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new album

"Askin' the Way"

now available

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  Askin' the Way - CD cover  

New Back Door album released by
Cultural Foundation

"Askin' the Way"
CULT 023

Release date Wednesday 12th March 2003
Album launch concert at Back Door's old home:
The Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge

back door at blakey march 2003

With a second date on the 13th organised by public demand
this launch proved to be a totally exceptional event.

Back Door played better than ever - as if possessed .......

The audience had travelled many a mile, a true meeting of the clans, with original Blakey owner Brian Jones, who funded Back Door's original album, arriving from his home in Mexico.

--ron aspery-

colin hodgkinson----------tony hicks


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"Askin' the Way"
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For comprehensive recent interviews
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For more launch photographs click here for Blakey Music

Ron Aspery
1943 - 2003

Ron Aspery

The great Ron Aspery,
saxophonist and composer,

died at his home in Saltdean, Sussex
on Wednesday 10th December 2003

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"Askin' the Way"
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   Tony Hicks
1948 - 2006

Tony Hicks

Great drummer Tony Hicks died in Sydney, Australia on
Saturday 10th August 2006

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first warner brothers album
back door at blakey 1972

"In 1969 my pal Ron Aspery and I were working in Eric Delaney's band on a sixteen week summer season at the Winter Gardens in Bournemouth. As well as doing a band feature we also played for everyone else on the show. Needless to say we soon got bored playing the same thing every night. So in the afternoons, when the theatre was empty, we took our instruments and Ron's little Grundig tape recorder and just played as a duo for a few hours. What came out of these sessions were tunes like Vienna Breakdown and Human Bed.

At the end of September we left the band and moved to London, working at a Mecca ballroom at night. Ron started to pick up quite a few sessions and I joined Alexis Korner's band. Things were starting to go pretty well for us, but at the same time Ron and I wanted to spend a couple of years putting all our efforts into our own group. So we moved up to Redcar, where we'd first met as the house band in the Starlight club, and worked on the Back Door project during the day. After trying a couple of drummers, Tony Hicks joined us and we knew we had the perfect line-up.

back door 1971

During the next year or so we sent out loads of demos to all the major record companies, but were turned down every time. 'No guitarist, no lead singer, no organ, get outta here!''

Around this time we were playing a regular Tuesday night gig at the Lion Inn, on Blakey Ridge, a really remote part of the North Yorkshire moors. After a few months the place was really packed and Brian Jones, the landlord, who loved the band, said he would put up the money for us to record an album. With about £500 we recorded twelve tracks in eight hours at a little demo studio and mixed it all in four hours the next day. We had a few hundred copies pressed by RCA and had a local journalist do the sleeve notes and photos.

original vinyl album cover

We sold quite a few copies locally and then one found its way to the NME offices in London. Charles Shaar Murray gave us a tremendous review and things started to move really quickly. We were invited to appear alongside Chick Corea's Return to Forever at Ronnie Scott's club for three weeks. During this time all the record companies who had originally turned us down now asked us to sign with them! We eventually signed with Warner Brothers and over the next four years we released four albums.

During this period we toured all over the USA and Europe but, despite a lot of critical acclaim, we didn't have much commercial success. So, in 1976, we called it a day. Ron went on to a very successful career in the session world, Tony worked for a lot of different bands before moving to Australia, and I moved to New York to work with Jan Hammer.

In 1986 we got together for a short reunion tour and that was it until recently when we went into a small studio in Sussex to record a new CD, which hopefully will be released in the not too distant future. Despite the fact that we hadn't played together for years everything fell into place straight away. It was all so natural, and felt great - like an old shoe!"

Colin Hodgkinson 2002

(from the sleeve notes for the album "Human Bed" - a compilation of Back Door BBC studio sessions recorded for Bob Harris and John Peel 1973 - 74 and now available on Hux Records: HUX 031)

2nd warner brothers album

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Some of the bands and artists that
the members of Back Door have worked with:

Alexis Korner, Assegai, Brian Auger, Charlie Watt's Rocket 88, Chris Farlowe, Chris Rea, Cozy Powell.
Electric Blues Duo, Eric Delaney Band, Isaac Guillory,
Jan Hammer, Jeff Beck, Meat Loaf, Mick Jagger, Mick Moody,
Pacific Eardrum, Pete York, Planet Earth,
Roger Daltrey, Sky, Spenser Davis,
Whitesnake, Zoot Money ............

Back Door web info:

Brief Back Door history: click here
Recent review of first album: click here
Ron Aspery discography: click here
Ron Aspery - brief biog: click here
Colin Hodgkinson biog: click here
Colin Hodgkinson interviewed by Guitarist magazine: click here
Colin Hodgkinson discography: click here
Review of "Human Bed": click here

For some Back Door reviews click here
2005 Concert Details Link
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