Stallion – The Way 1976

John Wilde… “Some new dreamers town” 1975. We were young and knew everything.

Alan Esdaile… Love this track.

Andy Qunta… Superb! One of their best, and I love all their stuff! Great band!

Phil Gill… Thanks Andy I love all your stuff too! And it’s cool that you’re on this album too.

Andy Qunta… Yes, that’s what I like best about it! 😉 Just kidding! I am very happy to be on it too! Thanks for asking me, you guys!

Phil Gill… Well Andy, we were desperate and cheap and you were cheap and available …. Joking aside, you probably don’t know this, but I was never completely happy with the final mix of Arsony in the UK, so in 1992, I took the 2″ 24 track master to Advision, Geoff Downes’ studio in Brighton, and remixed both songs from that session. The engineer was really young and totally impressed to hear the quality of the recordings, especially the Hammond. He actually said “Is that a real Hammond?” (“Yes son, it is. Great isn’t it?”). He’d grown up on MIDI and samples and never recorded a real Hammond before and was knocked out to be mixing one with real drums, in analogue. And rightly so, you had a great sound and and turned in a great performance. And that’s what’s on the album. It’s a fabulous contribution, so thanks.

Andy Qunta… You’re welcome! It was fun! Great story about your remixing! (Funnily enough, I met Geoff Downes recently!) For your future reference, I am now slightly less available, but just as cheap!

Geoff Peckham… How much, Andy? I know three guys who could do with your services.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Listened to this then clicked on another video of Stallion at Windsor (or Reading – seems to be a bit confusing). Very emotive seeing Steve D up there on stage 😢 Took me back to those heady days xx

Alan Esdaile… Makes me upset as well Leigh. I’m pretty sure its Windsor and Reading on the other video. Phil or John should be able to confirm.

Phil Gill… It’s a compliation of both Alan. And don’t be upset it’s a wonderful memory of Steve at one of the highlights of his life. I love how he stands up and takes a bow at the end.

John Wilde… It is to be celebrated. Heady days indeed.

Jan Warren… Haha, yeahhhhhhhh – trench coats!! 🙂

Jon McCallion… Great stuff, great memories

Dave Nattress… Great days and THE Hastings band. Supported Stallion on the pier a few times in Damaris. Looked up to and were inspired by you guys. I was delighted to get the CD a while ago. RIP Steve D and Tony B. John – what can I say. An amazing performer.

SMART 5 Report

Hot day at the White Rock Hotel for SMART 5. Gave us a chance first  to check out the new boards at the front of the Pier, giving a history of the Pier over the years and future plans. Good to see some new people again and everyone seemed positive at the future of the Pier and to watch it grow . Mick O’Dowd came along with a bag full of goodies to show, press cuttings, Carlisle posters, various cassettes including 4 A.M black & white, DIE LAUGHING no laughing matter, SAVAGE HEARTS cuts, EXPANDIS complete home and  PHIL THORNTON ‘S flying.  Also had a hand written EXPANDIS tape ‘Dungeons & Dragons’. Uppers On the South Downs Album and a signed copy of the MARS single by Mick Mepham.

Phil Gill unleashed the new and improved ‘STALLION’ CD ‘The Hard Life’ which has just been rereleased. Now has a coloured cover and an excellent booklet inside on the history of all the band members over the years and details of the different bands they played in. The album is dedicated to the memories of Tony Bridger and Steve Demetri. The last pressing sold out quickly so buy it now.

Subjects chatted about were The Hi Fi, Fiesta, Black Cat, Pam Dor, Carnival FM, The Exective Hotel,  Regent Hotel, Green Cardigan Festival, Factory, Tich Turner, Ray Fenwick, Muller, Town Council,  King Rod, Round Table Youth Club, Calvert Youth Club, recording studios, Phil Cordell, the future of music on the pier and more.

The website ninebattles.com is going from strength to strength and getting a few hundred hits a week now. Discussed how to we get more people involved and very surprised by the number of people not on the internet.  Good time was had by all

Andy Qunta….Sounds really good, wish I could have been there! Thanks for the round-up of the subjects you chatted about – brought back some great memories!