Thursday, July 30, 2015

Episode Six - 1997 - The Radio 1 Club Sessions

Episode Six
The Radio 1 Club Sessions Live 1968-69

01. Intro: Radio One Club
02. Sheila & Ian Interview
03. A Hazy Shade Of Winter
04. Sheila Picks The Numbers 1
05. Morning Dew
06. That's The Way Life Goes
07. Light My Fire
08. Sheila Picks The Numbers 2
09. Jesse James
10. Sheila Picks The Numbers 3
11. Monster In Paradise
12. Slow Down
13. Tony & Sheila Interview
14. Ian Gillan Interview
15. Mozart Vs. The Rest
16. Sheila Picks The Numbers 4
17. Rolling Stones Medley
18. Stay With Me Baby
19. The Castle
20. Spanish Caravan
21. I Am A Cloud (take 2)
22. I Am The Boss
23. Orange Air
24. River Deep Mountain High
25. I Am A Cloud (take 3)
26. Can't Be So Bad
27. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
28. Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart
29. Morning
30. Been Such A Long Way Home
31. Coda

Bass, Vocals – Roger Glover
Drums – Mick Underwood
Lead Guitar – Tony Lander
Organ, Vocals – Sheila Carter
Rhythm Guitar, Vocals – Graham Dimmock
Vocals – Ian Gillan

"Between October 1968 and June 1969, Episode Six appeared on Radio 1 Club no less than EIGHT (ten if you include two interview-only slots), setting a club record. The band played 47 tracks, comprising 21 different songs - "Mozart", for example, was performed an incredible seven times (twice in one particular show) and still failed to make the UK singles charts! We have managed to include versions of all the songs they did. ..."

Tracks 1, 2, 4, 8, 10, 13, 14, 16 & 31 are no songs but spoken words only.

Episode Six grew out of two school bands, centred around Harrow County Grammar School.
First to tread the boards were The Lightnings (aka Pete Jason, Shandy & The Lightnings), formed in 1960.
Sheila and Graham Carter-Dimmock (brother and sister) would sometimes sing and play together, and were asked to join The Lightnings when they were formed. They played school dances, youth clubs, and similar gigs. During this period Sheila Carter used the stage name 'Shandy', while vocalist Pete Reglar was known as 'Pete Jason'. Pete left in January 1963 and was replaced by Andy Tait, also known as 'Andy Ross'. A couple of months later they got a new bassist too.

Roger Glover's family moved to run a pub in Pinner around 1960 and he became a pupil at Harrow County. He bought a cheap Spanish guitar to learn, then took up the bass because it seemed an easier instrument to play. The Madisons became good enough to occasionally play London venues like the Last Chance Club on Oxford Street.

The two bands all knew one another. Sheila helped out The Madisons on vocals occasionally and both groups performed at an end of term school concert. In July 1963, when members of both bands finished their exams and left school some of the musicians packed it in. Sheila and Graham wanted to continue in a band, so asked Roger and Harvey to join The Lightnings. As they'd been going the longer of the two groups, and were better known, the pair agreed. Around this point Harvey began to use the name 'Harvey Shield'.

They played their first gig with the new line up at a Dance at Harrow County School with a set-list of an incredible 56 numbers, Sheila and Andy doing over half the lead vocals between them.

In early 1964 they got an agency and more work came in, though they could only play shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as Harvey was still at school (Lawry Geller would sometimes stand in for him), and the others had college and work. Prompted by their agency, they decided to choose a new name and rechristened themselves Episode Six, inspired by a novel called Danish Episode (though they sometimes used both names where people knew the old one).

They rehearsed at the Carter family home twice a week - without amplifiers - and Sheila's father drove them to gigs. The band all (except Sheila) wore smart white shirts and Beatles-style leather waistcoats, and via their booking agents there was soon plenty of work further afield. They could have done more, but because Harvey wanted to finish at school they held off. Nevertheless, they soon started doing demos for a record deal, and then did a season in Germany in early 1965, after which Andy Ross left.

The band had already checked out Ian Gillan in a group called Wainwright's Gentlemen and now asked him to join. Prior to this he'd been with The Javelins, a popular local group, from 1961. Ian's arrival coincided with the band getting a record deal with Pye and in July they turned professional, giving up college and jobs. They were doing an average of twenty shows a month from July '65 onwards and cut their first single "Put Yourself In My Place" before the end of the year. It was released in early 1966.

The band were booked by Radio London to appear at one of their big open-air summer shows in May 1966 alongside David Bowie and issued more singles during the year, all of which failed to chart. In September 1966 the group played on the Dusty Springfield package tour and did a weekly residency at the Marquee Club during October. There was also the first solo single from Sheila; "I Will Warm Your Heart" in November 1966. The year climaxed with a long Christmas season in Beirut (where they topped the local chart) through December and January.

The group had by now built up an impressive repertoire of covers and originals and would vary their sets according to the audiences. They were also beginning to do sessions for the BBC. They did a mini tour of London parks (organised by the GLC) in mid-June 1967, performing two 45 minute sets, and played for four weeks in Germany. On their return Harvey left the group as the touring was telling on his health.

New drummer John Kerrison had previously been in The Pirates (with Nick Simper).With him onboard Episode Six were soon back in Germany doing clubs, and returned there early in the new year.

The group got a new record deal with MGM and shortened their name to The Episode, releasing "Little One" in May 1968 (their only single under the new name). They did three UK TV shows to promote this and recorded dozens of tracks for radio sessions over the year, including the new Radio 1 Club. However they were not getting along with their new drummer, who was eventually fired. A replacement had already been chosen: ex-Outlaws drummer Mick Underwood.

Mick had been in The Herd and played alongside Ritchie Blackmore in The Outlaws. The music got noticeably heavier and they moved to Chapter One Records, reverting back to being Episode Six.

Their September 1968 single 'Lucky Sunday' became their eighth chart miss, depsite some good reviews. "Mozart Vs The Rest" followed in February 1969. This was issued in response to hundreds of calls to Radio 1 after the band performed it on air. Sadly this happened too late for it to chart .

The band made a start on a debut album but it was never finished. In June 1969 Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord came to see Episode Six play live in London, and then offered Ian Gillan a job in Deep Purple. Glover helped them out on a studio session and was also asked to join. The pair helped Episode Six fulfill existing bookings while rehearsing with Deep Purple.

Episode Six carried on for a time with John Gustafson on bass and vocals. Sheila rehearsed with Pete Robinson, John Gustafson and Mick Underwood as a quartet, before they formed the trio Quatermass. Episode Six then played for a while with Sheila, Tony Lander, Dave Lawson (later of Greenslade) and Tony Dangerfield on bass. By the end of the year they were billed as Episode Six with Sheila Carter and then The Sheila Carter Band, and this continued off and on (mostly with gigs abroad) until 1974 with Sheila as the constant, before she went into session work.

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