HEEPSTERS MAILING LIST RARITIES VOLUME FOUR
KEN HENSLEY WITH BLACKFOOT
Disc One - BLACKFOOT LIVE
1. SEND ME AN ANGEL (Hensley/Williams)
2. TEENAGE IDOL (Medlocke/Spires)
3. A LEGEND NEVER DIES (Johnson/Gendel/Maher)
4. LIVINí IN THE LIMELIGHT (Cetera)
5. RIDE WITH YOU (Medlocke/Spires/Barth/Osborne)
6. ROLLINí AND TUMBLINí (Waters)
7. FLY AWAY (Medlocke/Spires)
8. MORNING DEW (Dobson/Rose)
9. TRAIN TRAIN (S. Medlocke)
10. HIGHWAY SONG (Medlocke/Spires)
11. WISHING WELL (Yamauchi/Bundrick/Rodgers/Kirke/Kossoff)
12. EASY LIVINí (Hensley)
- All tracks are officially unreleased recordings -
Tracks 1 - 10 recorded at The Agora Ballroom, Cleveland 24th October 1984
Tracks 11 & 12 recorded at Harpo's bar, Detroit 10th December 1984
Disc Two - KEN HENSLEY RARITIES
1. THE GODS: COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT BABY (Farrell/Goldstein)
2. THE GODS: GARAGE MAN (Hensley)
This is the first ĎThe Godsí single with Mick Taylor on guitar. It was released in 1967 and the b-side features the first ever Ken Hensley song recorded (although his name was misspelled in the label 'Hennersley'). These songs are very rare because they were originally released only on this 7" single and havenít been officially released on cd.
Line-up: Ken Hensley - vocals, keyboards & guitar, Mick Taylor - guitar, Brian Glasscock - bass guitar, John Glasscock - drums
3. HEAD MACHINE: MAKE THE FEELING LAST (Paramor) ***
4. HEAD MACHINE: THE FIRST TIME (Paramor) ***
These are taken from Head Machineís album titled ĎOrgasmí. It was recorded in early 1969 and was just a money-making project planned by The Godsí producer David Paramor. He is also credited for writing all the songs but in fact they were Hensley's songs. The group is The Gods without guitarist Joe Konas who had left sometime before, they all appeared on the album using pseudonyms.
Line-up: Ken Hensley (as Ken Leslie) - Organ, piano, guitar & vocals, John Glasscock (as John Leadhen) - bass guitar, Brian Glasscock & Lee Kerslake (as Brian & Lee Poole) - drums
5. CLIFF BENNETT BAND: MEMPHIS STREET (Diamond)
6. CLIFF BENNETT BAND: BUT IíM WRONG (Bennett)
After The Gods split up Hensley joined Cliff Bennettís band. This line-up was very short-lived, they recorded only this single in the Summer of 1969. The a-side is a Neil Diamond song and the b-side was re-recorded and released later on Toe Fatís album.
Line-up: Cliff Bennett - vocals, Ken Hensley - keyboards, guitar, Paul Bass - bass guitar, Frank Farley - drums
7. TOE FAT: THE WHEREFORS AND THE WHYS (Bennett) ***
After ex-The Gods members Lee Kerslake and John Glasscock joined Bennett and Hensley, the name was changed to Toe Fat and they recorded one album. Lead vocals are handled by Cliff Bennett on all the other songs except Hensley sings this song we have included here. Most of the songs are credited to Bennett although they most propably are written by Ken. The reasons for leaving his name out of the credits might be contractual or because of the fact that he had already left the group and joined Uriah Heep by the time the album was released. Kerslake also left around the same time to form National Head Band prior to teaming up again with his former bandmate in Heep,
Toe Fat was: Cliff Bennett - vocals, Ken Hensley - keyboards, guitar (lead vocals on this track), John Glasscock - bass guitar, Lee Kerslake - drums
8. WEED: SWEET MORNING LIGHT (Albes) ***
9. WEED: BEFORE I DIE (Albes) ***
Weed was another mone-making project similar to Head Machine recorded in Germany early 1971 after Uriah Heep had recorded their second album Salisbury. It was organized by producer Bodo Albes and he is also credited for writing all the songs but the truth is that Hensley not only wrote the songs but he also sang and played all the keyboard and guitar parts on the album. The other musicians were mostly members of a German band called Virus.
Officially the Weed line-up was this: Peet Becker - drums, Reinhold Spiegelfeld - bass guitar, Bernd Hohmann - flute, Werner Monka - guitar, Rainer Schnelle - keyboards. Hensleyís name wasnít mentioned because similarily to Head Machine, he just received a one-time payment for his work and gave up the rights to the songs
10. URIAH HEEP: ENDLESS FLIGHT (Lawton)
This is a song that has remained unreleased to this day. It is from the John Lawton era and as far as we know it's the only out-take left from that period and it hasnít been available for collectors until this release.
Line-up: John Lawton - lead vocals, Mick Box - guitars, Trevor Bolder - bass guitar, Lee Kerslake - drums & vocals, Ken Hensley - keyboards, guitars & vocals
11. KEN HENSLEY: INSPIRATION (Hensley) -original version-
This was recorded at Free Spirit sessions and released on the b-side of 'The System' single. Another slightly different version can be found on Hensley's 'From Time To Time' compilation but this is the original version.
Line-up: Ken Hensley - keyboards, guitar & vocals, Ian Paice - drums
12. KEN HENSLEY BAND: THE WIZARD (Hensley/Clarke) -live Ď82-
After Shotgun - Hensley's first band after leaving Uriah Heep - split up he formed Ken Hensley Band and toured in the U.S. in 1982. This is a live recording made on that tour.
13. KEN HENSLEY: LADY IN BLACK (Hensley) -acoustic live '93-
14. KEN HENSLEY: THE WIZARD (Hensley/Clarke) -acoustic live '93-
At a music show in Vienna 1993 Hensley played a jam session with among others Neil Schon of Journey. Their set didn't include any Heep material but Hensley gave an encore by playing these two Heep classics alone with just an acoustic guitar and luckily someone was there to record it.
15. KEN HENSLEY: HELLHOUND ON MY TRAIL (traditional) ***
This is taken from a Peter Green Tribute album that was released in 1995 and like the two previous songs features just Ken Hensley solo.
* = Officially unreleased recording
** Officially unreleased on cd