Original archive name: McGough McGear -1968 - featuring Paul McCartney & Jimi Hendrix
McGough & McGear's sole album is a witty delight, notable for both its occasional cool tuneful pop-psychedelic rock songs and more frequent blends of music and whimsical Liverpudlian comedy/poetry. Of the song-oriented tracks, "So Much in Love" is groovy circa 1967-68 British harmony pop/rock with touches of heavy rock psychedelia, while the satirical "Ex-Art Student" (with Jimi Hendrix on guitar) combines sunny pop verses with an extended freaky psychedelic break. "Basement Flat," by contrast, is a funny take on a British pub-style sing-along, while McGough's poem "Summer with Monika" bears similarity to outings by the Bonzo Dog Band and Monty Python. The spoken bits are nicely embellished by eclectic folky and jazzy musical backups and background sound effects, and the sad piano ballad "Yellow Book" is indicative of their debts to British theatrical music traditions. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide
Paul McCartney - Producer
Jack Bruce - Bass
Barry Fantoni - Saxophone
Roger McGough - Vocals
Mike McGear - Vocals
Gary Leeds - Drums
McGough & McGear - Main Performer
Jimi Hendrix - Guitar
Dave Mason Sitar
G1 MCGOUGH & MCGEAR
Recorded: 1/20?/68 A64,A348 584 Released: 4/10/68
1. So Much (1,2) 2. Ex-Art Student (1,2)
Released by: EMI Parlophone (Eng) PMC-7047 (mono), PCS-7047; Parlophone (Eng) PCS-7332 (1989); EMI/CD (Eng) CDP-7-91877-2; Parlophone (N.Z.) PCSM.7047
1: [S455] Kingsway, 1/20?/68, with Jimi (lead g), Mike McGear (lv), unknown (b), Gary Leeds? (d), Barry Fantoni (sax), unknown (hv), and unknown (ta)
2: [S456] Kingsway, 1/20?/68, with Jimi (lead g), Mike McGear (lv), Roger McGough (lv), Dave Mason? (sitar), Jack Bruce? (b), unknown (d), unknown (fl), and unknown (pe)
The rest of this release contains other material by McGough & McGear.
McGough & McGear (1968)
An album I was full of expactations because of the involvement of Jimi Hendrix, Spencer Davis, Dave Mason, Paul McCartney, John Mayall and Gary Walker, but as I have heard it I was a bit disappointed. "So much" and "Ex art student" are great. "Do you remember" brings the late Syd Barrett to mind. "Living room" is ok. Too bad that the other tracks are more or less (weak) pop songs or poems by Roger McGough. But maybe I'm unfair. Decide yourself.
This is the cd-reissue from 1989 (EMI CDP 7918772).
- So much
- Little bit of heaven
- Basement flat
- From: »Frink, a life in the day of« and »Summer with Monika« - Prologue
- From: »Frink, a life in the day of« and »Summer with Monika« - Epilogue
- Come close and sleep now
- Yellow book
- House in my head
- Mr. Tickle
- Living room
- Do you remember
- Please don't run too fast
- Ex art student
Mike McGear (vcls)
Roger McGough (vcls)
1. McGough And McGear (Parlophone PCS 7047) 1968
McGough and McGear - Same 1968
Roger McGough was one of the UK's top poets. He recorded this now extremely rare album with Mike McGear whilst both were members of Scaffold. With originals so hard to come by, it has inevitably been counterfeited prior to its welcome reissue. The album featured many famous names including Jimi Hendrix, Spencer Davis, Dave Mason, Paul McCartney, John Mayall and Gary Walker. It's a mixture of McGear's poems typified by Summer With Monika and some melodic McGear pop songs. Among the best of these are Ex-Art Student which has Jimi Hendrix playing guitar and sitar and Graham Nash on vocals. The duo were actually signed to the new Apple label for this album, but since the label hadn't been launched it was leased to Parlophone!
1. So much
2. Little bit of heaven
3. Basement flat
4. From: »Frink, a life in the day of« and »Summer with Monika« - Prologue Introducing
a) Moanin‘b) Anji
5. From: »Frink, a life in the day of« and »Summer with Monika« - Epilogue
6. Come close and sleep now
7. Yellow book
8. House in my head
9. Mr. Tickle
10. Living room
11. Do you remember
12. Please don‘t run too fast
13. Ex art student
McGough and McGear - McGough and McGear (1968)
McGough & McGear was a spin-off of the Scaffold, the British comedy/pop trio famous for including Mike McGear, Paul McCartney's brother. The Scaffold also included poet Roger McGough and John Gorman. Minus Gorman, the duo of McGough & McGear released a self-titled album in 1968.
Far from being just a Beatles-related curiosity, McGough & McGear is a fine (and rare) album deftly combining poetry, comedy, and a good amount of solid pop-psychedelic rock. McGear tended to be more prominent on the straighter rock songs, while McGough had a greater role on the pieces dominated by goofy, yet intellectually sharp, poetry. It's heartily recommended to fans of the more famous Bonzo Dog Band, who had a similarly appealing blend of comedy and rock, though McGough & McGear has a more poetic, spoken word bent. On tracks like "So Much in Love" and "Ex-Art Student," however, the act presented accomplished, sunny British pop-psych that could be enjoyed as relatively pure, tuneful rock songs.
The record also boasted a roster of all-star guests, including, unsurprisingly, Paul McCartney; McCartney's then-girlfriend, actress Jane Asher; Jimi Hendrix, who adds cool psychedelic guitar to "Ex-Art Student"; the other members of the Jimi Hendrix Experience; John Mayall; Zoot Money; Graham Nash; Spencer Davis; ex-Pretty Things drummer Viv Prince; ex-Yardbirds bassist Paul Samwell-Smith; Dave Mason; Gary Leeds of the Walker Brothers; and yet more names that will be known to aficionados of swinging London, like Margaret Asher (Jane Asher's mother) and socialite Prince Stanislaus Klossowiski de Rola. The Beatles' official biographer, Hunter Davies, wrote the liner notes.
The album was largely recorded in the summer of 1967, but not completed and released until the following year. It's been reported that it was intended for issue on the Beatles' new Apple label, but in the end it appeared on Parlophone (the Beatles' standard record company). The album went little noticed, and was only briefly reissued on CD before it went out of print again. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide
McGough & McGear - Andy Roberts and Jimi Hendrix
This article appeared in a recent copy of RECORD COLLECTOR and is reproduced with kind permission of Alan Lewis and Joel McIver.
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What makes any standard issue LP unique? And once you've established that it is truly unique, and how much is it worth? One unique record, with all the signed provenance of hand-written dedications and ownership, is about to be offered for sale by the Oxfam Bookshop in Henley-on-Thames. Value? Whatever anyone is prepared to pay for a piece of musical history. Current indications are in the region of £2000 - £3000, but could be much higher. So, what's this all about?
The 1968 mono album, McGough & McGear (Parlophone PMC 7047), had been handed in to the Oxfam shop by a kind but anonymous donor among a bunch of other records. And, as usual, it was several days before the material was unpacked and assessed. So the shop got a nice surprise….
The album is currently listed by the Record Collector Rare Record Guide at £250 in Mint condition, with a warning to beware of counterfeits. The sleevenotes credit Roger McGough and Mike McGear with the words and music but simply state 'Produced By All Of Us' and 'Musicians By Kind Permission Of Themselves'. It's a highly collectable record in its own right, largely because of the fantastic list of artists who participated - including Jimi Hendrix - but were not named on the sleeve for contractual reasons. But just why is this particular copy so special?
It was owned by Jimi Hendrix no less, and the rear sleeve bears hand-written dedications to him. Roger McGough's note reads: "For Jimi, for the sunshine of your strings. Many, many thanks. Roger McGough. April '68". Mike McGear wrote: "Thank you so much James for blowing your beautiful BUBBLES. Said Michael", and illustrated that with a squiggle that wraps around Mike's photo, ending with a finely drawn fist with the index finger pointing to his signiture. But, of course, allegations of ownership and dedications are all too easy to make and less easy to prove. We're all well aware of thousands of'signed' Beatles sleeves and 'autographed' photos. Authenifcation is everything.
Jill Partick, who runs the flourishing Music Department of the Oxfam Bookshop in Henley says she had "a gut feeling" that the sleeve dedications were genuine. They were so personal and so different - the style, handwriting, ink - all individual. Her task was to prove it.
The first step was to write to Roger McGough with photocopies of the sleeve. His instant response by telephone was overwhelming. Yes! Genuine and original! He confirmed this in a letter which additionally proved Jim's ownership of the record:
"Sept. 2002. This is to confirm that the signatures on the McGough and McGear sleeve are indeed those of myself and and Michael McCartney… What an interesting history this LP must have. Did Jimi throw it away? Give it to a girlfriend? Someone steal it from his collection? I'd be interested to know how much it goes for.
Best wishes, Roger McGough".
Stage two was a letter to Michael McCartney (Mike McGear). This resulted in a telephone call to Jill on a Sunday eveing from a very enthusiastic Michael. He could give no explanation how the record had ended up in Henley. Could it be via a girlfriend? He suggested that the best person to answer that would be Noel Redding, in Ireland. He followed up the phone call with a highly individual letter, embellished with a mythical griffin and another McCartney drawing with pointed index finger, further endorsing the sleeve as genuine:
"To whom it will concern, I can indeed confirm that the written dedications on this unique copy of McGough & McGear are not only genuine, re: one of them is me thanking Jimi for his 'beautiful bubbles' (of his wow-wow' [sic] guitar) contribution, but the survival of this signed album cover prooves [sic] once and for all, that Jimi, plus Noel, our kid, Graham Nash, Dave Mason, Andy Roberts, Jane Asher (and Mum), John Mayall, etc., actually played on the record…re: at the time, due to contractual reasons, we were not allowed to print that on the cover! Hence 'Musicians by kind permission of themselves'. Hope this raises a million for Oxfam. It should. Mike McCartney, Ex-McGear, Ex-Scaffold, Ex-actly!
A letter from Jill to Noel prompted him to phone giving his recollections of the recording session and suggesting the likely identity of the girlfriend. Unfortunately, he couldn't make the link to Henley. The confirmation letter followed:
"Oct 02. Ireland I think this session was in 1968 in London. Jimi and I were there. I think I did some 'oohs and ahhs', perhaps Jimi played guitar? As far as I remember it was a fun session. Can't remember which studio. Perhaps De lane Lea near Shaftesbury Avenue. It was a good one! Best of luck with the auction which is for a very good cause.
Very Best Wishes, Noel Redding".
That was some months before Noel Redding died, in May 2003. Meanwhile, the record is in safekeeping while the shop investigates the international marketing options on behalf of Oxfam. Adrian Mealing, Roger McGough's agent (and Plainsong tour agent - PC), is very keen to produce a radio feature on the history of this unique record. Although the idea is 'on ice' at the moment, publicity surrounding the sale could add extra impetus.
The originals of all the letters from Roger McGough, Michael McCartney and Noel Redding will be included in the sale of the record.
So how much is this truly unique package worth?
More from this article and the results of the sale soon ...