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Hi guys, surprisingly I found a "new" Clover CD in my favorite music store today and decided to update the website after another long period without updates.|
Clover related releases:
John McFee has also added his magic to two new projects:
Okay, that's it for now. Special thanks to John McFee and Alex Call for the info and please forgive me for being so slow with updates. Enjoy the music!!!
|April 8, 2008|
Hi guys, long time since we've had the last update but this one is quite thrilling. A Clover concert recorded December 20, 1975 at the Winterland, San Francisco has been added to Wolfgangs Vault.|
The concert is almost one hour long and if you like to listen to Clover's version of Bob Marley's "Stir it up" and several of Clover's classics including an extremely funky track that hasn't been available before - "Wish You Would" (???) - just follow this link:
|November 11, 2007|
Hi guys, here are some photos Cathy Gellis shot. You should also read her blog where she reviews the concert. Special thanks to Cathy!!!|
By the way, I wonder what it would take for a real Clover reunion :)
In case you haven't seen them yet - here's another link to the photos the SF Chronicle published. You can see Elvis Costello, Pete Thomas and John Ciambotti.
Also, here is an earlier show announcement with a comment by John McFee in Mesh Magazine.
Last but not least, you should always visit the Elvis Costello Fan Forum ... lots of things to be found there ;)
|November 10, 2007|
Hi guys, from what I have heard so far the show(s) must have been great. Please take a look at the guestbook and read these reviews by Shay Quillen (The Mercury News, 11/09/07) and Joel Selvin (San Francisco Chronicle, 11/10/07):|
... and don't forget to read more about the Richard de Lone Special Housing Project.
|November 7, 2007|
Hi guys, Jim McInnis found another great article written by Joel Selvin for the San Francisco Chronicle:|
By the way, I have seen Lucinda Williams in concert yesterday and I like to add that reading Selvin's article, it sounds like John Ciambotti gave up music after Clover stopped existing. One should not forget that Ciambotti played on Lucinda's Grammy Award Winning "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road" (1998) ... so I bet he still knows how to play that bass ;)
Anyhow, thanks to Jim for the article and I hope all who can will enjoy the shows tomorrow!!!
|November 4, 2007|
|Hi guys, here's a link to a very interesting article by Paul Liberatore from the Marin Independent Journal that gives us some further insight on the story behind the concert and the line-up:|
|October 5, 2007|
Hi guys, the show we all have been waiting for will really happen:|
Elvis Costello and Clover
Thursday, November 8, 2007
The Great American Music Hall
As I am living in Germany and cannot attend the show (I am currently knocking my head into the wall) I would kindly ask you to send me your reviews of the show for this website or use the guestbook*. Thanks. Special thanks also to John Foyle and Russ Milenbach who informed me about the show today.
Last but not least, check out MMicky Shine's MMusic Art Videos ... cool stuff. I like MMicky's art a lot and hope to be able to buy a painting from him one of these days.
* The guestbook will soon change to another provider because the current provider will no longer offer his guestbook service. The guestbook entries will not be lost though.
|July 19, 2007|
Hello everybody, here is what I have heard about the "Clover reunion" so far, which is also what Alex Call has heard and what someone told me Sean has said ;)|
Elvis Costello intends to get all of the original Clover members who played on My Aim Is True to be his backing band, i.e. John McFee, Johnny Ciambotti, Sean Hopper and Micky Shine, for one or two concerts at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. In addition it seems that this concert will be recorded as well. The show will not include Huey and Alex because both of them did not play on Elvis Costello's debut album.
Last but not least, here's a link to ElvisCostelloFans.com that has further info. Thanks to Stephen Shaw for this link.
This is all I can tell so far ... please use the guestbook if you have further info. Thanks.
|May 22, 2007|
Hello, I just want to let you know that Mike's obituary can be found here.|
Please notice that all of Mike's old friends should show up at the annual picnic of the Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department, May 27th, where all the music will be dedicated in Mike's memory.
|May 5, 2007|
Hi all, we haven't had an update for quite a long time as I was pretty busy during the last few months. Only yesterday I started working on the website again and when I continued this morning I found Alex Call's guestbook entry which results in a very sad update, i.e. Mike Walter passed away.|
Mike Walter during "Fourty-Niner" cover shoot.
Those of you who are long time fans and friends of Clover will know that Mike Walter was manager, roadie, driver and most of all a friend of the early Clover outfit. In addition Mike has always been a great help with the website as he contributed to it in many ways over the last few years, e.g. with photos (he and his father Frances shot the cover pictures of Clover's second album) and stories (Clover Meets The MC5).
Going through Mike's old guestbook entries I have to say I really admire Mike because even though he had health problems he was upbeat all of the time. Mike was giving me props for putting the website together and all I can say is that without his input the website wouldn't be as good as it is today.
Yes Mike, you were in the council of elders and I want to thank you for your help in guiding the next generation of Clover fans into the future. I tip my hat to The Ol Roadie ... Rest In Peace Mike and as Alex Call says it in his guestbook entry you will be missed and remembered by all of us.
Further updates: Three articles have been added to the Press Archive, i.e. three Phonogram news bulletins. The first one from September 1976 announces Clover's arrival in Britain, the second one from May 1977 announces Clover's first album and the corresponding single. The third news bulletin from November 1977 informs about Clover's second album and an upcoming five months tour of the U.S.A. which never really happened. Some of the information in the latter news bulletin is inaccurate as Huey joined Clover after Sean ... nevertheless the bulletin is an interesting read.
|November 17, 2006|
Hello, I added "The Sound City Session" tracklist today.|
Plus, the album is already mentioned by two French websites, a review has not been written yet, though.
|November 10, 2006|
Hi all, I got news today that Clover's new CD "The Sound City Sessions" will be mailed from tomorrow. So, if you have already ordered your copy be happy. All others should order their copy now.|
|October 26, 2006|
Hi all, you might remember that Marcus David once drummed with Clover and always wondered how that came about. Finally all your questions can be answered :)|
Recently Barry Flast interviewed Marcus David for his Artist Archives. It's fun to listen to the interview and all the music in between ... may it be Clover, Huey Lewis, John Cipollina or Nick Gravenites. Special thanks to Barry and Marcus for doing such a great job.
In addition, I added a discography to Marcus' entry under Band Members.
|October 1, 2006|
Hello again, there have been requests to feature some of Clover's music online ... mmmh, I rather would like you to buy their music and create interest in it again and not just listen to their music for free.|
Nevertheless, I can understand that people don't want to buy music they have never heard before, thus the front page features some Clover music now, i.e. the Promo-Flexi Vertigo released to promote Unavailable in 1977 and one track from the Paradiso gig. So please listen (and enjoy) and then buy (and enjoy even more), especially Clover's upcoming release "The Sound City Sessions"!
Last but not least, you will find two additions to the Albums and Singles page:
Special thanks to Alex Call for all his help so far and to Martin Scott who compiled Clover's Best Of album in 1986.
|September 22, 2006|
Clover's new CD "The Sound City Sessions" will be available from November 11, 2006 (scheduled release date). Enjoy the wonderful cover art. More info coming soon :)
|September 15, 2006|
|Hello, here is a small September update, i.e. there is a new Poster scan and ticket scans in the Poster archive (see tour with Thin Lizzy in 1976).|
Peter Nielsen who is webmaster of Thin Lizzy Guide sent the scans. Special thanks to Peter.
Last but not least, special thanks to Nigel Dick as well, who sent scans of those pictures he once "found" :) ... here's a preview:
|June 23, 2006|
|Hello again and more good news ahead as this year (probably August) will see the release of yet another Clover CD. Joey Stec's label Sonic Past Music will release a new Clover CD entitled "The Sound City Sessions" with tracks Clover recorded in 1975 - featuring Alex Call, Johnny Ciambotti, John McFee, Huey Lewis, Sean Hopper, Micky Shine and Jeff Pocaro (drums). Because these tracks have never been released before John McFee will do the final remix sometime in July and the CD will be available shortly after ... if that ain't good news I don't know what is. Also, Johnny Ciambotti, Alex Call and Huey Lewis are all involved in this project and Alex Call will (again) write the liner notes. Thanks to Clover and Sonic Past Music.|
Stay tuned ... more info coming soon :)
|May 20, 2006|
|Hi all, Alex Call has been interviewed by a Thin Lizzy/Phil Lynott website.|
You will also find an excerpt from Alex's forthcoming book "867-5309":
Hopefully Alex's book will be available soon.
On the Lizzy website you will also find information regarding a CDR that features a soundcheck Clover did November 10th, 1976 when they were supporting Thin Lizzy. I got a copy of this obscure CDR in 2002 and never mentioned it here because the sound quality is something between pretty bad and horrible - even MMicky Shine was disappointed when he listened to it (another reason not to mention it). Well here is the correct setlist (the one on the Lizzy site is incomplete):
1. I Want You Back (2:46)
Phil Lynott and Huey are singing some vocals ... but the sound is too bad.
|May 5, 2006|
Within the last 10 years that this website exists now, one of the frequently asked questions has always been if any of Clover's concerts has been recorded and if copies are available. My answer so far: Live recordings don't exist or at least I am unaware of them!
It really looked like nobody ever bothered to record this band and that only the studio albums are available, i.e. no good times for Clover fans who might even be envious of let's say Grateful Dead fans ... bathing in trillions of live recordings.
Finally one Clover concert surfaced at the beginning of this year and the sound quality - being an audience recording - is amazing. The concert was recorded December 20, 1977 by Hans de Vente at the Paradiso in Amsterdam when Clover were on tour with Graham Parker and the Rumour. Hans used his Sony TCS 150, with two separate mikes and recorded the whole concert. Then he stored the tapes at home and only transfered them to CD this year.
The concert is a real gem as it features Clover's last concert on the European continent and it is even one of the last Clover concerts as the band disbanded in March of 1978. All of the 11 songs show how tight Clover (= Alex Call, Huey Louis, John McFee, Sean Hopper, Johnny Ciambotti and Kevin Wells) were during that time. Plus, the band didn't get booed like so many times before ... this time they got applause for their concert.
It was decided that the concert should be made available to Clover fans worldwide in a decent packing and not just as a MP3 file floating around cyberspace. Alex Call wrote the liner notes and all profits - that result once the production & shipping costs are deducted from the sales price - will be donated to Medecins Sans Frontieres. This CD release is for the fans and not meant to be a profit source.
By the way, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) provides medical aid wherever needed around the world. So even if just a couple of CDs are sold the smallest amount gathered can help to pay the medicine/operation someone in let's say Africa needs to survive. I will keep you posted on the amounts gathered.
Please click on the cover above if you like to order the CD from the accompanying Sustainable Music website and please leave your comments/reviews in this website's guestbook once you got it.
Special thanks to Clover, especially Alex Call for writing the liner notes; Hans de Vente for making the concert recording available and Lawyer Cathy Gellis for her patience ;)
PS: You might have seen MMickey Shine's guestbook entry regarding Ralph Merzlak. I am very sad to hear that Ralph, who has always been one of Clover's biggest fans, passed away so soon. Rest in Peace Ralph!!!
|March 9, 2006|
|Hi all, here we go again. I know it took me more than one year for this update but please forgive me :)|
So what happend last year? Huey Lewis and Sean Hopper released a live CD/DVD with Huey Lewis and the News celebrating their 25 Anniversary as did John McFee with the Doobie Brothers who can celebrate their 35th Anniversary this year (see www.bay-area-bands.com for further info) - thus we can say that Clover keeps growing.
Plus, Alex Call is writing a book about his Rock'n'Roll life entitled "For a good time call:867-5309". Info will soon be featured here and on: 8675309TheBook.com. We all can imagine that Alex has a lot to tell and look forward to his book release.
This time you will find two updates, i.e. four new poster scans in the Concert Poster Archive (see years 1970 & 1973) and I added an article from British Classic Rock magazine to the Press Archive (see bottom of that page). Huey talks about his band, Clover, Phil Lynott etc.
Last but not least, ... no I can't tell you now ... more later :)
|January 13, 2005|
|Hi all, here we go again. Happy New Year and all the best for all of you in 2005.|
First update in 2005 is an article from the Illinois Entertainer which was written in 1978 when Clover were touring the US. Wonder if Huey has ever fulfilled his "deepest musical fantasy". Read more in the Clover Archives/Press Archive.
Then there are two additions to Clover's discography. First is an entry for a Japanese pressing of the "Wade In The Water/Stealin'" single from 1970 with picture sleeve. Thanks to Mike Halpern for the hint. Clover's first UK single "Chicken Funk" was also released in Italy and backed with "Take Another Look" instead of "Show Me Your Love". The cover looks slightly different too. More on the Albums & Singles page.
|November 10, 2004|
|Hi folks, I hope all is well and that you still enjoy this website. Although Clover kicked the bucket more than 25 years ago their music is still enjoyable and since the old members still make music there is no danger of getting stuck in the same old thing. Having said that, I would like you to take a look at this website:|
There are some MP3s you can listen to and they feature no other than Dr. John Ciambotti on bass. Other musicians are D. Jennings (vocals), Herman Matthews (drums), Ned Albright (keys), Gregg Leisz (all other string instruments), Engineer and mix: Larry Hirsch.
These songs have great lyrics and we can only hope for more. Right now the music is only available on this 'temporary' website. Once the band has overcome some management changes we might see a CD release as well.
If you miss John McFee's guitar licks check out the Doobie Brothers' website. The Doobies will release one of their concerts - "Live at Wolf Trap" - on CD and DVD November 26th.
Last but not least, Huey and Sean will be filming a DVD on the occasion of Huey Lewis and the News' 25th Anniversary on December 14 and 15 in Chico, California at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. In case you want to be around: for tickets and information you can call the brewery at (530) 345-2739.
|October 02, 2004|
exciting news today - it's time to get ready for some love on the wire. Clover's "Love On The Wire" that is, which has just been released on CD for the first time!
We all have been waiting for this for a long time and due to the fine people at Cherry Records/Lemon Recordings (especially Ross Landau) the waiting is over now. THANKS!
Like "Unavailable" (CD LEM 16), the artwork of "Love On The Wire" (CD LEM 43) has been produced as close as possible to the original artwork - in addition there are bonus sleeve notes that introduce Clover to all those who don't know who Clover were. Plus, the music has been digitally remastered by Universal Music and sounds great.
I got my copy of the CD today and I am very thrilled. Not only that Alex Call released an outstanding solo album this year - now both of Clover's UK albums are available too. What a great way to end the year! So let us all enjoy "Unavailable" and "Love On The Wire" on CD and maybe someday someone will release Clover's Fantasy albums on CD as well.
PS: When you order "Love On The Wire" (I hope you do) don't get confused by the title "Hearts on Fire" which you might find - that's a mistake. The album is entitled "Love On The Wire" and hearts are still UNDER fire - so no need to worry :)
|August 22, 2004|
|August 2004 brings two updates. A small one, i.e. the website design has changed slightly. More interesting news is that Alex Call has released his new album "Incredibly Thick":|
The full title of the album is "Incredibly thick songs with complicated chord progressions, vague lyrics and melodies only I can sing." That's an incredibly thick title in itself and a good choice for this masterpiece. Please visit Alex Call's website and his entry at www.bay-area-bands.com for further information.
If you click on the album cover above you can order the album right now from CD Baby - the only place to order the album. As you can see from what I wrote at Bay-Area-Bands.com I like the album very much and honestly believe that Alex has delivered his best work so far. Please support Alex and buy the album. Plus, once you had the chance to listen to the album, it would be nice if you can share your ideas with us using the website's guestbook. Thanks for your support and enjoy Alex' new album - Clover couldn't sound better these days!
|April 03, 2004|
Here is another update. First of all I managed to add the old guestbook entries again. That's 111 entries from 1998-2003! Those of you who wanted to have these entries on the site again were right - it's fun to read them and they underline how many fans Clover has. Special thanks to Mark Melanson for an extra picture which hasn't been there before :)
The second addition can be found within the Press Archive - a biography Arista released in 1983 for Alex Call's first solo album.
Last but not least, don't forget to visit Alex Call's new website from time to time. New CD coming, nice pictures and witty remarks!
|January 01, 2004|
Happy New Year! The website-design has been updated. I thought it was time to get rid of the old background, which has been with the site since it started in 1996 :) Various pages have been rearranged and the navigation should be easier now. There is also a new guestbook because there has been too much advertisement on the old one lately.|
New additions to the site:
What else can be said? 2003 flashback: I met Huey and Sean after their concert in London and had the chance to talk to them for a few minutes. They are really one of the nicest people on this planet and I wish I had had some more time to talk to them but there were many people backstage that day who wanted to talk to them. I also had the chance to talk a little to Nick Lowe that evening and he was surprised that there is a website dedicated to Clover. By the way, Huey knows about this website.
|November 17, 2003|
Click on CD cover to order Unavailable
|November 08, 2003|
Unavailable No Longer!!!|
For quite some time the page hasn't been updated. Simply because there was nothing new to tell. Today long time Clover fan Steve Aparicio sent me an email which is great news for any Clover fan: Unavailable will be re-released on CD!!!
Cherry Red Records, an independent British label will re-release Unavailable (CDLEM 16) on their sublabel Lemon Recordings later this month (links provided underneath). More information coming soon!
Special thanks to Steve for this great news and kudos to Cherry Red Records for their brave decision to re-release Unavailable - one of the sweetest lemons ever. Many fans have been waiting for this for years.
"Right now the sun is shining!" (Fairweather Fan, Unavailable)
|April 18, 2003|
'Clover is growing everywhere' - this was one of the slogans Phonogram used to promote Clover's music. Especially for 'Love On The Wire' they placed some advertisements which where quite funny and show that Phonogram did a better job than Fantasy ever did. Another of this advertisements can now be found on the Concert Page (Graham Parker tour entry). Instead of just displaying the black and white advertisement I coloured it and hope you like it - enjoy.|
Second update can be found on the Albums & Singles page - as I found yet another single. "Hearts Under Fire" b/w "Still Alive" has also been released in the U.S. as a single and not - like I thought till now - only as a DJ promo. Compared with the Dutch single release there is no picture sleeve though.
|February 18, 2003|
This update brings two new (I know: old) articles to the 'Press Archive'. One is from Nuggets Magazine and is basically an interview with Alex Call. Catching Clover on tour 1976 during their first few weeks in England. It is interesting to read the information regarding the tour with Thin Lizzy, demos ('Bad Is Bad') etc.|
The other article comes from Sounds Magazine. This time it's Huey and Johnny's turn to talk about the bands past, present and future. Egyptian chants?
|January 19, 2003|
|Sad news today:|
|January 01, 2003|
|Happy New Year! Here we go again with another website update. There are three major changes this time.|
First of all there are three new articles within the Press Archive. One is a short Clover biography Phonogram published when Mercury released the album 'Clover' in the U.S. - thanks to Matthew Erskine. Then there are two articles from the San Francisco Chronicle (1972 and 1977) - these come from Ray Torrence.
Ray Torrence has been the manager of The Mother Pluckers, a band who sometimes opened for Clover in the seventies. He also shares some concert posters and handbills with us - subsequently the second update can be found on the Concert Page. I added some other stuff and there are more than a dozen new scans to be found now. Special thanks to Ray!!!
The third update can be found on the Albums & Singles page. There are several small updates/additions and all the entries for Clover's singles have been rearranged.
|August 12, 2002|
Although it alway looks like there is not enough stuff to keep this site running - I always find something for the next update. Three changes to be found this time. |
First of all you will find a 'new' article in the Press Archive from BAM Magazine, August 1977. Although the writer at times is getting away from what was really happening in England, it's an interesting article to read. In addition I also updated those Ciambotti interview articles (The Ciambotti Tapes - Reel 1, 2, and 3) from Dark Star magazine with some graphics.
Second update can be found on the Concert Page. Lynyrd Skynyrd/Clover tour dates can be found now - some new pictures aswell. I also colorized the Clover/Graham Parker advertisement. The original ad is only black and white, which you might remember. So, don't expect to find this ad somewhere. I colorized other pictures aswell - just because it looks better.
Talking about pictures - that's the last update: The Picture Archive has been updated. Two or three new pictures and a slide show can be found. The performance of the slide show depends on the speed of your internet connection. Once you looked at all the pictures (when the pics are in your computer's cache) it should work okay.
|July 09, 2002|
Hello - this time no update on the web site but a call for help. Francis Rocco Prestia Tower of Power's bass player is very very ill and urgently needs a liver transplant. Please visit the link underneath and inform yourself. Maybe you can help too - every dollar counts!|
More information at www.francisroccoprestia.com.
|June 06, 2002|
|There are some changes on the Bay Area Bands page. Just take a look - I hope you like it. Thanks to all who have been involved, especially Mike Somavilla.|
|April 15, 2002|
The more something changes the more it stays the same. That's what they say and which is even true for this website update. Biggest change is that the website moved - Clover goes dotcom. Although .com wasn't the first choice that's how it happend in the end and I agree somehow it might be funny to see anything 'commercial' connected to Clover's name. So update yo bookmarks Clover is now growing at:|
Anyhow the site had to move because what started 1996 with just one page has grown pretty much - which is striking too - for a band who's music is still soo unavailable. Just shows that true fans never forget.
Then there is some facelifting on the site but as mentioned before basically everything stays pretty much the same.
New additons include an article/chapter on Clover from a biography on Huey Lewis by Robert Drapper. The article can be found in the 'Press Archive' and reads actually very nice. Only problem is that Unavailable was released first, Love On The Wire second which shows that Drapper didn't get the facts right and subsequently his argument for Huey's musical development looses clarity. Despite this blunder the article is worth reading.
In addition some of the articles in the 'Press Archive' have been updated with more pictures.
Last update can be found on the 'Band Members' page. Discographies for Huey Lewis and Sean Hopper have been added. Showing their recording history sofar. Discographies for the other Clover guys will follow.
Hope all of you had a good start into 2002 - many things happened last year - let 2002 be a better year - one which we can all enjoy.|
So, what kind of an update can be found this time? Well, there is always something. Martin Stassen, who is a big Phil Lynott/Thin Lizzy fan came up with some 1976 Clover/Thin Lizzy tour info. Plus he sent an article on Clover from the tour programme of the same tour.
The tour info - tour dates and a clipping from Melody Maker Magazine - can be found on the 'Concert Page' and the article, which has some great photos taken by Adrian Boot, in the 'Press Archive'. Special thanks to Martin Stassen!
Another addition on the 'Concert Page' is a scan from a 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd tour programme. Clover joined them on their British tour.
A few links have been added to the 'Related Links' page. One takes you to the Bluebird Cafe - the site has an Webcast Archive with a recent appearance by Alex Call. So tune in and enjoy!!!
Last, but not least thanks to Mike Walter, who supplied me with the Flying Circus members names. Info can be found in the Hard Road Magazine article ('Press Archive') under the band picture. That's all for now :)
Long time I have been looking for the article which can be found in the 'Press Archive' now. It was released in Mill Valley's Hard Road Magazine June 1970. Special thanks goes to Joel Stein who took the time to scan the entire magazine and sent it via email - page by page - for use on this site. The article gives us another chance to read about the early Clover and - very rare - get in touch with the Flying Circus.|
A second update can be found on the 'Bay Area Bands' page. I am very happy to present info on another band long forgotten. Logos had been playing alongside Clover and Sound Hole for many years. Special thanks to Bernie Chiaravalle who took the time to sum up Logos' history for us.
There are also two other new entries - one for the Flying Circus and the other for the Hereford Heart Stringers, a band Sean Hopper belonged to before he joined Clover. Thanks goes to Ann Pierson for the Hereford Heart Stringers' info.
An article on Clover and Huey Lewis has been added to the 'Press Archive'. It has been released first 1999 in Newsline II, which is the club newsletter for the very recommendable fan club of Huey Lewis and the News. Being a member of Newsline II myself, I enjoyed reading this article from the beginning and as not all the readers of this website are members of Newsline II :) I thought it would be a nice idea to give it a second release on this pages. So I asked Debbie Parry, who is President of Newsline II, if I could use the article. She in turn asked Ralph Merzlak who wrote the article and here we go.|
Ralph Merzlak is a photographer who has been a long time friend to Clover and Huey Lewis and it is a pleasure to finaly have his article on this pages. Some of his pictures can already be found in the 'Picture Archive'. I always try to give credit to the photographers and Ralph might forgive me that his name hasn't been added yet - but most pictures being sent to me don't include the photographer's name.
One interesting fact about Ralph's family (mother's side) might be added too. Some of you might know that the Clover Infopage is 'Made in Germany' because me the editor is German. It turns out that Ralph has German roots too with many relatives from the town of Koblenz at the Rhine River. So all people from Koblenz, Germany with the surname 'Kuntz' get special greetings here. :)
Special thanks goes to Ralph and Debbie!
Do I have to say more? Yes, Huey Lewis and the News' new album Plan B is a killer and everybody should get a copy.
Any other album I can recommend right now? Yes - check out ex-Clover drummer Marcus David's band 'Pat Hall and the Fat Guys Band' - their new album 'Heart Of The Blues' is very enjoyable too. Link can be found on the 'Related Links' page. That's all for now!
A drummer's update is what you will find this time. Marcus David who has been a 'stand-in' drummer for Clover many times has sent me quite a lot of pictures/scans which you will find in the 'Picture Archive'. It's wonderful to have the chance to look at all these old pictures ...|
The first pictures were taken late 1973, early 1974 at the Scoreboard in San Rafael. The others were taken at the Levi ad filming in London September 1977. Marcus tells: "The Levi ad was a commercial that ran before movies at the cinema. It featured 2 "hot model babes" in poured-on levis hitch-hiking across America along rt.66. They end up at a club where Clover is playing. The song "Route 66" is the soundtrack. I never saw it. It started running the week after we left London in late '77. It was never released in the U.S."
Special thanks goes to Marcus for the pictures and the Levi ad story. He might give us more details on his work with Clover in the future. As he has been a drummer with Clover - a fact not known by many - I changed his entry on the 'Band Members' page - something I should have done long time before. Plus, you will find a link to Marcus' new band.
Other page updates include some links to web sites featuring Clover's drummer Kevin Wells - these can be found on the 'Band Members' page, too. And ...
Finally - many will have seen it already - I added a 'home-made' promo for the upcoming new album 'Plan B' by Huey Lewis and the News. You will find a link to the HLN Today web site and I hope that - the albums' release date being July 24th - you will find only good news on that site. Best of luck to the old Clovers Huey and Sean and the rest of the News!!!
|This time a few changes on the 'Albums & Singles' page were made. You will find bigger and better cover scans and a few additions here and there. One new addition is a cover scan and info on the Japanese release of 'Unavailable' ... well ... I should say 'Clover' because it has the U.S. title and cover artwork plus OBI strip. I also added the Japanese liner notes. Although I don't have the slightest idea what they write - I do think that one can at least say that this Japanese release was not published 1977 but sometime later.|
I also added a new entry for another Clover single. You will find a cover scan of a Dutch single for 'Hearts Under Fire/Still Alive' from 1977. The copy I have has a promo stamp and I do think this single is very rare. You should take a closer look at the cover - one can only see five band members. We all know that Micky left Clover when 'Love On The Wire' was recorded. It is interesting to see that they didn't add the session drummer Braunagel or even Kevin Wells.
Another three pictures/scans have been added to the 'Bay Area Bands' page. One picture of 'Freelight' which I got from Tim Timmermans and scans for 'Burning Rome' and 'Bonnie Hayes'
On the 'Band Members' page you can find a link to the 'Toluca Lake Chiropractic' where Dr. John Ciambotti is working.
|As I start writing these lines I just realize that we have Friday 13th - hmmm - well I'm not superstitious. Anyhow, this time quite a few things have been added to the page.|
Last time I promised more stuff comming from Mike Walter. Mike worked for Clover from 1968 to 1972 and he is the guy who took the pictures for the 49er album cover.You can find another poster scan he sent on the 'Concert Page' (poster artist has been Kevin Haapala who also did the cover for Clover's 49er album). Mike also shares a story with us - the way he remembers it - on how Clover met the MC5. The story can be found under the MC5/Clover poster on the same page. Thanks Mike!
In addition Mike sent a few pictures which show John and Huey - these can be found within the 'Picture Archive', together with another picture from 1983 showing Huey, Sean, Alex and John.
Small additions can be found on the 'Other Appearances' page - Carlene Carter explains how she got in touch with Clover's music and two more cover scans were added.
Last, but not least there has been a big update on the 'Bay Area Bands' page. Almost all entries were updated. Not only did I add lots of pictures - newspaper/magazine articles were added to the entries for Soundhole, SVT and Terry and the Pirates. Also, being a big John Cipollina fan, I added an article on Quicksilver Messenger Service to the John and Mario Cipollina entry. The original article was written sometime at the beginning of the 90s - subsequently the discography was out-dated. I dared to update it.
I would like to thank all those people who sent me material which did help to update the 'Bay Area Bands' page, especially Tim Timmermans and Art Siegel.
I think that's all updates - except, a few more links have been added to the 'Related Links' page. You should take a look at Greg Douglass' web site. Not only did he play with Soundhole, Terry and the Pirates ... He is also one of the best Bay Area guitarists. Recently he released a new solo album - cover art by Kevin Haapala.
That's all for now - Happy Easter!
|Three updates added this time - first to mention is an interview that I did with Norton Buffalo. Norton tells us about his time with Clover. I am very grateful that Norton took the time to answer a few questions. 'Interview Archive' is the place to go.|
More pictures have been added to the 'Concert (Poster) Page'. I want to thank especially Mike Walter who scanned two of the new posters to be found on top of that page. More from/about Mike with the next page update. Thanks Mike!
Thirdly, another entry and cover scans have been added to the 'Other Appearances' page.
|Unbelievable, another page update and it didn't take me a year to do so. Yeah, things keep getting better!|
First of all Russell Lloyd sent me some more pictures he took in 1974. That's Clover live! The pictures can be found on the 'Picture Archive' page. Thanks goes to Russell.
In additon you can find two promo shots of Clover which I also added to the page.
Matthew Erskine sent me information about an early Clover single I have never heard of before and he also told me about a 8 track stereo tape cartridge for Clover's first album. More can be found on the 'Albums & Singles' page - including new cover scans. Thanks goes to Matthew.
Recently I found an internet site which offers a signed limited edition reprint of the MC5 - Congress Of Wonders - Clover concert poster from 1969 by Gary Grimshaw. I ordered this poster and I can tell you it's worth every dime. The colors are unbelievable. For some time I tried to get the original first print of this poster but when I saw that the price is something between 300 and 600 Dollar ... well,the reprint came just in time.
If you are interested just go to the 'Concert Page' - I added some links that will give you more detail. Oh, you can also find a Huey Lewis and the News concert poster - also signed by Gary Grimshaw! I bought this one too. Being a first print it might be worth ??? Dollar in a few years.
|Here we go 2001. This time you will find major changes on three pages.|
First of all I have made a few changes on the 'Band Members' page. I always felt that something was missing. Hopefully this feeling will go away now. Take a look!
The same is true for the 'Other Appearances' page. Take a look!
Last but not least, I added some new pictures to the 'Concert Page' and rearanged parts of the site. Yeah, I like it - take another look!
Well, and if you are not tired of looking around you can follow some new links on the 'Related Links' page.
|Okay, okay, it took me more than one year to update the page - SORRY - my only excuse is that Clover's last album was released more than one year ago. :)|
This time I added a few more scans to the 'Concert Page' - I really like these old posters, there is so much history in them. I hope you get an idea of how the real posters/flyer look.
|Here is another great addition to the page. Just a few weeks ago I got in touch with MMicky Shine (well to be honest, he got in touch with me). I sent him a few questions and MMicky took the time to answer them all in great detail (to say the least!)There are even some things he says for the first time and that's why his answers are so interesting, funny ... touching. Please read and enjoy. Plus, if you get the chance to support MMicky - do it (just take a look at his web page).|
So don't waste any time on this page - Interview Archive, that's where you find the MMicky Shine Interview.
Wait, one more addition can be found. MMicky also sent me a picture that shows Clover and Phil Lynott. I added it to the Concert Page.
Special thanks to MMicky Shine!!!
|Russell Lloyd sent me two pictures - one of a concert poster(Michael Bloomfield/Clover/Flying Circus) and a photo from Winterland 12/10/1974. I added these to the 'Concert Page' and the 'Picture Archive'. Please take a look and enjoy. Maybe we will see more of Russell's pics soon. Special thanks goes to Russell!|
Last, but not least you will find three new links on the 'Related Links' page. One connects you with Micky Shine's own web page and the other two links to his art!
|All of the tracks which we can hear on the CD I discovered recently are studio tracks. 'Twelve Ducks' and 'Milk Of Human Kindness' have never found their release on one of Clover's albums. Nevertheless, like 'No Vacancy' (different recording than on 'Clover') these are very strong tunes.|
The liner notes don't mention when the recordings were made, but they stress that Huey Lewis belonged to Clover and on the back-side of the CD one can read 'CLOVER featuring Huey Lewis'. Well, it's Clover whom we can hear on these wonderfull recordings but without Huey or even Sean. It's the early Clover outfit - Alex, John, Mitch and Johnny. Thus, the recordings must have been made in the early seventies.
By the way, the album title as written on the cover is 'San Fransisco Nights' and not 'San Francisco Nights'.
|The moment you don't think about it, things happen. Well, I did not think that any of Clover's music would find a release on CD soon. Hey, and now three tracks are available on a sampler called 'San Francisco Nights'. Two of them are non-album tracks and I can't wait to hear them. I will add more information about this album to the page soon.|
In the meantime you should try to get the album yourself. Just search for 'San Francisco Nights'.
|Here we go again. Actually I don't want to talk about it, but I really had some computer problems lately which resulted in a longer offline-time. Terrible!|
First thing to mention this year is that you can buy 'A Simple Life' now. Chris Michie has a few more copies of this rare second solo album by Alex Call. So, if you still don't have your copy - be quick! By the way, also check out Chris' music - very enjoyable! Further details can be found on the 'Bay Area Bands' page.
Last but not least, I did add a few comments Hillel Resner sent me to the Cream Puff War article (see 'Press Archive'). Thanks goes to Hillel for his addition because it shows us that a) one should never believe all that has been written down and b) one never knows what really happened, because the truth is hard to catch.
|This time special thanks goes to Colin Hill. He sent me copies of handbills and flyers from Clover's early days. I added these to the 'Concert Page'. Take a look and enjoy!|
Plus, to all of those who visit this page - 'A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!'
|Finally, the last part of the Ciambotti interview (Dark Star Magazine No.16).|
|Here's the second part (Dark Star Magazine No.15). To be continued...|
|The first part of an interview with Johnny Ciambotti has been added´to the Press Archive (Dark Star Magazine No.14). The rest will follow soon.|
|The entry for 'Unavailable' on the Albums/Singles page has been updated.|
More interesting might be that Lucinda Williams released her new album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road. This album features John Ciambotti on bass - John has been a member of the Lucinda Williams Band for quite a few years. He also plays on Lucinda's other albums. By the way, her self-titled album has just been re-released as well (with bonus tracks.) Check out Lucinda's music - you can't go wrong:
|I added an old article from Dark Star Magazine to the Press Archive, which is basically an interview with John, Huey and Johnny - very interesting. Also, an entry for another Spanish single can be found on the Albums/Singles page.|
|Taxim Records released a wonderful 5-Track-CD by Alex Call. More information can be found on the Bay Area Bands page and on Taxim's web site.|
|I finally got a copy of Fantasy's release The Clover Chronicle - I added the cover pic, plus liner notes, to the Albums/Singles page. You will also find another picture on that page - enjoy!|
|A link to Jef Jaisun's photography web page has been added to the picture page. A picture of Johnny Ciambotti and Norton Buffalo can be found on Jef's page.|
|'Chain Gang' and 'Route 66' were added to the lyrics page. Great job Steve, thanks.|
|What's New? Well, almost the whole site has been updated - not only the HTML code and URL. Three major additions can be found:
Last but not least, I added a guest book which I hope some people will sign. I didn't change the overall style of the page, although I did fool around with frames for some time, but who needs frames at all. Anyway, I still hope that this page gives insight into the story of one of the most under-rated bands on this planet.
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