The Ollie Halsall Archive
Steve York

"This is an album I put together at Virgin Records Manor Studio. I was on crutches at the time with a broken pelvis after a car accident.

It featured some of my favourite UK musicians including Graham Bond, Elkie Brooks, Boz Burrell, Rob Tait, Pete Gavin, Jim Mullen, Tim Hinckley, Mike Patto, Ollie Halsall, Jon Lee, Barry Duggan, Marc Charig, Dave Brooks, Mick Moody, Lol Coxhill and Lol Coxhill. Drummer Ian Wallace also played on the album but is wrongly credited.

"This record was a mess but it is an interesting document. The name, chosen by Virgin Records, is Latin for giraffe. A pregnant giraffe was brought to England from Spain for the cover photo. None of the musicians were paid."

Steve York

Full album credits

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Camelo Pardalis

Manor Live

See the Light

Keep On

Hey God

Black Note Meets the White Note

Male Chauvinist Pig Song

Slidin' Sideways

Women's Lib Song

Do What You Feel

[Keep On and Hey God feature both Ollie on guitar and Mike Patto on vocal]


"He was one of the best guitarists I have heard. He played passionately right out of his heart and always had the most fabulous original ideas. At the same time he was always very tasteful. I can still hear his unique guitar sound, 35 years later – clear and shimmering.

My favourite memory is when I played old Louis Jordan records for him. Few English musicians were acquainted with his music at the time and Ollie had a revelation when he discovered this link between r & b, jazz, and rock ’n roll. I wish I had had more opportunities to play with him. He was one of the great!"

Steve York 2008

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Fuzz magazine article