Dave TICE and the first CHISWICK album
By this time, in Australia,
the very popular hard boogie band BUFFALO (in which Paul BALBI
had been the original drummer) dissolved just before releasing their last
album, "Average Rock 'n' Roller" in 1977.
singer, Dave TICE, had already gone to England, in February 1977,
after he took up an offer from Paul BALBI to join The COUNT
BISHOPS. Within two days of arriving in London, Dave was in
JACKSON Studio (Rickmansworth, England) laying his vocals over the already
recorded tracks of the next COUNT BISHOPS album.
JACKSON Studio is the home of
Vic MAILE, a well known producer (The PIRATES, The INMATES,
MOTORHEAD ...). But this session is produced by The COUNT BISHOPS
themselves. Vic is the recording engineer.
remembers: "Zen and I argued so much with Stevie
(LEWINS) during this session that Vic knocked two hours worth
of studio time off the bill on the grounds that that was two hours worth
of work he hadn't had to do".
|No matter, the first single
featuring Dave on vocals is issued on April 22th, 1977 by CHISWICK.
"Baby You're Wrong" is backed by "Stay Free".
Both tracks are Zen's composition. Again, this single was later
reissued with a minor reference change.
Two months and a half after
the single came the album (on July 8th, 1977), simply titled "The
Count Bishops". It includes "12 punchy songs"
said Nick CHARLES in the RECORD MIRROR dated July 30th, 1977.
Five of the twelve tracks are
originals, two of them had already been published as the single. The
remaining three are Steve's compositions: "Talk To
You", "Someone's Got My Number" and "You're
In My Way". The seven covers are by The KINKS ("I Need
You"), SAVOY BROWN ("Taste And Try"), or The
STANDELLS ("Good Guys Don't Wear White"). The other ones
are blues classics.
fits perfectly. This album was simply one of the best of 1977. It was
later reissued with a new reference number when
EMI took over the distribution.
One must notice that CHISWICK
Records made a lot of promotion in the press and have also issued a promo
only E.P. which includes four tracks from the album: The KINKS, The
STANDELLS, SAVOY BROWN's covers together with "Talk To You".
In the summer of 1977, soon
after the release of the album, Steve LEWINS left to join Wilko
JOHNSON'S SOLID SENDERS.
The COUNT BISHOPS then ask Pat McMULLEN to join them on bass. So he
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