Rock Aid Armenia
Rock Aid Armenia was bunch of musicians getting together to record a remake of Deep Purple’s 1972 hit “Smoke On The Water”. This version guest two of DP’s musicians, Ian Gillan (vc) and Ritchie Blackmore (gtr). All the musicians played together, only Ritchie did his part separately. Other musicians include Brian (gtr), David Gilmour (gtr), Chris Squire (bass), Bryan Adams (gtr, vc) and others, maybe I’ll list them all one day… but the best thing was Roger was the only drummer! I like that version very much although it is completely different from the original one, much like the times in which it came to life.
There is a video accompanying the charity single and also a video of how it was all recorded. In both Roger appears. Great vocals by Gillan there, and once again, different to the original ones, and to those he does these days. The song also appeared on “The Earthquake Album”.
- “Smoke On The Water 1990″, 7″, 12”, 1990
Hale & Pace
This was a time for charity singles, and “The Stonk” was one of them. It did well, being number one single. And it was done for the Comic Relief charity. Here we have many well-known musicians and Roger is one of them, playing drums. These are, like Rock Aid Armenia mostly, Dave Gilmour, Tony Iommi, Cozy Powell, Judie Tzuke and more. The video of that also exists. Not really my type of song.
- “The Stonk” (7″ version)/ “The Smile Song”/ “The Stonk” (extended version), 7″, 12″, CD (LONCD 296), 1991
Shaky featuring Roger Taylor
1992 issued the album “The Epic Years”, from which comes a single “Radio”. Roger plays drums here. The video to that song also exists and Roger’s behind his kit in it.
- “Radio”, 7″, 2xCD, 1992
Rog was one of the lead singers in the song called “That’s The Way God Planned It” – he sings part of song (chorus mostly) and does bvc’s. This one comes from the album called “SAS Band” (‘blue’, 1997). It also have The Cross’ remake, “Dirty Mind” from “Blue Rock” album (written by Edney), but it hasn’t got Rog in it.
SAS Band CD
Studio Album released 1997. Recorded January 1995 — April 1997
Produced by Spike Edney and Robin Black
Executive Producer Andrew Brel
Musical Director/keyboards/trombone: Spike Edney
Vocals: Chris Thompson, Madeline Bell, Tony Hadley, Roger Chapman, Roger Taylor, Kiki Dee, Mark Shaw, Jess Roden, Stevie Vann Lange and Jamie Moses
Musicians: Ian Anderson (flute, courtesy of Chrysalis/EMI), Peter Green/Jamie Moses (guitar), John Deacon/Steve Stroud/Neil Murray (bass), Cozy Powell/Charlie Morgan/John Marter (drums), Andy Duncan (percussion), Melvyn Duffy (pedal steel guitar), Steve Hamilton (sax/flute), Andy Bush (trumpet/french horn), Zoe Nicholas/Susie Webb (backing vocals), Helen McGrath (bagpipes) and The Covent Garden String Quartet.
- You’re the Voice – Chris Thompson
- The Name of the Game – Chris Thompson
- Baby You’re a Rich Man – Jamie Moses & Roger Chapman
- Sail On Sailor – Chris Thompson
- Dirty Mind – Chris Thompson
- Didn’t I Blow Your Mind – Madeline Bell & Chris Thompson
- Original Sin – Chris Thompson
- Dreamworld – Madeline Bell
- Once More – Chris Thompson
- Hey Jealousy – Tony Hadley
- Angels – Chris Thompson
- That’s The Way God Planned It – Kiki Dee, Roger Taylor, Chris Thompson, Tony Hadley, Roger Chapman, Jess Roden, Mark Shaw, Madeline Bell & Stevie Vann Lange
- For You – Chris Thompson
CD albums (CDs)
- (1997) UK: BRGCD25
Roger did backing vocals on “Carnivorous Girl” from the 1999 EP album “ep.one”. Track length 3:28.
- (1999) “Madame” / “L.O.V.E.” / “Carnivorous Girl” / “Feel My Groove”, UK, UK charts: DNC