PPK - Tall Stories of The Only Ones with Robert Palmer 7" (RSD 2017)
This record is a fitting tribute to the late Robert Palmer and to Mike Kellie, who sadly died whilst we were working on this release. Thankfully John Perry is still with us. 1960s Records are delighted to announce the release of a brand new 7” vinyl single by the trio PPK - Robert Palmer with John Perry & Mike Kellie of The Only Ones. Underneath Island Records HQ in St. Peter’s Square, Hammersmith lay a compact 24 track studio much favoured by cognescenti on account of its fabulous sound. Keith Richards used it to listen back to live Rolling Stones shows. The echo chamber was a favourite of Bob Marley. Unlikely combos of musicians from Steve Winwood to Peter Tosh jammed together there. One such evening in the summer of 1978 saw John Perry and Mike Kellie of The Only Ones record with Robert Palmer. The Tall Stories track that resulted took Palmer in a new, grittier direction. Kellie’s rock-steady beat aligned with Palmer’s own bass playing and Perry’s melodic guitar brought the sparse loping sound of Free bang up to date. Sadly record company politics prevented the release of this track and the tapes were mislaid until 2016, when a cassette version turned up. Careful tape transfer and remastering has polished this performance into a jewel that does all three protagonists great credit. The B-side instrumental was cut at the same session.