Courtesy of Saturo Yonemoto


Sounds of the 70's - Mike Harding
Recording 28 June1971
Broadcast 6 July 1971


Give It All Away
You, You Point Your Finger
Air Raid Shelter

According to the BBC, the band was banned from the BBC for over a year for missing a scheduled recording session for the "Sounds of the Seventies" program in October of 1971. According to an article in a December issue of Timeout, Ollie took over for Bob Fripp in Centipede just days before their gig at The Royal Albert Hall. Patto couldn't do the BBC session, because the date of the session was also the only possible date for Ollie to rehearse with Centipede before playing the Royal Albert Hall. The BBC ban on Patto was lifted early in 1973. - Thanks to Ken Thornton for this information.


Sounds of the 70's - Bob Harris
Recording 24 January 1973
Broadcast 5 February 1973 + May 1973


Flat Footed Woman
General Custer
Singing the Blues on Reds

+ Dave Brooks: Sax


Sounds of the 70's - John Peel
Recording 12 February 1973
Broadcast 27 February 1973

San Antone
Holy Toledo*
Loud Green Song

+ Dave Brooks: Sax
+ John Peel [or, more likely, John Mayall: Harmonica on San Antone

*I am increasingly suspicious that Holy Toledo is a BBC recording at all. Sounds more like an out-take from the aboted Monkey's Bum album


Sounds of The 70's - Bob Harris
Recording 13 February 1973
Broadcast 16 March 1973

Flat Footed Woman
General Custer
Dear Landlord
I Got Rhythm
Sausages
Hold Me Back

+ Dave Boorks [Sax]


Please do not be tempted by the Flawed Gems 'label' bootleg of Roll'em, Smoke, 'em, Put Another Line Out, which has the sheer audacity both to pose as a legitimate release and to include seven of these live performances as 'bonus' tracks. One is incorrectly listed as San Antone instead of Government Man. The back inlay photo shows Barnabus Swain instead of John Halsey in the group photo. Worst of all Bernie Holland is not credited for his contribution.

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Patto archive
Live in concert

Live in Munich
17 April 1971
San Antone
Air-Raid Shelter
Beat The Drum
How's Your Father
The Man
Big Hunk O'Love

Best recording from these unreleased European shows.


Piper 2000, Viarreggio, Italy
July 1972

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Please do not buy the CD Straight To The Tempest which includes a poor quality bootleg of this recording. Listen to a far superior version online here

Recording coutesy of Francesco Malfatti

Piper 2000 story


Stockholm
Kungliga Tennishallen (The Royal Tennis Court), February 1972

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Thanks to Anders Ohman and Erik Amkoff for this remarkable recording from a tour supporting Ten Years After - Alvin Lee had the unenviable task of trying to follow this every night!.

Stockholm


Oberrheinhalle, Offenburg 1971
Stairway of Love
Hold Your Fire
You You Point Your Finger
Shakin' All Over
Route 66
The Man
San Antone
Sittin' Back Easy

Newly discovered version of a concert recording previously thought to been made in Italy, The overall sound on this one is still quite poor but Ollie's guitar is distinct and quite stunning in places. Many thanks to David Osbiston for supplying this vastly improved addition to the Archive, and to Marc Bouhier for identifying the venue [probably!].


The Wake Arms
Epping, Essex 13 February 1972

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San Antone
Hold Your Fire
Shakin All Over
Tell Me Where You've Been
You You Point Your Finger
Route 66
Give It All Away
Lonely Nights
Little Jimmy Brown
Unknown
Big Hunk of Love
Stairway of Love

Fair quality live recording - you can actually hear the bass! Rare outing for The Admiral's unique renderings of 50's 'doo wop' classics. Totally manic guitar on Hold Your Fire and an extraordinary, unidentified 25 minute [!] composition with Mike on piano.

Recording not available for trade

Can You Hear Me Johann?
Live in West Berlin
3 March 1972

Hold Your Fire
San Antone
Tell Me Where You've Been
Don't Start Me Talking
Route 66
Unknown?
Sittin' Back Easy
Big Hunk o' Love

Entitled after Mike's impassioned cry to the roadie during the opening track. Dreadful sound quality. Virtually unlistenable. Halsey notably acknowledges the audience's 'appreciation' with the epilogue "Thank you and goodnight you miserable load of bastards, thank you!


Live in Germany
Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Ludwigshafen,
8 March 1972

Hold Your Fire
Tell Me Where You've Been
You, You Point Your Finger
Route 66
Shakin' All Over
Stairway of Love
Walk Don't Run [Twist competition]
San Antone
Johnny Reggae [!]
Sittin' Back Easy

Dreadful sound quality. Virtually unlistenable


The Torrington
London, April 1972

Intro [Soley Soley]
Move It
Hold Your Fire
Maud, I'm Bored
Little Jimmy Brown
Lonely Nights
Rebel Rouser
Oh Carol
Tell Me Where You've Been
You, You Point Your Finger
Money Honey
Walk Don't Run
Big Hunk of Love
San Antone

+ Gary Windo [sax]

Essential listening because it is one of only two remaining complete performances and includes much of the sheer lunacy that was Patto. Appalling quality recording via [John Halsey's] portable cassette recorder, but somehow it works.


Don't You Rock Me!
The Supertivoli
Travagliato, Brescia, Italy 29 July 1972

Loud Green Song
Tell Me Where You've Been
Hanging Rop
Stairway Of Love
Don't You Rock Me, Daddy-O
Dream
Singing The Blues On Reds
I Got Rhythm
Peter Abraham
Hold Your Fire

To be fully evaluated

Not at all bad for a portable cassette recording. Essential content includes a skiffle session with washboard solos from The Admiral.


The Black Swan
Sheffield, November 1972

Cold Turkey
Loud Green Song
Last Night I Had a Dream
Peter Abraham
Singing the Blues on Reds
Hold Me Back
Stairway of Love

The Mucky Duck


The Torrington
London July 1975
[Reunion benefit concert]

Hold Your Fire
Loud Green Song
I Got Rhythm

Stairway of Love
Mummy
Walk Don't Run [the Twist competition!]
Route 66
Hold Me Back
My Days Are Numbered
Sittin' Back Easy
Singing the Blues on Reds
Government Man

Shakin' All Over
A Big Hunk O' Love
You Left Me Lonely
High-Heel Sneakers

Essential listening because it is one of only two remaining complete performances and includes much of the sheer lunacy that was Patto. Appalling quality recording via Dictaphone, but somehow it works.

Patto archive
Cool Vibes!

"I recorded this one afternoon during rehearsals for Patto's first album, circa 1970.

Tracks 1, 2 and 3 are recorded straight off the original 1/4" tape which is in remarkable condition considering it has sat on it's machine for 40 years.

Track 4 was in poor condition and has been engineered to make it listenable.

Many thanks to Crispin [?] for this and the master CD." - Barnabus Swain 2009.

Patto archive
Alvin Lee
Ten Years After tour poster 1972

"Alvin Lee and Ten Years After did a tour of Scandinavia with us supporting. On the first night we played an absolute stormer and not one person applauded. Not one! Then Ten Years After came on, they hadn't played for six months. Ric the drummer was so rusty it was unbelievable. It was like Sweep playing the drums with Sooty on the Magic Organ!

"And the audience went crazy. It made me wonder what it was all about.. certainly not about going on and playing well. Anyway, Alvin couldn't believe Ollie. He'd never heard him before, and he absolutely flipped. So he got a Revox and recorded every single Patto gig on the tour. Alvin even used to travel from gig to gig in our van., He just wanted to be with Ollie"

- Drummer John Halsey  . . more

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