Mainsqueeze Live At Ronnie Scott's 1983

Trapeze CD

Victor Brox (vocal/trumpet)
Dick Heckstall-Smith (tenor/soprano sax)
John O'Leary (harp)
Eric Bell (vocal/guitar)
Diana Wood (vocal/alto sax)
Dave "Munch" Moore (keys)
Keith Tillman (bass)
Rod Coombes (drums)
N.B.  Stretch is erronously listed as drummer

This is one of those albums that is significant, not just because of the quality of the music but for its role as a landmark in a narrative that has a resonance beyond the recording itself, bringing together strands of a story involving some of the central figures in British blues. The core of Mainsqueeze were musicians that had played together in the great blues combos of the 60s Dick Heckstall-Smith (John Mayalls Bluesebreakers, Graham Bond Organisation, Jon Hisemans Colosseum) John OLeary (Savoy Brown Blues Band, John Dummer Blues Band), Victor Brox and Keith Tillman (both from Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation and John Mayall) - and were on the marvellous Sweet Pain Session in 1969. They reunited ten years later with an expanded line-up, including Eric Bell (Them and Thin Lizzy) with the aim of creating a larger-than-life blues/rock revue. They succeeded, despite operating in an unhelpful market alongside post-punk, disco and emerging electronica, and entertained audiences around Europe for several years. Only intermittently available since then, this live set recorded at Ronnie Scotts is presented here in its original form. ERIC BELL: vocals & guitar VICTOR BROX: vocals & trumpet DICK HECKSTALL-SMITH: tenor, alto and soprano saxophones DAVE MUNCH MOORE: Fender Rhodes piano, clavinet, Moog, Roland organ JOHN OLEARY: harmonica & congas KEITH TILLMAN: Fender bass STRETCH: drums & percussion. Additional players: DIANA WOOD: vocals & alto saxophone; ROD COOMBES: percussion; MIRANDA HAMPTON, NOELLE HOUGHTON, CLARE JENKINS: Dancers. Recorded live at Ronnie Scotts Club, Frith Street, London WC2, 15th January 1983