SUE-ON: THE NEWCASTLE SESSIONS
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1. PAPER ROSES ~ RAMBLING ROSE
2. SILVER THREADS & GOLDEN NEEDLES
4. RELEASE ME
5. SONG SUNG BLUE
6. TINY BUBBLES ~ PEARLY SHELLS
7. WHY ME, LORD?
TWO (Bill Hillman Originals)
ROAD SONGS: ON TOUR IN ENGLAND
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8. OUTLAW RAMBLING BAND
9. ONE NIGHT STAND
10. SWAMP ROMP
12. WHILE YOU'RE AWAY
13. BOOGIE WOOGIE
14. GOODTIME JAMBOREE
(Written in Bromley, Kent and London, England)
We're a travellin'
ramblin' outlaw band
Tea time, cars in
line on Westminster Bridge
We're with the crowd
-- singing loud -- yeh, we're starting to rock
(Standing Up For Rock 'n' Roll)
(Written on a Western Canada tour of summer exhibitions and rodeos)
Make the same ole
Hey, Hey Alright
We boogie all night
It's a one night
It's a one-night
(Written at Island Lake, northern Manitoba
and somewhere in the American South)
We've sung of Alabama
-- Louisiana too
We bin up and down
O we fly to Toronto
-- Fly to LA
Long Hair, Redneck
and Leisure Suit
(Written in Missoula, Montana
during our 1974 tour of the NW USA)
Rolling down the
highway -- we're southern bound
Dancing and prancing
-- the ponies a-flying
Phantoms and shadows
on the far horizon
Shaken outa my dreams
by the tires a-whining
(Written by Al Jones at one of our
jam sessions in Brandon, Manitoba)
You need rhythm
You need feelin'
Play play play that
You need to move
Words and Music by Al Jones ~ Album 7 | CD 10
Vocals by Sue-On
Here's the sun
There's the moon
I'll find a swallow
to fly around you
(Written in assorted dressing rooms in
your tax laws, in-laws, out-laws, too
amp'll stapple crackle pop when we start to rock
Sue-On Hillman: Vocals, Drums and Percussion
Kevin Pahl: Grand Piano, Electric Piano,
Hohner Clavinet, Piano Bass
Thanks to our English friends:
Photography and Design by Bill & Sue-On Hillman ~ Terence Fowler
RECORDED AT IMPULSE SOUND STUDIO ~
Band 12 recorded at Gooseberry Studios, London, England
Band 13 recorded at Century 21 Studios, Winnipeg, Manitoba
For information regarding personal appearances and other albums,
Bill and Sue-On Hillman
Maple Grove Productions
Box 280 ~ Strathclair, Manitoba, Canada R0J 2C0
CURRENT CITY ADDRESS:
41 Kensington Crescent ~ Brandon, MB, R7A 6M4
|Since the album cover was designed
to be a "reversible," double concept project with both sides serving as
"front covers," we inserted a lyrics, credits and photo sheet. After pressing
Brandon photographer, Terrence Fowler, for something unusual, he came up
with a seldom used prism lens which produced a multi-imaged Sue-On for
her solo cover. For the Road Songs side, he came up with another
special keyhole lens for which the three of us wore our London patched
chamois/buckskin gear as we posed in front of a white fur rug we had borrowed
from our Maple Grove fireplace.
The by-now-trademark filmstrip included some recent candid photos. We recycled some of our previous studio shots including the back-to-back picture that we had used on the cover of Album No. 6 and for promo 8"x10"s. Two other photos are with Mick Sandbrook and some of our English musician friends.
During an all-day open-house visit to the famed Pinewood Movie Studios we visited the main soundstage where they had just wound up a James Bond shoot and were bringing in truckloads of white styrofoam to create a North Pole set for the upcoming Superman movie. I stood under the studio's Superman sign, pulled open my shirt to reveal my maple leaf T-shirt and assumed a heroic Captain Canuck pose. My hopes of being signed as a stand-in for Christopher Reeve never materialized : ) This gigantic studio burned down soon after - but was rebuilt - even bigger and better.
Two London photos have me aiming a cannon at the Tower Bridge and Sue-On welcoming pedestrians on London Bridge. The last photo is of Sue-On seated during a break at an outdoor street dance back home on Main Street, Strathclair, Canada.
|We had a great time prowling
around the Pinewood backlot, exploring the world's largest film studio,
and finding many of the props used for the just-completed James Bond
film, including the mock-up shell of his submarine Lotus.
For the Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, a giant 007 soundstage was built to replicate the inside of a tanker, at the cost of $1.8 million.
Also impressive was the mammoth water tank that stored 4.5 million litres.
Another highlight was touring the Avengers offices and locations where Patrick McNee and Diana Rigg had spent so much film time playing John Steed and Emma Peel.
|Two years later, following our 3rd music tour of the
UK, we recorded Album
No. 9 at Durham's 24-track GUARDIAN STUDIOS with the English Eagles
Showband - DESPERADO.
I coaxed popular keyboardist Alan Clark to do all the keyboards -- synths, clavinet, grand and electric pianos-- on 20 of our recorded songs. A few months later Alan joined Mark Knopfler's Dire Straits with whom he performed for the next 15 years.
When Alan accepted the Rock Hall of Fame Award for Dire Straits in Cleveland the Rock Hall used the photos we took of Alan that I took during our Durham sessions.
The photos were projected on a giant screen behind Alan during his acceptance speech. This ceremony was broadcast to a huge international audience.
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