Various Spanish Sessions


 

With Distrito 14, 1991



CALLEJONES

Al Pie Del Cañón

Dr Dream album cover

1991

Quiso Aparentar [solo]

 Juan Javier Martinez's
recording diary


LOS SUAVES

Los Suaves

Dr Dream album cover

1991

Maldita Sea Mi Suerte

La Noche Se Muere

A nightmare 'shredding' competition involving various players. Ollie, naturally, provides the best solo - using a mike stand! [See article below]

Coño, es Ollie Halsall, joder!

I met Ollie when I was working at Estudios Kirios, Madrid, in the Synclavier studio in 1991. He was producing an artist, that to my limited knowledge, was never launched by EMI (no surprise there) called Lucrecia, and he wanted to play sampled drums on the keyboard, which he did. I considered myself a bit of a guitarists 'fanboy', but I had never heard of him (I should have known, the people in the Studio venerated him - Coño, es Ollie Halsall, joder!).

He was a pretty cool guy, had his tantrums like anybody else, I found him to be more acrid than fun to be around; he wore a black leather jacket and pants and he used to smoke Ducados-black tobacco.

I had the opportunity to share a 45 minute heavy traffic bus ride from Madrid to Alcorcon (Kirios)and we talked about the weather in the Peninsula, asked me if I could help him find a flat to rent (?), and talked about how easy it was to cop some good stuff in España. Although I was thinking of the smokable THC, I think he was referring to the strong stuff (H-ey, choose your poison!!!), but, anyway, we worked for a while and then he disappeared.

On that bus ride, he told me about a guitar solo that 'Los Suaves' (a hard rock band

from Galicia that were recording their 'Dame Rock and Roll' album in the same studio) had asked him to play, along with other guest guitarists, and he told me that he had played the best solo on the record (not very 'umble there) with a right handed guitar and a mic stand!!! At the time I was thinking to myself 'yeah, right, this guy is full of shit' but, ah, life works in mysterious ways, and he was right!

I looked this site up in Google after re-reading a 1997 Q magazine with a Ten Years After album review where they mentioned him (the only time I have ever seen his name in print, shit!) and now, I find he was a legend . . . 12 years later! If I had known, Korben . . . Well, Bless his Soul and I''m glad I shared some time with him - Un Bongazo a su memoria!!!

More meanderings: I remember the first day I met him. I arrived to the studio and he was already there, ready to play triggered drum samples from the Synclavier for Lucrecia''s CD- I thought that he either was an excellent player or a fool-no doubt after a few minutes later (I was the fool)

Germán F [Germán Sánchez Fas] 2005

Please visit the 'Glammest' group website

Check out Ollie's solos at 7:29 to 8:04 and the one with the mike stand at 14:54'' to 15:29


REY LUI

Un Nudo en la Garganta

Dr Dream album cover

1988

Amistad

1990

(Unknown)

 

1990

Velocidad [Speed]
featuring a staggering 'scat' solo by Ollie

Photo: Domingo J. Casas

With Rey Lui


STARVIN' MARVIN

Birdseeds

Single 1982

Recorded the same day as the funny 'Animals' clip with the instruments switch, on the 1st of April '82, 'cause they all thought it was a joke and everybody lost their bets with Ollie walking into the most high-class studio of Brussels around midday. It's Ollie on the piano, counting the birdseeds; the guitar parts were all taken!"

Marvin Siau 2019
😉

'Starvin' Marvin's site


RAMONCIN

Corta

Dr Dream album cover

1982

Val del Cas
Perdedor
Hombdres del Alma
Atrapado en un Semaforo
Calles Oscuras
Sal de Naja
Canciones Desnudas
Sopa de Gafas
Bajando
El Circo del Rock

Unemboldened titles feature OH as
co-writer or rhythn guitar player only

Ramoncinco

Dr Dream album cover

1984

Al Limite

Fabrica de Hombres

Golfa (Ven Esta Noche)

The two tracks feature a couple of short solos. Ollie also wrote the music for both tracks. He also composed three further tracks on the album, but there are no solos nor remarkable guitar playing on them - JS

Arañando La Ciudad

2015

Ángel De Cuero


RONNI URINI

Dr Dream album cover

Sailship

Single 1983

Ollie throws in a wonderful solo at about 1m 20s [which Mr Urini fairly convincingly mimes to in the video link]

Included on an Austrian 2-CD Compilation Neonbeats - Austrian New Wave and Postpunk
[ Klanggalerie, 2010]


MAJABAND

Introducing Police Hits

Majaband

1983

Maxi-single [it;s a medley; the b-side is the same without the vocals]

Roxanne
Every Breath You Take
Message In A Bottle
Spirits In The Material World
Don't Stand So Close To Me

An expertly performed 'mash-up'. The question is, why?


MANIA

Mania

Mania album cover

1983

Rhythm guitar on three tracks. Not yet documented


MANZANITA

Mal de Amores

Dr Dream album cover

1984
Not yet documented


RADIO FUTURA

Veneno en la Piel

Veneno en la Piel

10 Aug 1989

Veneno en la Piel [inst]
Spanish Surf Music!

Rarezas

[Rarities] 1992

La Vida en la Frontera [live]

Radio Futura In Concert recordings:
Live in Santander 10 Aug 1989
Live in Madrid 25 Sep 1990
Malaga 3 August 1990

 

radio futura

with radio Futura 1989


LOS FAVORITOS

10,000 Revoluciones


1989

OH producer


EL PRIMER TERCIO

Hay un Espacio Para Ti

1989

Mi Cama Espera
Distinctive Halsll solo on this otherwise unremarkable, self-produced album.


MELOPEA

Surf & Rock and Roll

Dr Dream album cover

1989
Producer. Not yet documented


TEIXIDÓ

Texidó

1989

Nothing Like You

Ely

Dr Dream album cover

• Santiago [single]

Apart from playing, Ollie also co-produced the album, so I guess he is to blame for under-mixing his guitar at times. Texidó wrote his songs in English, being from the Malaga-Torremolinos area he found it quite natural to do it that way JS


DESESPERADOS

Tan Alto Como Nos Dejen


1990 Not yet documented


MONTANA

Un Dia Entre Semana

Dr Dream album cover

1990

Un dia Entre Semana

Keyboards and slide guitar


CORCOBARDO Y
LOS CHATTEREROS

Tormento de Tormento

1991

Dr Dream album cover

Suceso

Dr Dream album cover

1991 EP

Co-produced by Ollie on which he contributes acoustic and electric guitar, apparently.

With Corcobado y Los Chatarreros 1991


VARSOVIA

Not yet documented


HOMBRES G

Historia del Bikini

Dr Dream album cover

1992

Encima de Ti

Apart from being a nice solo, this was quite probably Ollie's very last studio recording JS


TINO CASAL

Casal Viva

casal album

Etiqueta Negra

casal album

1983

Single:

Poker Para Un Perdedor
Embrujada

Not yet documented


DISTRITO 14

Cielo Lo Sabe

Dr Dream album cover

A demo produced by Ollie Halsall in 1991 allowed the group to get a record deal, recording an EP called Dias De Gloria, released by EMI in 1993, followed by El Cielo Lo Sabe.

With Distrito 14, 1991


ESCLARECIDOS

Rojo

Dr Dream album cover

1991

Todos Mienten

Just the one track. Also features Marcelo Fuentes on bass


ANTONIO FLORES

?


CLAUDIA PUYOL

Not yet documented


Many, many thanks to Jorge Souto for the annotations [JS] and archive copies of many of these recordings. This invaluable contribution has helped to make sense of the 'jig-saw' puzzle which comprised Ollie's later career.

Ollie & Eva Valliente[?] 1987
Ollie & Ronnie Wathen

Ollie and Claudia Pujol

"I must get out of Spain and start playing guitar again" Ollie Halsall 1992

Bassist Marcelo Fuentes confirms that, shortly before Ollie's death, he was planning a solo album with Relarivity Records.

Mainstream Machine

 The Pa Amb Oli Band

The Sex Beatles

Kevin Ayers

Cinemaspop