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 John Gustafson...  before and after  Quatermass


Hard Stuff The Pirates, featuring John Gustafson
Here is a promo shot of Hard Stuff kindly sent to us by John Gustafson, from his own personal archive. Thanks John!
Hard Stuff are: Paul Hammond (drums), John Gustafson(bass and vocals), John (Du) Cann (guitar and vocals).
This is a promo shot of The Pirates taken in 1987. The Pirates are Mick Green (left), John Gustafson (centre) and Jeff Britton (right). This original photo is autographed by John Gustafson and was kindly sent from his personal archive. Thanks John!


Johnny Gus
Just To Be With You / Sweet Day (45)
Polydor
1965

UK test pressing.
Johnny Gus
Just To Be With You / Sweet Day (45)
Polydor
1965

The sleeve of this German release is credited to Johnny Gus, while the disc is credited to the Johnny Gus Set. The Polydor label is black with silver lettering and a red logo.
The Big Three
By The Way / Cavern Stomp (45)
Decca F 11698

Note: B-side co-written by John Gustafson
The Big Three
Cavern Stomp (CD)
Decca 80100375

This is the most complete collection of Big Three material known to date. It has one more track than the similarly named Edsel LP mentioned below.

Various
Ready Steady Go
Decca 1964

This compilation features I'm With You by The Big Three.
Various
Hard-Up Heroes 2LP
Decca

This famous double album kicks off with The Big Three's Some Other Guy
Various (The Big Three)
At The Cavern LP
Decca


Note: The Big Three feature on this album with Bring It On Home To Me.
The Big Three
At The Cavern (EP)
Decca


There are rumours that enough live material was recorded for a whole album, but only these four plus the one on the Cavern Decca LP made it to a release.
The Big Three
Resurrections
Polydor
1973

Though 1973 was a prolific year for Gustafson, he also found time to record an album under the name The Big Three with bandmate Brian Griffiths and newcomer Elton John drummer Nigel Olsson. Quatermass bandmate Peter Robinson also guests on some tracks.
The Merseybeats
Beat And Ballads
Edsel ED 105
1982 (compilation of 1963-1965)

Note: After The Big Three, John Gustafson became one of The Merseybeats for a time. That's him over on the left. Apparently John featured on three 45s - 6 songs in all.
The Merseybeats
Don't Turn Around / Really Mystified (45)
Fontana TF 459

B-side co-written by John Gustafson
The Merseybeats
Wishin And Hopin / Milkman (45)
Fontana TF 482

B-side co-written by John Gustafson
The Merseybeats
The Merseybeats LP
Fontana 1964

Note: that's John Gustafson over on the left. His voice can be heard on many of the tracks.

Johnny Gustafson
Just To Be With You / Sweet Day (45)
Polydor BM 56022
1965
Johnny Gustafson
Take Me For A Little While / Make Me Your Number One (45)
Polydor BM 56043
1965

Note: The upper image is of the promo version and was kindly sent by John Gustafson from his personal archive. Thanks John!

Note: The lower image is of the standard stock copy
Johnny and John
Bumper To Bumper / Scrape My Boot (45)
Polydor BM 56087/

Thanks to Nick Salomon for supplying the label scan of this record
Yvonne Elliman
Food Of Love
Purple TPS 3504
1973

Peter Robinson also contributes
Yvonne Elliman
I Can't Explain / Hawaii
Purple
1973

Rare 45 featuring Yvonne's own ballad Hawaii on the B-side
Teresa Brewer
In London with Oily Rags
Amsterdam
1973

In 1973 50s singing star Teresa Brewer recorded two albums in London with session musicians including Peter Robinson and John Gustafson. This is one, the other is titled Music Music Music.
Teresa Brewer
In London
Signature
1984

This is a compilation taken from the two albums Music Music Music and In London With Oily Rags.

Note: Oily Rags is the artistic name of Chas Hodges & Dave Peacock. (Hodges worked with Mick Underwood in The Outlaws, further strengthening the Quatermass connection.)

The Quotations
Hello Memories / Pretend (45) (Promo version)
CBS 4278
1969

Note: this record was produced by the same team who recorded "Everlasting Love" by the Love Affair, and some of the productions of The Marmalade. The similarity in production and songwriting is obvious.
The Quotations
Cool It / Mark Of Her Head (45)
CBS 3716
1968

Thanks to Martin Mycock and his friend Steve for providing images of these 45s.

John Gustafson wrote and sang the B-side, and undoubtedly sang the A-side as well.
The right-hand image shows the A-side of the regular stock copy. This image was kindly sent by John Gustafson from his personal archive. Thanks John! The left-hand image is the B-side of the promo copy.

A bootleg reissue is currently being sold by unscrupulous dealers.
The Quotations
Hello Memories / Pretend (45)
CBS 4278
1969

John Gustafson wrote this b-side and sang both songs.
The Quotations
Alright Baby / Love You All Over Again (45)
Decca F 11907
Status Quo
Vertigo
1982

John Gustafson co-wrote the tune Dear John, which is on this album and was also released as a 45
Juan Martin
Picasso Portraits
Polydor
1981
Gordon Giltrap
The Peacock Party
PVK
1979
Ian Hunter
Ian Hunter
Columbia
1975
Ann Odell
A Little Taste
DJM DJLPS 434
1973
Lynsey De Paul
Surprise
MAM SS 504
1973

On the song Mama Do, we can clearly hear John Gustafson and Peter Robinson having fun, especially in the extended instrumental second half.
Lynsey De Paul
Sugar Me / Storm In A Teacup
MAM (MAM 81)
1973

This song was featured in a TV series called Single Luck, about One-Hit-Wonders. John Gustafson was interviewed and mentioned that he couldn't recall the session.
Chi Coltrane
Let It Ride
CBS S 65639
1973
Baltik Jesus Christ Superstar
Various Artists
Baltik
CBS 65581
1973 Sweden

This is an ambitious (and hard to find) concept album recorded in Sweden with an array of artists, mostly Swedish. The album was produced by Quatermass producer Anders Henriksson, and countryman Janne Schaffer also plays a prominent part. David Garriock, who is mentioned elsewhere, sings. John Gustafson plays his inimitable funky bass and sings on the third song Keep On The Run.
Various Artists
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
MCA MCF 2544
1974
Allan Clarke
Self-titled LP
EMI
1974
Various Artists
Jesus Christ Superstar
MCA MAPS 2075/6
1970

Note: The musicians featured on this magnificent double album were mostly borrowed from bands signed either to Harvest or to Vertigo. Peter Robinson is credited as playing in the core band, and John Gustafson sings the part of Simon Zealotes.
Mona
David Garriock
They Call Me Geordie
CBS
1975

The producer was Anders Henriksson. Thanks to Torben Nielsen of Denmark for this, and other additions.
Jerry Lee Lewis
The Session Recorded In London
Mercury
1973

Note: John Gustafson and Peter Robinson play together on one track
Axis Point
Axis Point
RCA
1979
Mick Farren
Mona: The Carnivorous Circus
Transatlantic
1970

Note: also features Steve Hammond
Steve Hackett
Voyage Of The Acolyte
Charisma 6369 970
1975
Rick Wakeman
Cost Of Living
Virgin 205 731-320
1983
Shawn Phillips
Furthermore
A&M AMLH 68278
1974
Shawn Phillips
Rumplestiltskin's Resolve
A&M

Daemon Bulletproof Hard Stuff Bolex Dementia
Daemon
The Entrance To Hell

A compilation of music by the band variously also known as Hard Stuff, or Bullet. The singer is Al Shaw, who also sings on the first Hard Stuff album, despite failing to receive a credit.
Hard Stuff
Bulletproof
Purple TPSA 7505
1972
Hard Stuff
Bolex Dementia (UK version)
Purple
1973
Hard Stuff
Bolex Dementia (US version)
Mercury SRM 1663
1973
The band was originally called Bullet, but legal action from a USA band of the same name forced a name change (hence the pointed barb of naming the album "Bulletproof"). Bullet released a single 45 on the Purple label before the enforced name change. Much of this material surfaced later on a (bootleg) CD under the band name Daemon (above). The guitarist of Hard Stuff was the gifted John (Du) Cann of Atomic Rooster, The Attack, etc, and Paul Hammond was the drummer.
Hobo
Bullet
Hobo / Sinister Minister (45)
Purple PUR 101
1971
Hard Stuff
Inside Your Life / How Do You Do It (45)
Purple PUR 116
1973
Hard Stuff
The Orchestrator / Jay Time
Purple PUR 103
1972
Stranded - Roxy Music Country Life - Roxy Music Siren - Roxy Music Let's Stick Together - Bryan Ferry
Roxy Music
Stranded
Polydor 2302 050
1973
Roxy Music
Country Life
Island ILPS 9303
1974
Roxy Music
Siren
Polydor 2302 052
1975

Note: John Gustafson plays the famous bass opening riff of Love Is The Drug.
Bryan Ferry
Lets Stick Together
Island 27 953 XOT
1976
The post-Quatermass mid-late 70s was a very busy and productive time for John Gustafson, who was in great demand as a session man before becoming a full time band member in Ian Gillan's post-Deep Purple jazz rock fusion band known simply as the Ian Gillan Band.

After creating utter mayhem on tour, along with fellow partner-in-crime guitarist Ray Fenwick (see Gillan's autobiography for details!), the project was abandoned when Gillan chose to return to his rock roots, where he would ultimately team up with yet another talented former member of Quatermass, one Mick Underwood!
Child In Time - IGB Clear Air Turbulence - IGB Scarabus - IGB Live at the Budokan - IGB
Ian Gillan Band
Child In Time
Polydor/Oyster 2391 232
1975
Ian Gillan Band
Clear Air Turbulence
Island ILPS 9500
1976
Ian Gillan Band
Scarabus
Island
1977
Ian Gillan Band
Live At The Budokan Volume 1 & 2
Virgin
1978

Butterfly Ball video
* John Gustafson's vocals can be heard on the track Mad Elaine. * This UK pressing mistakenly features Smoke On The Water twice, at the expense of an omitted My Baby Love Me.
Butterfly Ball Goose Grease
Various Artists
Butterfly Ball
VCL Video
1975

Long deleted video which featured cringe-worthy sequences of actors prancing about unconvincingly in animal costume between footage of the one and only live performance of Roger Glover's Butterfly Ball.
Roger Glover
The Butterfly Ball
Purple
1974

Note: John Gustafson sings Watch Out For The Bat

    Watch Out For The Bat
   live clip from YouTube
Roger Glover
The Butterfly Ball / The Wizard's Convention
Connoisseur CD (2 CD set)
1989
John Gustafson
Goose Grease
Angel Air

CD release of songs John Gustafson originally recorded in 1976/77
Purple People
Purple People
Japanese CD digipak reissue of the 1971 LP featuring various artists. Includes Monster in Paradise - Hard Stuff
Various Artists
Rock Story
Sounds Superb
1973

This is the Belgian pressing of the Purple Label compilation Purple People, featuring tracks by Deep Purple, Hard Stuff, Yvonne Elliman and many others.
Various Artists
Rock Reflections
Music For Pleasure
1973

This is the budget English reissue pressing of the Purple Label compilation Purple People

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