This page documents the small number of live Patto recordings that are circulating among collectors.
|Unfortunately, most of the
unreleased recordings that are currently available to collectors are less than desirable when it comes to
sound quality. According to Richard Lane, Patto did eight BBC sessions, and some of those are
available. But even some of the BBC recordings available are
average to poor in quality. This
will not deter us Patto fans too much from listening, though, will it?
Wouldn't it be nice to hear all the tapes that Alvin Lee recorded when Patto toured with Ten Years After? Or how about the BBC releasing the few sessions that haven't been lost/destroyed?
Most of the recordings are not well documented, so
some of the date and venue information is very likely inaccurate. Some
of the dates are taken from unofficial bootleg CDs, if that gives you an indication
of their reliability. Maybe you can help
set the record straight?
||Note: I would be happy to trade copies of these recordings with other collectors. However, in anticipation of requests, I will say up front that I cannot sell copies of these recordings under any circumstances.|
|Munich, Germany April 17, 1971|
|A fine, short live set from the last date of the tour
(with Rod Stewart and the Faces). It features young versions of
"Air-Raid Shelter" and "How's Your Father".
Everyone is on. The crowd warms up as the set goes along,
applauding during Ollie's vibes in "The Man". After
appropriate encore applause, they leave with "a message from the
San Antone / Air-Raid Shelter / Beat The Drum / How's Your Father / The Man / A Big Hunk O'Love
Sound quality: Good audience recording. Recorded far from
the stage, so the echo of the venue gets a bit much at times. But
it is a good audience tape once your ears get used to it.
|BBC In Concert 1971|
|As the title suggests, this session was recorded live with
an audience, as opposed to most pre-recorded BBC programs. There
is a second guitarist playing rhythm, Bernie Holland. Some of the
projects Bernie was involved in included Jody Grind, the first Dick and the Fireman gigs,
"Archaeology album, and a band called Rocks with
Mike Patto, John Halsey, and others.
San Antone / Government Man / Beat The Drum / Sittin' Back Easy / So Cold
Sound quality: Excellent studio recording. A BBC transcription
disc of this show has surfaced giving us both a great upgrade in sound
quality plus the "Beat The Drum" track, which was previously
unknown to exist.
|BBC: Mike Harding - Sounds of the Seventies
Recorded June 28, 1971 / Broadcast on July 6, 1971
Give It All Away / You, You Point Your Finger / Air-Raid Shelter
Sound quality: Excellent studio recording..
|Germany 1971 or 1972|
|It is great to hear an audience enjoying the Patto's so much.
Ollie is absolutely on fire for this set -- incredible! Mike's
vocals are solid. The looning is really appreciated by the
audience, especially "Stairway of Love", during which John
sings while holding his nose and can't keep from laughing himself.
Before "Sittin' Back Easy", Ollie and Mike play a bit of "Johnny Reggae", a
silly English pop hit song for the Piglets in 1971. The solid performance and the fun atmosphere of a
Patto gig make this one worth a listen. Not certain of the country
or the year.
Hold Your Fire, Tell Me Where You've Been, You You Point Your Finger, Route 66, Shakin' All Over, Stairway of Love, Walk Don't Run (Twist Competition), San Antone, Johnny Reggae, Sittin' Back Easy.
Sound quality: Poor audience recording. John's drums are
almost completely lost and the recording is distant/distorted.
|The Bremen Club, Offenburg, Germany 1972|
|This German performance offers another example of Ollie's
stunning guitar playing.
Songs: Stairway of Love, Hold Your Fire, You You Point Your Finger, Shakin' All Over, Route 66, The Man, San Antone, Sittin' Back Easy.
Sound quality: Poor audience recording, but you can hear Mike and Ollie clearly.
This was previously incorrectly documented as being from Italy,
because Mike says "buon giorno"
at one point.
|The Piper, Viareggio, Italy July 30, 1972|
|Mike is only joking around when he says it is Elvis
Presley's birthday (Jan. 8). The band's only gig at The Piper was
on 7/30/72. They were touring with with Amazing Blondel, who
played The Piper a couple nights earlier.
Fantastic guitar from Ollie straight away in "Hold Me Back" - he even throws in "Strangers In The Night" á la Jimi Hendrix. Flat Footed Woman features Ollie on electric piano -- there is a bit missing during his solo. Screaming ending to "The Man" that John kicks into high gear behind great soloing from Ollie. Mike jokes that it's Elvis' birthday and that they received a telegram from the King asking them to play one of his songs, and the band rips it up with "A Big Hunk O' Love". Route 66 is incomplete.
The songs (not a complete
Sound quality: Not very good but still pretty listenable. Ollie's guitar/keyboard and Clive's bass are pretty clear. Some of John's drums are lost. Mike's strong vocals are somewhat distorted, but not so much that you can't hear when he occasionally jumbles up words.
This set was included on the "Patto: Straight to the
Tempest" bootleg CD.
|BBC: Bob Harris - Sounds of the Seventies
Recorded January 24, 1973 / Broadcast on February 5, 1973
| This session includes one of the "Monkey's Bum" tracks,
"General Custer". Unusual is the addition of sax from
Dave Brooks to the lineup.
Flat Footed Woman / General Custer / Singing the Blues on Reds
Sound quality: Excellent studio recording, though General
Custer has a bit of distortion.
|BBC: John Peel - Sounds of the Seventies
Recorded February 12, 1973 / Broadcast on February 27, 1973
|Better copy of this session over the "Life After
Death" CD. A humorous "On Top Of Old Smokey" bit
with John Mayall on harmonica introduces "San Antone".
Features an unreleased original composition, "Holy Toledo",
reminiscent of some of the
"Monkey's Bum" material. Great guitar from Ollie on Loud Green Song. Also has a sax player in the lineup,
probably Dave Brooks again. Better than average quality
The songs: San Antone / Holy Toledo / Loud Green Song
Sound quality: Very good studio recording.
|BBC: The Sequence - Sounds of the Seventies
Recorded February 13, 1973 / Broadcast on March 16, 1973
| This is the final BBC session for Patto. Ollie sings "Dear
Landlord" and the unreleased Monkey's Bum song,
"Sausages". All songs fade in except for "Hold Me
Back". Probably Dave Brooks again on sax.
Dear Landlord, I Got Rhythm, Sausages, Hold Me Back
Sound quality: Poor quality studio recording - lots of
distortion, tape hiss, and dropouts.
|"Life After Death", Bootleg CD of Miscellaneous BBC Sessions|
|This CD, probably no longer making the rounds, is a collection of average
to poor quality BBC sessions. Released shortly after Ollie's death
-- tasteless title, eh?. Dates
are likely inaccurate, but here goes.
San Antone/Holy Toledo/Loud Green Song - Feb. 12, '73 (inferior to tape copy described above)
San Antone/Government Man/Sittin' Back Easy/So Cold - "In Concert" 1971
The Man - March 3, 1970
Hanging Rope/Beat the Drum - March 11, 1970
Hard Life/Love Me - November 3, 1970
Dear Landlord - February 13, 1973 (incomplete)
Hold Me Back - March 27, 1970
Features unreleased cuts, "Hard Life", "Love Me", "Holy Toledo", "So Cold", and an incomplete cover version of "Dear Landlord". "Hard Life" and "So Cold" (with a short reference to the Beatles) are particularly strong cuts.
|More BBC Sessions|
|From another tape source of about 45 minutes of various
poor quality BBC sessions. For those tracks also on "Life
After Death", these are inferior in quality, but a little more of
the between-songs chatter from the radio announcers is intact.
Government Man / Hard Life / Love Me - November 3, 1970
Time To Die / Hold Me Back (cut) - March 27, 1970
|The Torrington, London, July 13, 1975|
|This is the last of three reunion benefit gigs that Patto
did for the family of one of their roadies named Eric Swain who was shot and killed
by robbers in Pakistan. Eric was the brother of another road man for
The frequent audience laughter certainly makes you wish you were there to see whatever looning antics they were up to. There are some humorous moments that don't require the visuals, though. The a cappella bits that feature John ("Stairway of Love" and "Mummy"), for example.
The songs (surprisingly, San Antone was not included):
Sound quality: Poor audience recording. The show was
recorded on a dictaphone machine, so the quality is terrible. The
vocals seem to suffer the most from the quality. The band play a great set, without
much hinting at the fact that they had broken up two years earlier, so
it's still worth listening to if you can tolerate the sound.
|Mike Patto, "Voice of the People", Bootleg CD compilation|
|TENDOLAR "label", TDR-095.
This bootleg is a compilation of various recordings, most of which
feature Mike on vocals. The quality ranges from excellent to poor,
and while it is an interesting collection, superior quality and/or more
complete recordings of most of the tracks are available. It is
done rather sloppily, with the endings and/or beginnings of a bunch of
the tracks cut off.
1. Drive My Car - Bo Street Runners; excellent quality,
ends abruptly before fading completely.
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