February 22, 2013 – 4:31 am

JOHN WETTON R.I.P. 1949-2017

John Wetton, a legend of the pro rock movement, has passed away on January 31, 2017 at the age of 67 after losing his battle with cancer. The death of Wetton, who played in a star-studded series of bands, was confirmed by a statement on his official website. It said: “Rock music legend John Wetton sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning (Jan 31), after a long and courageous battle against colon cancer. John valued his over 11 years of sobriety and volunteered time in fellowship with other alcoholics to share his experience, strength and hope with them.” Wetton died three weeks after he announced he was pulling out of Asia’s forthcoming US tour due to having to undergo a round of chemotherapy. He rose to fame with bands Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry, Uriah Heep, and Wishbone Ash. After his period with King Crimson, Wetton formed UK, and later he was the frontman and principal songwriter of the supergroup Asia, which proved to be his biggest commercial success. - The Mirror, wikipedia

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London 1971 [no label, 1CD]

BBC sessions, live at the Paris Theatre, London; 1971. Generally very good radio broadcast.

Those were the days…

From the wikipedia:

British jazz-rock band Mogul Thrash evolved from James Litherland’s Brotherhood, which in addition to guitarist Litherland (an alumnus of Colosseum who formed the group in 1969) also featured guitarist/reedist Michael Rosen (previously of Eclection), drummer Bill Harrison and the so-called “Dundee Horns” - saxophonists Roger Ball and Malcolm Duncan. With the addition of ex-Splinter (a short-lived London-based band which must not be confused with vocal duo group from South Shields) singer/bassist John Wetton, the group rechristened itself Mogul Thrash, debuting in 1970 with the single “Sleeping in the Kitchen”; their self-titled RCA album appeared the following year, going largely unnoticed at home but finding favor throughout much of Europe.

However, faced with legal problems with their management, Mogul Thrash was forced to disband shortly after the record’s release; while Wetton went on to join Family and later King Crimson, Duncan and Ball soon reunited in Average White Band. Mogul Thrash released just one album, the eponymous Mogul Thrash (1971). It was produced by Brian Auger, who also played piano on one of the tracks.

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Track 01. Elegy (slight skips and slight volume drops in a couple of spots) (12.5MB)
Track 02. Conscience (9.3MB)
Track 03. What’s This I Hear (25.5MB)

James Litherland - guitar, vocals
John Wetton - bass
Bill Harrison - drums
Malcom Duncan - sax
Roger Ball - sax
Mike Rosen - guitar, trumpet

Fans might want to search out Mogul Thrash’s self-titled album here.

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  1. 18 Responses to “MOGUL THRASH - LONDON 1971”

  2. well i knew wetton was with them and i had the lp because of him but i never had this recording. thanks for bringing this to my attn and keep these obscure shows comin. good one.

    i just finished watching the booker t with daryl. it was fabulous to see him live even if the performance was older than new. i missed the ray davies with mumford & sons because i was watching something else but ill catch the repeat i hope.

    By darth on Feb 22, 2013

  3. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Feb 22, 2013

  4. What a suprise! I always thought that Colloseum’s James Litherland is a very underrated musician.

    By Tony on Feb 22, 2013

  5. Hello,
    Great, as all we can find on your blog. I don’t see so many Mogul Trash over there. Many thanks for sharing and congratulations for the job you do.
    Best regards from France.

    By Robert on Feb 22, 2013

  6. Hadn’t heard of these groups before - Colloseum, Mogul Thrash - real nice stuff! Thanks BigO!! Everyone, be sure to check out YouTube for these groups.

    By 4yrsnojob on Feb 23, 2013

  7. Hey Darth - I had the album, too, back in the 70’s but never knew of this recording, either. Got rid of the album long ago, but gonna try this recording and see if i like them again.

    By mongol Thrash on Feb 24, 2013

  8. Thanks for bringing relatively obscure but interesting bands like Mogul Thrash to my attention. It sounds like this band can really cook. It is really unfortunate a band like this can be broken up because of legal problems. Too bad the sound quality on this recording is rather poor but at least it provides an indication of the band’s potential.

    By zaarlocust on Feb 24, 2013

  9. i collected all i could get by certain people because of the other bands they were in. for example john wetton. i love him so anything he was involved with i raced to get my hands on. uk family crimson uriah heep wishbone ash etc etc. and then of course everyone he worked with. it became an obsession for me. but then i liked a lot of those people anyway. eno holdsworth genesis and everyone in it.. asia elp of course and everyone who was involved in all those prog rock bands. working in record shops and eventually having my own shop and in the business and being connected sure helped. then i was able to get lps and promos etc for nothing. then eventually i gave up having to have the records and moved to tapes of these recordings. by 04 or so i could download and then by 06 i could burn. so now its much easier to own since things dont take up any room. 20000 albums takes up the same room as a small dictionary. thats mind boggling. just ten yrs before that it took up an entire living room. seriously.
    i still have the original vinyl of this album here. not with me of course. its in storage but i found it online about a week or so ago and listened to it. its better than this show here. haha. but its tight.
    for fans of wetton.. i recommend reading his bio on wiki -

    btw.. magic slim died last week age 75. i dont remember if i mentioned this. i may have forgotten. he was incredible. ive seen him 6 or 7 times live. mostly in the 80s early 90s.

    By darth on Feb 24, 2013

  10. @Darth - I had that same obsession - anyone associated with early Crimson, I had to hunt down obscure albums and singles that they appeared on. This album was one of them, and I went off it for whatever reason and sold it in the 80’s.

    I listen to this live set, and the album now, and they are much better than I remember them. Or maybe it’s that I can appreciate them now, more than I did then?

    either way, it’s good to have them back :)

    You’re right about the thousands of albums taking up so much physical space, whereas now you can have those thousands of albums on small disks or as digital files, and even stored on small flash cards like microSD cards - a card as small as your fingernail can hold god-knows how many albums. LOVE IT :)

    By Mongol Thrash on Feb 27, 2013

  11. mong - i did it with crimson yes genesis roxy floyd clapton eno beck. i made exceptions with phil collins tho. then there were others but i wasnt as obsessive about them. i had to have everything involving them but i didnt search out everything by everyone who ever played with them. like i had to have everything peter gabriel did but not everything youssour ndour did.

    By darth on Feb 28, 2013

  12. @Darth- yep.. sounds like we had similar obsessions… back in the early to late 70’s it was almost anyone in the Crimson / ELP / yes / Genesis world that I was obsessed with hunting down albums and singles they appeared on. Great times.. :)

    By Mongol Thrash on Mar 9, 2013

  13. the rare items like flexi’s and obscure 45s and one off soundtrack appearances.. appearances on other peoples records that didnt always give them credit but sometimes did. then there were the cassette only releases and then when cds came out and i wouldnt convert immediately.. it was cd exclusive tracks or box set exclusives or non lp b sides before they were included as bonus tracks on cds. radio station only songs were another one. then some countries released things that others didnt. certain discs came out in japan or germany or england only that u couldnt get in the usa unless u knew how to hunt them down. and if it was an artist that no ones ever heard of and someone like gabriel or eno or fripp happened to be on it and i had to have it just because of that. eno is the hardest one cuz he released items that were one of a kind or 10 of a kind or sometimes 100 of a kind. wakeman wasnt too bad but howe wasnt easy and keith emerson omg. then there were items that u could find but good luck affording them.
    after a while i sat down and listened to a lot of what i had again and decided that if i couldnt hear anything that spoke to me that i would just dump it and keep only those items that i could hear their influence and sound that made me go into another state. without that i decided i didnt need so many items anymore.

    By darth on Mar 9, 2013

  14. Somehow I suspect we probably won’t be seeing any Crimson bootlegs on BigO.

    By Taurus on Feb 1, 2017

  15. Thank you Big O Amigos.

    A voice like an archangel, a bass like an earthquake, Mr. Wetton and his music will be deeply missed in Thompson. The angel has fallen.

    Taurus, with respect, why do you think we won’t be seeing any KC bootlegs here?

    Respectfully, James

    By James on Feb 1, 2017

  16. Taurus not Crimson ,but you will find this at Big O ROBERT FRIPP - PHILADELPHIA 1986/HOLLAND 1987 or you can make a request this is a great music site ,takes all kinds enjoy

    By skinned knees on Feb 1, 2017

  17. Hello Taurus

    King Crimson do not allow for internet sharing of their tracks.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 1, 2017

  18. It is not King Crimson per se. It is Robert Fripp who keeps it for paying downloads on his site (DGM Records) and release them in the KKCollectorsClub

    By Beat Pest on Feb 1, 2017

  19. Yes, that’s what I was referring to…

    By Taurus on Feb 1, 2017

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