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Posted: 28 Dec 17, 18:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I just learned today that Roger Taylor is credited on percussion on Al Stewart's 1973 "Past, Present and Future" album (notable for the classic Roads To Moscow) - which isn't entirely surprising, as the album's producer was John Anthony.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Past,_Present_and_Future_(Al_Stewart_album)

Anyone know which track(s) he's on?



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Posted: 28 Dec 17, 18:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He was also a very good tennis player x

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Posted: 28 Dec 17, 19:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

ultimatequeen.co.uk/roger-taylor/songs/collaborations-1.htm says

"Roger is believed to play drums on this track, and potentially others on the album, but nobody is entirely sure."

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Posted: 28 Dec 17, 19:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In the booklet of the cd are mentioned 2 percussionists (Frank Ricotti and Roger Meddows Taylor), so it's hard to know who played what without additional details.
I think he plays on Roads To Moscow

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Posted: 29 Dec 17, 03:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I know Frank Ricotti as a percussion player (both tuned and drums) and not a drummer, so the rock drums are probably Roger.

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Posted: 29 Dec 17, 04:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

bootLuca wrote:

I think he plays on Roads To Moscow


That'd be pretty amazing, if true.

But what gives you that inclination?



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Posted: 30 Dec 17, 00:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Roger was asked about this somewhere, maybe a fan club magazine Q&A. He said he didn’t remember what he played on. There seems to be a consensus that he played on Roads To Moscow.


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Posted: 30 Dec 17, 07:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Fireplace wrote:

I know Frank Ricotti as a percussion player (both tuned and drums) and not a drummer, so the rock drums are probably Roger.



I don't think so...
John Wilson is credited as drummer
Frank Ricotti and Roger Taylor as percussionists


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Posted: 31 Dec 17, 08:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Real Wizard wrote:

bootLuca wrote:

I think he plays on Roads To Moscow


That'd be pretty amazing, if true.

But what gives you that inclination?


Simply, someone said that Roger played in that song and since I can't deny it, I tend to believe it.
The truth is that any percussionists can play that bass drum and tambourine in that way.