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Tempest
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Tempest

Mark Clarke bass vocals
Ollie Halsall guitar
John Hiseman drums
[Allan Holdsworth guitar]

Playing In the Band

Unparalleled Lines

Excerpt from an article by Matt Resnicoff in Musician magazine's 1993 Whole Guitar Book

 

ALLAN HOLDSWORTH: "Oh, did you know that Ollie Halsall died?"

JOE SATRIANI: "Oh man. About a month ago, yeah."

ALLAN HOLDSWORTH: " Yep. He was living in Spain or something. At age 43."

JOE SATRIANI: "You played with him a long time ago."

ALLAN HOLDSWORTH: "Yeah, he was a fantastic guitar player. When I played with this Top 40 band, we'd play upstairs on the weekend and the big bands would play downstairs, and then the rest of the week we'd be downstairs, and usually the band would come up and check out the other band. And I remember these guys sayin', 'Hey, you sound like that guy Ollie Halsall,' and I'd never ever seen him before; I didn't know who he was until we played in Tempest. He played totally legato, but I'd never heard him. But he was an influence on me because he was an extremely creative individual. When I first moved to London, he was the popular guy; everybody was saying, 'Hey, check out Ollie.' I don't know what happened---he was there, and he was gone. When I saw him he had an SG and the old Gibson Vibrola, the little spring steel tailpiece they had on SG's after the Sidewinder. They worked. I mean, those days, nothing would stay in tune, it was something everybody put up with. I remember in New York when I started playing with Tony [Williams], I used to go around to all the music stores looking for tremolo bars. Everybody would look at me like I was NUTS: "Whaddya want THAT thing for, man? Whaddya gonna do with THAT?" It's crazy how it turns around: now no guitar is made WITHOUT one, you know? [joe laughs] But I saw the whammy bar, which I don't use much anymore, as just something that happens in a space of time. It's like when those MXR phasers came out and everybody had one, and even on that Tony Williams record, you can [stamps foot] stomp on that and know right away what year it was made! [laughter]"

Thanks to George Rodrigues and Jorge Souto Bartolomé for finding this.

 

Under the Blossom
The Anthology 2005

Under The Blossom album cover - Tempest

Disk 1
Funeral Empire
Paperback Writer

Star Gazer
Dance To My Tune
Living In Fear
Yeah Yeah Yeah
Waiting For A Miracle
Turn Around

Originally released as
Living in Fear
1973

Living in Fear album cover - Tempest

One of the finest 'heavy-rock' albums ever made. Utterly magnificent guitar set in some excellent songs

Disk 2
You and Your Love
Dream Train

Previously unreleased tracks from aborted second album

Jon Hiseman drums
Ollie Halsall guitar vocals
Mark Clarke bass vocals

Foyers Of Fun
Gorgon
Up And On
Grey And Black
Brothers
Drums Away drum solo
Strangeher

Live at the BBC
[Golders Green Hippodrome] June 1973

Jon Hiseman drums
Alan Holdsworth
guitar
Paul Williams
vocal
Mark Clarke
bass vocals
Ollie Halsall
guitar

This is essentially a guitar duel between Halsall & Holdsworth

Available from Amazon here

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Under The Blossom

 

Playing The Band

Playing In the Band

Playing the Band' - The Musical Life of Jon Hiseman (and lots more besides!) by Martyn Hanson. Published by Temple Music.

Over 450 pages with over 100 colour and B&W photos from J&B's private collection.

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Live in Frankfurt July 1973
Gorgon
Foyers of Fun
Dance to My Tune

Interesting early trio performance still including a couple of the incredibly complex old Tempest numbers


Live at the Beeb July 73
Funeral Empire
Yeah Yeah Yeah
Living In Fear
Dance To My Tune
Paperback Writer
Lennon|McCartney

A splendidly drunken affair featuring Ollie on lunatic monophonic synthesiser!


Reading Festival UK August 73
Dance to My Tune

Poor quality, but thanks to Satoru Yonemoto for finding this


Live at the Marquee October 73
Funeral Empire
Yeah Yeah Yeah
Turn Around
Living In Fear
Grey and Black
Roundabout The Marquee [drum soslo]
Dance To My Tune

A magnificent complete show. Halsall is on fire on this one. The balance is not perfect, but Ollie's guitar is something else.

Qne of the best examples of how to blow every other guitar player of the stage in 2009 - let alone 1973.

Quite simply, this performance rewrites the accepted development of rock guitar virtuosity.

Thanks to Satoru Yonemoto for contributing this


Live at The Teatre Nuova,
Torino, Italy
1974

Living In Fear
Funeral Empire
Dream Train

Strangeher
Yeah Yeah Yeah

Solo guitar complilation from Living In Fear [above]
The full track is a long rambling affair of nearly 12mins. This is a composite of the intro and the middle solo guitar bits


Live at The Alcione Theatre, Genoa, Italy March 1974
Funeral Empire
Turn Around
Living in Fear
Dream Train
Drum Solo
Strangeher
Paperback Writer

Superb quality audience recording courtesy of Joerg Reinicke from Germany.


TEMPEST
Jon Hiseman
drums
Ollie Halsall
guitar vocals
Mark Clarke bass vocals

Jon Hiseman's Temple Music site


> Tempest at Malatestiana Court, Fano, Italy 1973

LIVING IN FEAR

Well, Well, I thought I was headed for the Hebrides Islands
Look at me now, here I am two miles from the Panama canal*
Oh, baby you let me down
Oh, you let me down, yeah

Well, I thought I was healthy and free from temptation
I'm a long away from home and you were so
So full of confidence that I let you take over
Oh, how I let you take over

And I left it up to you, babe
But you left it up to me
I don't believe in no authority

I'm just living in a false sense of security
I'm just living in a fool's paradise

I'm just living in a false sense of security
I'm just living in fear, living in fear

Well, I left it up to you, baby
But you left it up to me
I can't believe in your authority

I'm just living in a false sense of security
I'm just living in a fool's paradise, fool's paradise

I'm just living in a false sense of security
I'm just living in fear, living in fear

And I thought I was looking for someone to lean on
Now I'm leaning on a lamp post at the corner of the street
But I'm goin' home
Yeah, I'm goin' home

Well, I thought I was headed for the Hebrides islands
Here I am two minutes from the Panama canal
Oh, baby, it's the last time, it's the last time
It's the last time I do, it's the last time I do

'Cause I left it up to you, baby
But you left it up to me
I don't believe in your
authority

I'm just living in a false sense of security
I'm just living in a fool's paradise

I'm just living in a false sense of security
I'm just living in fear, living in fear, living in fear

Oh, baby, you let me down, yeah

Ollie Halsall 1973

Transcribed by George De Albuquerque

This is cllearly a reference to the monologue Jonah and the Whale by hip comedian Lord Buckley, which includes the clasic line, "Jonah, what in the world is you smoking in there? I thought I was off the Flibberty islands. Here I is two minutes from the Panama Canal! This jazz’s got to go."

WAITING FOR A MIRACLE

Waiting for somebody to walk in and offer them a miracle
Waiting for somebody to walk in and offer them a miracle

She's half crazy
She lives her lazy life in her private, private memory
She's like the calm before the storm
Before the night, she's alright, she's alright

It's so late and how I hate to
See her this way, see her this way
All alone in the world with her rolling stone on the table

Waiting for somebody

Waiting for somebody to walk in and offer her a miracle
Waiting for somebody to walk in and offer her a miracle

He's so humble and he would crumble
If she ever raised her, raised her voice to him
He's like the calm before the storm
Before the night, he's alright, he's alright

It's so painful, he's crying softly
Oh, why should he be, why should he be
All alone in the world and his balls are in the pawn shop

Waiting for somebody?

Waiting for somebody to walk in and offer him a miracle
Waiting for somebody to walk in and offer him a miracle

It's a bad dream and the has been
Nothing to while the, while the time away
She doesn't know that she is driving him insane
It's a game, such a shame

Separated, so frustrated
Beyond the wildest streams
All alone in the world and nothing to live or lie for

Waiting for somebody

Waiting for somebody to walk in and offer them a miracle
Waiting for somebody to walk in and offer them a miracle

Ollie Halsall 1973

Transcribed by George De Albuquerque

 

 

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