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On July 11, 1975.

On July 11, 1975, “Threshold” and “Decca” labels released “From Mighty Oaks” the debut Ray Thomas album. It was recorded 1974 – 1975, and was produced by Ray Thomas and Derek Varnals.

Personnel:

  •  Ray Thomas – lead and backing vocals, flute, bass flute, harmonica
  • Richard Hewson– orchestral arranger, conductor
  • J. Cole– pedal steel guitar
  • Nicky James – backing vocals, percussion
  • John Jones – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, backing vocals
  • Trevor Jones – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Mike Moran– keyboards
  • Dave Potts – drums, percussion
  • Mike Silver– acoustic guitar, backing vocal
  • Derek Varnals – recording engineer
  • Dave Baker – 2nd engineer
  • Phil Travers – illustration, design
  • Graham Hughes – photography
  • Mike Pulland – photography

Track listing:

  1. From Mighty Oaks – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  2. Hey Mama Life – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  3. Play It Again – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  4. Rock-A-Bye Baby Blues – Nicky James
  5. High Above My Head – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  6. Love Is the Key – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  7. You Make Me Feel Alright – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  8. Adam and I – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  9. I Wish We Could Fly – Ray Thomas

 

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On June 3, 1976.

On June 3, 1976, “Threshold” label released “Hopes, Wishes and Dreams”, the second Ray Thomas studio album. It was recorded February – April 1976 at “Threshold Studios” in London, and was produced by Ray Thomas and Derek Varnals.

Personnel:

  • Ray Thomas – lead and backing vocals, flute, bass flute, harmonica
  • Nicky James – backing vocals
  • John Jones – acoustic and electric guitar, backing vocals
  • Trevor Jones – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Mike Moran– keyboards
  • Graham Deakin– drums, percussion
  • Barry St. John – backing vocals
  • Liza Strike – backing vocals
  • Helen Chappelle – backing vocals
  • Terry James – orchestral arrangements
  • Derek Varnals – associate producer, recording engineer
  • Dave Baker – recording engineer
  • Phil Travers – illustration, design
  • Gered Mankowitz– photography

Track listing:

  1. In Your Song – Nicky James
  2. Friends – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  3. We Need Love – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  4. Within Your Eyes – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  5. One Night Stand – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  6. Keep On Searching – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  7. Didn’t I – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  8. Migration – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  9. Carousel – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  10. The Last Dream – Ray Thomas

 

On February 11, 1977.

On February 11, 1977, “Deram” label released “Songwriter”, the second Justin Hayward album. It was recorded June – December 1976, at “Threshold” in London, and was produced by Tony Clarke, Justin Hayward and Martin Wyatt.

Personnel:

  • Justin Hayward – vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, drums, bass, violin, cello, flute, tambourine
  • Jim Cockey – violin
  • Tom Tompkins – viola
  • Tim Tompkins – cello
  • Mel Galley– bass
  • Terry Rowley – guitar
  • Dave Holland– drums
  • Ken Freeman– keyboards
  • Doremi Hayward – backing vocals
  • Peter Knight- strings arranger, conductor
  • Tony Clarke, Derek Varnals, Dave Baker – engineer
  • Dean Rod – assistant engineer
  • Gary Ladinkski – mixing

Track listing:

All tracks by Justin Hayward.

  1. Tightrope
  2. Songwriter Part 1
  3. Songwriter Part 2
  4. Country Girl
  5. One Lonely Room
  6. Lay It on Me
  7. Stage Door
  8. Raised on Love
  9. Doin’ Time
  10. Nostradamus

 

On September 19, 1995.

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On September 19, 1995, “Beggars Banquet” label released “See You on the Other Side”, the third Mercury Rev studio album. It was recorded in 1995, and was produced by Jonathan Donahue, Dave Fridmann, Grasshopper, Suzanne Thorpe and Jimy Chambers. This was the first band’s album after the departure of former lead singer Dave Baker. The album cover is taken from a 1975 “7 Up” commercial entitled “Uncola”.

Personnel:

  • Dave Fridmann– bass explore, B-3, Pianos, dual vocals
  • Jonathan Donahue– vocals, harmony rocket guitars, guitorgan, bowed saws and sounds
  • Jimy Chambers – drumming, mojo stick, Wurlitzer electric pianos
  • Grasshopper– guitar shapes, single exhaust clarinet, Tettix Wave accumulator
  • Suzanne Thorpe –quartz arhoolie flutes, French horns
  • All horns and stringsarranged by Jonathan Donahue, Grasshopper, except “Sudden Ray of Hope” by Jimy Chambers/Suzanne Thorpe
  • Mark Marinoff – saxophones
  • Matt Jordan – trumpets
  • Rachel Handman – strings
  • Chris Reilly – tablas
  • Jake Congelo – piano
  • Carmen Quinoñes – Female Vocals
  • Tomcat Stamos – Expressed Male Interruptions

Track listing:

  1. Empire State (Son House in Excelsis) – Jonathan Donahue, Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiak, Suzanne Thorpe
  2. Young Man’s Stride – Jonathan Donahue, Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiak
  3. Sudden Ray of Hope – Jimy Chambers, Jonathan Donahue, Dave Fridmann, Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiak, Suzanne Thorpe
  4. Everlasting Arm – Jonathan Donahue, Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiak, Suzanne Thorpe
  5. Racing the Tide – Jimy Chambers, Jonathan Donahue,Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiak, Suzanne Thorpe
  6. Close Encounters of the 3rd Grade – Jimy Chambers, Jonathan Donahue, Dave Fridmann, Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiak, Suzanne Thorpe
  7. A Kiss from An Old Flame (A Trip to the Moon) – Jonathan Donahue, Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiak
  8. Peaceful Night – Jonathan Donahue, Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiak