Only Japanese Mike d'Abo single Picture cover of German  Picture cover of Italian
Stardust Serenade/All At Sea   Belinda/LittleMiss Understood   Miss Me In The Morning
on A&M Records AM-230  on A&M Records 12542 AT  Arabella Cinderella on
R International SIR-BL 20.150  
Japanese Mike díAbo singleLet It Roar/California Lineon MCA records
D-1077
   

After leaving Manfred Mann, Mike d'Abo had been offered a contract with Immediate Records for which he made one single and one album, both entitled "Gulliver's Travels".

Then he switched to MCA Records and his first album was issued in mid 1970, simply titled "d'Abo". His next project found himself scoring for the Peter Sellers/Goldie Hawn movie "There's A Girl In My Soup", and from this came the single "Miss Me In The Morning/Annabella Cinderella" in December 1970.

1971 saw the release of the "Jesus Christ Superstar" album on MCA, on which Mike d'Abo sang the part of Herod.

In June 1971 he signed with Chrysalis Records, though nothing of his recorded work for this company was released. Anyway, by the end of the year he changed companies once again, this time to the American A & M Records.

The best period of his solo career was just about to begin. His debut album was "Down At Rachel's Place" followed by the single "Belinda/Little Miss Understood". Nothing more was heard from Mike for more than a year, then he re-appeared as composer of five songs on the debut album of John Christie "Relax".

Halfway through 1974, another single emerged: "Fuel To Burn/Hold On Sweet Darling" which served as an introduction to his solo album "Broken Rainbows". It received very favourable reviews, though like his earlier solo outings, it was not successful on the charts.

Then we had to wait for more than ten years before Mike d'Abo released his last solo album "Tomorrow's Troubador" on the President label. This album has some Manfred Mann covers and some new material as well, and as artists are mentioned: Mike d'Abo & His Mighty Quintet.

At this moment Mike is working as a DJ for Gloucester Radio, and he also does some Manfred Mann revivals shows every now and then.

THE MIKE d'ABO SOLO DISCOGRAPHY:

02-69

(See The Little People) Gulliver's Travels/An Anthology (Gulliver's Travels part 2)

Immediate IM 075

07-70

Let It Roar/California Line

Uni UNS 525

12-70

Miss Me In The Morning/Annabella Cinderella

Bell BLL 1134

07-72

Belinda/Little Miss Understood

A & M AMS 7016

06-74

Fuel To Burn/Hold On Sweet Darling

A & M AMS 7121

04-87

Loving On A Shoestring/Thank You

President PT 559

00-88

Tomorrow's Troubador/Velvet Glove

President PT 570

00-90

Isle Of Debris/Jump Boogie And Jive

President PT 593

I also have a demo record of "Miss Me In The Morning/Arabella, Cinderella" which has "Arabella, Cinderella" on both labels, but still the a-side plays "Miss Me In The Morning".

-67

7"  In The Beginning (one sided)

Emidisc

-70

7"  Handbags And Gladrags (one sided)

Emidisc

-71

Get Out Of His Life Girl (one sided)

Emidisc

-71

Down At Rachel's Place

?


From the above five acetates I have two of them: "Handbags And Gladrags" which is the same version as on Mike's solo album "d'Abo" and "Get Out Of His Life Girl", which is a song which was never released by Mike, so you probably can imagine that this is one of the best items in my Mike d'Abo record collection. It's also nice to mention that Mike's name was misspelled on the "Handbags And Gladrags" acetate: D'ARBO.

The other acetates have in total four songs, and Mike didn't put any of them on his records. Only "In The Beginning" was recorded by the Dutch/German group The Boots. Mike also had sheet music from this song, which he let me photocopy.

Mike also had an acetate album, but that was the same as the "normal" release "Down At Rachel's Place".

12-68 Gulliver's Travels  Instant INLP 003 (UK)

side one:

side two:

Intro       

Gulliver Travels

The Journey        

America

Gulliver Travels  

Afterglow

The Sea

Laputa


This really is one of the most strangest albums ever made. The album opens with a few lines from "Do You Believe In Magic" by The Lovin' Spoonful and then passes into "Silent Night". There is a lot of noise but little music. In fact the only "normal" song on the album is "Afterglow", which was a smash hit by The Small Faces. Instant is a sub-label of Immediate.

Another strange point about this album is, that no musicians, no songwriters, no producer nor anybody else is mentioned on the cover or on the label. You can hear that Mike d'Abo is singing every now and then, however his name is not even printed.

Mike was playing a role in the theatre production of "Gulliver's Travels", and it was there that he got the idea of making the record. The album is very hard to obtain and is a real collectors item. There probably were not many copies made of this very strange album.

Also the spelling of the album title is a bit strange. On the front cover is printed "Gullivers Travels", on the back cover and label is printed "Gulliver's Travels", while the individual songs on side a and b are called "Gulliver Travels".

The last strange thing I want to mention about this album, is that it was released before Mike parted from the Manfred Mann group.

11-06-2001

CD Gulliver's Travels

Castle Music CMRCD063 (UK)

Tracks of this CD are:

 

 

1.

Intro: Silent Night/Happy Days Toy Town (excerpt

Small Faces

2.

The Journey

Small Faces

3.

Gulliver Travels (Alias An Anthology Of Gulliver's Travels Ė Part Two

Michael d'Abo

4.

The Sea

 

5.

Gulliver Travels (alias [See The Little People] Gulliver Travels

Michael d'Abo

6.

America (excerpt)

The Nice

7.

Afterglow

Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band

8

Laputa

with excerpts from Zodiac Cosmic Sounds & Little Richard

Bonus tracks

 

 

9

See The Little People) Gulliver Travels (A-side

Michael d'Abo

10.

An Anthology Of Gulliver's Travels Ė part 2 (B-side)

Michael d'Abo

11.

In The Beginning

Michael d'Abo (previously unissued)


The "Gulliver's Travel" album was issued on the Immediate subsidiary label Instant in 1969. It has always been a strange album, which often was put on the Mike d'Abo discography, because the Mike d'Abo songs "Gulliver Travels" and "See The Little People" were included and because Mike played the main role in the "Gulliver's Travels" musical in the Mermaid Theatre.

It's a very hard to find album, so it was a great idea to release it on CD and the inclusion of the mono versions of "Gulliver's Travels" and "See The Little People" make this CD even more interesting, but the most interesting item of the CD is the inclusion of  the never released Mike d'Abo song "In The Beginning". I knew this song, because it was released by the Dutch/German band The Boots, which even made it a small hit in Holland.

07-70 d'Abo - Uni UNLS 114
 

side one:

Side two:

Let It Roar

Maria, Maria

Walk A Million Miles          

Woman In My Life

As Long As I Have Loving

Clancy

Mary, Warm My Bed

California Line

Call My Heart You Home

Oh! What A Day

The Ladder (When The Sun Comes Shining Through)               

Handbags And Gladrags


All songs are written by Mike d'Abo, except for "Woman In My Life", which was written by Tony Macaulay/d'Abo. This album has 12 tracks, and Iíve found 6 songs that are recorded by other artists, which is quite unique. The information about these tracks you will read further on in this book.

The album is produced by Mike Leander and Mike d'Abo, and the musicians on this album are:

Guitar : Albert Lee, Chris Spedding
Bass guitar : Pat Donaldson, Roy Babbington
Drums : Gerry Conway, John Marshall
Harmonica : Matthew
Piano : Mike d'Abo
Backing vocals : Sue, Sunny, Doris and Nanette
Hugh, John, Neil and Tony

 

10-70 Jesus Christ Superstar - Various Artists

MCA MAPS 2075/6 (Italy - with envelop-ish cover)           
MCA MAPS 2075/1-2/D (Germany - box-set)           
Petersburg STEREO 91 00029 (Russia)

side one:

side two:

Overture

Hosanna

Heaven On Their Minds   

Simon Zealotes/Poor Jerusalem

What's The Buzz/Strange Thing

Pilate's Dream

Mystifying

The Temple

Everything's Alright            

Everything's Alright

This Jesus Must Die

I Don't Know How To Love Him

 

Damned For All Time/Blood Money

 

 

side three:

side four:

The Last Supper

Judas's Death

Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say)

Trial Before Pilate (Including The Arrest The 39 Lashes)

Peter's Denial

Superstar

Pilate And Christ

Crucifixion

King Herod's Song

John Nineteen: Forty One


Mike d'Abo played the part of King Herod in "Jesus Christ Superstar", so he only sings "King Herod's Song" on side three of the double album. I was much surprised to find the Russian 2LP set in a second-hand record store in LinkŲping/Sweden. In Russia the album was officially released in 1991.
 

06-72 Down At Rachel's Place

A & M AMLH 68097

 

 

side one:                                             

side two:

Rachel's Place

Little Miss Understood

Belinda

Salvation Song

Poor Man's Son

Battlefield

You Are The Singer

Tomorrow On My Mind

My Life (Is Starting From Today)

 


All songs are written by Mike d'Abo. The album is produced by Chris Demetriou. In 1998 I discovered that this album was made of red vinyl. You don't see that when you take the album out of the sleeve, but when you hold the album to a light backgroup and you will see that the album is indeed made of red vinyl.

The musicians on this album are:

Bass guitar : Mo Foster
Drums : Grant Serpell
Acoustic Guitar : Mike Jopp, John Kongos
Guitar : Mike Lentin
Percussion : Ray Cooper (on "Poor Man's Son")
Trombone : Keith Christie (on "Salvation Song")
Concertina : Jimmy Robertson (on "Battlefield")
Organ : Mike Moran (on "My Life")
Harmonica, Tenor & Soprano Saxes & Flutes : Lyn Dobson
Vocals & keyboards: Mike d'Abo

It's always interesting to look at the musicians of an album. We will find Mo Foster back in the Smith & d'Abo band. Grant Serpell plays drums in Sailor, who took Smith & d'Abo on tour through Europe. Mike Moran can be found as the main musician on Dave Clark's soundtrack album "Time".

09-74 Broken Rainbows

A & M AMLH 63634

side one:                             

side two:

Fuel To Burn

Handbags And Gladrags

This Is Me

Sitting On A Wood Floor

Broken Rainbows

Pappa Didn't Tell Me

The Last Match

My Load

I Go Where My Spirits Leads Me

Hold On Sweet Darling


All Songs on this album are written by Mike d'Abo.

"Handbags And Gladrags" on this album is not exactly the same song as on the "d'Abo" album on Uni UNLS 114.

This album is produced by Elliot Mazer, and the musicians on this album are:

Rhythm guitar : Teddy Irwir, Rab Noakes, Graham Nash
Banjo : Bobby Thompson
Bass Guitar : Gary Taylor, Elliot Mazer
Drums : Denny Seiwell
Harmonica : Graham Nash
Pedal steel guitar : Ben Keith
Backing vocals : The Jordanaires
Electric guitar : Mike Bloomfield, Teddy Irwin
Organ : Mark Naftalin
Dobro : Ben Keith
Cowbell : Elliot Mazer
Piano, electric piano, clarinet, tambourine, vocals : Mike d'Abo

However, even though Mike d'Abo didn't have any chart success, he could persuade many well known musicians to play on his albums. Artists like Albert Lee, Chris Spedding, Mo Foster, John Kongos, Graham Nash, Mike Bloomfield, and The Jordanaires are well known to all of us.

00-87 LP Indestructible

President PTLS 1084

MC Indestructible

President PTLC 1084

side one:

side two:

Loving On A Shoestring

Thank You

Love Indestructible

Wonder Of A Woman

Horns Of Memphis

Slow Burning Love

Nobody Else But You

Whose Geart?

Easy Street

Ships

Time Warp

Revival


The above album is very hard to get. So far the copy that I have is the only one I saw so far. It was recorded at three different studios, every time with another engineer as well:

- Herne Place Studios, Sunningdale (recording engineer: Roger Howorth)
- Gooseberry South Studios, London (recording engineer: John Gibbons)
- Millstream Recording Studio, Cheltenham (recording engineer: Mick Dolan)

Mike d'Abo used the following musicians:

Drums: Zak Starkey (yes, the son of .....)
Bass: Charlie McCracken (Dik Cadbury on "Revival")
Guitar: Mick Moody (Dik Cadbury solos on "Shoestring" and "Revival")
Piano: Mike d'Abo
Synths: Eddie Hardin, Mike d'Abo (Matt Clifford on "Revival")
Sax solos: "Bimbo" Acock
Brass: "Bimbo" Acock, Danny Ellis
Backing vocals: Lynn Sheppard, Dik Cadbury, Mike d'Abo, Regine Candler.

The album is produced by Mike d'Abo & Eddie Hardin. We know Eddie from The Spencer Davis Group and Hardin & York and countless contributions to albums from all kind of artists. It's also nice to see that Mike wrote the song "Ships" together with his Manfred Mann mate Tom McGuinness. This is a bit funny, because there were no Mike d'Abo/Tom McGuinness songs released when they played together in the Manfred Mann group.
 

00-88 LP Tomorrow's Troubador

President PTLS 1090

MC Tomorrow's Troubador

President PTLC 1090

side one:

side two:

Tomorrow's Troubador

Build Me Up Buttercup

Twinkle In The Eye

Just Like A Woman

Velvet Glove

The Mighty Quinn

Hurricane

Handbags And Gladrags

Isle Of Debris

Fox On The Run

Jump Boogie And Jive

Rock 'n' Roll Crusade


This album was released as Mike d'Abo & His Mighty Quintet.

The album "Gulliver's Travels" is a rare and hard to find Mike d'Abo album, but this one is even more hard to find. I discovered this album in 1991, but didn't find a copy until Mike d'Abo himself told me to go to the office of the record company President Records in London. There I met the managing director David Kassner, who gave me a copy of the album. Later he also took care that I got the three singles that Mike released on the President label.

The album title is "Tomorrow's Troubador", which causes confusion, even at the office of President, because on the single "Tomorrow's Troubador" they spell the LP title right, but on the second single from the album they spell the album title as "Tomorrow's Troubadour". Can anybody tell me what is right and what is wrong ? At least I can tell you that Mike is singing "Troubador".

Side one has all new songs, while the first five songs of side two are songs that made Mike d'Abo famous as a writer and/or singer of Manfred Mann. The song "Tomorrow's Troubador" is really a fantastic song and is one of the most played songs in my house since I got the album from David Kassner.

The album was produced by Mike d'Abo and Dik Cadbury and engineered by Mick Dolan. The songs were recorded at the Millstream Sudios, Cheltenham, a place in the neighbourhood of where Mike lives today.
 

00-75 Family Portrait

A & M Records 86 768 XAT (Holland)

side one:

 

Love Story

Nino Tempo & Apris Stevens

Late Again

Stealers Wheel

All Kinds Of people

Burt Bacharach

Lay Down

The Strawbs

Goodbye To Love

The Carpenters

Ain"t No Sunshine

Bill Whithers

Just An Old Fashioned Love Song

The Sandpipers

 

 

side two:

 

Part Of The Union

The Strawbs

Blue Moon

Blue Haze

Smackwater Jack

Quincy Jones

Tijuana Taxi

Herb Alpert

Everybody's Gotta Live

Arthur Lee

Belinda

Mike d'Abo

White Line Fever

The Flying Burrito Bros.


This is the only vinyl compilation album I've found so far with a track by Mike d'Abo. A & M Records choose one of the best Mike d'Abo songs for this "Family Portrait" album, which has a string of great names. It's nice to see Mike d'Abo among such names.

When playing the Mike d'Abo track for the first time, I immediately heard that it wasn't exactly the same track as Mike released it on his album "Down At Rachel's Place".

00-91 The Immediate Record Company Anthology

Dojo DO BOX 1 (UK)

disc 1:

 

Hang On Sloopy

The McCoys

Not Fade Away

Cyril Davis

I'm Not Saying

Nico

Down In The Boondocks

Gregory Phillips

I'm Your Witchdoctor

John Mayall

Mary Anne

Glyn Johns

You Stole My Love

The Mockingbirds

Someday

Jimmy Tarbuck

The Man With All The Toys

The Variations

Fever

The McCoys

You're So Good To Me

The Factotums

Think

Chris Farlowe

Baby Don't You Do

The Poets

So Much In Love

Charles Dickens

Going Back

Goldie

I Got You Babe

Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra

Softly Softly

London Waits

You Baby

The Turtles

Sitting On A Fence

Twice As Much

Out Of Time

Chris Farlowe

Snake Drive

Eric Clapton

Ride On Baby

Chris Farlowe

 

 

disc 2:

 

Life Is But Nothing

P.P. Arnold

My Way Of Giving

Chris Farlowe

Crystal Ball

Twice As Much

(Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me

Apostolic Intervention

Backstreet Girl

Nicky Scott

The First Cut Is The Deepest

P.P. Arnold

Yesterday's Papers

Chris Farlowe

Here Comes The Nice

The Small Faces

Changing Of The Guard

Marquis Of Kensington

She Was Perfection

Murray Head

Moanin'

Chris Farlowe

Itchycoo Park

The Small Faces

The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack

The Nice

Little Miss Understood

Rod Stewart

Come Home Baby

Rod Stewart & P.P. Arnold

(If You Think You're) Groovy

P.P. Arnold

Tin Soldier

The Small Faces

Would You Believe?

Billy Nicholls

Lazy Sunday

The Small Faces

Handbags And Gladrags

Chris Farlowe

Choker

Eric Clapton & Jimmy Page

Angel Of The Morning

P.P. Arnold

 

 

disc 3:

 

America

The Nice

The Universal

The Small Faces

On The Bombsite

Duncan Browne

Paint It Black

Chris Farlowe

Brandenburger

The Nice

Steelin'

The All Stars (feat. Jeff Beck)

(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice

The Amen Corner

Gullivers Travels

Mike d'Abo

Afterglow

The Small Faces

Man Of The World

Fleetwood Mac

Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight

Earl Vince & The Valiants

So Much To Say (So Little Time

Rod Stewart

Hello Susie

The Amen Corner

Natural Born Boogie

Humble Pie

Get Back

The Amen Corner

Mad John

The Small Faces

Happy Days Toy Town

The Small Faces


I bought the above 3 CD-set during a visit to London in October 1992.

Immediate has released a great number of great records, which is proved by this fantastic compilation. Mike d'Abo is involved in a great number of songs. In the 20 page souvenir booklet which is included with this CD-set is a short story per song, and I will give these stories when Mike d'Abo is mentioned:

Rod Stewart - Little Miss Understood (written by Mike d'Abo)

Since the early sixties Rod Stewart had switched from various R 'n' B bands and in between attempted a solo career, his first single for Decca "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" was followed by a stint with the Hoochie Coochie Men and Long John Baldry who he again joined in Steampacket. Next he recorded a version of Sam Cooke's "Shake" for EMI before a brief involvement with the Shotgun Express - whose line-up included Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood, in 1967 he signed with Immediate. Mike d'Abo had recently joined the company and written a song "Little Miss Understood" for Chris Farlowe, but it was agreed it would be better suited to Stewart, so one of the label's finest singles was recorded, released and ignored - 263 copies were sold. Various other projects fell through - but he did get to meet The Faces.

Rod Stewart & P.P. Arnold - Come Home Baby (produced by Mike d'Abo)

In 1967 as manager, Andrew Loog Oldham's relationship with The Rolling Stones drifted apart, plans for Rod Stewart and P.P. Arnold to record an album with Jagger producing also fell apart, a few tracks were cut and this is one. Mike d'Abo was then set to take over the production duties but Immediate released Stewart from his recording contract to allow him to join the Jeff Beck Group.

Chris Farlowe - Handbags And Gladrags (written by Mike d'Abo)

Another change of writer and producer for Farlowe, and probably his finest vocal performance on this plaintive Mike d'Abo penned and produced song. It should have charted higher than no. 33 and had Farlowe been Rod Stewart, who later recorded the song, it would have. As Andrew Oldham would say "It's all down to image".

Michael d'Abo - Gulliver's Travels (See The Little People)(wr. by Mike d'Abo)

D'Abo came to Immediate to write and produce after the break up of the Manfred Mann group where he had replaced Paul Jones as vocalist. At the time Andrew Oldham and Sean Kenny were producing a musical based on Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" to play for a short season at London's Mermaid Theatre at the request of Sir Bernard Miles. They asked d'Abo to write some additional music and eventually invited him, to play the lead role. He did. A soundtrack album was released, possibly the strangest soundtrack ever, with "See The Little People" as a single. Both were withdrawn a week later when d'Abo's previous record company insisted that he was still under exclusive contract to them (such minor details seemed frequently to harass Immediate!), but the single appears here as a part of the story.

Rod Stewart - So Much To Say (So Little Time) (wr. by Mike d'Abo/Rod Stewart)

There is no story about this track in the souvenir booklet, but because Mike d'Abo was involved as writer and producer of this song I wanted to mention this song.

Also in October 1992 I read a story about The Small Faces in the English magazine "Record Collector". There was an interview printed with Small Faces drummer Kenny Jones, who said among others the following about the Immediate years:

On 28th January 1967, the Small Faces received an award from Jackie Trent for winning Radio Luxemburg's "Battle of the Giants" competition, having beaten Manfred Mann in the final. Later that evening, the lads dropped in on the Rolling Stones, who were recording a session in a nearby studio. Kenny says: "We were doing a lot of session work at the time. Steve and Ronnie were getting into producing and writing for other people because Andrew was encouraging them and taking a lot of notice of us, as he saw that we weren't just a pop band. I was doing some sessions for Immediate with Mike d'Abo, and one of the tracks that came out of that was "First Cut Is The Deepest" by P.P. Arnold. We finished the track, and then did a couple more, just me and Mike on piano. Rod Stewart came in a week later, and sang on another track which turned out to be "Little Miss Understood" - that was what I was like, we were all in and out of each other's studio, having a play on this or that, or someone would come in and play on our stuff".

05-97 CD

Wizard's Convention 2

Angel Air SJPCD009

tracks:

 

 

1.

Hot Head Of Steam

vocals Chris Farlowe

2

Zermatitis Blues

vocals Tony Ashton

3.

Happening All The Time

vocals Eddie Hardin

4.

Here I Go Again

vocals Mike d'Abo and Paul Jones

5.

Someone Sings

vocals John Lawton

6.

Talking Ain't Cheap

vocals Debbie Bonham and John Lawton

7.

Try A Little Tenderness

vocals Chris Farlowe

8.

Sultana (instrumental)

guitars Snowy White and Ray Fenwick

9.

Brickmasters Blues

vocals Denny Laine and Emma Hardin

10.

Can't Let You Go

vocals Gary Falcone and Peter Jameson

11.

I Think It's Gonna Rain Today

vocals Chris Farlowe

12.

As Long As I Still Have You

vocals Chris Thompson

13.

Before We Say Goodbye

vocals Paul Jones

14.

Lucille

vocals Eddie Hardin

15.

What A Way To Spend A Day

vocals Eddie Hardin


This first new material by Mike d'Abo for many years. A duet by the two lead singers of Manfred Mann is something unique of course. As the Manfreds they toured a lot and gave many shows, but now you can hear them on CD.

On the first Wizard's Convention Mike d'Abo sang a duet with Mike Smith, so for full information see the part in this book that describes that musical period of Mike d'Abo.

On this CD many well known artists like Chris Farlowe; Tony Ashton (from Ashton Gardener & Dyke); John Entwhistle (the Who); Denny Laine (Moody Blues and Wings); Eddie Hardin (Spencer Davis Group); Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music); Zak Starkey (son of Ringo Starr; he also played on the Mike d'Abo album "Indestructible") and Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann's Earth Band).

"Here I Go Again" is written by Eddie Hardin and Ray Fenwick. Eddie Hardin plays keyboards; Mo Foster (who was also in the Smith & d'Abo band) plays bass guitar and Ray Fenwick plays guitars. It's a ballad with lots of harmonica play by Paul Jones, a thing that he can like no one else can.

00-97 CD

The Story So Far

Angel Air SJPSIN501 (UK)

Tracks:

 

 

1.

The Demon Rose

McCoy

2.

Live Wire

Guitar Orchestra

3.

Talkin Bout You

The Pirates

4.

Restless 1

Gillan

5.

Give Or Fake (2nd version)

Route 66

6.

Always And Forever

Mammoth

7.

Clear Air Turbulence

Ian Gillan Band

8.

Poem About A Gnome

John Gustafson

9.

Here I Go Again

Mike d'Abo and Paul Jones

10.

In My Room

Musicians Union Band

11.

It's Over

Bobby Harrison

12.

I Won't Be There

Mick Grabham

13.

Back USA

Ray Fenwick

14.

Ma Belle Amie

Tee Set

15.

Lonely

Steve Hyams


February 1997 saw the very first release from Angel Air Records, a specialists independent record label created to bring to the market, rock and pop music from artists from the 70's, 80's and 90's on CD only.

This CD has tracks from the 15 first released CD's from Angel Air. From the CD "Wizards Convention 2" (which was the 9th CD from Angel Air) you will find as 9th track on this CD the song that was sung by Mike d'Abo and Paul Jones called "Here I Go Again" which is a very good choice by Angel Air. The costs of this CD are only £ 4,99 and can only be ordered from the records company itself (as far as I know).

00-97 CD

There Goes That Song Again

Reader's Digest BL-58-012-A (UK)


I got to know about this 3CD-set when I visited Mike d'Abo at his house in October 1997. There he showed me this Reader's Digest CD and played to me one song: "Now That I Need You", which is a song from the musical "Red, Hot, and Blue". The song is sung by Mike d'Abo and has Paul Jones on harmonica again like on the "Wizard's Convention 2" CD.

Also this song is a ballad and Mike told me, that he really liked this song and sang along when playing it. After I got home in Holland, I tried to buy this 3CD-set from Reader's Digest itself, but that was not that easy. Due through copyright laws it wasn't possible to send the CD to a country outside England. But they were willing to send the CD to a "care-of-address" within the United Kingdom, and because I have a lot of friends in the UK, I asked Alan Clayson to help me and of course he did. So after all I did get the CD, which has 43 songs in total sung and played by well known musicians. All songs are from musicals and I take this CD among my rarest Mike d'Abo items.

00-99 CD

Sixties Sing Nineties

Harry Records 1999 (UK)

Tracks:

 

 

1.

Don't Look Back In Anger

Dave Dee (Oasis)

2.

Would I Lie

Mike d'Abo (Charles & Eddie)

3.

Weather With You

Mike Pender (Crowded House)

4.

A Million Love Songs

Gerry Marsden (Take That)

5.

Runaway Train

Chip Hawkes (Soul Asylum)

6.

Something Got Me Started

Clem Curtis (Simply Red)

7.

More Than Words

Graham Knight & Sandy Newman (Extreme)

8.

Losing My Religion

Billy J. Kramer (R.E.M.)

9.

Two Princes

Wayne Fontana (Spin Doctors)

10.

Changing Man

Chris Farlowe (Paul Weller)

11.

Looking Back (Over My Shoulder

Cliff Bennett (Mike & The Mechanics)

12.

Love Is All Around

Reg Presley (The Troggs)


This is not really a legal CD, but made by Chip Hawkes (from The Tremeloes) and distributed through the internet and
when giving concerts. Lots of well known sixties artists, like Mike Pender (The Searchers), Gerry Marsden (Gerry & The Pacemakers), Chip Hawkes (The Tremeloes), Clem Curtis (The Foundations), Graham Knight & Sandy Newman (both
of The Marmalade) and Reg Presley (The Troggs) sing hits from the nineties. I've put the original artists between ( ) after the artists who are singing on this CD.
 

00-2002

Instant Karma

Castle Music CMRCD 426 (UK)

The tracks on this CD are:

 

 

1.

Outer Limits

Great Train Robbery

2.

Outer Limits

Sweet Freedom

3.

The Excelsior Spring

Happy Miranda

4.

The Excelsior Spring

It

5.

Eddie Thornton Outfit

Baby Be My Girl

6.

Sonny Burke Outfit

All You

7.

Copperfield

Any Old Time (You're Lonely & Sad)

8.

Copperfield

I'm No Good For Her

9.

Twinkle

Twinkle

10.

Twinkle

Darby & Joan

11.

Owen Grey & Maximum Breed

Sitting In The Park

12.

Pete Hunt & Maximum Breed

Pete Hunt & Maximum Breed

13.

Jimmy Scott

Ob-la-di Ob-la-da Story (Part 1) Alullo

14.

Jimmy Scott

Ob-la-di Ob la-da Story (Part II) Doh

15.

Twice As Much

Night Time Girl

16.

Vashti

Winter In Blue

17.

Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band

Afterglow

18.

Mike d'Abo

See The Little People (Gulliver Travels)

19.

Mike d'Abo

In The Beginning

20.

Samson

Traffic

21.

Samson

Venus

22.

Outer Limits

Great Train Robbery (Immediate demo version)

23.

Twinkle

Soldier's Dream

24.

Twinkle

Micky (Previously unissued long version)


Instant was the short-lived sub label of Immediate. Instant took care of some very rare releases of which was the soundtrack album of "Gullivers Travels", which is often seen as an album by Mike d'Abo, one of the rarest releases.

Besides the two Mike d'Abo songs, Mike is also present on this CD as producer of three songs by Twinkle: "Micky" (the normal 2,27 version), "Darby & Joan" and "Micky" (the 3,34 previously unissued long version). This last song makes this CD special for us Mike d'Abo record collectors. Mike can also be heard as pianist on "Micky".

The booklet that accompanied the CD release show the album cover of "Gullivers Travels" and the front of the "In The Beginning" sheet music, which is a rare item, because the song was in fact not released in the 60's.

The following is printed on the booklet of the CD:
On the face of it, Andrew Loog Oldham reverted to more familiar territory in February 1969 with the release of the album "Gulliver's Travels" (Instant INLP 003), which appeared to be the soundtrack of the play of the same name that, with Manfred Mann's Michael d'Abo as the star, was packing them in at the Mermaid Theatre in London. However, as was par for the course in the often surreal late 60's world of Oldham, all was not as it seemed. Far from being a literal soundtrack to the stage show, the Instant album was a bizarre aural montage that, aside from occasional moments of near-lucidity, included various snippets of songs both from and outside the Immediate vaults. The full story of the album, together with d'Abo's bemused comments ("I took it home and listened to it and thought Ė My God, what is this cacophony?!"), can be found on the recent CD reissue (Sanctuary CMRCD 063). However, for your delectation and delight, we've selected a couple of tracks from the project. "In The Beginning" was recorded by Michael d'Abo with the assistance of the Mike Sammes Singers and the Small Faces duo of Ronnie Lane and Kenny Jones, though it should be noted that, inexplicably, Oldham left the track off the album, and the song didn't gain an airing until the last twelve months or so, when it was included as a bonus cut on the aforementioned CD repackage!

03-98 CD 5-4-3-2-1

 

BMG 74321 566632 (UK)

 

 

BMG 74321 566632 (Australia)

This CD has the following tracks:

 

 

1.

5-4-3-2-1             

 

2.

Do Wah Diddy Diddy

 

3.

The One In The Middle

 

4.

Just Like A Woman

 

5.

Hubble Bubble Toil And Trouble

 

6.

Sha-la-la

 

7.

Ha Ha Said The Clown

 

8.

Semi-Detached Suburban Mr. James

 

9.

Come Tomorrow

 

10.

Pretty Flamingo

 

11.

My Name Is Jack

 

12.

Oh No Not My Baby

 

13.

Little Red Book

 

14.

Mighty Quinn

 

15.

Fox On The Run

 

16.

Ragamuffin Man

 

17.

You Gave Me Somebody To Love

 

18.

Handbags & Gladrags

 

19.

If You Gotta Go

 


This CD was released as The Manfreds. It took quite a while before this CD could be released. Mike told me already about it at our first meeting in 1993 that he was working on it. It seems that Manfred Mann isn't very happy with this project. I saw the Manfreds in concert for the first time in 1996 in Ipswich and I can assure you that the crowd went crazy. The whole evening everybody was singing along with all the songs.

Not all of the songs are recorded that well in my opinion, but that probably become because I know the originals so well. Only when the song is arranged in a different way than the original, they come out much better. Therefore I like the following three songs the most: "Oh No Not My Baby", "You Gave Me Somebody To Love" and "Handbags & Gladrags" (three ballads, by the way). However the Manfreds play many solo hits during the concerts, only one of them was included on this CD: "Handbags And Gladrags", and when you've been at one of their concerts you know why. This song got so much applause !!!

"Handbags & Gladrags" on this CD is a sort of unplugged version, with Mike behind the piano, Benny Gallagher on bass, a little keyboards and some tambourine and is far out the best version of this song I've heard so far, and I've heard quite some versions. When I was at Mike's house on October 31, 1997, Mike taped a similar version for me on cassette. On the CD they only added some keyboards and tambourine.

The Manfreds have been touring the Far East and Australia a number of times, so it's not a big surprise, that the CD was released in Australia too in the same form as the UK version, only a couple of lines on the booklet have been changed.

The CD was recorded at The Round House/Gallagher Garage and the band members are:

Paul Jones - Vocals; harmonica
Mike d'Abo - Vocals; keyboards
Mike Hugg - Keyboard; percussion
Mike Vickers - Saxophone; woodwind
Tom McGuinness - Guitar; vocals
Benny Gallagher - Bass; guitar; vocals
Rob Townsend - Drums; percussion

U.S.A.:

 

 

07-70

Let It Roar/California Line

Uni 6073 013

00-70

Miss Me In The Morning/Arabella Cinderella

Bell B-956

00-70

King Herodís Song/Superstar (sung by Murray Head)

Decca 34803

07-72

Belinda/Little Miss Understood

A & M AT 12542

In January 1999 I found out about the USA single "Miss Me In The Morning/Arabella Cinderella" on the Bell label. My copy is a "promotional copy - not for sale" and is the only one I've ever seen or heard of, so there might not be an official release of this single. Is there anybody who can give me more information on this item?

07-70 d'Abo

 

Uni 6369 601

side one:

side two:

 

Let It Roar            

Maria, Maria

 

Walk A Million Miles

Woman In My Life

 

As Long As I Have Loving

Clancy

 

Mary, Warm My Bed

California Line

 

Call My Heart Your Home

Oh! What A Day

 

The Ladder (When The Sun Comes Shining Through)

Handbags And Gladrags

 

06-72 Down At Rachel's Place

 

A & M SP-4346

side one:

side two:

 

Rachel's Place                   

Little Miss Understood

 

Rachel's Place

Little Miss Understood

 

Belinda

Salvation Song

 

Salvation Song

Battlefield

 

You Are The Singer

Tomorrow On My Mind

 

My Life (Is Starting From Today)

 

 

 

 

 

See the U.K. discography for more details.

 

 

.

 

 

side one:

side two:

 

Fuel To Burn

Handbags And Gladrags

 

This Is Me

Sitting On A Wood Floor

 

Broken Rainbows

Pappa Didn't Tell Me

 

The Last Match

My Load

 

I Go Where My Spirits Leads Me                                   

Hold On Sweet Darling

 

See the U.K. discography for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

FRANCE:

 

 

 

 

 

00-72 Salvation Song/You Are The Singer

 

00-72 Salvation Song/You Are The Singer

 

It seems that this single is only released in France. In the U.K. and U.S.A. these tracks are only available as LP-tracks.

 

 

 

 

AUSTRALIA:

 

 

 

 

 

00-70 d'Abo

 

MCA Records MAP/S 2040

side one

side two:

 

Let It Roar

Maria, Maria

 

Walk A Million Miles

Woman In My Life

 

As Long As I Have Loving

Clancy

 

Mary, Warm My Bed           

California Line

 

Call My Heart Your Home, Girl

Oh! What A Day

 

The Ladder (When The Sun Comes Shining Through)

Handbags And Gladrags

 

 

 

 

See the U.K. discography for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

00-72 Down At Rachel's Place

 

A & M Records SAML 934586

side one

side two:

 

Rachel's Place

Little Miss Understood

 

Belinda

Salvation Song

 

Poor Man's Son  

Battlefield

 

You Are The Singer

Tomorrow On My Mind

 

My Life (Is Starting From Today)

 

 

 

 

 

See the U.K. discography for more details

 

 

 

 

 

NEW ZEALAND

 

 

 

 

 

00-70 d'Abo

 

00-70 d'Abo

side one:

side two:

 

Let It Roar

Maria, Maria

 

Walk A Million Miles

Woman In My Life

 

As Long As I Have Loving

Clancy

 

Mary, Warm My Bed

California Line

 

Call My Heart Your Home

Oh! What A day

 

The Ladder (When The Sun Comes Shining Through)

Handbags And Gladrags

 

 

 

 

See The U.K. discography for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

00-72 Down At Rachel's Place

 

A & M SAML 934586

side one:

side two:

 

Rachel's Place

Little Miss Understood

 

Belinda

Salvation Song

 

Poor Man's Son

Battlefield

 

You Are The Singer           

Tomorrow On My Mind

 

My Life (Is Starting From Today

 

 

 

 

 

See the U.K. discography for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

DENMARK:

 

 

 

 

 

00-70 Let It Roar/California Line

 

Uni 6073 013

 

This single was released with a picture sleeve in Denmark and is so far the only release I found from this country.

 

 

 

 

GERMANY:

 

 

 

 

 

00-70 Miss Me In The Morning/Arabella, Cinderella

 

Bell 1134

00-70 Let It Roar/California Line

 

Uni 6073 013

03-73 Belinda/Little Miss Understood

 

A & M 12542 AT

07-70 d'Abo

 

Uni 6369 601

side one:

side two:

 

Let It Roar

Maria, Maria

 

Walk A Million Miles

Woman In My Life

 

As Long As I Have Loving

Clancy

 

Mary, Warm My Bed

California Line

 

Call My Heart Your Home

Oh! What A Day

 

The Ladder (When The Sun Comes Shining Through)

Handbags And Gladrags

 

 

 

 

See the U.K. discography for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

05-72 Down At Rachel's Place

 

A & M AMLH 68097

side one:

side two:

 

Rachel's Place

Little Miss Understood

 

Belinda

Salvation Song

 

Poor Man's Son

Battlefield

 

You Are The Singer

Tomorrow On My Mind

 

My Life (Is Starting From Today

 

 

 

 

 

See the U.K. discography for more details

 

 

 

 

 

00-97 CD Wizards Convention 2

 

Edel 029152EDL

 

 

 

See the U.K. discography for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

00-99 CD The New Christmas Collection

 

Choice Of Music 200 101-2

The tracks of this CD are:

 

 

1.

Christmas Tears Will Fall

Showaddywaddy

2.

Cold Cold Christmas

Dana

3.

Rock Christmas

Showaddywaddy

4.

The Star That Fell To Earth

Dik Cadbury

5.

Peace Must Come Again

Eddie Hardin Band

6.

Old Time Kinda Christmas

Mike d'Abo

7.

Send A Prayer (To Heaven)

Melbra Rai

8.

Christmas On My Mind

Neil Landon

9.

Christmas Gone By

Dik Carbury

10.

Feel Christmas

Edison Lighthouse

11.

Perfect Harmony

Showaddywaddy

12.

It's Christmas Time Again

Bill Jardine

13.

No More Christmas

Noel Redding & Friends

14.

Another Rock And Roll Christmas

Gary Glitter

15.

Christmas Wonder

Mungo Jerry

16

The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy

Daughters Of St. Paul


It took quite some time to get this CD in the shops, because it has a song by Gary Glitter, who has been arrested in 1999 and the record company thought that it was not a good idea to release this CD at that time. Probably that problem has been solved, but I doubt if the CD really reached the shops. I think it was only available through the internet.

The CD has a lot of sixties artists singing Christmas songs and it is really great to see Mike d'Abo with the song "Old Time Kinda Christmas", because there are many CD's released by Mike the last couple of years, but not too many have new songs by Mike. Also nice to see two songs by Dik Cadbury, who used to be in Mike d'Abo's Mighty Quintet.

00-99 2CD

International Christmas Vol. Two

Polydor 107 638-2

CD one:

 

 

1.

It Maybe Winter Outside (But My Heart Springs)

Barry White

2.

Let It Snow

Boys II Men

3.

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

Mel & Kim

4.

The Christmas Song

Gladys Knight

5.

Silent Night

The Temptation

6.

White Christmas

Shakatak

7.

Christmas Presence

Gerald Alston & Shanice Wilson

8.

Give Love On Christmas Day

Johnny Gill

9.

Cry On My Shoulder

Laurent Daniels

10.

Go Tell It To The Mountains

Vanessa Williams

11.

Someday At Christmas

Stevie Wonder

12.

Send A Prayer (To Heaven

Melbra Rai

13.

Another Rock 'n' Roll Christmas

Gary Glitter

14.

Merry X-mas Everybody

Slade

15.

Slade

Mike Oldfield

 

 

 

CD two

 

 

1.

Christmas Time

Gil

2.

On Christmas Day

4 The Cause

3.

Last Christmas

Rap Allstars

4.

Another Christmas Without You

Loona

5.

Merry Christmas

DJ Bobo

6.

Everybody Needs Somebody

R'N'G

7.

Throw Your Hands

Pappa Bear

8.

The Lord Is Real

Blackstreet

9.

My Christmas

Tony Toni Tonť

10.

Silent Prayer

Shanice

11.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Vanessa Williams

12.

Sweet Love

Odyssey

13.

Old Time Kinda Christmas

Mike d'Abo

14.

Christmas Tears Will Fall

Showaddywaddy

15.

Hark! The Herald Angel Sing

Baccara


Another rare Christmas collection from Germany, with many well known artists (The Temptations/Stevie Wonder/Mike Oldfield) and some totally unknown (at least to me). Again "Old Time Kinda Christmas" by Mike d'Abo has been included, and because the CD has been released by Polydor Records, it is something special.

HOLLAND:
 

side one:                                                      

side two:

Rachel's Place                                            

Little Miss Understood

Belinda

Salvation Song

Poor Man's Son

Battlefield

You Are The Singer

Tomorrow On My Mind

My Life (Is Starting From Today)

 

See the U.K. discography for more details.

JAPAN

00-74 Stardust Serenade/All At Se

A&M AM 230


In 1974 Mike d'Abo took part in a Japanese song contest, in which he sang "Stardust Serenade", which is only released in Japan on a single and on a compilation album, featuring all artists from that song contest. During my March 2004 visit to the house of Mike and Lisa díAbo, Mike gave me this single and you can imagine, that this is one of the very best items that I have in my large Mike díAbo record collection. The picture cover of the single is at the top of this part of the Mike díAbo website.
 

00-72 Down At Rachelís Place

A&M Records AML 161

 

 

side one:                                                      

side two:

Rachelís Place

Little Miss Understood

Belinda                                                        

Salvation Song

Poor Manís Son

Battlefield

You Are The Singer                         

Tomorrow On My Mind

My Life (Is Starting From Today)

 


Until I saw it advertised on the internet, I didnít even know this album existed. The album only cost me US$ 9,99 plus postage !!!
The inlay with the song lyrics in English and Japanese, plus the obi is included, so another fine item in my Mike díAbo record collection.
 
00-74 Broken Rainbows A&M Records AML 219
side one: side two:
Fuel To Burn Handbags & Gladrags
This Is Me Sitting On A Wood Floor
Broken Rainbows Papa Didnít Tell Me
The Last Match My Load
I Go Where My Spirits Leads Me Hold On Sweet Darling

Also this album I discovered on eBay in November 2007 for the first time. When I started the Mike díAbo website, I thought that there was only one Mike díAbo record released in Japan, the single ďStardust Serenade/All At SeaĒ, but meanwhile I have two 70ís albums from Japan in my collection plus one more single. Is there more to come ?

10-2001 CD Down At Rachelís Place

A&N UICY-3334

 

 

tracks:

 

1.

Rachelís Place

2.

Belinda

3.

Poor Manís Son

4.

You Are he Singer

5.

My Life (Is Starting From Today)

6.

Little Miss Understood

7.

Salvation Song

8.

Battlefield

9.

Tomorrow On My Mind


 

10-2001 CD Broken Rainbows

A&M UICY-3335

 

 

tracks:

 

1.

Fuel To Burn

2.

This Is Me

3.

Broken Rainbows

4.

The Last Match

5.

I Go Where My Spirit Leads Me

6.

Handbags & Gladrags

7.

Sitting On A Wood Floor

8.

Papa Didnít Tell Me

9.

My Load

10.

Hold On Sweet darling

NORWAY

00-72 Let It Roar/California Line

Uni 6073 013

SINGAPORE

00-70 Miss Me In The Moring/Arabella, Cinderella

Stateside CSS 3098

SOUTH AFRICA

00-74 Fuel To Burn/Hold On Sweet Darling

A&M Records AMRS 1126

SPAIN

00-72 California Line/Let It Roar

Uni 6073 013

SWEDEN

00-70 Miss Me In The Morning/Arabella, Cinderella

Bell BLL 1134


I found this single at a record convention in Holland in 1997 and it's one of the best Mike d'Abo items in my collection, because it has a beautiful drawn cover in which you easily recognise Peter Sellers and Goldie Hawn. Both songs are from the film "There's A Girl In My Soup" or as is printed in Swedish on the single cover "En Flicka Pa Gaffeln" (see the picture cover at the top of the Mike d'Abo solo records).

THE MIKE D'ABO RELEASES IN ALPHABETIC ORDER:
 

song:

written by:

Afterglow

Steve Marriot/Ronnie Lane

America

Sondheim/Bernstein

Annabella Cinderella

Mike d'Abo

As Long As I Have Loving

Mike d'Abo

Battlefield

Mike d'Abo

Belinda

Mike d'Abo

Broken Rainbow

Mike d'Abo

Build Me Up Buttercup

Mike d'Abo/Tony Macauley

California Line

Mike d'Abo

Call My Heart Your Home

Mike d'Abo

Clancy

Mike d'Abo

Easy Street

Mike d'Abo

Fox On The Run

Tony Hazzard

Fuel To Burn

Mike d'Abo

Gulliver's Travels (part 1)

Mike d'Abo

Gulliver's Travels (part 2)

Mike d'Abo

Handbags And Gladrags (version 1)

Mike d'Abo

Handbags And Gladrags (version 2)

Mike d'Abo

Handbags And Gladrags (version 3)

Mike d'Abo

Hold On Sweet Darling

Mike d'Abo

Horns Of Memphis

Mike d'Abo

I Go Where My Spirits Leads Me

Mike d'Abo

Intro

Various

Isle Of Debris

Mike d'Abo

Jump Boogie And Jive

Mike d'Abo

Just Like A Woman

Bob Dylan

Laputa

Various

Let It Roar

Mike d'Abo

Little Miss Understood

Mike d'Abo

Love Indestructable

Mike d'Abo/Karen d'Abo

Loving On A Shoestring

Mike d'Abo/Karen d'Abo

Maria, Maria

Mike d'Abo

Mary, Warm My Bed

Mike d'Abo

Miss Me In The Morning

Mike d'Abo

My Life (Is Starting From Today)

Mike d'Abo

My Load

Mike d'Abo

Nobody Else But You

Mike d'Abo

Oh! What A Day

Mike d'Abo

Pappa Didn't Tell Me

Mike d'Abo

Poor Man's Son

Mike d'Abo

Rachel's Place

Mike d'Abo

Revival

Mike d'Abo/Karen d'Abo

Rock 'n' Roll Crusade

Mike d'Abo

Salvation Song

Mike d'Abo

Ships

Mike d'Abo/Tom McGuinness

Sitting On A Wood Floor

Mike d'Abo

Slow Burning Love

Mike d'Abo

The Journey

Marriot/Lane/McLagan/Jones

The Ladder (When The Sun Comes Shining Through)

Mike d'Abo

The Last Match

Mike d'Abo

The Mighty Quinn

Bob Dylan

The Sea

?

Thank You

Mike d'Abo

This Is Me

Mike d'Abo

Time Warp

Mike d'Abo/Karen d'Abo

Tomorrow On My Mind

Mike d'Abo

Tomorrow's Troubadour

Mike d'Abo

Twinkle In The Eye

Mike d'Abo

Velvet Glove

Mike d'Abo

Walk A Million Miles

Mike d'Abo

Whose Heart?

Mike d'Abo

Woman In My Life

Mike d'Abo/Tony MacCaulay

Wonder Of A Woman

Mike d'Abo

You Are The Singer

Mike d'Abo

All songs which I don't know the composer of are from the album "Gulliver's Travels".