| May 23–25, 1975|
| Art rock, Jazz fusion, Soul music, Pop rock|
Alan White albums, Jazz fusion albums
Ramshackled is the debut solo album by Alan White, drummer for British progressive rock band Yes. It was released in 1976 on Atlantic Records, during a period when all five of the Yes band members (Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Patrick Moraz and White) released solo albums.
White had worked with Pete Kirtley and Kenny Craddock in the Alan Price Set and Happy Magazine. White, Kirtley, Craddock and Colin Gibson then worked together in the short-lived Griffin in 1969. In the early 1970s, White, Kirtley, Craddock, Gibson and Bud Beadle played together in unsigned band Simpson's Pure Oxygen. For his debut solo album, White brought Kirtley, Craddock, Gibson and Beadle back together.
Fellow Yes members, Jon Anderson and Steve Howe, guested on "Spring: Song Of Innocence". Gibson and wind player Bud Beadle also appeared on Steve Howe's own solo album from the same period, Beginnings. Although he does not appear on the album, Patrick Moraz has a cameo in the promotional video.
Yes subsequently toured in 1976, with initial dates of the tour including material from the members' solo albums, including "One Way Rag" and "Song Of Innocence", but these were soon dropped.
Allmusic's Alex Anderson found the album highly uneven and noted that the album's hodgepodge of popular styles failed to appeal to the progressive rock fanbase White had gained with Yes. He concluded "Although Ramshackled isn't terrible, most of the Yes fans who bought it agreed that their money hadn't been well spent."
Alan White: drums, percussion, vocals
Bud Beadle, Steve Gregory: flute, saxophone
Henry Lowther: trumpet
Madeline Bell, Vicki Brown, Joanne Williams: backing vocals
Pete Kirtley: electric & acoustic guitars, vocals
Kenny Craddock: piano, organ, synthesizers, vocals
Colin Gibson: bass, percussion
David Bedford: orchestral arrangements and conducting
Jon Anderson: vocals on "Spring-Song of Innocence"
Steve Howe: guitar on "Spring-Song of Innocence"
Produced by Alan White & Bob Potter
Recorded & engineered by Alan White, Bob Potter & Paul Hardiman
Assistant & second engineer: Paul Hardiman
Tape cutting engineer: David Tucker
- "Ooh Baby (Goin' To Pieces)" (Peter Kirtley) 5:33
- "One Way Rag" (Colin Gibson, Kenny Craddock) 4:07
- "Avakak" (Craddock, Gibson, Kirtley) 6:54
- "Spring-Song of Innocence" (lyrics: William Blake, music: Kirtley) 5:02
- "Giddy" (Craddock, Gibson) 3:13
- "Silly Woman" (Kirtley) 3:15
- "Marching Into A Bottle" (Craddock) 2:00
- "Everybody" (Craddock, Gibson, Kirtley) 3:14
- "Darkness, Pts. 1-3" (Craddock, Gibson) 5:32
1Ooooh Baby (Goin' to Pieces)5:34Ramshackled Wikipedia
2One Way Rag4:08