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Ian Wallace


Ian Wallace - Happiness With Minimal Side Effects - 2003 - Ian Wallace

Ian Wallace (born September 29, 1946 in Bury, England) is best known to GEPR readers as the drummer for King Crimson for the Islands studio album (1971) and subsequent live album Earthbound (1972). Chronologically, in the realm of progressive and related rock, one of his earliest bands was The Warriors, along with Jon Anderson (in his pre-Yes days, known then as "Johnny Anderson"). Wallace was also briefly a member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, but never recorded anything with them. In May 1972, at the end of King Crimson's US tour, he and fellow Crimson members Mel Collins and Boz Burrell left to join Alexis Korner's Snape. In 2003, he had begun to return to his progressive roots, joining 21st Century Schizoid Band and playing on progressive offerings from Jakko Jakszyk and Fission Trip. Wallace has played drums for many big name stars outside of the prog arena as well. He worked with Peter Frampton in 1975, Bob Dylan's band in 1978, Ry Cooder in 1979 and Don Henley in the 1980's and 90's. The list of bands and artists he's played with in the studio and on tour includes Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Johnny Hallyday, Keith Emerson, Roy Orbison, Jackson Browne, The Travelling Wilburys, Eric Clapton, Alvin Lee, Crosby Stills and Nash, Brian Eno, Larry Coryell, John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Steve Marriott, Badger, Al Kooper, Glen Frey, Tim Buckley, Lonnie Mack, Billy Joel, Otis Spann, Sting, Steve Winwood, Bob Seger, Jimmy Buffett, Procol Harum, Robben Ford, Linda Ronstadt and Warren Zevon. On August 10, 2006, Wallace was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He died on February 22, 2007 in Los Angeles - http://www.gepr.net/w.html

A fusion tinged jazz pop/progressive rock album with clever lyrics.There are definite John Lennon, Steely Dan, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Frank Zappa, Steve Hackett, and Genesis elements throughout the album. Sounds like a strange mix, but overall the sounds fit perfectly together. Listen to King Crimson's "Islands", and Alexis Korner's "Mr. Blues" albums, both featuring Ian Wallace. "Happiness With Minimal Side Effects" is Ian Wallace's only official solo release, and is HR by A.O.O.F.C


1. Too Much Dogma
2. Castaway +(Instrumental Outro: Tai Phun)
3. I Can't Breathe +(Instrumental Intro: Network News)
4. Bad Boy
5. Captain of Industry
6. Spotlight, The
7. Pilgrim's Progress +(Instrumental Intro: Dis Traction)

All tracks composed by Ian Wallace


Drums, Percussion, Keyboards [Electric Piano, Mellotron, Synthesizer], Guitar, Vocals - Ian Wallace
Guitar - Kenny Vaughan (tracks: 1, 2)
Guitar [Acoustic, Electric, Steel] - Clive Gregson (tracks: 3, 4, 6, 7)
Bass - John Billings (tracks: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) , Michael Rhodes (tracks: 1, 7)
Drums - Pat Mastelotto (tracks: 5)
Saxophone [Tenor] - Jeffrey Scott Wills (tracks: 2)
Flute - Ian McDonald (tracks: 4, 6)
Vocals - Barry Stock (tracks: 1)
Written-By - Ian Wallace


Best known as the drummer in one of the longer incarnations of King Crimson (January 1971-April 1972) and as a drummer for Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, and Crosby, Stills & Nash, Ian Wallace was one of rock's busier drummers for more than a quarter century. Wallace's rock credentials went back to 1963 and a band called the Warriors, whose membership included a young vocalist named Jon Anderson, as well as future Badger bassman David Foster. The Warriors lasted until the end of 1967 — Wallace's next band was the World, featuring the Bonzo Dog Band's Neil Innes on vocals, guitar, and keyboards, which lasted six months in 1970. Finally, in the spring of 1971, Wallace joined King Crimson in the wake of the collapse of the interim lineup of the group. This version of King Crimson was a great performing unit, but its unity was always in doubt, especially when rumors began abounding of an impending breakup within six months of its formation. They toured extensively and won a serious following, but internally their relations were a nightmare, as Wallace and his bandmates Boz Burrell and Mel Collins insisted on a degree of autonomy as composers that clashed with guitarist and original bandmember Robert Fripp's musical vision of the group. During the first six months of his work with Crimson, Wallace's playing broke some new ground on-stage when Peter Sinfield, the group's lyricist and computer expert, used a VCS-3 synthesizer to process the sound of Wallace's drums. Additionally, subsequently released live tapes of that version of King Crimson, following Sinfield's exit but before the breakup of the whole unit, have revealed the full complexity of Wallace's playing with the band, and even Fripp has noted the quality of his work in live performance during those years. As it turned out, Wallace, Burrell, and Collins turned out to enjoy working together more than they did working for Fripp, and they quit the band en masse in the early spring of 1972. They immediately hooked up with Alexis Korner and Peter Thorup, playing with them of the remainder of 1972. Wallace continued working with Korner for two years and on four albums, and also played with Steve Marriott, Big Jim Sullivan, and Alvin Lee. In 1978, he became Bob Dylan's drummer, beginning with the Street Legal album and continuing on the subsequent tour and the Live at Budokan album as well. During the 1980s, Wallace also played with Ron Wood, David Lindley, Jon Anderson, Stevie Nicks, Don Henley, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, the Traveling Wilburys, and Roy Orbison. In the 1990s, he played with Joe Walsh and Don Henley, but much of Wallace's activity centered around his own label, Artist Road Records of Santa Fe, NM. Wallace's work moved more in the direction of jazz in tandem with his business partner in Artist Road, pianist Brian Trainor, and guitarist Larry Coryell was among the musicians he played with during this period. During the 2000s Wallace issued his only solo album, Happiness with Minimal Side Effects (2003), and he also revisited his King Crimson legacy, joining the Crimson Jazz Trio (appearing on the group’s 2005 release King Crimson Songbook, Vol. 1) and the 21st Century Schizoid Band (appearing on the 2006 album Pictures of a City: Live in New York). In 2006 Wallace was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, and he succumbed to the disease at 60 years of age on February 22, 2007, in Los Angeles. The Crimson Jazz Trio’s King Crimson Songbook, Vol. 2 had been completed — with assistance from Crimson reedman Mel Collins on two tracks — prior to Wallace’s death, and was released in 2009. © Bruce Eder © 2010 Rovi Corporation. All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:hzfuxqrgldse~T1