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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 03:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

OK, I've posted this one before. It didn't get any attention back then. I think it was lost between all the "general postings". Because there now is a seperate forum for the serious discussions and one for the general discussions, I thought to give this post a new try.

In an earlier post about Pre John Deacon Queen, John S. Stuart mentioned a recording by the Famous Jug Band which was produced by Roger Taylor:

Famous Jug Band: Chameleon UK LP
Chameleon (Liberty)
Original LP released on EMI/ Liberty label. 1970.
Produced/Backing vocals Roger Taylor
Sunshine Possibilities CD Extra Tracks:
God Knows
Chameleon

I've searched on the internet for this album, but all I can find is that their only three albums ("Sunshine possibilities" from 1969, "Chameleon" from 1970 and "O for summer" from 2002) are all produced by Pierre Tubbs. The only relation that I can find between Roger and the Famous Jug Band is a recording from 1966 (?) by the Three Jays (with Jill Johnson who later becomes a member of the Famous Jug Band) with Roger Taylor on drums.

I hope that John or someone else can clear this one up.



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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 07:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

PoPPo_G: "In an earlier post about Pre John Deacon Queen, John S. Stuart mentioned a recording by the Famous Jug Band which was produced by Roger Taylor..."

First: I think that should be Pre Roger Taylor Queen, not John Deacon.

Secondly: Essentially, what you have written is correct. The problem is that Roger's role is uncredited.

The reason for this is that he was involved with "Queen(ish)" material at the time, and viewed his involvement with a traditional folk/jug band as detrimental his musical C.V.

He appeared at the sessions - as you correctly suggest - as support for his (then) girlfriend Jill Johnson, but ended up on the tape as vocal support also. (Background/backing vocals). I believe that Roger added his "falsetto" high ranges.

His role as Producer/assistant producer is somewhat more muddied, so, whether he worked on the whole album, or a few isoltated tracks remains unclear.

This information was given to me first hand by two sources. One of which was Jill Johnson (who now lives in the USA), and the owner of the original reel.

I may point out that "The Famous Jug Band" recorded much of their material in a Truro church hall - before moving into the studio - and that some of these "rehearsal" tapes still exist.

Evidence of other uncredited work from Roger around this period included the "Dangerous" track by Eugene Wallace and his contribution to the "Larry Lurex and the Voles from Venus".





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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 08:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My favorite JUGS band was The Spice Girls.

When Ginger left, there were no more jugs worth looking at.


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Posted: 23 Mar 05, 19:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

So what was the point of replying?


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Posted: 24 Mar 05, 02:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks for replying. So the contribution of Roger to the Famous Jug Band recording and to the Three Jays recording are indeed differenent ones. When I saw your initial post I first thought that maybe Roger was only involved in the two bonus tracks on the Chameleon album. But that's a wrong thought of me.

Thanks again. Now I know I really have to find this album and add it to my collection.

By the way, is there any change that in the near future you will continue the Ultimate Collection postings? We are still missing the 80s and 90s.

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Posted: 24 Mar 05, 03:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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When Ginger left, there were no more jugs worth looking at.>>

I believe as Proof said in 'My Band': 'We ain't a band bitch, we don't play instruments'

Nor did the Spice Girls. Therefore the Spice Girls are not a band. Q.E.D.


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Posted: 10 Mar 12, 13:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

From what I have been reading it seems like Jill Johnson was Rogers girlfriend from the mid sixties. Is there a chance that Roger also i featured on the debut album released in 1969?