Week of December 2, 2001

Ashman Reynolds

A supergroup in the true sense of the word, except it was comprised of noteworthy musicians with not just past but also future successful careers (see below). This formation's sole album, "Stop Off", was released on Polydor in 1972, PD5507. This, in a way, could be viewed as a half-solo outing by Aliki Ashman, singer of Ginger Baker's Airforce and Graham Bond Organisation, but is also notable for featuring guest vocalists (on two tracks) Madeline Bell (Blue Mink) and Liza Strike, who've done a lot of session work contributing background vocals to many a "heavyweight" project.

The music is a mixture of ballzy early 70s rock in the Faces/Stones mould, interspersed with laid-back yet powerful country-rock ballads and slow-paced rockers, West Coast style. Heartily recommended.


Aliki Ashman - Vocals (Ginger Baker, Graham Bond)
Keith Boyce - Drums (Heavy Metal Kids, Savoy Brown)
Tony Clarke - Percussion
Rod Edwards - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals (Piccadilly Line, Gordon Giltrap)
Mickey Keene - Guitar (Alex Harvey, Hair musical)
Ladbroke Horns
Harry Reynolds - Bass, Guitar, Vocals 
Madeline Bell - Guest Vocals (Blue Mink)
Liza Strike - Guest Vocals (backing vocals on everyone's records, from Leo Sayer and Carly Simon to Pink Floyd, Nazareth and Whitesnake)
Bob Weston - Guitar (Murray Head, Fleetwood Mac, Long John Baldry)

Thanks to my friend Miguel for alerting me to this gem.

Alex Gitlin
November 2001

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