Friday, August 03, 2007

Gordon Haskell

"Sail In My Boat" 1969

Gordon Haskell is usually thought of as a footnote in the history of King Crimson--the only lead singer in the group's long list of personnel who never played a single live date with the band, though he was with them long enough to cut most of an album (Lizard) and get one performance ("Cadence And Cascade") onto its predecessor. Otherwise, he's been an enigma even to many Crimson fans. Haskell's history with Robert Fripp goes back to the days they spent together in the mid-1960's as members of the League of Gentlemen, a band that backed various American r&b stars on tour and cut a couple of singles.

Haskell was also a member of a Liverpool band called the Quotations, formed by ex-Big Three bassist Johnny Gustafson (before he joined the Merseybeats), who recorded for English Decca ("Alright Baby" b/w "Love You All Over Again") in 1964. His main group affiliation for most of the mid-1960's was the Fleur de Lys, a somewhat lightweight psychedelic band who recorded at least once under the pseudonym of Shyster. Haskell passed through the line-ups of Rupert's People and Cupid's Inspiration, and, as a member of the Fleur de Lys, also played on records by Bill Kimber, John Bromley, Sharon Tandy, and Terry Durham. By the end of the 1960's, he was a solo act, trying to establish himself as a singer-songwriter, and released a pair of singles in 1969 and 1970, "Boat Trip" and "Oh-La-Di-Doo-Da-Day," and one LP, Sail In My Boat, all for British CBS.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for this excellent post. Is there any chance to post Gordon's "It Is And It Isn't" album, please??

03 August, 2007 22:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOD BLESS YOU for posting this album!
I've looking for it for ages, I believe it was only released on CD in Japan and the vinyl is obviously very rare. I hope it will be released on CD one day so I can buy it, I own the rest of albums from Gordon Haskell and I consider he is one of the finest song-writers today, his latest albums are just great.
Thanks, you made my day my month and my year with this gem!

03 August, 2007 22:45  
Blogger infinitefool said...

Wow! Thank you.

04 August, 2007 11:01  
Anonymous SCION said...

Nice album along with "It Is And It Isn't" - Haskell had a fine voice and his vocals on the two Crimson albums were very good.

05 August, 2007 01:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic album..
Dirk could love it..

05 August, 2007 04:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm...I'll check it out.

06 August, 2007 13:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just checking out current value of this album. I have an original vynyl that I am considering selling - hardly played, but sleeve a bit worn. Anyone advise me?
Steve (

17 August, 2007 15:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an awesome album! I had no idea he had a solo career before/after Crimson.....thank you so much for this!

Any chance you can get his 1979 album, "Serve At Room Temperature" ?

24 August, 2007 06:27  
Blogger Stephen said...

Wonderful posting from a great website - I shall enjoy listening to this now.

Gordon Haskell almost joined Stackridge in the mid-70's. They released his song Worms as No One's More Important Than The Earthworm on their Extravaganza album in 1974.

25 August, 2007 21:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lizardson,
please could you re-post this album? thanks

29 July, 2009 04:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Re-post !!!!

14 August, 2009 23:57  
Anonymous underthemoon said...

... yes !!!

23 November, 2009 00:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone still is looking for these, check here:

22 January, 2010 18:44  

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