oktober 10, 2015

Jim Diamond - Double Crossed (1985)

Born in Glasgow’s East End, Jim, heavily influenced by the voices of Ray Charles and Otis Redding, joined his first band at the age of 14.

Moving to London, he formed the band Bandit and went on to sign to Clive Davis’ Arista Records. This brought his voice to the attention of the Godfather of British Blues, Alexis Korner, who invited him to work with him on his "Just Easy" album. You can listen to some of Jim's work with Bandit and Alexis Korner here.

Jim was then approached to go to Los Angeles to form a band with Earl Slick (guitarist on Bowie's "Young Americans") and Carmine Appice from Rod Stewart’s band.

All three went on to write and record with Eddie Kramer, the legendary producer of Jimi Hendrix. While in LA, Jim was asked to return to London to hook up with Tony Hymas and Simon Phillips from the Jeff Beck band and so Ph.D were formed.

The first single taken from "Ph.D The Album", "I Won’t Let You Down" went on to sell millions and become the classic song that it is today. The second album "Is it Safe?" also included a European hit, "I Didn’t Know", which featured Jeff Beck on guitar.

When Ph.D went their separate ways, Jim signed to A&M Records.

Taken from his 1984 solo album "Double Crossed" the single "I Should Have Known Better" went straight to No.1 and went on to be nominated for an Ivor Novello award. The song’s success became synonymous with the Band Aid single released at the same time when Jim urged the public to buy the charity single and not his own.

Side A
A1.  Double Crossed  (3:51)  
A2.  I Sleep Alone At Night  (4:57)  
A3.  After The Fire  (4:06)  
A4.  I Should Have Known Better  (4:06)  
A5.   Stumblin' Over  (4:15)

Side B
B1.  New Generation  (5:04)  
B2.  Co-Operation  (5:58)  
B3.  She Is Woman  (4:32)  
B4.  I'm Yours  (4:50)  
B5.  Impossible Dream  (4:35)

Jim Diamond - vocals
Colin Pincott, Earl Slick - guitar
John McKenzie - bass
Chris Parren, Paul "Wix" Wickens - keyboards
Simon Kirke - drums
Martin Ditcham - percussion
Dick Morrissey - saxophone on "Double Crossed", "After the Fire" and "She is Woman"
Graham Lyle - acoustic guitar on "I Should Have Known Better"
Pip Williams - additional guitar on "Stumblin' Over"
Zoot Money - Hammond organ on "I'm Yours"
Producer - Jim Diamond, Pip Williams

Recorded at: Chipping Norton
Remixed at: Compass Point, Nassau
Release: 1984
Genre:  Pop
Format:  LP
Label: A&M Records
Catalog# AMA 5029

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