Kris acted as Executive Producer on a range of albums, working with Chris Farlowe, Norman Beaker and The Bureau.
Kris Executive Produced various records for Chris Farlowe. Glory Bound, The Voice, Rock ‘n Roll Soldier, Waiting in the Wings and Hungry for the Blues.
Waiting in the Wings
This was the first album I made with Chris, it was put together piecemeal. His MD and keyboardist at the time was Tim Hinkley, a well-known session player. Some tracks had been recorded a couple of years before I took over and were donated by Laurie Jay famed manager of Billy Ocean. A few more were recorded with Tim using a who’s who of rock musicians. Then Leo Lyons of Ten Years After produced three more which became the start of a lifelong friendship with Leo and myself, one of the nicest men in the music business. I went to New York to try and get a deal there but was told Chris was too old, being 50 at the time. Tim and I fell out when he stole the tapes. A deal was done with a Spanish label where we toured to promote it. Another deal was done in Germany with Line Records, something we were never paid for. Chris and I eventually released it on my own label Delicious Records.
After the success of the reformed Colosseum Chris and I asked Clem Clempson to produce a new album for Chris. We used most of Chris’ band at the time but Clem wanted to bring in Ronnie Leahy from Nazareth on keyboards. I brought over from the USA Ricky Byrd who had written two of the songs to play guitar as well. I had first met Ricky when I toured with Ian Hunter he had also been with Joan Jett and had played on her hit ‘I Love Rock n Roll’ It was initially released in Germany by Intuition Records who had released the first comeback album by Colosseum. We later re-released it on the Delicious label.
Produced mainly by long time guitarist and MD Norman Beaker with some overdubs at Andy Scott’s (Sweet) studio in Wiltshire. There was a funny moment when I was taking a phone call in the garden in sight of the control room. I leant against the garden gate which hadn’t yet been fixed to the post leaving me to disappear into the field outside that was a couple of feet below. The title track was written by Mike D’Abo who had previously written ‘Handbags and Gladrags’ for Chris in the sixties and featured another two Ricky Byrd songs. Amongst the musicians featured were Paul Jones from Manfred Mann and Pirates Guitarist Mick Green. It was also released on the Delicious label.
Rock n Roll Soldier
This was a triple CD compilation of all the albums he had made since 1970 including some tracks from ‘Chris Farlowe Band Live’ and ‘From Here to Mama Rosa’ both of which had been released in the ‘70s by Polydor. There were also a number of unreleased and rare tracks. Sleeve notes were written by my old friend and writer Terry Rawlings.
Kris Executive Produced two albums for Norman Beaker, Who’s he calling me him? and “the older I get … the better I was” during their time working together. Some of these were produced in the studio Kris co-owned with his son in West London.