THE WELSH CONNECTION

Malcolm remembers he couldn’t turn down the offer to join Man.”They had an American tour lined up, which had been a personal dream for a long time. And it was a great tour – although to be honest I can’t remember much of it. But it was good fun!”.

Significantly, Malcolm also appeared on Man’s acclaimed ‘Rhinos, Winos and Lunatics’ LP (above) playing guitar, keyboards and sharing vocal duties. Man’s eighth album, ‘Rhinos, Winos and Lunatics’ was produced by Roy Thomas Baker – acclaimed for his work with Queen. The LP spent four weeks on the UK chart, peaking at number 24.

Malcolm was joined on both the LP and tour by former Help Yourself bandmate Ken Whaley (bass). Other musicians in Man at the time were: Micky Jones (guitar & vocals), Deke Leonard (guitar & vocals) and Terry Williams (drums & vocals).

Malcolm is co-credited as a writer on all songs on the LP. He performs lead vocals on the track ‘The Thunder And Lightning Kid’.

Rehearsals for ‘Rhinos, Winos and Lunatics’ took place at Clearwell Castle in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire to an incredibly tight deadline. Man were given just three weeks to write and rehearse new material. Recording was done at Morgan studios, although some vocal overdubs were done later at Trident, where the album was also mixed.

Above: a rare Japanese single of ‘Taking the Easy Way Out Again’ – taken from the LP.

A retrospective live album of the American tour was entitled ‘The 1999 Party, which was issued on CD in the 1990s. Tracks from the tour (recorded at  the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles in March 1974) also appear on the live ‘bonus’ CD with the 2007 re-issue of ‘Rhinos, Winos and Lunatics’. One of these tracks is the Help Yourself song ‘American Mother’.

Above: Malcolm performing with Micky Jones’ Gibson SG at the Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, on the US tour. Photograph copyright © 2009-2010 David Miller. Visit ‘Brit Rock by the Bay’ for further information.

RICHARD TREECE’S MEMORIAL GIG

For those that couldn't make it to the memorial gig for Richard Treece – and indeed, for those that wish to re-live what was a tremendous occasion – some soundfiles have been uploaded of the (fantastic) performances of Son of Man, The Jack Bentley Blues Band and The Green Ray.

DEKE LEONARD RIP

"We have lost somebody who was the real deal. A man with the true Bardic gift. He was funny, with a savage wit which he practiced freely. He was great company and a fine musician too – even if he would not admit it. Deke supported and encouraged my early life in the music world, pressed the other lads to get me into Man, and stood in for me in the Help when I was sick with depression. Richard Treece's memorial gig in Walthamstow was the last time I saw the old devil and we talked about this and that... and cricket, which we both love. Deke's passing is a sad loss to the world at large – and heaven knows we need every spark we can get these days."

Malcolm Morley

SOCIAL MEDIA?

Putting together this website has been a (wait for it, cliché is coming) 'learning curve' - but I think we're getting there slowly. Also being tackled are the various social media 'channels'. So far, there's a Malcolm Morley Facebook page and a fledgling Twitter account (@bewaretheshadow), to be followed soon by an Instagram account. More news on the latter to follow. And if all goes well, who knows, maybe even a YouTube channel. Steady! Please help support all this by following, friending etc. Thanks... Malc