LONE STAR: Lone Star LP 1976 s.t, 1st, debut. Paul Chapman later replaced Michael Schenker in U.F.O. Check audio


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Welsh rock band formed in CardiffWales in 1975, featuring two well known musicians: Paul ‘Tonka’ Chapman (UFO, Waysted, Ghost)

always thought he was the equal of Schenker, if not better. His work with Lonestar should have seen him and the band turned into household names. 

The sound is a mix of Deep Purple, UFO and Uriah Heep.


Paul Chapman: Guitars (UFO, Waysted, Ghost)
Kenny Driscoll: Vocals
Tony Smith: Guitar
Rick Worsnop: Keyboards
Peter Hurley: Bass
Dixie Lee: Drums

Samples: http://www.allmusic.com/album/lone-star-mw0002233122

Lone Star was a rock band formed in Cardiff, Wales, in 1975 by Paul ‘Tonka’ Chapman. They signed to CBS Records, and released their self-titled debut album. It charted at #47 in 1976.
Kenny Driscoll was supposedly a prima donna but my God, what a voice! Plant meets Paul Rodgers”

THE 1970s were a decade when anything was permissible. If you wanted your music to sound big, bold and brazen you were positively encouraged to make as much bluster as humanly possible. Step forward Lone Star, a Welsh six piece trumpeted by those in the know as the next big thing, bigger in fact than Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Queen. CBS certainly thought so when they signed them to a contract before they had even played a solitary live show. Issued in 1975, Lone Star’s debut album took, what is now termed, pomp rock by the scruff of the neck and delivered a record that knocked the competition sideways. Produced by famously flamboyant studio wizard Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, Foreigner, Journey) it displayed a sound that utilised everything and the kitchen sink – bombastic and grandiose, no stone was left unturned to achieve maximum sonic effect. Indeed, it was a record that found media cognoscenti such as Alan Freeman, Geoff Barton, Nicky Horne and John Peel falling over themselves to recommend it. Everything about this record is so right, so impressive and so gigantically over the top that nothing has come close to its grandeur since. Featuring future UFO guitarist Paul Chapman and containing such highfalutin tracks as ‘Flying In The Reel’, ‘Spaceships’, ‘A Million Stars’ and a monster interpretation of The Beatles ‘She Said, She Said’, the album scores a suitably impressive eleven on a ten scale.

Label: CBS 81545
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. She Said She Said 8:29  [The Beatles cover]
2. “Lonely Soldier”
  • Kenny Driscoll & Tony Smith
3. “Flying in the Reel”
  • Driscoll & Smith
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
4. “Spaceships” 6:44
5. “A New Day”
  • Driscoll & Smith
6. “A Million Stars”
  • Driscoll & Smith
7. “Illusions”
  • Driscoll & Smith

Lone Star is the eponymous debut studio album by Welsh hard rock band Lone Star. The album was released in August 1976. The album was produced by Roy Thomas Baker, who is best known for his work with Queen and The Cars.  The album only spent 1 week in the UK Albums Charts reaching number 47.  The album was produced at Sweet Silence StudiosCopenhagen, Denmark and mastered at Sterling Sound StudiosNew YorkUnited States.

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Weight 0.25 kg


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