1969–70 Silver Metre. National General Records. USA.

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1969–1970. Sil­ver Metre. Formed in Venice Beach and San­ta Mon­ica, Cal­i­for­nia after my first trip to the Unit­ed States at age 21. Leigh Stephens played lead gui­tar (orig­i­nal Blue Cheer gui­tarist), Micky Waller (Jeff Beck, Rod Stew­art etc) played drums, Har­ry Reynolds vocals, and I played bass and some key­boards. We record­ed our first of a two album deal with Nation­al Gen­eral Records at Tri­dent Stu­dios, War­dour St, Lon­don. Our man­agers were Char­lie Osborne, and lat­er Tom Don­ahue who got us the deal. Some­body sent me a record­ing of our ear­ly 1970 Fill­more West set a while back…probably record­ed on cas­sette. There are some very cool trio rock sound­ing jams. Pity we broke up so soon. The mon­ey for our sec­ond album mys­te­ri­ously disappeared…but I won’t go into that, oth­er than to say it wasn’t the record com­pa­nies fault. Leigh lat­er found out what hap­pened to it but it would be too upset­ting to too many peo­ple to spill the beans now. Not worth it.

Leigh was vot­ed in the top one hun­dred gui­tarists of all time in Rolling Stone Mag­a­zines read­ers poll. I played on a cou­ple of  his recent projects…good to work with him again after all these years.


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