The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns Story Part 2

George Peffley
the Lanark Records News Team

When I asked how Quentin Jones, from the Reach Around Rodeo Clowns how he got the recording and producing bug, he told me this story.

Paul McCartney’s first solo album was the album that showed me I could write, and release music. I will never forget my brother Bruce buying that album and telling me it was Paul’s new solo album.  Me, only being 9, asked Bruce, what is a solo record? I was not sure if I liked the idea of a Beatle putting out an album without the others. Bruce told me that Paul recorded the album at his home, and that made my world come apart.” What!!!! Record it at home” ? !!?

Up to this point I thought that music was only recorded in big studios with guys in white lab coats turning knobs. You had a better chance of drinking Tang on the moon then you did ever recording music.

And then my brother told me that Paul played all the instruments on the album!  That drove me even crazier. I was a bit confused, “You mean no Ringo. He played everything?” I asked and Bruce said yep, he recorded the guitar and sang, the rewound the tape and played the drums, then bass”.
This was another pioneering move by the Beatles as a group and as solo artists. They were one of the first “do it yourself” bands. They recorded their own songs at home and released them on their own recorded label starting in the late sixties, 40 years before the rest of us
Paul’s album McCartney has the feel of home. I think it was topped by his next album RAM, which I also love. The first five years of all Beatle solo albums are amazing.  Check out ‘Mind Games’ by John, or ‘Plastic Ono Band’! And George’s ‘All Things Must Pass’, is a masterpiece. Ringo’s ‘Ringo’ album, come on! If you never heard this album, buy it!

Here is a photo of young Quentin (1968)  getting ready to take over the drumming duties for the Beatles or the Stones, or Herman’s Hermits, back in the late sixties. You can see “the Beatles” written on the bass drum head. He never did take over Ringo’s job in the Beatles, but many years later he did do about 20 gigs on lead guitar for Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits.

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