Stu­art Elliott ON RECORD Key al­bums you must hear

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BREAK­ING THROUGH 1974-1976

COCK­NEY REBEL

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

KATE BUSH

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

Pyra­mid (1978)

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.

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