Stuart Elliott ON RECORD Key albums you must hear
BREAKING THROUGH 1974-1976
The Psychomodo (1974)
Youthful, energetic and inventive. Says Stuart, “Being in Cockney Rebel I was very much a band player and it was all about finding a unique pattern or rhythm for a song. That is what I always searched for.” STEVE HARLEY AND COCKNEY REBEL
The Best Years Of Our Lives (1975)
Includes the No. 1 hit ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)’. The band was rhythmically inventive, combining arty-pop with post-Dylan/Bowie vocal mannerisms. Well illustrated on ‘49th Parallel’, with funky bass and sharp stop-start drumming. AL STEWART
Year Of The Cat (1976)
With an almost Jeff Porcaro-like groove, Stuart breezes though the intelligent songs of the far less frenetic Al Stewart. Great performances all round. Stuart slips in a Cobham-esque fill with fast 16ths played in groups of three during ‘On The Border’.
MAKING HISTORY 1978-1985
The Kick Inside (1978)
Amazing, rollercoaster debut with accomplished and sympathetic drumming. ‘Kite’ alternates a fairground atmosphere with a heavy reggae one-drop. Stuart navigates the odd bars of ‘Wuthering Heights’ with cool simplicity, creating a smooth platform. KATE BUSH
Hounds Of Love (1985)
Number One album, considered by many Bush-nuts to be her finest work. The mega hit ‘Running Up That Hill’ heavily features Stuart’s famous insistent pounding drum tattoo.■ PAUL MCCARTNEY
Give My Regards To Broad Street (1984)
Paul McCartney’s movie album mostly features Beatle-covers, and includes drumming by Elliott’s heroes Jeff Porcaro and Ringo Starr. The big hit though is a Macca original on which Stuart plays with an assured 1980s big-tom power.
SESSION SUCCESS 1978-2018
THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT
The secret of the fat Dark Side Of The Moon snare sound is Alan Parsons’ own wallet placed on the snare drum. ‘One More River’ is “an epic shuffle, my first chance at doing a shuffle with a grace note in it, like Porcaro or Purdie”. KENNY ROGERS
The Heart Of The Matter (1985)
Stuart supplies dramatic and driving half-time drums on ‘Morning Desire’, a ■ US country chart-topper, produced by Sir George Martin, with a startling guitar solo from Stanley Jordan. DAVE NACHMANOFF
Spinoza’s Dream (2016)
Stuart more recently found himself part ■ of yet another concept album – this time ■ the brainchild of ■ Al Stewart’s co-guitarist Dave Nachmanoff, who reassembles Stewart stalwarts from way back. Effortless playing from old hands.